This is your club, and it needs your help.
There are many jobs that need doing in order to keep the club, its buildings and grounds in good shape.
These jobs range from doing a bit of dusting and hoovering to helping with the green.
There is something you can all do.
Please help out, it does not have to be on a regular basis, every now and then would make a huge difference.
If you can spare a hour or two, please be at the club on a Wednesday or Friday morning at 10.00am.
Tea provided and maybe even a chocky bikky if you are really lucky.
HKBC COVID-19 RULES OF PLAY
Government guidance released on 13th May 2020 states: “You can play lawn bowls where facilities have reopened, but you can only take part in these activities by yourself, or with members of your household or with one person outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing.”
There is an off-site booking system for rink allocation. This is in order to limit the number of players at the club at any one time.
If you wish to play, please contact Tony Jaglo, either by WhatsApp or text message 07830 816 958
You will be able to book a 2-hour slot, 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm or 6pm-8pm
Only when your required slot has been approved by Tony will you be able to play.
Although the club will endeavour to provide antibacterial handwash and spray etc. please bring your own if you have it.
Please arrive 10 minutes before your allotted time and come changed ready to bowl..
Park a safe distance from other vehicles.
If when entering the grounds, there are already 6 persons present, social distance yourself and wait for your rink to be cleared. (This should not happen if rink times are adhered to)
Please wash your hands immediately upon entering the grounds with anti-back hand wash at the wash station provided.
Clubhouse and Facilities
Only one person at a time is to enter the clubhouse to use the toilet facilities, in the case of an emergency only, otherwise the clubhouse is to remain locked ad closed to ALL.
If the toilet facilities are used, please ensure you thoroughly clean everything you touch after use.
There will be no rubbish bins – players must take any rubbish away with them
Take any food or drink you might need with you.
Wash or sanitise your hands and sanitise any equipment (including bowls, jacks and mats) that you touch before and after you play – do not assume that the person before you has sanitised the equipment thoroughly.
TIP: Try disinfecting the edges (back and front) of the mat, ie where you put your hands. If you spray all over, the centre of the mat can get slippery and we do not want you falling over whilst trying to keep you safe!
Sanitise padlocks, keys and door handles before and after use.
Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to. You must remain at least two metres apart from other bowlers who are not part of your household, at all times.
To minimise the risk of infection, only essential items (as below) should be utilised during any session:
Mat (to be positioned by the same person at each end unless from the same family)
Bowls – Do not touch your opponents’ bowls with your hands and try to avoid measuring for shot/s
Jack (one per person - do NOT share a jack)
Scorecards (these should be retained by one person only if required)
To minimise the risk of infection, any other equipment is not deemed essential equipment at this time and should not be utilised. This includes:
Scoreboards / Bowls pushers / Ditch markers / 2m distance sticks / Chalk
The following playing formats are in accordance with Government guidelines:
Individuals can play bowls on their own on a single rink
Two individuals from two different households playing on a single rink (no marker)
Members of the same household on a single rink (no marker unless from same household)
Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to; you must remain at least two metres apart from other bowlers (who are not part of your household) at all times.
When you leave
When you finish playing, leave the club immediately – ensuring that you have sanitised all equipment used or touched and that the club is secure.
• Do not go to the club if you are experiencing any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or any cold or flu-like symptoms, in particular a cough or a high temperature. Use the NHS 111 website or helpline and seek advice. For your own protection, follow the advice about self-isolation if you are, or are living with, someone in one of the vulnerable groups • Dress appropriately before you get to the club to avoid the need to change clothes – change shoes immediately before and after your game • Travel to the green on your own or with members of your own household only – do not offer a lift to, or accept a lift from, anyone outside your household. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your allocated booking time.
No visitors/spectators to be admitted to the club
We hope you all stay healthy and that we all get through these challenging times by looking to help each other where we can. The coming weeks and months may also provide an opportunity for you to encourage members of your own household, who currently don’t play, to give bowls a try.
Meanwhile, keep safe, take care, look after yourself and, when you do return to the green, enjoy your bowls.
After play, disinfect mats and jack and place back in lobby. Do not hang around to mingle. I know you can meet one other person in a park at a safe distance now but we can’t have a dozen of you doing that because you’ll be tempted to stand closer and closer – we’re all such socialable beings! Check timings on the Guidelines in the Members’ section
Finally (maybe!). Some of you are on 12 week lockdown and still staying safe at home. That’s fine. There’s still a lot of summer left to bowl. Secondly, some of you will not have been out other than a quick dash to the corner shop and do not want to venture further yet. That’s fine too. Please do not worry if you feel frightened about leaving the cocoon in which you have been living. It is perfectly understandable. Take it in stages. Disinfect your hands before leaving your home and on returning. Keep the physical distance between you and other people. Use your common sense. Phone a friend! We’ve all been scared during the last 8-9 weeks and so we should have been! Talking to someone else really helps. The number of cases of the virus are coming down and as long as we all stay aware and alert, life will return to some sort of normality.
We will adjust. We are flexible!
Shout if you have any issues about the above.
THOUGHTS OF A NEW BOY
It’s Bob Bacon I blame. He lulled me into a new passion with sweet talk and free drinks, transport and promises of glories to come. Little did I know it, but I had to pay for the privilege, too. And, to be fair, it actually is exactly that – a privilege. The quality of the green, the pleasant surroundings, the hedges, shrubbery and plants around the green, the friendly welcomes from all members, the support and encouragement to play well (I’ve NOT managed that yet), the teas and food, the willingness of all members to make the club function well and, luckily so far, the fine weather that has appeared each time I have played. It is, as Bob promised, a lovely club. One day soon, in addition to my new white trousers, shoes, jumper, anorak and hat, I probably will need to obtain a good set of bowls. I like the ones I now have because they have a lot of bias and might help me to get in by the back door (if you’ll excuse the expression), but they are old and need checking. Really, I am just about kitted out for this hobby but what I need now is practice, practice, practice. This could be a life-changing interest which I will have to juggle my time to settle into – my other interests being family (wife Christine; daughter Frances with husband Chris and sons Andrew and Peter; son David with wife Dawn and daughters Poppy and Freya), Rotary (Sidcup Rotary Club and its other 39 members and the many interesting things we do), Boccia coaching (a less well-known sport for people with learning and physical difficulties – I’ll bore you rigid with my explanations if you ask me about it), keep-fit classes, singing as tenor in Serenade (Sidcup) Singers and (last but not least) mastering the ukulele and playing with the BUMS (Bexley Ukulele Music Society). How will I be able to fit all this in – as well as play bowls with HKBC? I can feel myself going into overload just thinking about it. And who’s to blame? Why – silver-tongued Bacon, that’s who it is.
Our first year experience at HKBC.
After many years bowling at Danson Park we moved to West Kingsdown 8 years ago. We found the continuous traffic to and from DPBC became to much hassle, so we decided to join a local club.
It was then decided to join a local club,as we knew some of the members at HKBC this was our obvious choice.
Since joining HKBC we have been given a warm welcome by all the members.
The clubhouse and all the facilities are very good ,which include a bar and outside seating,the green and surrounds are very pleasant where we can go and have a drink and a chat whilst watching bowls when we are not playing.
There are a lot of matches and competitions that we can enter which we have been getting involved in.
We feel we have made the right decision to join HKBC.
From Ray and Elaine Poulastides