BCGBA Closure Notice on 24th March

posted Mar 24, 2020, 1:08 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 1:17 PM ]

Guidance on what should close - this includes all outdoor pitches and sports areas.

Extract (see full document - link below) 

Outdoor recreation..

Enclosed spaces in parks, including  playgrounds, sports courts and pitches, and  outdoor gyms or similar

SCGBA Closure Advice on 21st March

posted Mar 22, 2020, 12:05 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

 To all SCGBA affiliated clubs, leagues, and bowling members: 

We been contacted in many ways about bowling activities.

The BCGBA and SCGBA have suspended all bowling.

The Government this week and especially on Friday night have taken unprecedented measures to help keep people safe.

The Covid-19 virus is one of the most dangerous that has been known to modern man.

With regret, given the knowledge that we have all been advised to avoid unnecessary social contact, we must agree and as a measure to help people protect themselves and others say the following:

All bowling clubs (leisure facilities) should be closed

We really do understand the benefits of bowling and the serious effect this will have on a club’s abilities to survive.

SCGBA is continuously monitoring the situation and has set up calls to help decide on important matters and to protect our members. More information will be provided. We ask for your patience.

Can we ask club secretaries to ensure the safety of its members, help those that need help maybe with essential shopping tasks, or just a phone call to check they are ok. This can be done on a rota basis, so it doesn’t fall on one person. Also, to help people be aware of scams and fake news.

Security of Clubs will be an issue while people are not using them. Make sure your equipment is kept safe, we are asking the advice of professionals about what is essential maintenance of a bowling green when not in use and will pass that on as we know clubs will need to save as much expenditure as possible. For now, lock the doors, use notices and advise your members of this safety advice.

Please adhere to our request, we are not going to police this, currently people are being correctly informed by experts via the Government & Health Authorities with much detail on their webpages.
And to ram that 'stay at home' point home: the more effectively we follow the advice that we are given, the faster this country will stage both a medical and an economic recovery in full
Kind regards,

Mo Corley (Secretary SCGBA)

Updated Links With Advice

posted Mar 20, 2020, 12:52 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Issued: Friday 20th March to all affiliated Clubs, League Secretaries and County Executive committee members.

Below are some further updated links received from the BCGBA:

Kind regards, Mo Corley

Secretary SCGBA

Update on Wednesday 18th March

posted Mar 18, 2020, 12:58 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Mar 18, 2020, 12:58 PM ]

Following recent updates from Central Government and from Public Health England to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Telford & Wrekin Council are closing the following facilities from Friday:

• All Leisure Centres: Abraham Darby Sports & Leisure Centre, Horsehay Village Golf Centre, Newport Swimming Pool, Oakengates Leisure Centre, Phoenix Sports Centre, Stirchley Sports Centre, Wellington Civic & Leisure Centre

• Telford Snowboard & Ski Centre

• The Visitor Centre, High Ropes, Disc & Adventure Golf at Telford Town Park

• Telford Ice rink

• Libraries run by Telford & Wrekin Council at Madeley, Newport, Wellington and Oakengates as well our library facilities at Southwater One - we are also recommending that partners who run community library facilities in the borough also close.

• Telford Town park visitor centre (the town park remains open)

These will be closed until the end of May when they will review the decision 

Update On Tuesday 17th March

posted Mar 17, 2020, 1:45 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: 

Coronavirus is spreading in the UK and a major pandemic is expected.

In response, the Government yesterday set out a series of measures and advice to tackle the virus and guide citizens and businesses through this.  Learn about the Government response to the coronavirus.

Local councils are working with the local NHS and Public Heath England to monitor the situation and do all it can to support local residents and businesses, including sharing up to date information plus information about the national support and relief packages available for businesses on our dedicated coronavirus pages.

Key to being well is to follow the NHS health information and advice.

The League will continue to share information as it becomes available to us, but urge everyone to follow the updates given by Public Health England and NHS.

ALL Crown Green Bowls Leagues Suspended

posted Mar 16, 2020, 12:33 PM by Malcolm Fletcher


Following the Government announcement this afternoon it is with great sadness that we now have to suspend all bowling for the foreseeable future.

Based on the advice announced we need to avoid all mass gatherings and sporting event as these will no longer be supported by the emergency services. 

If anyone within your household has symptoms then the whole family need to isolate for 14 days.

Limit social contact wherever possible and encourage working from home. 

At risk groups - those over 70 and those with medical conditions need to take additional care.

All BCGBA meetings should now be postponed as un-necessary travel should be avoided. Contact in Pubs, Clubs and restaurants to be avoided. 

Taking this all into account all leagues should now suspend matches until such time as we are given an all clear to resume competition.

All BCGBA and BCGLCC Competitions are now suspended until further notice this should include all qualifier events. 

As a Bowls community we need to look after our members and I encourage you to follow the advice being given and support those we are able to at this very difficult time. 

I will add links onto the website / face-book as these are updated. 

Please take care of yourself and stay safe.  

On behalf of the Management Committee BCGBA by Chris Hasselby  (BCGBA Chairman) & Mark Bircumshaw (CEO)

SCGBA Latest

posted Mar 14, 2020, 7:03 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Received Friday 13th March from county secretary Mo Corley:
 As you aware the UK is facing a virus epidemic COVID-19 (Coronavirus) which at some point will reach someone we know.

The SCGBA has a duty of care to its members and we take this very seriously. We, therefore, will be supporting and following the guidelines as laid out by Public Health England. These will obviously be changing as the national situation changes and we will monitor these closely.

At present advice is to take basic hygiene measures, individuals should be washing their hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap on a regular basis. To cough and sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it, if a tissue is not available, the crook of your arm should be used.

Many people also feel safer wearing face masks and avoiding personal contact (like shaking hands), so please at this time don’t be offended by this. Individuals are only trying to protect themselves and others from the spread of the virus but to continue with a normal daily life

If you have been in contact with someone that is suspected of having the virus or has travelled from one of the listed affected areas in the last 14 days, then you should be self-isolating for a period of 14 days.

BCGBA Guidance

posted Mar 12, 2020, 3:34 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 3:36 AM ]

Please see attached "Guidance" from the sport's governing body - issued Thursday 12th March . . .

Common Sense Approach

posted Mar 5, 2020, 12:31 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Mar 5, 2020, 12:31 PM ]

The League has started making plans for possible disruption to the coming season caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Delegates of clubs discussed the issue, and its potential implications, at its March executive meeting on Tuesday 3rd March at Wellington’s Bayley Club.

“It was a calm and rational discussion about the current situation and how it might change and affect the 2020 season,” said league secretary Malcolm Fletcher.

“We will be publishing all advice about measures bowlers can take to try and avoid infection and keeping in close contact with our clubs - and posting updates on our website

"It’s not a case of panic, it's a common sense approach as we need to be on the ball.

"And by the time we get to the start of the season in the first week of April we should be in a position to offer proper bowls-based guidelines."

Why this page?

posted Mar 5, 2020, 3:46 AM by stephen wall

As the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID19) grows there is a possibility that this may impact on the running of league matches for the 2020 season. This page has been set up to keep clubs informed and give advice on the impact of COVID19 on league matches and competitions etc.

The following link is to the NHS advice page NHS COVID 19

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