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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