July Update No 1
Biddenden Bowls Club
As the weather turns from being really hot to windy and much damper, members have been busy both on and off the green.
Our Intrepid Aviator by Jeannette
"What would you like for your birthday?" I asked Jim in April last year. "A Wing Walk" was not the reply I expected. "It is on my bucket list" was Jim's explanation!!
Over twelve months after this conversation and several cancellations later, Jim joined forces with Cheri Keeler and her Granddaughter, Mandy and despite a very windy and inclement day the "sponsored walk" took place on 2nd July at Headcorn Aerodrome when they were loudly cheered on by club members, family and friends.
The money Jim raised is going to the MS Therapy Centre in Canterbury and Cheri's chosen charity is the Parkinson's Disease Society. Both Jim and Cheri thoroughly enjoyed the experience whilst at the same time raising a significant amount of money for their chosen charities. Donations are still being accepted if you would like to support their chosen charities.
I will just buy him chocolates next year!! Thanks to Brian for taking some great pictures of Jim. My photographic efforts were spoiled as my hands were shaking so much!!
COVID 19 Competitions by Paul
The yard stick competition being played as a round robin with each game being played over 12 ends, is well underway with some great games already played. Bowlers are quickly realising that a long bowl is wasted!! Really great to see a lot of our newer bowlers playing and taking on their more experienced opponents. This really does bode well for future competitions over this very strange summer and in the future. Highest score so far is 25 by Norman and closest game 24 to 22 as Veronica narrowly beat Denise. The drawn pairs start next weekend and we are already thinking about more competitions which can be played within the guidelines.
COVID 19 Guidance - Don't stand so close to me
No major changes here but we would remind everyone that social distancing must be maintained at 2 metres. It is all too easy to drift closer than this both on and off the green but it is so important for the health and wellbeing of all that this distance is maintained. New posters have been put up but we would stress:
- Don’t be offended if someone asks you to keep the 2m space or moves away to maintain the 2m.
- If you see others too close, politely remind them to maintain 2m.
In the words of a great Police song
Don't stand, don't stand so Don't stand so close to me Don't stand, don't stand so Don't stand so close to me
Latest BE Guidance suggested that lined pedal bins are used to collect any waste (mainly disposable wipes used for hygiene) rather than everyone taking their own waste home. Pedal bins have been put in the accessible toilet and by the hygiene table. A cleaning rota is being put in place for regular cleaning of the accessible toilet and all the surfaces which may have been touched including the chairs and benches around the green. Remember though it is your responsibility to spray/wipe any surfaces or equipment which you have touched or used. Extra hand sanitiser and sprays are being put out and more have been ordered. The sanitiser is a bit “sticky” but it soon dries so please please use it regularly.
For the time being the club house remains closed and the maximum number of people on any rink is 4 with a maximum of 12 on the green (only alternate rinks in use). Up to 4 spectators may also attend. The booking system must be followed to ensure that the number limit is respected and so that we comply with the need to keep a log of attendees for “Track and Trace” if this were ever needed.
A second newsletter with more updates will follow shortly.
Find Biddenden Bowls Club
The Green, Gordon Jones Playing Fields, Tenterden Road, Biddenden, Ashford, Kent, TN27 8BB
Turn off the A262 (Tenterden Road) into Old Mill Court and then immediately bear left into first car park. Continue past playing field and to the right of the squash club. The bowls club is on the left at the far end of the car park.