***WBIBC PROVISIONAL DATE FOR RE-OPENING – “NO EARLIER THAN 17th MAY”***
THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE EIBA HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING UPDATE:
Following the Prime Minister’s Statement to Parliament this week on how the Government propose to ease lockdown restrictions and offer the Country a route back to a more normal life, the EIBA can summarise what this means for the sport of Indoor Bowls in England: –
Step 1 No earlier than 29th March 2021
- Indoor Bowls Clubs to remain closed, unless Clubs have arrangements with schools for pupils to participate in after school clubs.
Step 2 No earlier than 12th April 2021
- Indoor bowls clubs will be able to open and have individuals or people from the same household play on the same rink.
- Club shops will be able to open.
- Club bar and restaurant only able to serve people outside via table service.
Step 3 No earlier than 17th May 2021
- Indoor bowls clubs will be able to allow up to 6 bowlers from different households or members of 2 households on a rink.
- Club Bar and Restaurant will be able to serve people indoors via table service for up to 6 people or members of 2 households.
Step 4 No earlier than 21st June 2021
- It is hoped that all limits on social contact are removed and Indoor Bowls can return to normal.
At all stages the Government will make decisions on specific restrictions such as social distancing, face coverings, vaccination certificates etc so these will need to be factored in the planning prior to any re-opening.
Please note that the provisional dates for each step may change if the government believes it is not safe to move to the next phase.
The EIBA will continue to update its Clubs, Counties and bowlers once more details are received for each step.
Peter Thompson, Chief Executive EIBA
Issued on 25/02/21
West Berks Indoor Bowls Club is proud to be one of the finest indoor bowls clubs in Berkshire.
Our purpose-built Indoor Bowls Club houses six superb air-conditioned rinks with a comfortable lounge/bar and restaurant facilities.
The Club’s aim is to encourage its members to play and enjoy the sport of indoor bowls regardless of their age, ability or experience. Coaching is available on Saturday mornings for anyone who wants to learn how to play or to improve their game.
For those with a competitive streak, we hold internal and external competitions up to County and National level as well as a varied programme of Ladies, Men’s and Mixed internal Leagues and friendly inter-club matches.
However, if you are looking for a gentle, social yet healthy approach we have regular two hour sessions where you can play with a group of like-minded bowlers for just £3.20.
New Members are always welcome and your first ‘taster’ session is always FREE. Our team of qualified coaches will ensure that you will be made welcome and enjoy your bowling experience with us.
Extract from an open letter to WBIBC from Margaret Young, Secretary of Heartstart Thatcham, 04.04.2021
“It is with a sad heart that I have to tell you that after almost 8 years Heartstart Thatcham will ‘close it’s doors’ within the next few weeks. This has been a decision that has not been taken lightly but given the events of the past year or so it has left us with no choice. We have been fortunate enough to train far more people than we ever expected and to raise sufficient funds to place more than 60 defibrillators around the West Berkshire area (not bad going when our aim was originally 4 – 6).
The last donation from WBIBC, together with donations from elsewhere, has enabled us to place one last defibrillator . . . it has been donated to Kennet School and placed within their PDR unit (special needs) in memory of a pupil who sadly passed away just prior to Christmas. The little bit of money that was left over has been donated to the Cardiac Care Unit at Royal Berkshire Hospital.
On behalf of Heartstart Thatcham please would you be so kind as to pass on our sincere thanks and appreciation for the help and encouragement shown to us over the last few years; your support has been second to none – you have been kind enough to support us alongside supporting the interests of WBIBC . . . we cannot thank you enough.”
We hope you all managed to make the most of your Christmas and New Year celebrations, despite the restrictions of Tier 4. I’m sure we are all glad to see the back of 2020. It’s been a horrible year.
With the roll out of the vaccination programme, we can now look forward to a much happier, healthier and normal 2021.
We will, of course, re-open the club once we are told by the Government that it is safe to do so. Like you, we don’t know when this will be, but the future looks brighter.
With best wishes for a happier and healthier 2021.
Stay well, stay safe
The Bowls Committee
The Government has announced that Berkshire will move into Tier 3 from Saturday, 19th December. The club will therefore remain closed until further notice.
It is worrying for us all that the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in West Berkshire is rising rapidly. Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health, has said this rise in transmission was a “warning to us all that even after such a difficult year, we must stay vigilant”.
Enjoy your Christmas but please stay safe and follow the Government guidelines for Tier 3.
Merry Christmas to all and we look forward to meeting up again in 2021.