Hartlepool & District Bowling Association
Chairman: Brian Price (Owton Lodge B.C.)
20th March 2020
Dear Secretaries of H&DBA Clubs, Vets League, Ladies League and all bowlers
H&DBA 2020 Bowls Season – Covid-19
As we are all aware the present situation regarding this virus threat is unprecedented and as such we are governed by Government and Health Authority advice as people’s health and well being are paramount at this present time.
Following consultations with Hartlepool Council officials we have been advised that all council bowling greens and their facilities should not to be used for the foreseeable future. As a result the H&DBA executive have decided that for the present time the 2020 season for leagues and the competitions will be suspended until the 30th June 2020 when hopefully we can have the greens open and play at least half of the season. This may be speculation on our part but optimism springs eternal.
As you will appreciate, we literally have no idea when this dreadful situation is likely to ease and government and local advice will be followed to the letter until such time as we can safely resume playing our wonderful game of bowls. In the mean time we will keep in close contact with the council officials and be guided by them if it will be possible to bowl from July onwards.
We have also asked the council officials on the terms of our present lease and its financial implications to the H&DBA for this season and the future.
The H&DBA executive will keep you all informed of any further possible changes to the 2020 bowling season and any lease arrangements as time progresses.
We would hope that clubs playing on private or parish greens will also observe the government and local advice as regards playing on their greens.
Can I wish you all good health and please be safe as this virus is brought under control and we can all get back to normality.