The Wolverton Park Bowls Club - Coronavirus Emergency Arrangements
The Wolverton Park Bowls Club Committee with add all updates and announcements relating to the Coronavirus emergency on this page.
The committee of Wolverton Park Bowls Club have made the decision to close the club for ALL activities as of midnight on the 16/03/2020 until 1st May 2020. The committee will review this decision weekly and will look at the situation at the end of April to see if further action needs to be taken.
We would like to wish all our members and friends in other clubs good health and look forward to when we can once again meet in safety. In the meantime keep yourselves safe.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
This is my third year as your Chairman. It is the first year for me to have a full committee (10 including 2 co-opted members). Not only do we have a full committee but we have a full committee that, since our AGM, has shown an appetite to work hard and get jobs done. In the August Newsletter last year, headed ‘Chairman’s Appeal’ I asked for members to come forward and help with a workload that was increasingly falling on a few individuals. You responded and responded in numbers. In addition to a full committee, we also have a social committee, who have been very active in organising bingo, quiz and horse racing nights and who had plenty of plans for the whole season.
Unfortunately, along came Corona Virus. We had no choice but to shut down the Club. We did it early; earlier than most other clubs. It was an easy decision to make; the health and wellbeing of you, our members, was our only consideration. That position will not alter; when it is deemed safe to reopen our doors; to bowl, socialise and return to normal then we will be equally quick to do so. However, this looks like being a marathon not a sprint so please bear with us and keep yourselves occupied as best you can and please, please keep safe.
As a Club we are going to suffer financially. We still have to pay rent and I cannot see our landlord helping out. We also have other bills that we have to meet and no doubt there will be the usual ‘unseen’ expenditures. However, it is not all doom and gloom and for those who attended our AGM will remember that we do have a surplus in the bank. Hopefully, we can ride this storm and when we do finally get back to normal I hope you will flood back to the Club, bring friends and neighbours to whatever functions we put on, because we will need to re-build that surplus; we will need to re-build the membership. As a committee we were so looking forward to a very good and fun year; we will just put that on hold.
A number of you had already started identifying and recruiting new bowlers for 2020. We were already into double figures and were planning a Friday night ‘coaching session’ before our actual open day. Again I ask you to remain in touch with these people; keep them advised in respect of information we filter through and as soon as we get the green light (no pun intended) we can hit the ground running. Your green team has not closed down! Your green is and will continue to be looked after and WILL be ready for play; whenever that may be.
Finally, I want to put out a message to those members who may find the next few weeks and months difficult to cope with. Most of you know how I feel about WPBC; it is like another family to me. As a family we should be looking after one another. Even if it’s just picking up the phone for a chat; if it helps then do it. Don’t be afraid to seek advice and help; collectively we may help find solutions. Look after yourselves, keep healthy and keep safe; don’t take unnecessary risks.
MESSAGE FROM THE TREASURER
First and foremost, I hope that you are well.
On behalf of the committee, I would like to say how disappointed that we are not to be opening the green on 11th April as planned and to see the club closed.
A lot of work has gone on during the closed season, arranging fixtures and preparing the fixture cards, lots of work on the green and a huge effort to prepare for our open day to try to boost membership numbers.
We sincerely hope that we will be able to play at least part of the bowls season and if that is possible, we will be ready to go.
Regarding the membership payments; We wish to thank the members who have already paid,. We are hoping that most of our remaining members will pay their normal membership fees, regardless of how long we have to stay at home for.
The reason for this is that our overhead costs are mainly fixed. Also, we wish to keep the green in a condition that it will be available, should that be allowed.I have made a financial forecast to the end of September and assuming that we do not have to refund a lot of the membership income, already received, we will lose a considerable amount in this financial year. We need you support. If we collect all of our membership income at the same level as last year, we could reduce that loss considerably. So, we are appealing to all members to pay their subs. This can be done in 3 ways.
Bacs direct to our bank, if you have on-line banking. Contact Sandra for bank details
Cheque, please post that to my home address. Contact Sandra for details. I have an app where I can scan the cheque for it to be processed.
Either way, please let me know what you are paying for. You can just send me an email or include the details with your cheque. My email address is email@example.com or reply to this email
If you want the fixture card, please include a stamped addressed envelope, otherwise, I will hand out the cards when we are back at the club.
The fees are:
Full Membership £80
Junior Membership (up to 18 years) £10
Social/short mat membership £30
Social membership £15
Club Lottery £10
Club competitions all at £2 each
In addition to the membership, Bob Egan (club chairman) is very keen to continue with the club lottery. We have 24 members who have paid, so far. The rules state that we need 50 to run the lottery. Bob will be calling people to try to get additional players. The £10 can be paid in the same way as the membership. He is keen that non members can also play. It would be a way of raising some more much needed income. Please support that if you can.
We do not wish any member to have any financial hardship in paying their membership fees. If you cannot pay but would still like to remain a member, please contact myself or one of the committee members, so that we can keep your membership open as ‘dormant or furloughed’
The most important thing is that we beat this rotten virus and that we all come out at the other side, fit and well and free to live our lives as we would wish.
Please take care and look after yourselves.
Wolverton Park Bowls Club