Brackley & District Bowling Club

News & Info

Remembering Grace
Posted by Mandy on 16 July 2020
Sadly, we have to report the death of Grace Dymock. She continued to bowl and support the club into her nineties. She may have been small in stature, but she was a big personality and will be greatly missed. The Club will be represented at her funeral at Brackley Crematorium on 28th July at 1pm by Brian S and Wendy as attendance is limited due to Covid 19. Flowers to be sent via Franklins.
Friday Pairs League 2020 results
Posted by Mandy on 27 June 2020
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The first week of competition took place on Friday 26th June in extremely hot conditions. Three rinks were used at 3pm and three at 6pm. The results can be found in the Downloads section under the heading Pairs competition Results 2020, (open as an excel worksheet). Early leaders are Don and Val!
Latest update on Playing Bowls from Bowls England
Posted by Mandy on 14 June 2020
2nd June, 2020 by Alistair Hollis
The Government confirmed yesterday (Monday 1st June) that groups of six can now meet outside provided people from different households observe social distancing (staying at least 2m apart).

This is good news for bowls, as we are aware many of our clubs that have opened, or wished to reopen, felt the previous Government guidance on numbers was restrictive, a number observing that pairs in particular could be played safely in accordance with social distancing.

Whilst the Government guidance now enables triples play, clubs may also wish to consider alternative formats with reduced numbers per rink – for example singles and pairs – in order for social distancing to be more easily maintained.

We have updated our guidance and FAQ accordingly as attached and encourage all clubs who do wish to open to take time to look at how they can operate effectively and safely within the new limits, while strictly adhering to public health guidance around hygiene and social distancing.

The key changes in the latest guidance reflect:

The increase in number of people permitted to participate together on a single rink;
Provision for clubs to consider attendance by spectators;
Provision for clubs to consider additional equipment;
Increase in number of people that can receive coaching at any one time
For the latest Government guidance for sport go to:
Limited reopening of Club Green: Safety Procedures during COVID-19 restrictions
Posted by Mandy on 15 May 2020
From Monday 18th May, three rinks on the outdoor green will be available for members to use on a pre-booked basis only.

Please click on 'Rink Booking' to make a booking. This facility is password protected. Sessions last for 90 minutes and are available from 12 noon to 19.30 every day. Mornings have been left free for Green maintenance.

Each booking session allows for one hour playing time, with the remaining time allowing for entering and leaving the club, and cleaning equipment.
Only two players per rink [if these are from different households, 2 metre social distancing must be maintained at all times].

The following procedure should be adhered to:
Please arrive dressed ready to play, changing into bowling shoes before using the green.
All bowlers must use hand sanitiser, which they should bring with them.
Clean padlocks before opening and after closing.
Jacks and Mats will be left by the Green. One Jack and One Mat to be used by each person from different households. These should be cleaned before and after use with the cleaning materials provided.
No pushers or scoreboards to be used.

Touch your own bowls, jack and mat only. Avoid measuring.
The Clubhouse will not be open during this initial period, therefore there will be no toilet facilities available.
Please bring your own drinks if required and take home any empty bottles, cans etc.
Please padlock gate when leaving unless there are other members on site.
Maintain social distancing of 2 metres at all times.
Take care and stay safe.
Bowls England Statement: The UK Government's Covid-19 Recovery Strategy
Posted by Mandy on 12 May 2020
Following the Prime Minister's statement on Sunday 10th May and subsequent publication of the UK Government's COVID-19 Recovery Strategy yesterday, Bowls England is seeking clarification from Government in order to publish the best operational guidance for our clubs and members ahead of any return to play.

We will communicate guidance as soon as is practible. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.

from Matt Wordingham, Bowls England Publications/Media Officer
Vote of Thanks
Posted by Mandy on 30 April 2020
From a Club Member:
I would like to thank Trevor G. for running all functions, Dick & Lynne U. for doing the bar and Friday night supper during the winter months, and not to forget the volunteers who put their time in to make things work.
Bowls England News
Posted by Mandy on 04 April 2020
Look on bowls England website (see Links) for news items on: Greens Maintenance, Support for Clubs during Covid-19, a message from the Chair, and details of the launch of a Bowls England YouTube Channel!