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Coronavirus - Statement No. 4

posted Apr 3, 2020, 5:44 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
Date issued Friday 3rd April: 

Dear member club officials and all MSBL bowlers,

This week, as you will all know, should have seen the first fixtures of the 2020 season with the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division and top 3 divisions due to have sprung back into action.

But we all know the situation by now and the whole sporting scene has shut down so we as crown green bowlers are not alone – and we need to try and keep a positive outlook to get through this health crisis.

And one step forward this week has been a trial run of video conferencing, via a site called Zoom, set up by the League’s IT guru and webmaster Steve Wall.

The League’s officers are planning a virtual meeting next week (via Zoom) at which they will discuss more fully their contingency plans in case the suspension notice is lifted to allow them to organise some kind of competitive half season.

It could be that a video conferencing meeting is held with club officials in the near future to get feedback on those plans – when the current lockdown situation changes.

It’s encouraging news too that the county association (SCGBA) has urged the sport’s governing body, the BCGBA, to reconsider their request for payment of both the club affiliation fee (£35) and for 2020 handbooks ordered.

Sadly, no reply to their ‘reconsider email’ sent on March 23 had been received by the start of April from the BCGBA. And as county secretary has told affiliated clubs: “If we do not receive a reply by the end of April we will have to send a payment request to you for their fees.”

Paying public liability insurance is another concern for member clubs at a time when they are starved of income with very few annual subs being paid, mainly because they can’t meet up with their bowlers.

This is another issue the League wants the SCGBA to take up with the BCGBA – why should clubs pay for such insurance when there is no bowls being played? Surely, in this technological age, new (and reduced!) insurance bills can be issued in line with a date when the suspension of the sport is declared over. As it stands, Endsleigh insurance policies are due to be renewed by April 30 . . .

Officials of member clubs are urged to complete the Sport England survey issued this week and explore all the avenues of possible grant funding that are posted under the Coronavirus icon on the homepage of this website.

And to try and help them and their bowlers get through these worrying weeks, a 21-up quiz with questions all about the Mid Shropshire League will be launched under Competitions this weekend. If you take part, keep the answers with you and I’ll sort out a marking system before the end of the 4 week period. Who knows, there might be a prize for the best score!

As always, the message from your League’s officers is to take care, stay safe and healthy. Check the League’s website regularly for any updates and remember, if you need any help, advice or just want a chat – we are at the end of the phone for you all.

Malcolm Fletcher (General Secretary)

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