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FINALS DAY - SATURDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2021
Four in-house club finals took place on a beautiful sunny day. Two finals took place in the morning followed by a magnificent buffet lunch and two finals were played in the afternoon. Many club members turned up to watch the matches.
The finalists gained their places after many of the matches leading to the finals were very close contests. Many went to the last end and in others, points totals were as close as one or two in some games. A few surprise results occurred too. The quality of the bowling throughout the competition was extremely good, contestants really raised their game with seven different players reaching a final.
The winner was Bob Taylor and the runner up was Alan Wood.
Bob took an early lead which was pulled back by Alan, many thought a surprise was in the offing. However, Bob's vast experience coupled with his undoubted ability pulled away to win another men's championship.
The winner was Alan Marden and the runner up was Doug Levy.
Alan went ahead in the match and stayed in front for some time, Doug then found his form and moved to within two points of the lead. Alan managed to eventually get the jack back and went on to win the match.
Yard of the Jack
The winner was Chris Downer and the runner up was Barbara Marden.
This was an eagerly awaited contest with both players in fine form in the run up to the final.
The match was, as expected, very close and throughout the first two thirds of the game either player could have won. Chris finished very strongly and went on to claim a well deserved victory.
The winner was Chris Downer and the runner up was Geoff Holmes.
Chris started the match very well, he scored heavily and continued to build a good lead. Geoff did everything he could but was unable to keep pace with Chris who was in terrific form. Chris powered on to achieve his second win of the day.
LADIES ISLE OF THANET BOWLING LEAGUE - 2021 SEASON
For the 2021 season Margate and Dane Park Bowling Clubs joined forces and played together as a team in the ladies league.
Match results at the start of the season which began in mid-May did not fare too well. The attainment of league points improved throughout mid-season but alas sadly tailed off in the last few matches. The last match of the season was on 2nd September.
Margate Ladies, Trish, Helen and Barbara would like to thank the Dane Park Ladies with whom they played with during the season. Special thanks to Lindsey who was key to facilitating the merger of the two clubs at very short notice which enabled the Ladies to play competitive bowls matches. Thanks also to all the other Dane Park Ladies involved. It was a pleasure play matches with you all.
A quiz night will be held in the clubhouse on Friday 24th September 2021. Come along and join us. The bar will be open from 1915 hours and the quiz will commence at 1930 hours. The entry fee is £3.00 per person.
Margate Bowling Club are holding a Social Evening on Friday 3rd September 2021. Come along and join us for a good night out playing darts, dominoes, cribbage and other card games.
The bar is open from 1915 hours.
QUIZ NIGHT HELD ON FRIDAY 13.8.21
It has been almost two years since the club held a quiz night and last Friday heralded a return. The quiz was very well attended and the results of the competing teams was close, however the "A" team eclipsed the other teams to claim victory. Many thanks to Sue Samuels for compiling and "calling out" the questions. It was a very good night and members and friends look forward to the next quiz. Date to be notified.
MEN'S ISLE OF THANET COMBINATION LEAGUE B
The Men's team finished a creditable second in their league and qualified for the play-offs. Next up was a semi-final match against a strong Walpole Bay side who finished top of Combination League A.
The semi-final match took place yesterday (29.7.21). After 13 ends (of a total of 18) both rinks of triples were neck and neck and the rink results could have gone either way. However Walpole Bay played extremely well and powered on to win both rinks and the match by an overall score of 36 to 26.
We at Margate, wish all the very best to Walpole Bay Bowling Club in the final.
COVID 19 - RULES CHANGE ON 19.7.21
With effect from Monday 19th July 2021 the Covid 19 Government Rules change. Members will no longer be required to sign-in on the Attendance Sheet. Members are permitted to move around the clubhouse and changing rooms as they wish with no restrictions on numbers of people in these locations.
The committee would like to thank all members for adhering to the previous rules and regulations put in place to keep members and visitors safe throughout the pandemic. Indeed, following the rules has kept us all safe.
In acknowledging Covid 19 is still out there, it is understandable that members may still wish to take precautions such as continuing to use hand sanitisers, wearing face masks and practise social distancing in and around the club. The committee find these actions wholly acceptable, with the added rider "we have come this far safely, let us continue to look after each other and "keep safe".
COVID 19 - 17.5.21 RULES REMAIN IN PLACE
With regard to the Government's ruling on 14.6.21 relating to the planned national easing of Covid 19 restrictions on 21.6.21, the Government said this change will not take place. It is envisaged this change may now take place on 19.7.21 subject to meeting the Government's criteria.
Taking this into account, club members are reminded to continue applying the Covid 19 rules and regulations adopted from 17.5.21.
These rules were designed to keep us all safe and have worked extremely well.
If members require any further clarification of the changes implemented on 17.5.21, do not hesitate to contact a committee member.
OUR FIRST FRIENDLY MATCH OF THE SEASON
What a glorious sunny evening to play our first friendly match of the season against SE Kent Police. The match commenced at 1800 hours with three mixed triples. It was great to experience a sense of "real bowling" again and thanks to the Police for making the occasion very enjoyable. Unfortunately MBC lost the match 56 - 42.
FURTHER LOCKDOWN EASING - CHANGES TO RULES & PROCEDURES AT THE CLUB
With effect from 17th May 2021 a number of changes will be implemented in line with Government and Bowls of England requirements.
There is no longer a need to book rinks. All six rinks can be used. Please note: players are asked to use rinks 1 and 6 on occasion to ensure wear and tear is spread evenly across the green.
Members attending the club must sign-in on the "Attendance Form" that can be found near the clubhouse entrance door. This is the same process used last season.This requirement is largely for "track & trace" purposes.
The existing Covid equipment cleaning regime will continue. Jacks, mats, pushers.
Up to 12 people are allowed in changing rooms. Our advice is to wear masks in changing rooms.
The clubhouse can be used for refreshments. Tables can be used with no more than six people seated at a table. Tables should have a minimum of 2 metres distance between them. Upon entering the clubhouse, masks must be worn until seated. When you leave your seat for any reason, you must wear a mask.
All of the above is designed to keep us safe.
If members require any further clarification of these changes and requirements, do not hesitate to contact a committee member.
Regular "roll-ups" will take place with effect from Tuesday 18th May 2021.
Tuesdays -ready to roll at 1430 hours
Thursdays - ready to roll at 1030 hours.
Saturdays - ready to roll at 1230 hours.
Notwithstanding the above members can if they wish, bowl at any time on any day throughout the season.
RINK BOOKING SYSTEM (RBS) AND FUTURE ROLL-UP TIMES
The RBS is working very well and more members are booking rinks and enjoying bowling again.
From 17th May 2021 as more covid 19 restrictions ease, the club will be introducing "ROLL-UP" times, these were very popular last season. The Roll-Up's will take place on Tuesdays, ready to roll at 1430 hours, Thursdays, ready to roll at 1030 hours and Saturdays ready to roll at 1230 hours every week.
As well as the above, members will still be able to bowl on any day, at any time, throughout the season.
RAMSGATE OPEN BOWLS TOURNAMENT 2021
The tournament commences on Sunday 1st August. Entry forms can be found in the MBC clubhouse. For further details contact Mariea Mills 01843593884
THE SUN IS FORECAST TO SHINE FROM MONDAY 12TH APRIL 2021
The weather forecast is for sunshine from Monday 12th April for a number of days. The Rink Booking System is open to take bookings, take advantage of the weather and book a rink.
THE CLUB IS OPENING FROM MONDAY 12TH APRIL 2021
Guidelines for using the Rink Booking System (RBS) have been sent to club members. It is important this system is adhered to in order to control numbers and keep safe.
Changing rooms can be used. The clubhouse cannot used until further notice.
The Ladies and Men's League Fixture lists have been produced and can be viewed at the club. Shortly the fixture lists will be shown on the website.
Friendly matches continue to be arranged. Watch this space.
See you all soon.
THE 2021 SEASON IS NEAR
The club are hoping to start bowling, in line with government guidelines, on or about 12th April 2021. This date has yet to be confirmed largely because there is still some work to be carried out the green and the impact of weather. The green is looking good, however where the foxes did not visit throughout the winter, one or two have returned to dig some holes in the green. Action is being taken to minimise and /or eradicate their presence.
I know many members have suffered from BWS (BOWLS WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS) and cannot wait to commence therapy.
Social distancing is still very important. Mat and jack sanitising and equipment cleaning is still required in line with last season's regime.
Because of Covid 19 there are still regulations to follow, as well as the above, there is a requirement for a rink booking system akin to last year to be introduced. This will eventually not be required as the government road map expands. Alan Marden will manage the booking system and further details will be sent to club members.
The club will be playing in both ladies and men's Isle of Thanet league matches and friendly matches too. Dates for these matches are to be confirmed.
Once the road map allows, roll-ups can commence.
Cannot wait to see you all back on the green.
Sadly late December 2020 Sheila Taylor passed away after a non-covid illness. There are not enough words to describe Sheila and, in particular what she meant to Margate Bowling Club. She was Margate Bowling Club. RIP Sheila.