Many thanks to husband and wife team, Yvonne and Steve, for all their hard work. As part of their exercise regime, under Covid rules, they have cleared the first border, ready for further maintenance. It is intended to raise the border and make it a memorial rose garden in memory of Colin Chatwin, with roses donated by Ann.
The second border awaits!
By the way, the daffodils did not go to waste and are now happily growing in a member’s garden.
We are now awaiting details from Bowls England as to how/when we can commence bowling. I suspect if they issue any notification that it will be with provisional dates.
We currently have all our fixtures (excluding club competitions) shown for 2021 on the website, both in tabular form and in the Events Calendar. These I suspect will need to be updated once we are certain of commencement of bowling dates.
In the meantime the committee is making plans with regard to general maintenance/pre-season tidy up of the club and as soon as we can provide dates we will advise members.
Until then we can only look forward to the sun on our backs and the woods running down the green.
A big thank you to the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust for giving us a grant of £2,000 to help us through the winter, following the 2020 season where our income was dramatically reduced.
This was due to the loss of green fees as no competitive games against other clubs was allowed due to Covid, in addition to this we could not hold any fund raising events, as well as a lot of our sponsors were not able to support us this year.
This grant will ensure we can maintain our green, especially as we have spent a lot of energy and time bringing it back to a high standard.
Later this year we will get a small plaque to put up in commerative of the Trusts generosity and support.
Roll on 2021 season, with hopefully Covid problems behind us. A big thank you to all those who have supported us during this difficult year, not forgetting all those members and visitors who have rallied round and made some happy memories on the green.
Now is the time to wish all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a very healthy 2021.
The Club, represented by our Chairman Barry Wicks, today signed the final documents for our own lease. This now gives us the chance to take one of the biggest steps the club has taken, to grow and develop our great club.
We have been in existence since 1914, through good and bad times, but this heralds the start of a new era for bowls in Calne.
A lot of work is now needed to achieve the next steps and Covid-19 is not helping, but that will not stop our progress, maybe delay it, but not stop it.
After several weeks, the Calne Short Mat Club has got its ESMBA covid safe status.
On Monday 5th October, Ann,John and Stuart, set out how the sessions will run and cleaned the carpets. Sessions will start on Monday 12th October and will run as before, with restrictions, every Monday 2pm, Wednesday 2pm and Thursday 6-30pm.
We are limited to 2 mats and 8 members, no visitors allowed, booking is through Ann, who is ensuring all members wishing to bowl will get a fair share of the sessions.
The first week has already been fully booked, so whilst we are not back to our attendances of 20/30 every time, we are at least back at Beversbrook and hopefully as and when restrictions are eased we will be best placed to take advantage of them, below are photographs to give members some idea of what to expect.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Calne council, in particular Kevin for all the support we have received.