Members June Newsletter (updated)
Chat from the Chair,
Dear members, so far since opening the club this season we have been blessed with excellent weather and results from our competing bowlers - long may both continue!!
We have also been fortunate in attracting both new playing members, and purely social ones to the club who are both valuable to the prosperity and longevity of our Club going forward.
We have decided that there will be a social committee who will help to arrange and run an extended programme of social events this year through the winter season. If you feel that you would like to be part of this informal committee or have some ideas for events to pass on please contact our Secretary to discuss.
Please do check the relevant pages of this website for details of matches and Club events etc.
Don’t forget to check the ‘Dates for your Diary’ section of this newsletter with all the latest information. Even if you are not bowling we welcome spectators to support our teams during the competitions.
Together we can make this a successful season for our Club and I look forward to seeing you soon.
This has undoubtedly been a challenging season for all clubs with the delayed opening and constantly changing Covid regulations to cope with. However, there is much to celebrate with the return of valued long term members and an unexpected increase in new members who are helping to invigorate and re-energize the club.
It has been so rewarding to see experienced players giving up their time to nurture our new members and pass on their invaluable experience. This has really helped our club members bond together and bodes well for the future.
Please do come down to the club and sign up for matches or help with refreshments for roll ups on a Tuesday (10.00) and Friday (14.00) or matches.
Report on Green and Club ;
Despite an unseasonably wet April which adversely affected the condition of the green, recent spells of dry weather has improved it substantially.
The clubhouse and facilities have also been maintained and improved since the end of last season. This is largely thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers who come to the club every week. As the saying goes ‘many hands make light work' and we are always looking for anyone who can spare a few hours a week to come and assist. No skills are required and it is a rewarding way to improve the club for all of our benefit. We are normally at the club for maintenance on a Monday and Friday from 8.30 – 11.00 if you want to pop along and there is always someone to put the kettle on when we pause for a chat.
Do feel free to give me a call if you have any questions. Keith Grubb; Keith.firstname.lastname@example.org
Competitions;ChrisFitzgerald; Please use this website to access continual updates on club matches and for competition news and results. You can also contact me directly;
I am pleased to inform everyone that we have successfully negotiated a new lease for the grounds of Chatham Bowling Club from Medway Council and have secured a further 20 year lease. Our rent has been increased, and as previously, will do so every 5 years by RPI. With this knowledge we will be able to factor this increase into our budget in future, where previously we waited to hear with held breath! We welcome back some previous members to our club as well as very much needed new members. It goes without saying that the revenue received from membership is a major part of our financing and the more people we can attract keeps our membership fees down for everyone. This year we offered a reduced membership renewal, sharing with you some of the money that we had been successful in obtaining through various grants and donations and with the new lease now secured we anticipate using these grants to make improvements to your club.
Quite a few social events are in the planning, so do come along and support them and make your club a place to go throughout the year and not just during bowling season.
Eileen Price; email@example.com
You will all know that effective communication is the lifeblood of any organization and CBC is no different in that respect. We embrace diversity and want to encompass all modes of communication to keep our members promptly updated with events.
A big welcome to our new website and many thanks to Chris Fitzgerald for all his hard work in setting this up. Members can now access a more effective forum of communication which reflects the stature of our historic club but also encompasses our commitment to move it forwards.
We would also like to start contacting members who opt in for WhatsApp messaging, but I will also continue to email, call or post out newsletters and other information for those of you who prefer those methods of communication.
I have attached a form so that you can indicate how you wish to receive information from your Club and would appreciate you completing this and returning to me either by email, or dropping off to the club during roll ups or by post to me.
This will enable me to update our records and ensure that we have all bases covered.
We have been as you will be aware, complying with the extended term of Covid Regulations which has placed some restrictions on which events we can do. This has meant that we have had to push back our anticipated Charity day and Quiz night from July to August.
Following HM Government lifting of restrictions on 19 July and advice from Bowls England we are able to welcome members and visitors to the club house to use the facilities as normal.
Members and visitors are requested still to register when arriving and leaving the club, but this is more for Health and Safety general principles than track and trace. You are not required to wear a mask when using indoor facilities but should feel free to do so if you wish.
Should there be any changes to guidance I will keep you informed.
As a new member myself, what I am really struck by is the incredible warmth and support shown by CBC members. This does make all the difference and means that despite everything thrown at us we have already made this a really successful and enjoyable season.
Let’s keep going forward together – brighter times are on the horizon.
Maria Boultwood; Secretarycbc1@outlook.com; 07847413525; 28 Park Crescent, ME4 6NR
Dates for your Diary;
KCBA Ladies Triples Benevolent Day;
28 July 9.00 am – donations of raffle prizes/and or cakes to make this a special day would be much appreciated – please bring along on the day and clearly mark any cake containers with your name. Thanks for your support.
Friday coffee mornings ( just chat & social – no speakers);
Saturday August 7 or 14 TBC
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