The Management Committee has been taking advice from all quarters and is now in a position to update all club members on aspects of the current Coronavirus situation that affects the club and its members.
Green and Clubhouse
The green and clubhouse are now closed until further notice to all members except Management Committee members needing to cover routine maintenance. The green keeping team will continue to look after the green and help it to recover following the very wet winter. As the land is owned by Woking Borough Council they will advise us when we can reopen. This does of course mean that Open Day is cancelled.
The committee has decided that all subscriptions paid so far, both full bowling members and non bowling members, will be refunded by cheque. Payments made for external competitions and any Bowls England or County Handbooks requested will also be refunded. Any cheques not cashed already will be returned. This onerous duty falls onto the shoulders of our Treasurer, Chris Taylor, and may take a little while so please be patient.
When the club is able to reopen the Management Committee will meet to decide on the subscription for the remainder of the season. This means digging deeply into our reserves, thankfully we have one, and that will need rebuilding over the next few years. The fixed and variable costs the club has to pay for each year includes green maintenance – chemicals etc., insurances, electricity, safety checks of the alarm system etc. Those costs last year amounted to about £13,000.
The committee will amend the Rules for the 2020 Season to say that “All 2019 memberships have been extended until the club reopens for the 2020 season”. The reopening date will be decided when the current Coronavirus problem has been resolved at National level.
All club competitions have been cancelled for the season but when we have a date to start the season we will look at the possibility of a simple set of competitions.
As many of you will know 2020 is our centennial year and as such a range of special matches and events had been planned. Whilst we cannot alter the date of the centenary the Committee has decided to postpone the major celebrations until 2021. It is very much hoped that planned events can be rescheduled.
I know this will come as a disappointment to many of you, especially those members who joined us last year who have shiny new bowls they are just itching to try out! As you can imagine it is not a decision we have taken lightly. However, it is paramount that we protect the health of all our members and we thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we all battle with such unprecedented times. We will get the club up and running again as soon as it is safe to do so.
In the meantime stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible.
On behalf of the Horsell Bowling Club Management Committee