From the Chairman.
Is the light at the end of the tunnel shining any brighter?
I’m sure you will have realised that it will not be possible to hold our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 11th February 2021 and therefor confirm that it will be postponed for the immediate future. The accounts for the 2020 season will not be prepared by the treasurer as there has been no such movement in the accounts since their presentation and acceptance in 2020. As such it is proposed to provide a two year account period and presented to you in 2022.
We are still working on the principle that bowling will be able to start in the foreseeable future but we are in the hands of Government and Local Authority as to when we may be permitted to resume our sport on a full time and safe basis. But we still need to plan ahead and prepare as best we can to be ready for bowls resumption and this will involve the clubs making sure their club houses are safe and their equipment cleaned on a regular basis on the resumption of bowls.
To help the clubs with their safety requirements the treasurer has proposed that the H&DBA purchase six extra jacks for each green in our association and which must be made available to all clubs using these greens. In addition £50 will allocated for each club house to help with the cost of sanitisation of the club house and equipment. The treasurer has also proposed that all clubs in the association do not for this 2021 season pay any fees for affiliation which hopefully will also help the clubs redirect their finances to other areas of concern for them.
The question of green fees for playing on Council greens has been considered but cannot be fully addressed at this stage as we do not know how many bowlers are likely to be back playing and we do not know what the cost of lease arrangements are likely to be from the council as we are still in discussion having been delayed due to the present lockdown. Please bear with us as we try to resolve this most important issue.
I understand that the greens have been maintained over the winter and will be ready for play as and when it is permissible. It may well be a rush to start the season as permission will need to be granted by the authorities and advice from Bowls England on how it can be achieved safely as I believe we may have to live within certain rules for some while yet. Any rules on the safety of club houses and bowlers will be sent to you as soon as we receive them together with a list of matches as the association fixture book will not be published this year. It will be an official association fixture list but apart from a lockdown it will be permissible for the clubs to determine whether these fixtures can be fulfilled bearing in mind that certain rules may have been enforced by the authorities depending on the pandemic situation at the time. Please keep the fixture secretary informed of any problems you may encounter.
It is appreciated that this may be ‘a suck it and see’ situation but to get the show on the road we will have to be flexible and adapt to changing needs as we go but the main thing is to be able to play outdoor bowls again within a secure and safe environment for our bowlers.
I will keep you informed of any further developments as we proceed towards the 2021 bowls season.
Please keep safe and healthy.
Yours in bowls