News 2020

Can You Help The Search?

posted Nov 22, 2020, 5:37 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

RECEIVED FROM Mo Corley, Hon. Secretary SCGBA:

I recently notified you that Brian Kitson would be standing down as County Treasurer at the end of the year and below is the job description. 

Can you please notify your clubs the importance of finding replacements for this very important position.

If you have any queries regarding the job please contact Brian - Email or Tel: 01743 367836

Please send any applications for County Treasurer or County Secretary to the County Chairman Barry Jennings - Email - Tel: 01743 351155

SCGBA – Job Description for the post of County Treasurer.

1.Pay in to the designated bank account, all monies received from a range of stakeholders including affiliated leagues and clubs etc.

2.Issue cheques in respect of affiliation fees/entry fees due, purchases made, work carried out and prize money gained via competitions etc., etc.

3. Attend periodic meetings of the SCGBA Executive Committee, and present financial reports to these meetings.

4.Administer the annual Public Liability and Personal Accident insurance provision for all SCGBA affiliated leagues and clubs. This includes both the Endsleigh scheme administered by the BCGBA, and all other policies taken out by individual leagues and clubs.

5.Submit monthly returns to HMRC throughout the financial year in relation to tax due on the SCGBA officers’ Honoraria payments, and to pay the relevant amounts each month to HMRC. Complete/submit year end returns to HMRC, and issue P60 End of Year Certificates to the Association’s officers.

6. Administer the Government’s People’s Pension scheme for the Association’s officers (every three years).

7. Convene/Chair periodic meetings of the SCGBA Finance Committee.

Chance To Pay Your Respects

posted Nov 18, 2020, 5:39 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Posted at the request of Newport BC in relation to a late club stalwart:

"Cliff Emery’s funeral will be held at the Telford Crematorium on Friday 20th November at 1.30pm

"Cliff’s funeral cortege will be passing the Newport bowls club at 1pm

"Due to the limit on numbers at the Crematorium, if anyone would like to pay their respects, Phil (his son) is asking that they gather outside the club at 1pm

"Thank you”

Looking On The Bright Side . . .

posted Nov 15, 2020, 6:56 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Officers are now making tentative - but positive - plans for the 2021 season following 3 successful November meetings via the Zoom video conferencing app, logged into by all but 5 clubs. 

And they hope to make further progress with developing a potential programme for 2021 after the end of Lockdown 2, which is on Wednesday 2nd December.

Hopefully the Covid-19 picture will become a lot clearer by then and a start can be made to serious talks with all 26 member clubs at another Zoom meeting, to be held all on 1 night on Tuesday 8th December.

The agenda and log-in details for this meeting will be circulated after Lockdown II ends but, as club representatives who logged in to the November meetings already know, a lot has been going on despite there being no fixtures this summer.

The League took great pride in being the only one in Shropshire to promote a competition in 2020 (with sincere thanks to host club Edgmond) and is delighted that Mike Beckett has decided not to retire just yet and will continue at the helm of his superb results systems for all his local leagues, including the MSBL.

A new-look website is on the way for 2021 (with Steve Wall at the helm) and officers will do everything they can to back the Let’s Roll and Return To Play initiatives (with Pauline Wilson to the fore) aimed at relaunching the sport with as many bowlers as possible as soon as we can.

Despite there being no main sponsorship from Molson Coors this year due to difficult trading, all clubs receive a grant of £42.50 to cover the cost of their 2020 BCGBA (£35) & SCGBA (£5) affiliation fees and the BCGBA handbook - and clubs will be asked to vote at the December meeting on how much honoraria officers are to be offered this year.

That will be an item on an agenda that will be accompanied by a questionnaire that officers would like clubs to circulate to their members to try and get a better understanding as to how their bowlers view 2021. They need the info to hand early this time around so decisions can be made if League fixtures can re-start come April, May or June . . . whenever!

But officers are positive that there WILL be League action in 2021

Clubs And Their Bowlers Matter

posted Nov 12, 2020, 11:50 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Released from Club Matters (Sport England) via the BCGBA:

Our helpful tools, videos and advice from other organisations within the sector, can be accessed via our dedicated hub page here: Club Matters Coronavirus Guidance
The resources include:
·        Business Continuity Planning 
Our Return to Play resources will continue to be available via our website too for when the time comes to return: Club Matters Returning to Play

Our Return to Sport/Activity Surveys, which ran during July and August 2020, revealed that regular, effective communication was key to keeping members/participants and volunteers connected and engaged during lockdown and encouraging their return on reopening.
The findings showed that:
  • When clubs/groups get their comms wrong or they’re inconsistent, people feel; hesitant, nervous, confused, worried and neglected.
  • But when they get their comms right, people feel; valued, grateful, optimistic, excited, trusted and expectant.
Good communication can help people stay connected during these difficult times and can help ease anxiety around returning to sport/activity when the time is right. Communicating and engaging as a virtual club and making the most of social media channels has never been so important.
Our online guides have been updated and are here to help:

Game Over (For A While) Again . . .

posted Nov 4, 2020, 11:50 AM by Malcolm Fletcher


Hi everyone,

Regardnig another change in (Covid) restrictions from Thursday, 5th November. 

Having read these we are of the opinion that there is no way crown green bowling can take place within a safe environment and, in consultation with the BCGBA, we are directing clubs/players to stop crown green bowling from Thursday, 5th November 2020.

We appreciate this may cause disruption to on-going winter leagues, club competitions (internal and open) and casual bowling.

But our view is that the health and safety of our members is of paramount importance and overrides other considerations.

When these restrictions are lifted/amended we shall issue further directions.

In the meantime all stay safe

Zooming Ahead - 3 Times Over!

posted Nov 2, 2020, 9:04 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

A series of League meetings, to be held via the Zoom conferencing app, starts tonight.

Delegates of the first 9 member clubs alphabetically have been asked to log-in tonight by 7pm, 9 more tomorrow and the final 8 next Monday (November 9), to discuss:.


1 – Chairman Sean Round to open meeting with ‘Zoom’ welcome

2 – Update on how each club is coping with the pandemic

3 – Secretary’s Report – Malcolm Fletcher

4 – Treasurer’s Report – Celia Miles

5 – Honoraria – clubs to be asked to vote on amounts to be paid for 2020

6 – Planning for 2021 – urge clubs to canvass bowlers ASAP on playing plans

7 – Future meetings – including the 2021 AGM

8 – Any Other Business

More Bad News

posted Nov 1, 2020, 3:28 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Newport BC have been in touch to pass on the sad news that Cliff Emery has passed away.

Club official Steve Anyon - who is also the League's auditor - requested: "Can you please post on the League website that Cliff Emery passed away last Saturday.

"We were hoping to do something at the club, but that can't happen now (after the latest lockdown news)."

Cliff's passing follows on from news last month that fellow Mid Shropshire stalwarts Keith Mears (Trench & Edgmond ) and Alan Brierley (Bridgnorth) had both died.

Deadline & Vacancy

posted Oct 26, 2020, 12:43 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Member clubs have been reminded that the deadline for any rule change proposals to be considered at the 2021 AGM to be with the general secretary - in writing - is Saturday 31st October.

It looks likely, at this stage, that the League's AGM in January will have to be held virtually, probably via the Zoom conferencing app.

And to get clubs and their delegates prepared for this eventuality, the League will hold a November executive meeting over 3 nights during the first week of November - having held a test meeting for those who are not IT or Zoom savvy on Wednesday night.


"The County Chairman has received notification from Brian Kitson that he will not be seeking re-election as County Treasurer for the 2021 season. He will be standing down on 31.1.21

"We must thank Brian for all the hard work he has done over the 13 years he has been in office, he will be missed!

"I will be advertising the position on the county website as soon as I receive the job specs from Brian.

"I would be grateful if you could give me an update on how you are progressing in finding my replacement, time is running out as there is just 14 weeks to my retirement . . ." 

Tier 1 Guidance Update Issued

posted Oct 23, 2020, 2:40 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire are in Tier 1 under the Covid Restrictions

And a new Tier Level Guidance update has been received from Sport England via the BCGBA and county assocaition.

They are are advising that local guidance is also checked on the local authority websites for any specific local issues.

Current guidance - Tier 1 (medium)

National restrictions, introduced from 24 September, continue to apply.


National governing body-approved organised team sport, exercise classes and outdoor licensed physical activity and sport participation events can happen in any number provided they're in line with Covid-secure guidance.

The ‘rule of six’ applies to informal sport.


Organised individual and team sports that have been through return to play protocols can continue, while adhering to the 'rule of six', which means playing in a group of no more than six people.

There are exemptions to this: under-18s, disabled people and, if for educational purposes, over-18s, can play in any number.

Other indoor activity, such as exercise classes, can continue in larger numbers based on the size of the venue, provided that people are in separate groups of up to six people and socially distance, or larger groups if they’re from the same household or support bubble, which do not mix.

Gyms and leisure facilities can stay open, and the ‘rule of six’ applies to informal activity.

Return To Play Funding Opportunity

posted Oct 21, 2020, 12:21 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Sport England have today launched a new £16.5 million fund to give additional help to the sport and physical activity sector during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Return to Play Fund will support groups, clubs and organisations who’ve been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle the disease, and is part of its overall response to the crisis that now includes more than £220m of government and National Lottery funding.

Sport England chief executive, Tim Hollingsworth, said the fund would particularly focus on tackling inequalities in activity that have worsened over the last six months.

“A key priority for us has been to support our sector and all those who deliver sport and activity,” he added.

“The disruption we've all experienced over the past few months has been unprecedented, with the ability to be active being just one way we’ve been affected, particularly at a time when keeping active and healthy has never been more important.

“With ever changing restrictions and measures being put in place throughout England, there is a continuing urgent need for us to try and support grassroots organisations to put in place the necessary support to safely get everyone active in local areas over the coming months.”

The fund is made up of 3 parts and is ready to accept applications

For full details use the link: Sport England Return to Play Funds announced

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