EDGWORTH BOWLING CLUB
Bolton Road, Edgworth,
Bolton BL7 0AP
Condition of the green:
The bowling green is currently undergoing some remedial work to address the surface water retention problem seen at the end of the last season and over winter.
This is a problem we had 10 years ago and was resolved by more frequent aeration and three applications of a specialist enzyme based soil conditioner. The first course of treatment took place mid April.
We have also had to rope off a section of the green where the problem is at its most severe and to re-seed a couple of bare patches.
Additional drainage was put in during October, plus all the gulley drains cleaned and checked for flow, by a small army of volunteers.
We are continuing to closely monitor the condition of the green in preparation for competitive league matches to start mid May.
The green is ready to open for bowling on Monday 12th April.
In line with National Governing Body (BCGBA) Guidance, we use the Green Booking System that was in place last season. For ease of access, there is now a link to the Booking Sheet on the Club website, which can be found at http://www.spanglefish.com/edgworthbowlingclub/. You will need a password to the Members’ area. Please apply to Club Secretary if you do not have the password.
There are only three jacks available at the moment. The limit under Stage 1b and Stage 2 (from 12th April) of the Government lockdown Roadmap for Social Bowling has been defined by BCGBA as up to six people or two households only permitted on the Green. This limit will remain in place until Stage 3 of the Lockdown Roadmap, i.e. 17th May at the earliest.
For organised bowling activities such as club competitions, it is now permitted for these to be held with higher numbers (16 max) on the green. When the committee feels that it is able to run such activities then further notices will be issued and the Website updated.
We have had to rope off a section of the green for your safety (and to protect the turf) as the resolution of the surface water retention problem is ongoing. It is expected that we will wait until all the green is playable before holding formally organised competitions.
We have allowed bowling slots on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to be booked. However, access to the green cannot be guaranteed at these times as green maintenance MAY take place and will take priority. If the Greenkeeper needs to carry out any activity then please vacate the green and re-book for another time.
The club has recently purchased a portable hand washing and hand sanitising station which will be positioned at a convenient point at the side of the green, to encourage hand washing / sanitising of bowls, jacks etc and to remove the need to enter the clubhouse.
There is also a separate stand-alone hand sanitiser station which will be positioned on the other side of the green. Please avail yourself of these facilities.
The clubhouse will only be open to access toilets and only when there is a keyholder present.
The range of Barlow Wi-Fi has been extended outside. Look for “Barlow Guest” or “Reading Room” with the password 216Bolton.
In summary -
- The green opens for pre-booked Social Bowling from Monday 12th April.
- You MUST pre-book a slot, identifying ALL bowlers (for NHS Test & Trace purposes).
- There can only be a maximum of six bowlers on the green at any one time, using up to three jacks.
- You MUST be a Club Member (i.e. have paid your membership fee for 2021) in order to use the green.
- You MUST maintain Social Distancing on or around the green. If you are around the Green, please limit your interaction to groups of no more than six or two households.
- You MUST NOT come to the club if you feel unwell or show any of the COVID 19 symptoms.
Failure to comply with any of the above could result in disciplinary action and your access to the green being revoked.
It is also recommended that you utilise the QR Code check-ins displayed around the green to record your presence at the club, for Test and Trace purposes.
The latest BCGBA Guidance will be available to read from the club website and our main Facebook page.
Welcome back everyone, happy bowling.
Andy Warman - EBC Secretary - 07482 628500