Cheques – please acknowledge receipt
Can I remind clubs that I do need you to acknowledge receipt of the cheques posted by Steve Moore, BBA Treasurer. At the moment, less than half have done so and we do need to keep track of receipt for audit purposes and to make sure that none of them have got lost.
Please send an email to me CathyBBA@gmail.com to acknowledge receipt of the cheque.
Coaching register – don’t forget
Howard Jones our County Coach is still awaiting details from quite a few clubs who haven’t yet responded to the appeal for information about club coaches. Regardless of the fact bowls is still on hold, he is turning his attention to innovative ways of making contact – please don’t let your coaches miss out!
Bowls England refunds
There appears to be some confusion about the payments made by the BBA to clubs. This covered various internal and national competitions and was detailed on the slip attached with the cheque.
However, the following are National Competitions, run and administered by Bowls England.
· Top Club (both men and women)
· Men’s Club Two Fours
· Tony Allcock
· Mixed Pairs
· Mixed Fours
· Family Pairs
· Sutton Winson
· Senior Singles/Pairs/Champion of Champions (both men and women)
BE national competition fees, for entrants who entered and paid via the BE portal or by post, will be contacted direct by BE as to whether these are held over for 2021 or refunded (upon request).
George Reid needs your help!
George Reid (Gerrards Cross) needs your help with his final year dissertation. His research is based on participation in lawn bowls, so the survey aims to find out the reasons that may stop people participating, and if they feel enough is being done in the sport to grow and evolve the game. All responses are anonymous, so the more responses the better - please circulate the details as widely as possible.
The survey site says it only takes 3 minutes to fill out so should be quick and easy for everyone!
I am saddened to report the deaths of the following:
Charles Barnard (Aston Clinton) died recently in a care home in Milton Keynes of natural causes. He and his late wife Pam were keenly competitive bowlers; Charles was also a club coach and past Captain of the club.
Bill Sinclair (Long Crendon) will always be remembered for being charismatic, a great bowler and, being a Fifer, enjoyed a “wee dram” at the end of a game. Our thoughts are with Ann and the family.
Keith Davis (Aston Clinton) moved to Norfolk after he retired from the police and died in his sleep. He was a larger than life character and a past Captain of ACBC.
David Chapman (Cheddington): Dave was in Stoke Mandeville hospital for just over a week with this dreadful virus and he sadly passed on Sunday 19th April. His son Colin was allowed to be with him, thankfully. Dave has been ALL to Cheddington BC. Many, many years supporting the club as member of the green team, club captain and friend. He will be sadly missed by all his bowling companions, on and off the green and around the county. Our very sincere condolences to his wife and family.
I am not publishing details of funeral arrangements for deceased bowlers at the moment; because of the current limits on attendees, there seems little point.
Bowls England membership register
This is an extract from the minutes of the last BE Board Meeting:
We await further developments with interest.
“The Extra End”
Episode 2 of “The Extra End” is an interview with our own John McGuinness and Episode 3 (just released)
features his “partner in crime” Kirk Smith…
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Funding for new clubhouse at Long Crendon BC
Bowlers and villagers are set to get an improved Club house at Long Crendon thanks to a £50k grant from FCC Communities Foundation.
The money will be used improve the whole of the interior of the clubhouse and will provide a large function room which will be available to hire by local groups.
Frank Ashurst, Manager of the Long Crendon Centennial Project believes the improved facility will make a huge difference to the village community.
He says, “This project will provide a real boost to the club which celebrates 100 years in 2021 but will benefit local community groups in the Long Crendon area which need to hire a large a function room. It is fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation has awarded us this money and we are really looking forward to our Clubhouse taking shape over the next few months in time to celebrate our centennial year”.
FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Cheryl Raynor, FCC Communities Foundation’s local grant manager says: “We are delighted to be supporting the Bowls Club to improve a much-loved facility for the local community. The improvements couldn’t take place without the help of volunteers who are carrying out key pieces of work and we look forward to work starting on site shortly”.
Frank Ashurst hopes the new improved Clubhouse will be ready for use by 1st April 2021.
The Clubhouse was originally part of the old Long Crendon School but was taken over by LCBC in 1985 and number of bowlers remember going to school there before it was closed.
Glory Mill BC closes its doors
It is with great sadness that Glory Mill BC have been forced to call it a day. They were going to play only home fixtures for May and June before the club closed its doors for good. Obviously due to the current virus situation that will not now be happening, and therefore they have sadly decided to close the club with immediate effect.
We would like to thank everyone for their friendship over the years and wish everyone all the best and good fortune in the future, and the former members look forward to meeting up on a green somewhere in the not too distant future.
Cancellation of all 2020 BE celebration games
Bowls England has announced the cancellation of all Celebration Matches for the 2020 season.
The Board, which had already declared that fixtures until the end of June would not take place, resolved at its meeting on Wednesday 15th April that an early decision on the remaining matches was necessary due to concerns expressed by host clubs and players regarding the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Both Aylesbury Town and Bletchley St Martins were due to host celebration games in July to mark their centenaries. They do, however, have the option to apply for one in 2021, but with a limit of 38 celebration games per season, it may just not be possible.
In the meantime, congratulations to both clubs on reaching 100 years.
Bowls England refunds
News from BE indicates that they have completed the refund of competition fees to both county associations and clubs for 2020 National competition entrants.
Grants available for clubs
I know that a number of clubs have already, or are looking into, applying for grants to help them survive.
As well as the Sport England funding, there may also be funding available from local authorities, acting on behalf of the Government, under the ‘Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant’ (RHLS). The application process was straight forward – I would urge you to ensure that your club, if eligible, submits an application at the earliest opportunity.
Details can be found at https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-business-support-hub/small-business-grant-fund/ Follow the link at the bottom of the page to select your local authority area, check the eligibility criteria and complete an online application.
Bowls England membership register
The BE Board has decided to defer the deadline for return to Bowls England of membership data due to the coronavirus outbreak. We appreciated that many clubs will struggle to meet the original target of mid-May. Work on the Membership Register will, however, be continuing.
This is an extract from the minutes of the latest BE Board Meeting [15th April]