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Dear Members,

We would all agree that the world is currently a vastly different place! Those of you who have returned to the club since lockdown have witnessed first-hand our efforts to adapt our game, whilst offering members the opportunity to socialise and enjoy their bowls in a safe environment. You may also have noted that we have been careful to operate efficiently, closing the club during our quieter periods. It should be emphasised that the club is in no immediate danger and we wish to remain open for our members but alongside increased costs, our income is greatly reduced due to National and County playing restrictions which we must adhere to for the time being.

In line with the rest of the leisure sector, we face a very tough year financially. As a live illustration, I have just taken stock of last weeks' takings. Compared with the corresponding week in October last year, the Bar takings are 81% less and the Rinks till is 48% down. It is obvious to all therefore, that a prudent financial approach is required.

A detailed Financial Forecast (our likely receipts v costs) was presented to the Board of Directors last week and an Action Plan agreed with the purpose of safeguarding our current assets and ensuring that the club is self-sustainable in the short to medium term (taking us through until at least September 2021).
The following points make up that Plan and their implementation will ultimately realise the majority of revenues required to safeguard the club's future:

• Use of the Job Support Scheme for our staff
• Continued use of the highly successful voluntary support roles (Covid Facilitators)
• Further consolidation of fixtures and closure of club during inactive times
• Restoration of Bar Lounge area with chairs at distance – No Standing & table service only
• Completion of 2019/20 Competition Finals Programme (Rinks to be charged for)
• Encouraged participation in Club Competitions for 20/21 – Forms available in lounge area
• Rink fees to be increased to £2 per Hour for roll ups and competitions and match fees to be £4 - Commencing 1st NOVEMBER 2020. (This will be reviewed again in April 2021 and will be reduced if circumstances allow)
• To have one single Membership classification for Playing Members above the age of 18 years ('Full Membership')
• Full Membership subscriptions to rise from £40 to £50 from 31st December 2020 with the Social Membership remaining at £15. (This will also be reviewed in September 2021 and can be reduced if circumstances allow)

Additionally, the Directors favoured an idea put forward by a member during discussions on Social media. The Club is already indebted to everyone who has contributed voluntarily to our funds throughout the lockdown period. A magnificent sum in excess of £11,000 raised by members' donations has already helped towards bridging our financial gap, and we are also grateful to everyone who continues to support the Club via the Lincoln City Lottery and to each and every member who has committed to league bowling throughout the current winter season.

Any member who wishes to make a donation of £10 or more to the club over and above their regular Annual Subscription, will receive one chance to become a Life Member of the Club. This 'Prize' is offered as a way of thanking those members for their extraordinary loyalty, care and generosity and will be drawn at random with the winner announced on Easter Sunday 2021. All members who have previously contributed amounts above £10 will receive automatic entry to the draw.

If you would like to contribute, please ask me for bank details so that you can transfer funds directly and I will log details.

In summary, the Club needs a prudent approach and an injection of funding whilst being unable to operate at full capacity and I thank you all in anticipation of your support and understanding of the issues we face.

Danny Brown
General Manager

This Statement is issued by the General Manager on behalf of the Board Directors and is endorsed by their Chair Molly Rackham and our Club Management Committee Chairman Dennis Skayman


To keep you up to date, there are 3 new items in the menu area on the left of this web-page:
  • Coro Bookings - a list of the rinks and time slots that have been booked or are available to be booked. 
  • Coro Documents - more detailed information of the Back to Bowls Policy. 
  • Coro Videos - visual guides to the new club procedures. 
Key 'Back to Bowls' information is contained in the document that we distributed to members by both letter and email outlining our plan for a safe and sustainable return to indoor bowls. Click on the link below to view a copy:
PLEASE NOTE - Before booking however, it is vital that you note two key conditions that apply:
  • Face Coverings are Mandatory. This is subject to a weekly Club Status review, so if you cannot wear one for any reason, please wait until this requirement is relaxed before you return to the club. Anyone NOT wearing a mask will be refused entry.
  • You MUST AGREE to play by the rules of the club in force at that time. Full and upto date details are available at the menu item 'Coro Documents'. 

 Noticeboard extract:
Covis Steering Group Update - Monday 12th October 2020  
   - by Danny Brown

The steering group will now meet via Zoom on a Monday night.

At this week's meeting it was acknowledged that there is a need to improve on social distancing at the point players alight the bowling green after playing their matches. Very often the entire rink is trying to share one bench and all of the great efforts people have made during the game to adhere to the 2m rule are sometimes undone in this brief period!

Given that the staggered Match starting times are working very well, it was agreed that the time is now right for reinstating member's locker access - PROVIDED THAT THE GUIDEL ....... ....... .......

...Click here to read the entire article.

 Noticeboard extract:
   - by Dennis Skayman

Entry Forms are in the club for the first batch of this season's winter competitions

Entry fees £1 PER PLAYER

Eric Hunt Men's Singles
Club Mixed Pairs
Men's Pairs
Linda Oates Pairs (open)
Over 60's Mixed Pairs
Australian Pairs
Club Mixed Triples
Blackbourn Triples (men)
Prince Triples (open)

Plate competitions for all first-round losers
Note Triples matches will be schedule at 6.30 on Friday's

Entries Required by Sunday 18th October
Draw's to be published after 25th October

Entry Forms are in the club f ....... ....... .......

...Click here to read the entire article.

 Noticeboard extract:
   - by Dennis Skayman

Finals Dates
Dress code whites & greys
Note: The club would appreciate players contributing rinks fees on this occasion
Thanks in advance

Thursday 22nd October
Rink 1 12:00
Over 60s Mixed pairs (4 bowls) Boultham Park Jubilee Trophy
Kath & George Draper v Sheila Plaskitt & Mick Thompson

Over 60s Mixed pairs (4 bowls) Boultham Park Jubilee Trophy Plate

Rink 3 12:20
Over 75s Pairs (4 Bowls) Frank Cleaver Cup
Roy Horne & Keith Richardson v Don Skayman & Mike Smith

Sunday 25th October

Rink 1 12:00
Club ....... ....... .......

...Click here to read the entire article.

 Noticeboard extract:
Club League Tables update  
   - by Dennis Skayman

Club League Tables update

With league games now assigned to a set rink at different start times it is throwing a spanner in the works of our current league website software.
Danny has worked hard producing captain sheets manually and if anyone requires an updated sheet ask at the bar.
Meanwhile he is working on either getting the current software updated or producing a manual system to input league results and produce league tables for this season.
He is hoping to have something in place by early next week so be patient.

Reminder of league formats for this season
Morning, Afternoon & ....... ....... .......

...Click here to read the entire article.

 Noticeboard extract:
EBF Competitions up-date  
   - by Dennis Skayman

EBF Competitions

With the decision from EBF that they will continue with this season's competitions to a County Final stage Danny has redone our inter-club dates.
Key dates below, for full draw see competition web site

Men's Singles
Preliminary rounds played by 31st October
Quarter final played by 21st November
Semi final played by 12th December
Final qualifier played by 23rd January

Men's Pairs
Round 1 played on Friday 23rd October
Round 2 played on Friday 13th November
Final qualifier to be played on Friday 27th November
Lincoln B half place play off Saturday 12th December ....... ....... .......

...Click here to read the entire article.

 Noticeboard extract:
Covid-19 Steering Group 25th September 2020  
   - by Danny Brown

Following this week's steering group review the following main points will apply in the club from Monday 28th September:

In recognition of the fact that covid cases are rising both nationally and locally, TEMPERATURE CHECKS will be introduced upon entry for ALL VISITORS. For the additional safety of members and staff anyone displaying too high a temperature will be refused access.

The Alert Level will remain at 4b allowing for leagues to continue but with a maximum of 6 players per rink only.

Other than for Sunday AM Triples sessions, the club will close it's doors to members at the ....... ....... .......

...Click here to read the entire article.

More Noticeboard -

Click here to read...Restaurant Service - Monday & Tuesday
Click here to read...Covid 19 Players Responsibilities on the Rink
Click here to read...Covid-19 Steering Group 11th September 2020
Click here to read...National Competitions update 28th August 2020
Click here to read...Covid-19 Steering Group 4th September 2020
Click here to read...DEMONSTRATION SESSIONS - 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th SEPT
Click here to read...Covid-19 Steering Group 28th August 2020
Click here to read...Covid Steering Group 21st August 2020
 To see ALL noticeboard items - click here
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