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Coronavirus and our Club (Updated Regularly)
Sunday 5th April
Wednesday 25th March
Club Funding for 2020
The next year is clearly going to be a difficult one for clubs and businesses of all types. It is vital that our Club receives enough income to cover those costs that will continue regardless of the amount of bowling we are able to enjoy. Please see Steve’s attached analysis and help if you possibly can. We want our Club to still be here so that it can flourish again whenever bowling can restart.
Monday 23rd March.
The link below is the statement regarding Coronavirus from Bowls Devon.
Saturday 21st March
Non Financial Matters
In the coming months it is going to be a difficult time for all of us. Hopefully, but not for certain, we can get back on the green towards the end of the bowling season.
Bowls England, in line with most sports clubs, are curtailing all bowling for the foreseeable future.
The Spring meeting is cancelled and all our games are on “hold” or abandoned.
In the meantime we have to keep the club running. The green team will continue to keep the Green maintained and we will try to keep everything else in good order.
Wendy has put together the fixtures for this season, but we are not going to format it into fixture books unless we start bowling again later this season; in which case it will be produced when needed. You can view and dream of the fixtures we were to play by going to fixtures on the website.
Playing on the Green
You may be able to use the Green as individuals when the Green "Opens". In April the Executive will provide an update based on the government's guidelines.
The club requires an income to meet current commitments.
Our treasurer, Steve, provides us with a figure of £8600 for the year and has developed a very good scheme that will help the club survive. Details will be published shortly.
Wednesday 18th March
Bowls England Announce
“Cancellation of all domestic events - Support for Clubs - A plea for Members to stay loyal to their Clubs”. We will be receiving updates and advice as time goes on. If you wish to read the Bowls England note click this Link
Our next update should be Friday or Saturday when your Executive has put together a plan to keep things ticking over.
Emergency Executive Meeting
A number of items were discussed including membership fees and the implications of coronavirus. The Executive will issue a statement to club members next week.
Bowls England are meeting on Thursday and we hope they issue guidance to clubs to help us make some difficult decisions.
The Spring Meeting may be cancelled but that decision will also be made next week..
This page will carry any news and the impact of coronavirus on the club, games and activities.
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Schedule Of Work and Funding USBC Extension
Stage 1 - Build a “water tight” - completed externally extension
Stage 2 - Complete the internal work kitchen and changing rooms
Stage 3 - Move skittle alley and bar.
Project Description, Financial Management and Planning
Prepare documentation for grants and cost analysis
Sign up for Building Regs and Risk Assessment
Apply for Loan from Bowls England.
Submit Lottery agreement for March 3rd deadline
Submit ND community fund agreement
March 23rd 2020
Site preparation move fence and secure site at rear of the clubhouse
Apply for Fullabrook funding of heating and solar.
Order Building from Gosford. Decide if pitched roof is affordable (£9000)
Site meeting with Gosford to do detailed design.
Apply for grants and extra sponsorship for equipping and finishing the clubhouse.
September 2020 (end of bowling season)
Block off the gents WC/rear part of the changing room in line with the rear wall of the main building.
Demolish the changing room and tool shed at rear
Dig foundations and lay drains
Build oversite walls and pour foundations.
Late September Remove Asbestos Roof material
Tarpaulin the roof.
Deliver and assemble the building on site.
Clad the exterior walls of the new building
Reroof the old building
Roof the new building
Fit windows and doors
Plasterboard the new building and skim
Build stud walls
Fit Internal Doors and cut through to the main clubhouse.
Fit Skirting boards
Commision the mens Changing Room WC and Store.
Paint internal walls of extension (members weekend)
Lay floor in extension.
At this point the clubhouse will be functional and we will have a new extension up and running.
Rebuild the new kitchen and ladies changing room.
Install new heating system
Rewire the clubhouse - New lighting
Lay floor in extension and skittle alley
Complete Disabled Toilet
Relay new floor.
Project Description, Financial Management and Planning
5 years ago we applied for the playing field at the rear of the Clubhouse to be released to the council, that took two years.
We then applied for planning permission for a flat roof version of the extension and a two-and-a-half metre extension at the east end of the clubhouse. Subsequently we applied for planning permission for pitched roof and this was also granted.
The services of an architect were used and the funds raised from Tesco's, and the Co-op has funded the design and an asbestos survey of the clubhouse.
All the time the Council has been informed of our progress. We hope to tie up the loose ends very shortly.
The £75K Lottery Grant.
We have received the terms and conditions and the agreement document. This document is being completed and the final tranche of documentation is being put together.
The Local Community Fund (£12.5K)documentation is being processed.
We are applying to Bowls England for a £20K loan, this loan should be serviced by the extra letting of the new extension and a scheme which we are putting together. Two members of the club are acting as guarantors. The loan is repayable over 8 years with an administration charge of £1400 giving an annual repayment of £2,700. We are hoping that the guarantors will not be called upon to make up the annual payments, and in due course we will be putting forward a plan to the members. We still have several months in which we can raise more funds and maybe not to draw down the loan, we are guaranteeing that the club funds will not be depleted by this repayment scheme.
Thus, without any other fundraising we have a total of £107.5K of funds which is sufficient to complete a flat roofed extension with a 10% contingency fund.
Already we believe we can add to the contingency fund by reducing costs. We have identified a £2000 saving by utilising the present fence. The builder will install posts and members move the wooden fence panels.
This is a tentative plan of the internal arrangement. There are several options to be discussed particularly with the bar personnel.
To get an idea of the relationship between the club house now and the new arrangement - the present skittle alley is roughly occupying the area between the bar and disabled toilet. The main sitting area is larger than at present and easily accommodates the tables in their current arrangement.
The shortmats shown in green will be taken up in the summer. In the winter access to the clubhouse will be via the end doors which will be replaced after the main work is complete. The yellow area will be concreted and leveled and it is hoped the doors will be moved to the light brown area marked.
13 Feb 2020 CJR
Presentation Evening 30 November 2019
Kick off time 7pm. The evening was a wonderful club night with an excellent 2 course meal provided by Janet and the team. A big thanks to all who helped and Wendy for the organisation. Presentation, raffle a bit of dancing what more could you ask for?
The presentation was done by Liz and Chris Lake. David Lake our president could not attend but is recovering well and sent a message of thanks to all for the best wishes and cards he has received.
Bowlers of year were Lyn Parker and Colin Hiles.
Presentation evening Pictures Below
CHRIS LAKE, KEITH ROGERS, LYN PARKER, KEITH ROCKEY
SUE DEANS,MIKE SMART, LIZ DAVIES, LEW BAGLOW
JOHN McNEILL , DAVID LAKE, COLIN HILES
DAVID ANDERSON, ROY ELKINS, JOHN HISCOCK
BERYL FOSTER JEAN BEER
SUE DEANS CHRIS LAKE
CHRISTEL RAINEY, DAVID LAKE
JOYCE DENNIS MIKE SMART
MENS TWO WOODS
JANE DUTTON, JEAN BEER, LYN PARKER
JOYCE DENNIS, CHRIS WEBBER, BRENDA WOOD
LADIES TWO WOODS
STEVE MARQUES,COLIN HILES
DAVID WOOD, KEVIN PARKER
NOEL BENNETT CUP
ALF BROWN CUP
BOWLER OF THE YEAR MEN
BOWLER OF THE YEAR
LADIES LYN PARKER