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Message to members

We are now aware that some COVID restrictions will continue until June 21st, so the directors and committee have been discussing how best we can go into hopefully a better 2021 season with the minimum of problems and will advise members before opening day.

We have already decided that we will not be able to have our re-arranged AGM in March and with the uncertainty of what the rest of 2021 will bring, the directors have agreed that the 2020 management committee will stand for 2021 without the need for re-election. Also, as the various selection committees are elected at an AGM, the same rule will apply to them.

2020 AGM - Postponed again

The rearranged AGM originally postponed to Saturday March 20th 2021 has now been further postponed. A new date has not yet been chosen. Should any member wish to see a copy of the accounts for 2019/2020 before the AGM, please contact our treasurer.

Club Top Gate

Slow sign, for ramp at entrance gate

The club and car park was closed for a while 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. Further work is planned for this area to prevent water from the top car park washing our gravel down onto the green.

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 2020, 2020 and £200 on Valentines evening (2020), making £515 in total.

TLH winter league 2020/21

Marldon members have entered a team in the Thursday league at TLH. They managed to play three games before the current 'lockdown', but it looks unlikely that the season will resume. You will find the results/league table via our results page.

Committee Meetings

The committee are keeping in touch with each other by phone and email and 'Zoom' Meetings so feel free to contact them should you deem it necessary. The committee will continue to deal with matters passed to them by phone and will arrange 'mini' committee meetings as required. We await advice from Bowls England before we can decide on the opening arrangements for this season, but are hoping to be partly open with Covid restrictions from our opening day and fully open after Covid Restrictions are removed on June 21st.

2020/21 Club Sponsors

We 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.

Activities at the club

The strange 2020 season is now long gone. Last date for play was Saturday September 26th 2020 and the green was then 'put to bed' for the Winter.

Our 'working party' sessions have been ceased due to Covid -19 restrictions with only minimum essential work being done, however, we do now have work that needs to be done if we are to open as planned and working parties will be resuming soon.

Volunteers continue to sweep the green daily as this should be done every morning, if weather permits, throughout the year. More volunteers are always welcome, Contact Paul to Volunteer.

Friendly games in 2020

We managed to fit in four friendly games, all away from home, we played the first one at Paignton Torbay on Monday 28th July and the second at Kings on August 3rd. We had two further games at Torquay and Buckfastleigh.

Social Events

Regretfully, 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.

Club and grounds Maintenance

Due to the Covid-19 situation Members are not permitted to visit the club unless they are carrying out essential maintenance. 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.

Throughout the government 'lockdown', work which is considered essential continues, but this is now being kept to a minumum.

The Grass around the Marquee, and the hedges continue to grow and need to be kept under control, together with other maintenance work to keep the club in good order.

Paul is continuing to manage the green which is now being prepared for to 2021 season. The Autumn maintenance program has been done. Paul says "A massive thank you to all concerned in a long, wet but very fruitful day (October 27th) preparing the green for next year, deep scarify x2, seeding and spreading 3 tons of top dressing. Brian, Terry B, Tony T, Ed SOS, Keith, Allan, Les Barry, Ray O, John M. and the 2 guys from D G M. It was a long day but well worth all of the effort from all the guys. Thanks guys greatly appreciated".

Enhanced Security for Club

CCTV notice

We would like to thank Member Ray Sandercock for the donation of additional security cameras for the club, and a media player.

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.

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Page updated 2nd March 2021.