BUCKINGHAM WEST END BOWLS CLUB- BOWLS GREEN OPEN FROM TUESDAY 19TH MAY
If you wish to have a roll up, please read the Temporary Rules,
Note: We are only able to use 3 rinks to play on and only singles can be played at the present time.
You must book a time slot - each slot is for 2 hours.
DO NOT TURN UP TO PLAY WITHOUT HAVING BOOKED YOUR TIME SLOT.
Steve Cornell has set up a Rink Booking System so that members will be able to book a slot.
It's a start for us to be able to get out and get bowling and we have to follow the advice and guidance of Bowls England together with the Department for Culture Media and Sport.
Any queries, please contact the committee.
All the best
Buckingham West End Committee
Temporary Rules for play at Buckingham West End Bowls Club
Bowls England has, in conjunction with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, issued guidance (14th May 2020) to allow bowls to restart.
This document is a set of RULES, by which BWEBC will satisfy the guidelines.
- Individuals may practise by themselves on a rink.
- Two individuals from two different households may play singles (no marker)
- Members of the same household may play on a rink (no marker unless from same household).
- No other format is permitted
- Throughout the game, players must maintain a minimum 2 metres distance between themselves and anyone from a different household.
- Up to 3 rinks will be available for play with an empty rink between each of the 3. The rinks to be played on will be marked with rink numbers.
- No access is allowed to the clubhouse except in an emergency, for example to access the telephone to make an emergency call, or to access the first aid box in the kitchen.
- No access is allowed to the changing-rooms. Members must arrive at the club suitably dressed and change into bowls shoes either in their car or at the side of the green. Anyone with any necessary equipment in a changing-room can, on one occasion only, enter the changing-room to retrieve it. The equipment must then be taken home.
- The toilets will be available. They should only be used if necessary and any item touched, including door handles, must be cleaned by the person using the facility. Cleaning equipment will be provided by the club. Given the size of the toilets at BWEBC, maintaining a 2 metre distance will mean 1 person only in the toilets at any one time.
- Only 6 people are allowed at the club at any one time. Only players are allowed on the premises – no visitors or spectators.
The only items to be used in a game are:
- Personal bowls (any “club” bowls must not be used)
- Personal equipment such as gloves, bowls lifter
- All club equipment (mats and jacks) must be left outside. Do not put it away.
The following must not be used:
- Ditch markers
- 2 metre sticks
Food and drink
No food or drink will be available at the club. Anyone who needs food/drink during a game must take their own and take away all rubbish.
Before arriving at the club
- All games must be booked in advance. Steve Cornell will coordinate bookings. It is intended to institute a computer diary type booking system. , bookings can also be made with Steve on 07754 669262. Steve will continue to accept booking by phone from anyone who cannot access the computer.
- Dress appropriately at home, changing shoes on arrival either in your vehicle or by the side of the green.
- Do not travel to the club with anyone except from your own household.
- IF YOU FEEL AT ALL UNWELL, DO NOT GO TO THE CLUB.
On arrival at the club
- Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your booked time
- Try to park your car a distance from other cars – remember the 2 metre rule applies as soon as you open your car door. Do not block in any other car.
- Look around – if your arrival means there are more than 6 people on the premises you must stay in your vehicle or leave.
- Wash your hands and the mats/jacks you intend to use.
- Think about the route you will take to your allocated rink – remember 2 metres.
Playing the game
- No handshakes, hugs, touching etc
- Only 1 person should handle each mat during the game
- 2 jacks should be used, one for each player.
- If scoring remember the 2 metre rule, ideally no measuring, but in any case do not touch your opponent’s bowls with your hands.
After the game
- Wash the jacks/mats you have used, wash your hands and leave the club premises immediately, absolutely no later than your booked slot. Do not stay to chat to players on other rinks.
- If there is nobody left at the club when you leave, secure the gate as you go.
- If you develop any coronavirus symptoms, as well as following government guidance, you must contact Steve Cornell or, if unavailable, any other committee member.
- Any questions or suggestions regarding these rules can be directed at any committee member.
- Please report any relevant issues such as shortage of cleaning materials to any committee member.
- Although bowling is now permitted under the government’s rules and subject to Bowls England Guidance and these temporary BWEBC rules, it is not as safe as staying at home. Only you can decide whether to bowl or not. If you choose to bowl it is at your own risk and you undertake to follow the rules in this document. You should consider the current government guidance before deciding. This guidance is as follows:
Clinically vulnerable people
If you have any of the following health conditions, you are clinically vulnerable, meaning you are at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household.
Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:
· aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
· under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds):
· chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
· chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
· chronic kidney disease
· chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
· chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
· a weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions, treatments like chemotherapy, or medicines such as steroid tablets
· being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
· pregnant women
As above, there is a further category of people with serious underlying health conditions who are clinically extremely vulnerable, meaning they are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You, your family and carers should be aware of the guidance on shielding which provides information on how to protect yourself still further should you wish to.