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Latest news as at 31 May:


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OBITUARY. Members will be sad to learn that Peter Cook passed away yesterday morning. Our thoughts are with Doreen and family.

On  Friday the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE discussed: A Stage II plan to reopen the snooker room when Govt guidelines permit; pest control in and around the club house; the urgent need to cut the hedge adjacent to the main road; use of social media.


Your club does as well as most with social media but we could do better. Social media used properly has the potential to:

a. Raise the profile of the club;
b. Publicise matches and events;
b. Increase public interest in bowls;
c. Attract new members esp younger members;
d. Entice sponsors into a mutually beneficial arrangement;
e. Promote interaction with other sports clubs and community groups.

Perhaps, most important, social media can provide a platform for networking between members, becoming a source of ideas, news and views which would benefit both you and the club and help achieve some of the objectives mentioned above.

Alex White has agreed to be our first Social Media Manager and we are looking to members to help him develop this exciting new venture. Firstly, we would like to hear your views on social media; do you use our Web site and FB page and if not why not, should we do more on Twitter, would you like us to set up various FaceBook, Whatsapp and/or Webinair groups for the various discreet bodies within the club (e.g. ladies bowls; social events; moans and groans; snooker; ATL, meat draw etc) where nominated/invited group participants can exchange views, book tickets etc. 

Please take the trouble to give this some thought and let us know your views. E-mail Alex at info Allen at 

Latest Statement from BE

Last Thursday, the Prime Minister announced an easing of restrictions to enable groups of up to six people to meet outside. 

However, at the time of writing the current Government guidance for lawn bowls continues to state: “You can play lawn bowls where facilities have reopened, but you can only take part in these activities by yourself, or with members of your household or with 1 person outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing.” 

We are seeking clarification from Government on whether the announcement will lead to any relaxation in the current guidance for exercise and will update you in due course. 

For information, earlier this week we wrote to Sport England to request that dispensation be given to allow pairs play between members of two or more households and a response on this is awaited.

The CSSC Tournament on 7 August has been cancelled.

Our input to the new BE Membership Register is now complete. Thanks to members for their cooperation.

For members who can’t get to the club, you can at least enjoy the flowers. With thanks to Heather Rose.

Reopening of the Greens – Wednesday 20 May

Some members played multiple games, but we used 33 rinks out of 48 available, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Total number of players over the 3 days was 64.
Rules and guidelines can be found in this Action Plan. See Reopening of the Greens Stage 1
I have been asked to clarity the following:
Booking SystemThe booking system is in place to ensure that we comply with the need for tracking and tracing should anyone contract COVID-19.
Mats and JacksOne person from each rink should collect mats and jacks from inside the door with the keypad, adhering to the 2m social distancing rules.Each mat and jack should be cleaned before use, using the cleaning station provided outside, adjacent to the green you are playing on.Unless you are playing with members of your own household, each mat and jack should only be handled by one person.At the end of the session, your mat and jack should be returned to the boxes inside.

Greens are open on Mondays 2-8pm, Wednesday 2-8pm Fridays 2-8pm and Saturday 1-5pm
Rinks can be booked for the following times: 2-3.30; 4-5.30; 6-7.30 (weekdays) and 1-2.30 & 3-4.30 (Saturday) by e-mailing giving date and time requested;
The clubhouse remains closed except for access to toilets and hand washing facilities;
Bowlers can retrieve bowls from lockers on Wednesday 20th May 11am – 1pm and then take them home. Locker rooms will not be routinely available;
Roll-Ups will be solo or with members of same household or with one other person from another household;
Members feeling unwell should stay away;
Above all, comply with distancing rules, use sanitisers for cleaning hands and equipment, respect others and ENJOY.


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Captain’s Challenge; How is your man bun?  Pictures can be submitted from 1st June until 30th June to  

Our thanks to 219 members who have renewed their annual subscription. 


The Men’s County League and North Gloucestershire League have been cancelled for this season

Our thanks to a small band of volunteers who took the short mat up and reconfigured the lockers and changing room areas.

Last week’s Management Committee meeting discussed: 

  • Progress with Incorporation, the CASC test and bringing solicitor & accountant together;
  • Draft plans for further unlocking the club house;
  • Competitive bowls;
  • Greens maintenance and winter contracts.

Because all members of the Management Committee are confined to their homes, a sub-Committee with delegated authority has been set up to manage matters at the ‘front end’. We are grateful to George Bevan, Gill Dorman & Peter Babbage for taking on this important role.

Last Thursday I took part in a BE Social Media Webinar on developing a club social media strategy! Our use of social media compares very favourably with other clubs but there is still more we can do. The potential is shown on these slides webinar We will be looking for members to help with this; any volunteers?

The Winners of the May 100 Club Draw are: Graham Griffiths £50 ; John Winter £25; Mary Capper £15 & Bob Nelmes £10 

The Management Committee meet on Friday mornings using Zoom technology. If you have any questions for the committee please send them to

What is your committee doing for you? A few current things are:

  • Compiling the BE Membership Register. Have you provided your details?
  • Investigating ways of keeping your utility costs to a minimum
  • Looking at arrangements for a staged return to the greens
  • Making use of Govt grants
  • Looking to replace your archaic CCTV system
  • Pursuing transfer of the club to a Limited Company 
  • Setting up a small sub committee to look after matters at the sharp end

The Management Committee has decided to close the car park to avoid any risk to the several volunteers who were opening/shutting the gates each day. The car park will still be accessible to members and tenants via the padlock, but please take precautions when handling the lock which is in multiple use. Please ensure you secure the gate when you leave. The green keeper will be working at the club on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Useful Links: 

Here is your link to the May 2020 edition of Inside Bowls, the official publication of World Bowls:

The following link may be of use to you or you might be able to help them COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK

This is the main county council hub to bring people together. You can request or offer help as an individual or a business.

All County Competitions, the Glos Ladies League and the National Championships have been cancelled. The Open Singles has been postponed until after the Open Pairs in August. Men’s County League fixtures on 3 & 31 May have been postponed, the first half of North Glos League fixtures have been cancelled; it is hoped to resume the second half on 2 July. The Youth Academy Taster Day at Suffolk Square on Sunday 26 April has been postponed. The status of friendly fixtures will be promulgated as the season unfolds. John continues to beaver away on the 2021 season!

Members are requested to keep an eye out for each other, especially those members who may live on their own. Any problems should be brought to the attention of our Safeguarding Officers (George Bevan: – 07740-432111, Mike Whitmarsh: – 07785-513200, Jude Vidler: – 01242-603430) or a member of the committee.

Members are reminded that annual subscriptions are due for renewal on 1 April. The easiest way to pay is by bank transfer (BACS). Members who do not use internet banking facilities can send cheques to the Membership Secretary, Bill Brown, 1 Century Court Montpellier Grove CHELTENHAM GL50 2XR.   When using bacs payment insert NAMESUB as reference. Cheques should be made payable to Cheltenham Bowling Club. All details are available on the following paying in slip – click on: subrenewalslip



Amy Gowshall has represented England all over the world, winning medals at World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Amy is the next guest on ‘The Extra End’ and discusses her experiences in the sport, whilst combining this with the challenges involved with family life and as a full-time teacher with Bowls International Editor Sian Honnor. 

To view this episode of ‘The Extra End’, Bowls England’s Official Podcast, visit:

To visit the YouTube playlist featuring all of the Bowls England Workout Videos, go to:

BE is constructing a National Members Register. Full Members have been requested to check the existing information in the Members Area and provide more details.  Secretary’s e-mail of 6 April refers (notal). For more information on this new scheme see Membership Register FAQs


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Bowls England has launched three workout videos for bowlers which vary in intensity ranging from an introduction level that focuses on balance, flexibility and core strength, to a more advanced full body workout for the more physically able and a high intensity cardio workout for those who want even more.

The three workout sessions are available to view on Bowls England’s YouTube channel at: