Club News Letters
Spring Newsletter 30th March 2021
Item 1: Membership 2021
It would be greatly appreciated if all members wishing to re-join the Bowls Club for 2021 could let Ray Anderson know as soon as possible please. The majority of last year’s members have already re-joined, but we need to have an accurate number for two reasons: we need to know how many bowlers we have available for our matches starting soon (end of April) and also we have to submit the number of registered members to the Bucks County Bowling Association (complete with fees) within the next ten days.
If you have a problem sending your subscription to Ray, please contact him and he will advise
Item 2: Guidance from Bowls England on “Return to play: Step 1” issued 26 March 2021
You should all have received this document issued a few days ago from Bowls England in response to the government’s easing of restrictions to allow outdoor bowls to resume from 29th March. We are holding a Club committee meeting (zoom) on Tuesday 6th April to discuss and decide on the implications for our Club and we will report asap after that to all Club members. As you can see from the document, there are various restrictions still in place, for example the number of bowlers allowed on the green at any one time, the use of
the Clubhouse and changing rooms, catering etc. Some of these are easy to decide, others not so.
Item3: Update on the Bowling Green etc
You will be pleased to know that Turfcare have now completed their work on installing the watering system we have waited so long for, particularly our long-suffering watering team who have spent many years of watering by hand, including all through the dry months of last year, even though the green was not being played on. I’m sure you will all wish to thank the dedicated members who have carried out that work. Turfcare have also completed the levelling of the green in the corner of “rink 6”, which is now recovering rapidly in time for the new season.
We have a new flag and flagpole, courtesy of Mark Smith. Thank you very much, Mark!
We are now planning to fill in the ditches around the green and will be requiring urgent help from members in the near future. I will contact you by e-mail or phone to let you know when this will be carried out.
Winter Newsletter, 1st December 2020
Item 1: Matches 2021
Match fixtures for 2021 are coming in fast and at present we have well over half of them in place. It is virtually the same schedule as for 2020, making it fairly easy to do the Fixture List for next year. They include the Spooner Trophy match between Cheddington, Wing and Winslow; to be held on Bank Holiday Monday 31st May at Winslow. We need to be on good form by then to wrest the trophy back from Cheddington to its rightful place at Wing.
Also we have had our offer to host the President’s match accepted once again. They do seem to enjoy coming to Wing; is it the green, or the food or the pleasant company? Maybe they just want to beat us one day! In 2021 it will be on Tuesday 15th June - which will not coincide with the Mixed 4s Gala at Wendover BC.
Regarding friendly weekend fixtures, following the unexpected sad demise of Wardown Park BC we had a couple of free slots to fill. Not for long, as an email to Chandos Park (Buckingham)BC offering a fixture resulted in two new fixtures for us.
No news yet of the Bucks League programme, but we have entered two teams for 2021 – firstly the famous Wing Arrows, who will no doubt be in Division 1 and also Wing Wobblers who will be looking for promotion from a lower division next year. Wing Wanderers have decided, after a strenuous season in 2019 holding up the rest of the teams, to take a sabbatical in 2021 and return refreshed to gain honours in 2022.
Item 2: Watering System
Yes, the saga still goes on! However, things are moving forward and I will try to summarise:
As you know, the Crowdfunding target of c£13,400 that we all contributed to was reached, with the help of a couple of large grants, last August. This meant we could begin negotiations with Turfcare to install our new system. Although Turfcare were helpful in keeping their quotation for the work to the same figure as when first made in July 2019, it was only last week that Wing Parish Council agreed to accept the quote and allow Turfcare’s initial invoice to be paid so that their work can begin. In parallel with this, a group of hardy Bowls Club members have been working to build a concrete base for the water storage tank. This has involved clearing and preparing an area at the back of the Clubhouse to accommodate a frame for the base. This came to a halt due to the latest lockdown, but it should now be possible to resume, weather permitting. The current team have requested help from more members of the Bowls Club to enable this to be completed before Christmas.
If you are willing and able to help to get this done please contact Ray Anderson asap: