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Nov 2020 Update 1

By Kim Buggins Biddenden Bowls Club

Monday, 16 November 2020


Biddenden Bowls Club Contributor


On a wet and windy Sunday afternoon the bowls season seems a long while ago but plans are already underway for next year which will hopefully be a bit more straightforward than 2020!! We wanted to let everyone know about some essential repairs done over recent days, remind people that Sue J is still doing her fund raising baking and that the AGM is taking place via ZOOM on Wednesday 25th November.

Repairs to the Club House Roof

End of season checks discovered a bad leak to the roof at the kitchen end of the club house. It became clear that wood had rotted and water was getting in under the felt. A quotation was obtained but in the current climate expenditure of £1000 seemed too much of an outlay although it was clear that the roof had to be repaired. So, a volunteer led option was agreed upon. Compliance with COVID essential maintenance guidance was a given.

With rolls of felt, timber, adhesive, guttering, brackets and screws the team of Jim, Paul, Ralph and Brian found a gap in the weather and undertook the work during daylight hours on Thursday and Friday before finishing off on Saturday afternoon. Norman was also involved in preparation as the large black water tank had to be emptied, moved and the stand repaired. Brian emptied and moved the tank whilst Jim and Norman repaired/relaid the slabs.

The "boys" contributed some 60 volunteer hours and approximately £250 was spent on materials compared to a roofer quote of circa £1000 .... a real contribution of £750!! A quality job has been done with the roof well tested last night with gusty winds and 30mm of rainfall.

The photos attached show the before and the after as well as several in between. Apologies that Ralph does not appear in any - he was there but turned out to be the only photographer. For a full set of pictures of the damage and work done have a look at All Around the Green.

A massive well done and thank you to these regular work crew members who certainly went above and beyond on this occasion.

Sue J's Baking

Sue has already contributed a massive £250+ to club funds from her sales of cakes, pies and savouries. She is continuing to offer her baking and delivery or collection can be arranged. Please have a look at her page on the club's website and let her know your orders. Having today picked up a coffee and walnut cake, an apple pie and some sausage rolls we are in a position to recommend!!! Without our quiz and presentation dinner and having lost Tractorfest and Ladies Day income over the summer as well as most 2020 match fees and raffle income, every bit of fund raising matters!! Well done Sue and thank you.

AGM 25th November 2020 7pm ZOOM

Full details of the AGM including all the reports are displayed on the AGM page on the website. Please try to come to the meeting (virtually of course) and have a look at the reports and nominations before then. If you cannot come please let Kim or Jeannette know as well as any proxy votes which you might want to exercise.

The reports will not be read out at the meeting but any queries or comments will of course be invited.

Ladies County Knockouts 2021

13 of our Lady Members have entered for next year's Kent County Knockouts from our most experienced to our newest members. Entries have been made in pairs, triples and fours as well as the Benevolent Triples and 2 Woods. Big thank you to Ann who has co-ordinated and organised the entries.

Contact Information

Kim Buggins

  • 07795802630

Find Biddenden Bowls Club

The Green, Gordon Jones Playing Fields, Tenterden Road, Biddenden, Ashford, Kent, TN27 8BB


Additional Information

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.