Stratton Churchway Bowls Club

Stratton Churchway Bowls Club - Covid 19 coronavirus

Covid-19 Updated Guidance – 2nd June

2nd June, 2020 by Alistair Hollis

The Government confirmed yesterday (Monday 1st June) that groups of six can now meet outside provided people from different households observe social distancing (staying at least 2m apart).

This is good news for bowls, as we are aware many of our clubs that have opened, or wished to reopen, felt the previous Government guidance on numbers was restrictive, a number observing that pairs in particular could be played safely in accordance with social distancing.

Whilst the Government guidance now enables triples play, clubs may also wish to consider alternative formats with reduced numbers per rink – for example singles and pairs – in order for social distancing to be more easily maintained.

We have updated our guidance and FAQ accordingly as attached and encourage all clubs who do wish to open to take time to look at how they can operate effectively and safely within the new limits, while strictly adhering to public health guidance around hygiene and social distancing.

The key changes in the latest guidance reflect:

  • The increase in number of people permitted to participate together on a single rink;
  • Provision for clubs to consider attendance by spectators;
  • Provision for clubs to consider additional equipment;
  • Increase in number of people that can receive coaching at any one time;

These changes are being reviewed by the committee and currently they have not been introduced as yet by the club

Return to Sport – Government Guidance

14th May, 2020 by Matt Wordingham

The Government (DCMS) published its full guidance on the return of outdoor sport and recreation, including lawn bowls, last night.

We have updated our bowls-specific guidance, for DCMS approval, in line with this and shall issue once DCMS approval is received.

Should you wish to view the Government guidance in detail at this stage, please go to:

We kindly request that any specific enquiries you may have for Bowls England on the reopening of bowling greens awaits circulation of our bowls-specific guidance.

Free Support for Clubs during COVID-19

3rd April, 2020 by Matt Wordingham

Bowls England is urging clubs to sign up for the latest Coronavirus information at Club Matters – the ‘one stop shop’ to keep your club functioning during the crisis without leaving home.

Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help organisations to develop, grow and become more sustainable.

A series of dedicated Coronavirus resources and toolkits are available now to support clubs – from funding and business continuity to operating committees virtually.

David Tucker, Bowls England Chair, said: “Clubs all over the country are experiencing lots of challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic however there are lots of things that can be done during this time to keep your club in the best position possible for when we return to the green. Club Matters provides some valuable tips, tools and ideas from the safety of your own home, so we would urge clubs to sign up now.”

To visit Club Matters go to:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Financial Support for Clubs

31st March, 2020 by Matt Wordingham

Bowls England has prepared guidance to inform clubs of financial support that may be available to them during this period of uncertainty.

This includes details of schemes available via Government at local and national level, plus information on the £20million Community Emergency Fund announced today by Sport England.

Click here to view the guidance document

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A (FQA) Frequently Asked Questions document has been released on the 20th March 2020 (Issue 1)

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Stay up todate with the view from Bowls England. 


Message From Swindon & District Ladies Committee dated 24th March

As you know, at the Government’s instructions no sports are taking place.

  1. The Committee have decided to cancel all leagues and competitions for this year.  If we do get on the green later in the year, Clubs can arrange friendly fixtures with each other.
  2. Message from Sue  -  all Clubs who have paid Affiliation and Competitions will have their money refunded.
  3. Website is going to be updated with the removal of all the irrelevant dates .
  4. We will try and go ahead with the Annual Luncheon so as we can get together and celebrate our friendship and, most of all, our health at the end of a very challenging year.  Please note change of date for the Annual Luncheon to Saturday, 14 November.
  5. The Delegates’ meeting will be cancelled.
  6. The S&D Representative games will be cancelled.

The Committee hope you all keep safe and well.

Message from Bowls England 23rd March

Stay home, stay safe, stop the spread’. 

That’s the message from Bowls England to its members and clubs in response to the latest Government guidance on the Coronavirus outbreak.

Bowls England last week announced the cancellation of all its domestic events ahead of the 2020 lawn bowls season including its National Championships, and now wishes to ensure that members and clubs play their part.

Tony Allcock OBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “Understandably Bowls England has been inundated with enquiries from clubs and county associations regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. Within the past week we have made decisions regarding our events that would have been unimaginable only a month ago. However, from the enquiries we continue to receive there is clearly still some confusion within our membership as to whether they can continue to participate in the sport of lawn bowls at club level during this period.

“At this stage, we must urge our members to follow the Government’s latest guidance, which clearly asks every person within society to stay at home if at all possible to help to stop this disease from spreading – and this is an appeal to everyone, not just those aged over 70 or the 1.5 million of the most at-risk people who have been told that they should stay at home for 12 weeks.

“Again, we encourage our members to keep an eye out for everyone within the bowls community during this time, for example by maintaining contact and undertaking shopping for those who are isolated, with special thought for those members who may live on their own. A telephone call, e-mail or Skype to another member of the bowls community will, I am sure, be welcomed at this time. We are also in the process of producing a ‘Bowlers’ Workout’ in order to keep members fit and active during isolation and/or working from home, so we’re all ready to play when bowling resumes. We would also encourage members to support their club financially by continuing to pay their annual subscriptions in order that the clubs will be there for them when we are able to resume bowling.”

Bowls England will be providing support and advice to clubs and county associations over the coming weeks and working on a number of initiatives including club recruitment and a potential ‘Festival of Bowls’, which will be subject to Government guidance.


All members should now have received a copy of the club statement issued on the 30th March and 1st May

Swindon and District Mens Statement Covid 19 coronavirus 2nd Statement.doc

Swindon & District Bowling Association
Covid 19 coronavirus Statement 5th June
Your Club will have received the latest advice/guidance from Bowls England, issued this
week, on how best to proceed should you wish to open your Green. Having reviewed the situation I am contacting you to let you know that the S&D Committee feel that with the on-going restrictions regarding safe distancing it will not be realistic or safe to proceed with any league games this year. We have therefore taken the decision today to cancel completely the 2020 Afternoon and Evening Leagues.

Covid 19 coronavirus Statement 19th March

Firstly I would like to correct one item in the previous statement I issued. Reference to the cancellation of the Bowls England National Finals programme was in relation to the Indoor Competitions only. My apologies for any confusion caused. However Bowls England has since issued a statement now indicating that they have cancelled their entire domestic programme of events.

The Committee has continued to review the situation and has formulated the following plan of action for both the S&D Afternoon and Evening Leagues in the coming season.

We propose to cancel ALL league matches in the first half of the season. The season will now start at the end of June or early July with the reverse fixtures programme. Clubs will just play each other once and although this will mean that some clubs may play more away fixtures than home (or vice a versa) it will not necessitate the revision of Club Fixture Cards.

 Obviously further postponement or cancellation of the programme may be required as the situation develops but at least this way there is a chance to salvage some of the summer programme.

The Association Friendly Match programme will also have to be curtailed with the likelihood that most matches will be postponed or cancelled. I think it is safe to say that the matches scheduled for May and June will NOT take place at that time. Further details will follow in due course.

 We have also reluctantly decided to cancel the S&D Competitions this year. With the latest restrictions on unnecessary association many of our members will be excluded or feel unable to enter anyway thus making the competitions meaningless.

Individual Clubs must decide whether or not to proceed with their own Club Competitions and Friendly Matches.

The Committee will continue to monitor the situation and keep clubs informed

From Babs Salter – Bowls Wiltshire Ladies County President 2020

In view of the current status of the Corona virus and the uncertainty of the future, Bowls Wiltshire Ladies are cancelling ALL bowling events until the end of June.  We will review the situation nearer the time and try to keep you all updated.

Bowls Wiltshire Mens Statement  -19th March

As a consequence of the current Emergency measures arising from the effects of the COVID-19 virus Bowls Wiltshire Men are following the advice of the UK Government and Bowls England.

We have already seen the closure of Bowls Clubs throughout the County.
We are therefore compelled to Suspend ALL Men's Leagues, (4RL & 3RL), and other Bowling events for the foreseeable future.

Having watched the latest presentation from Prime Minister Boris Johnson the current prediction is that the "tide will start to turn" on the defeat of this disease in around 12 weeks which takes us to the end of June.

We will, of course be reviewing the situation as events unfold and will
attempt to give statements on a monthly basis.

Due to the changes we are making in the 4 Rink League system for 2021 we will need to formulate a system for creation of the "Premier" Division. This will be advised later in the "Season".