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Following the Government's lifting of some restrictions, Bowls England issued new advice on 14th May regarding conditions under which a club could open. We have now decided we can open the green only, in accordance with the Bowls England Guidance of 14th May, from Monday June 15th for Pre-booked Roll-up sessions. We are aware of further advice recently issued by Bowls England, but are trialling in accordance with the 14th May advice before we go any further.

The Clubhouse will remain closed and Members will not be permitted to enter the site unless they have pre-booked a session or are carrying out essential maintenance. Further information about the rules for these sessions have been sent to members by email and are posted in our (Members Only) Facebook group. Members who do not use internet have been advised by phone or post.

You can read the latest statement from Bowls England by following the link. Bowls England Statement



Message from Barry Bailey, Chairman and Director

"On behalf of myself and my fellow directors, I would like to express our thanks to those members who have paid their subscriptions for this year of whatever amount. I would respectfully ask those who have not paid anything as yet to pay something in order to keep our wonderful bowls club going through these dreadful times!

If you wish to send a cheque or make a BACS payment please contact our treasurer Ray O’Brien.

Rest assured that once we are back to normality, the directors and committee will ensure that no member will lose out on what they have paid!

I would also like to thank some of our members who are still working tirelessly to keep our club going. The green and surrounds are still being maintained by our green keeper and our maintenance volunteers, and I am pleased to see that the Government recognises that they are essential workers and have authority to attend our premises, subject to distancing etc, etc.

A thank you to our treasurer, secretary and communications manager for keeping us all as informed as possible about the situation, and for continuing to carry out the administration needs of our club. We will continue to keep you as informed as we can, and I would urge all of you to stay safe and follow Government advice and regulations.

Hope to see all of you in the not too distant future."

Please all support the club wherever possible, this is our amazing club. Let’s maintain it & keep it that way. We haven’t got where we are today by accident.



Presidents' Charity

John and June thank everyone for their generosity to date for the Presidents' Charity. (Ricky Grant Unit, Torbay Hospital). £119 has been raised so far from the Bring and Buy, £90 has been received in Donations, £106 at the Presidents' coffee morning on Jan 18th and £200 on Valentines evening, making £515 in total.

Club and grounds Maintenance

Despite the government 'lockdown', work which is considered essential continues, with a few willing volunteers attending the Tuesday morning club maintenance sessions, taking care to 'Socially distance' and wash hands as required. Speak to Paul or Allan if you wish to help. If you cannot manage a Tuesday morning, Paul is quite willing to attend with you on other days where he will find jobs that needs to be done which you can help with.

The Grass around the Marquee, and the hedges continue to grow and needs to be kept under control, together with other maintenance work to keep the club in good order. Paul is continuing to manage the green. The green is now ready to be bowled on, the enforced break has given Paul more time to resolve issues with fusarium. He has re-seeded part of the green, and has had time to let the seed germinate and grow. We have received advice from Bowls England on the best way to have the green ready for bowling when the current situation has passed and Paul is taking this into account as he maintains our green.

Club Top Gate

Slow sign, for ramp at entrance gate

The club and car park was closed from Friday 13th March until Thursday 19th March for Maintenance work at the top gateway. This has resulted in there being a larger hump than usual at top gate so take care if you are driving a vehicle into the club car park.

An appeal from our greenkeeper

Hi all of you loyal and faithful Marldon members. Your club NEEDS you now more than ever before, throughout this crisis we are currently in, there are a few members who are questioning the level of membership they will be taking for 2020.

Let me ask all of you,

  1. Where can you find a better setting for any bowls club, possibly the best in the bay.

  2. Where can you find anywhere in the bay the FREE facility of parking up to 50 cars.

  3. We have a very good bar cheap drinks friendly helpful bar staff, also a very good catering facility with hard working members trying to facilitate and help all members with good services.

  4. A grumpy greenkeeper who is generally rude to everyone but loves the Marldon club and family.

Why would you not want to remain a full member of this great Marldon club and family. Please think seriously, our club still has all of the same outgoings and needs your support.

YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER BEFORE.

Kindest Regards, Your grumpy greenkeeper. :-) :-)

Picture of Green on March 24th 2020

What a great looking green, just for you.

THE CLUB IS STILL CLOSED

Yes, opening day came and went but we did not open. We are now planning to partly open the green (but not the clubhouse) for roll ups from Monday June 15th, with strict rules, including an offsite telephone booking system, to ensure our safety as recommended by Bowls England. A volunteer steward will manage these sessions

In the meantime, Paul, our greenkeeper would be pleased if any member would call him to ask if there is anything they can do to help around the green.

Social Events

All social events, including coffee mornings, due to take place at the club in the forseeable future are still cancelled due to current Coronavirus situation.

2020 Club Sponsors

We have received sponsorship from Marldon Service Station (Cox's garage), Chris Allen Electrical, Lee Hodges Building Contractor and Paignton Flat roofing and we would be pleased to hear from any other companies that may want to sponsor us for 2020 or 2021 season. Further details on the Sponsorship page.

TLH Indoor Leagues

The TLH Indoor leagues were almost at the end of the season when it was curtailed due to the 'Lockdown'. The Maple Leafs completed their fixtures and the Buzzards only had one game left, on 31st March. You will find the latest league tables on our results page. Sarah says she will try to finish league later this year, before starting a new season if conditions permit it.

Short Mat Season

The Winter Short Mat Bowls sessions in the village hall have now finished. The last two sessions in March were cancelled. We hope a new season will start in October 2020, when anyone will be welcome to come along and join in.

Committee Meeting

The committee are keeping in touch with each other by phone and email so feel free to contact them should you deem it necessary

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Last updated 3rd June 2020.