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Re-Opening of Bromsgrove & District Indoor Bowls Club

I am delighted to advise you that the club has been passed for opening – the Council’s health and safety representative visited the club on Wednesday and was extremely pleased with the measures in place and has not recommended any further measures.

Opening hours - We are therefore ready to open and I’m delighted to inform you that the club will open on Tuesday 1 September for bowling. In the first couple of weeks the club will be open from 9:30 to 21:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the club will be open each morning at 9:30 for the 9:45 and 12:00 sessions. On these days the club will either remain open for the 14:15 and 16:30 sessions or close and then re-open at 18:30 for the 19:00 session. From mid-September the club will be open each weekday from 9:30 – 21:00. The club will open at weekends during this period only if there is scheduled bowling taking place. We will monitor usage of the club during September and early October. Please note the club will be closed on Friday 11 September while the bowling carpet is professionally cleaned. There is also a chance of some disruption earlier that week as the conifers around two sides of the Charford green are being removed. If this impacts bowling I will let you know.

Social bowling and rollups - Some of you have asked what arrangements are in place for social bowlers. Until mid October there will be almost unlimited opportunity to roll up. From 19 October rinks will be available for all those sessions where leagues aren’t taking place – there are 3 less leagues than last season so more opportunity for social bowling across all 4 rinks most of the time (Monday – 1 session, Tuesday – 3 sessions, Wednesday – 2 sessions, Thursday - 3 sessions and Friday – 1 session). One slight change – the fact that we are only using 4 rinks clearly has a significant impact on our income. Therefore we will take bookings for individual roll ups and singles games but if rinks become full we may pair you up with other singles games or roll ups.

Taster sessions – It is the intention during September to run as many taster sessions as demand requires. We would normally have run a pre-season meeting for all members but this is not possible given current restrictions. Prize money for last year’s leagues will be distributed when this winter’s leagues start and fixture lists will be sent by email or will be available for captains to collect much nearer to the time that leagues are due to commence.

We do though want all members to have the opportunity to observe the changes to our building, have a go at bowling in the new environment, have an opportunity to ask any questions they might have and to empty lockers. Therefore we will be devoting certain sessions to these taster events – we will continue to schedule these until demand has dropped off.  You will get at least 1 hour bowling and the cost will be £2 per person. You will be able to book individually for these sessions. We recommend that all members take advantage of these sessions. Further details of when they are scheduled will follow shortly.

Changes to bowling procedure – The attached document details all the measures that we have put in place and what is expected of bowlers when they are on the premises. Please read this carefully before turning up to bowl. Most importantly don’t forget to bring a face covering with you and remember you won’t be allowed in the building until 10 minutes before your session begins.