“FACE MASK Update: on checking with EIBA and the government guidelines we must ask everyone to wear FACE MASKS whilst in the building except whilst playing bowls, or eating and drinking. This brings indoor clubs in line with shops, and other indoor spaces when mixing with non-household members at less than 2m. Please remember also to keep your distance from others where at all possible, particularly when in play.
Drinks will be served to your table to avoid any gatherings or queues and reduce contacts.
There is plenty of hand sanitizer around the building, including the rinks, for your use and safety.
DRESS CODE: from 1st September dress code should be Greys please.”
There are still a few spaces available for Thursday 3rd September Club Sessions (9.30 to 12.00 noon) – please email the club, or call/text Sally on 07788 738831; don’t delay: first-come, first-served basis!! We are still limited to 24 persons on the Rinks, but the more the merrier!!
We are Open for Play; limited hours and limited rinks due to Covid19 guidelines.
Monday – Roll Up 9.30 to 12.00,
Wednesday – Rinks to book 9.30 to 12.00,
Thursday Roll Up 9.30 to 12.00 AND Rinks for booking 12.00 until 2.30pm.
For those who don’t want to play for a full session it’s worth mentioning that on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, members are welcome to come and play from 12.00 until 1.00pm (£2.50 including coffee/tea) but please book as we are still only able to play 4 rinks.
Sessions will be added as demand increases so please let me know if there is a preferred time and where possible we will accommodate!
All sessions are very busy so early booking essential! Additional sessions will be added as demand requires.
Members £5 including a free coffee/tea
Visitors welcome £7.50, also with a free coffee/tea. Selection of Bar drinks also available.
Distancing measures are in place to keep everyone safe and anxiety-free.
You will of course appreciate that the majority of members are considered to be vulnerable and that the Directors have, morally and legally, a duty of care to you all. After reviewing advice published by the Government, the EIBA and our insurers you will all have received a copy of the Club’s Covid-19 Operational Policy. An updated Version 4 is attached – please read it carefully and note the amended rules introduced, highlighted in italics.
Before you can play you must provide written confirmation that you have received and agree to bebound by the terms of the Operational Policy by signing the checklist upon arrival at the Club for the first time. You also need to ensure, for possible Track and Trace, that your attendance is registered.
It is not considered feasible to run any leagues, at least until the start of the Winter season, and the sessions will therefore be roll-up only for a maximum of 24 players. All bookings for the first week must be made in advance by telephone with Sally on her mobile 07788 738831 between 2.00pm and 4.00pm Monday to Friday. Payment by contactless debit card should be made when you arrive – if unavoidable notes or coins should be shown to reception staff before being placed in the marked boxes. Please do not turn up at the Club, even if you don’t intend playing, without having made a prior reservation.
The lounge and bar will be open but please refer to the Operational Policy and follow the regulations.
Welcome back – Happy bowling!
IMPORTANT. PLEASE READ THE OPERATIONAL POLICY. (Click on the link, below):
In the current circumstances we have no option but to postpone the AGM originally scheduled to take place on 23rdApril. All Directors and Officers will in the meantime remain in post.
The Directors have taken all possible steps to reduce ongoing expenditure and are pleased to report, with confidence, that the Club has sufficient financial resources to survive the foreseeable future.
We propose including brief reports of the past year’s activities in the next issue of Wickers World whilst copies of the summary accounts will be available, later in April, on request.
We wish you all the best in these difficult times and again remind you that we are here at the end of the telephone if you need any help or just feel like a chat.
The Directors –
Brenda Bennett, Richard Purssell, Joan Moffat, Dave Fleming, Mike Reid
This event was a new one put forward by Lynnette Stock, Ladies President of Kent Ladies Indoor Bowls Association and all clubs within Kent were invited to take part.
There were ten teams participating, of which Sevenoaks Ladies were one of them. A round robin of four games of one hour duration in which 7/8 ends of rinks were played. Sevenoaks Ladies won on two, drew on one and lost by just two shots of the fourth game.
We came away with a £50 cheque for the club by coming third in this event, ably assisted by Diana Whybrow (Oyster) who subbed for us at position 2 due to the sickness of our fourth player, she was one of two subs on standby for which we thank her. Sevenoaks team were made up of Margaret Elsdon, Ann Munro and Clare Jolley. Very well done.
Our final mixed friendly game against Winget Bowls Club was a great afternoon as usual with seven triples in play. We were a little shaky at the beginning, but then went on to gain momentum winning 6 games and losing on 1 with a resounding victory of 166-78. Winget had not played at Sevenoaks before but said they greatly enjoyed the afternoon and look forward to coming back next year.
In the light of the latest Government advice the Directors have no alternative but to close the Club with immediate effect and for an indefinite period.
Current indications are that this closure will be for a considerable period and that all proposed activities and functions will now not take place.
We will keep the situation under close review and will immediately advise members of any change. Please contact Richard Purssell on 01732 461510 if you need access to club to retrieve belongings.
It would be appreciated if you could relay this information to other members you know who do not have internet or email access.
We look forward to seeing you all again in the not too distant future. In the meantime – keep safe and well.
It is with regret that due to insufficient numbers, understandably, we have decided to cancel both the Mother’s Day Carvery and Florence’s Chinese Meal.
However we hope, after the current health issues have subsided, these events will be re-arranged; watch your emails to keep up to date with Club affairs and events.
Prince Arthur Ladies 10
After having a good win against Prince Arthur on our home ground two weeks ago the Sevenoaks Ladies set off to Gillingham for their return match . A number of the regular skips were unavailable and so several ladies found themselves playing out of position. Joan Moffat stepped up to skip her team of Dot Fuller, Linda George and Lynn Thomson, all of whom had a very good game leading until the 17th end when Prince Arthur got 7 shots. Joan’s team clawed back to draw on the 19th end but unfortunately lost 1 shot on the final two ends, so the final score and our best rink 19 -17, so a win for Prince Arthur
Sadly, the other 4 rinks couldn’t match the Prince Arthur Ladies on their home green.
Despite the score it was an enjoyable afternoon.
SEVENOAKS LADIES 1/2 ASHFORD 9 1/2
100 SHOTS TO 124
Three and a half hours bowling for just half a point, we deserved better!
Sylvia Steifel was captain of the day against her former club and what a high scoring game it was on the captains rink. 24-29 in favour of Ashford, 53 shots in 21 ends.
Rosemary Tuck, making a welcome return to KL games and playing as skip, helped her team to a spirited performance. In a very tight finish, Sevenoaks needing 5 shots on the final end to draw, gave the opposition a fright as the shots mounted up but finally only managing to score 4. Anne Welch’s foursome went into the final end 12-12 but despite a valiant effort, could not prevent Ashford scoring a brace.
Linda George, Sally Garvey, Joan Moffat and Ann Munro were responsible for the half point drawing 16-16. Shirley Christian played well in her debut KL game and we hope she will have enjoyed the experience enough to put her name down again.