The 2020 SEASON IS OVER
2020 has been a year that most people will never forget due to Covid-19. The pandemic caused the cancellation of all league and friendly matches with other clubs for safety reasons.
Nevertheless plenty of bowling took place during this long hot summer with the organised roll-ups well attended by members. The last roll-up took place on Saturday 10th October. The matches were heavily contested but fun too.
A big thanks must go to Geoff, the club's chair and the committee for enabling the club to open for bowling at the end of May and keep it open. Strict government guidelines had to be followed throughout the season, keeping pace with everchanging advice to ensure everyone was safe.
Another big thanks to the "Green Working Party" which was established to maintain the green throughout the season. They did a fantastic job, the green played perfectly to the last bowling date.
Work has already started on the green for next year.
Let's hope next year will be better than this year.
ADDITIONAL ROLL-UPS TIMES
Organised "roll-ups" will now take place:
every Tuesday afternoons - ready to roll at 1430 hours
Every Thursday mornings - ready to roll at 1030 hours.
And Saturday "roll-ups" will continue - ready to roll at Midday .
Of course you can still bowl at your leisure at any time on any day, however the green is mowed on Tuesdays and Saturday mornings.
You are reminded when visiting the club to ensure you sign the Attendance Sheet and practice safe distancing.
"GREEN WORKING PARTY"
A green working party has been established and they will meet each week and take responsibilty for general tasks around the green area.
Really good turn out last Saturday for the club's first "roll-up" of the season. It was good to see so many friends and colleagues again.
Ladies and Gentlemans changing room are open but only for storing bowls and equipment. Note: Only one person allowed in the rooms at any time.
"ROLL - UPS, ROLL - UPS"
Commencing on Saturday 25th July 2020 and Saturdays thereafter "roll-ups" will begin starting at 1200 hours. We look forward to seeing you at the club. Due to Covid-19 rules no more than thirty people are allowed at the club at any one time. We need to continue to Stay Alert and Stay Safe by keeping socially distant.
The Bar will be open with separate entrance and exit doors. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 rules the club is unable to provide food.
Don't forget to sign the "Attendance Sheet."
"GREEN MAINTENANCE AND MOWING"
Please note: On Tuesdays of every week the rinks will be unavailable for use until after 1100 hours due to the above.
On Saturdays of every week the rinks will be unavailable for use until after 1200 hours due to the above.
"RINK BOOKING SYSTEM CEASES"
Members are no longer required to comply with the "rink booking system."
Members can play at anytime and all 6 rinks are open. However in order to comply with Covid-19 track and trace rules, members MUST sign an "Attendance Sheet" that can be found on the table by the clubhouse door prior to playing. Instructions about the information required can be found on the sheet. Any questions, please contact Geoff.
"LADIES CAPTAIN RESIGNS"
Denise Armstrong has resigned from the above post and left the club.
Pete Armstrong has stepped down from the role of the club's Green Ranger with effect from last Saturday.
Pete was responsible for the maintenance and care of the bowling green. Thanks to him for his hard work and dedication in producing a high quality bowling green.
Arrangements are already in place to ensure the standard of the green is maintained.
CHANGE TO "RINK BOOKING SYSTEM"
With immediate effect Denise will no longer take the bookings and keep records for track and trace purposes of the club's "rink booking system." Thanks to Denise for undertaking this very important task.
Geoff Holmes has taken over this responsibilty. Please call Geoff on his mobile between the hours of 1000 and 1600 to book a rink.
It is imperative that members book rinks and not "just turn up" and play. It is a requirement of opening the club under COVID-19 rules that records of people who visit the club have to be maintained for track and trace purposes.
Visitors are welcome to come along and bowl at the club providing they are accompanied by a club member. A small fee of £3.00 for each visit is required to play.
A SAFE ENVIRONMENT TO PLAY AND ENJOY BOWLS
The systems and procedures put in place by the committee to ensure safety and social distancing is proving successful.
Thanks to them we can all play bowls again.
It is understandable that some members may be nervous about to "getting back on the green" in the current situation. I too, fell into this category but needed to see for myself. I booked a rink and I felt extremely safe at the club following the rules and thoroughly enjoyed bowling again. Although aching the following day I have visited the club a few times since it opened. Having spoken to a number of other members they too, were nervous at first but they all felt safe.
The "Rink Booking System" is working very well, don't forget to contact Denise when you want book a rink.
The green is in good shape, Barbara is consistently beating me, and the "rink booking system" helps maintenance and wear and tear by using all the rinks.
It will be great to see you all back soon.
Les Samuels the club's Chair, Men's Captain and Committee Member has resigned these positions with immediate effect. Les said it was not an easy decision for him to make and he now feel's it's the time to step back and he just wants to concentrate on, and enjoy bowling, and will see out the remainder of the season at Margate BC.
Les will be available for "one on one" coaching sessions on Monday evenings at 1800 hours, please contact him to arrange.
Geoff Holmes (Treasurer) said that since Les arrived at Margate he has played a major part in helping to build the club and is extremely grateful for his undoubted committment, support and loyalty not only to the club, but also himself. Geoff added, he cannot thank Les enough for his contribution to MBC and they have become good friends.
THE CLUB IS NOW OPEN FOR BOWLING
I'm delighted to write "the club is open for bowling to members only."
Members have been notified of the very strict safety rules and procedures now in place at the club, and at all times, must adhere to the requirements. These rules and procedures are in line with guidance from Bowls England and designed to keep everyone safe.
Members should also be aware of the introduction of a "rink booking system" designed specifically to ensure social distancing.
Should you require any further information, please contact a committee member.
Many thanks to the committee for making this happen.
Hello Club Members,
As yet the club is not ready to open for bowling but a date is nearing.
The committee have been working extremely hard prior to opening to ensure the safety of everyone is paramount. Strict rules of guidance has been issued by Bowls England.
The green is looking well and a few jobs still need to be completed.
I hope to inform you soon when we can get back on the green.
MESSAGE FROM LADIES CAPTAIN – DENISE ARMSTONG
Dear Club Members
Just to give you all the latest news, as you all are aware we are unable to open the green tomorrow 25th April due to the current coronavirus situation. Hopefully as things improve and the lockdown is relaxed we will be able to play later in the season but as with everything at the moment we must wait and see what steps are taken next.
Pete is continuing to maintain the green and due to the club remaining closed at present is also carrying out some extra out of season work whist he has this added window of opportunity. The green is looking really good and by the time you are all allowed back it will be even better. If you look on our Facebook page you can get an idea of how it is coming on.
When we are given the all clear to open the club we will be in touch to let you know but before we can begin to bowl there will need to be a period when we arrange for some work parties to complete the necessary works that need to be carried out prior to bowling.
Please ALL keep safe, continue to keep the club safe by keeping your distance for now and therefore making it a safe place for Pete to continue his hard work.
Good health, hopefully see you soon Denise
We have received information from the Isle of Thanet Men's Bowling leagues that due to the current situation, both the Premier and Combination leagues WILL NOT TAKE PLACE this season.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - 18th March 2020
It has been decided by the commitee to close the club until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
During the closure there will be essential maintenance carried out on the bowling green by Peter Armstrong our Green Ranger.
The committee wishes for you all to stay safe and well.
18.3.20 - Please note: Sadly, The quiz night scheduled for April 17th 2020 has been cancelled.
2020 SEASON - OPEN DAY IS
SATURDAY 25TH APRIL
Come along for the first roll-up of the new season, we look forward to seeing you all.
A light buffet will be available during the early afternoon. We have a new coffee machine too.
Newcomers who want to try their hand at bowling are also very welcome. Come along to the club anytime after 1030 hours on the above date, where you can be assured of a warm welcome with plenty of people willing to show you how to bowl. Flat shoes or trainers are ideal to wear on the green and bowls (woods) are available.
For further information telephone Les Samuels (our men's captain and club coach) 07734 392710
We are pleased that over 12 new members have joined the club this season. Les and Geoff would like to thank them for choosing to bowl at Margate and, in addition, thanks to our existing members for their continued support.
THE NEW SEASON - MORE MATCHES
An exciting season awaits, with a significantly increased match fixture list providing many more bowling opportunities for all members.
The club have entered the East Kent Mixed Triples League, this entails six teams of three bowlers playing in matches.
The club have entered a team to play in the Ladies Isle of Thanet League, two triples per match. A very competitive league. This season the club has a new ladies captain Denise Armstrong.
The club have entered a men's team in the Men's Isle of Thanet Premier League, three triples per match. This league has top quality bowlers playing in it.
In addition, the club have entered a men's team in the Men's Isle of Thanet Combination League, two triples per match. Another league with very good players.
As well as the above we have our usual friendly matches.
The club has purchased 12 new "bowls pushers" and hope they arrive for the start of the season.
OUR BOWLING GREEN
It often goes unnoticed how much work on the green is undertaken throughout the winter months, notwithstanding this work carries on during the season as well. We all turn up at the start of the season expecting to bowl on a very good green.
An incredible amount of work has been put in by the Green Ranger, Pete Armstrong and his Tonto's to ensure our green is ready to play on at the start of the season. It is looking in good shape but there is still some work to do in the coming weeks. More money has been invested on the green this year. Thanks Pete for your commitment.
ROLL-UPS DURING THE SEASON
Organised roll-ups will take place on Tuesday afternoons commencing at 1400 hours and Saturday mornings at 1030 hours if no matches are scheduled to be played.
Future quiz date:
Our next quiz will be on Friday 17th April, at 7.30 pm. SADLY THIS QUIZ HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
As usual, entrance fee is £8.00 if you're having fish and chips, or £3.00 if not. If you'd like to book a table, email Les on [email protected] or phone/text 07734 392710.
Fezuleles fundraiser night
A good night was had at our fundraiser on 31st January, in aid of Caring for Connor. See our Facebook page for video evidence!
Beat the January blues
... with a night out at Margate Bowling Club. On Friday January 31st we will be having a fundraising evening at the Club, with entertainment provided by the Fezuleles. There will be a fish and chip supper (cost: £8 per head), plus a £3 entry fee which will be donated to local charity Caring for Connor. Start time is 7.00 pm. For more details, contact Les on 07734 392710 or email [email protected]
AGM and Christmas party
Our AGM will be held at the clubhouse on Friday 29th November, starting at 7.00 pm. The nomination sheet for Club officers is on the notice board.
This year, our Christmas party will be held on Saturday 7th December. Start time is 7.15 pm. Entertainment will be provided by singer Frank. Entry fee is £3 per head. Drinks are available from the bar, but bring your own refreshments.
Macmillan coffee morning - Sunday 29th Sept
Last Sunday's Macmillan coffee morning made over £260 - a fantastic achievement! There were games of hoy and a raffle, accompanied by lots of home made cake, sandwiches and sausage rolls. Thanks to everyone who helped and provided food on the day.
This weekend (Sept 21/22), we had our competition finals. Results were as follows:
Men's championship: winner, Bob Taylor. Runner up, Les Samuels
Ladies' championship: winner, Trisha Ball. Runner up, Miriam Ibbotson
100 up: winner, Trisha Ball. Runner up, Alan Marden
Handicap: winner, Bob Taylor. Runner up, Barbara Marden
Yard of the jack: winner, Trisha Ball. Runner up, Brian Hodgson
The weekend culminated in our memorial event which started off with a spider, followed by a pairs competition which was won by Pete Armstrong and John Mann. We were lucky with the weather - despite a promised downpour in the weather forecast, there was only a light shower. After the bowling was over, we enjoyed a huge buffet prepared by Carol Holmes.
To change the subject, the date of our next quiz has been moved back to November 1st. The quiz will have a Halloween theme - spooky dress is optional! See poster below for details.
Our next quiz will be on Friday 13th September; the QM will be Sue Samuels. At the last quiz we introduced a small change - instead of doing a raffle we had a couple of games of hoy instead, which people found very enjoyable. (If you haven't come across hoy before, it's a type of bingo that uses playing cards.)
We will be having a Macmillan coffee morning at the clubhouse on Sunday 29th September, from 11 am onwards. (This date has been rearranged from Sept 27th.) Please let Les know if you would like to provide any cake!
Our fun day on June 29th was indeed a lot of fun. It was too hot to do anything too strenuous but we did do some bowling, and also ate the magnificent buffet prepared by Sue Samuels. Check out the gallery below for pictures taken by Alan Marden on the day.
Just a reminder about our fun day, which will be held on Saturday 29th June from 11 am to 4 pm. This will be similar in format to the open day we had at the start of the season, with fun bowling activities and refreshments. Drinks will also be available from the bar. If you're new to bowling and would like to give it a try, then why not come along? Wear comfortable clothing and flat, closed shoes.
Our next quiz is on Friday 5th July - see poster below for more details.
We have added two more friendly fixtures, suggested by Dane Park - these will take place on two Wednesdays in August. Download an updated fixture list for more details.
Visit our match results page to see results for the friendlies and men's and ladies' league games.
The competition draws have now taken place - please go to the in-house competitions page to see who you're playing against!
Big thank you to everyone who helped with our open day on 27th April - there was a good turnout despite the weather being cold and windy.
Every Sunday during the season, Les will be doing a coaching session from 10.30 till 11.30 am. Juniors from seven years and up are also welcome, provided they're accompanied by an adult guardian.
The bar will be open from 11 am on the Sundays when we're not playing a friendly, with bingo from 11.30 onwards. The first bar opening will therefore be Sunday 12th May.
Our next quiz is on Friday 24th May.
We will be having five in-house competitions this year, with a £1 entry fee for each. To download an entry form, visit our "Info for Members" page. The draw for the competitions will take place in the clubhouse on Friday 10th May - 7.30 pm start.
Our 2019 fixture list is now available to download - click on the "Info for Members" tab. Please note that as the season progresses, there may be changes to the fixture list. So if you end up with two different versions in your files and you're not sure which is the most up-to-date one, look at the "Last updated:" footer on the bottom left of the page.
3rd February 2019
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8th January 2019
Happy New Year! Hope you had a good Christmas. Just to let you know that Margate Bowling Club is now one of Thanet Community Lotto's "good causes" - if you haven't yet signed up for the Lotto and would like to support us, see our Support our Club page for more details.