Many members will be wondering how we plan to set up the next winter leagues in September.
In normal years we have asked teams to re-register in February, which of course hasn't been possible this year. We think it is now impractical to run a full re-registration exercise, when many members don't come in to the club in the summer. However we expect that most of the teams who played last Autumn before the lockdown will want to enter the leagues again in September.
So the present plan is to base the winter league on the existing teams. We will contact the team leaders over the next few weeks to check they are still able to field a team. Some of their players might not be available, and some other members will want to return. Therefore, as with last season, if we have a short fall we will try to mix and match to make full teams or if even more players return we can add teams, space permitting.
With this in mind, we would ask any members who plan to return next September but were not in a league last September to contact us to let us know which leagues you would be available to play in. You can use our contact form. If you leave your number, we can phone you to discuss your preferences. We will be doing this over the next few months but please don't leave it too late, and if your circumstances change let us know.
The league programmes should be available as usual in August although it's too early to give you the exact timing. We will give more details of how this is going in future news articles.
Lesley Howell - Ladies League Secretary
Tony Jennings - Men's and Mixed League Secretary
25th April 2021
April - progress towards reopening
The vaccine programme seems to be going exceptionally well and the Government's roadmap for reopening the economy appears on track. So we are reasonably confident of reopening on 17th May.
When we reopen, the same procedures will operate as last Autumn, outlined in the previous news item below. Please remember that bowlers will only enter within 15 minutes before the start of the session and members coming to lunch must wait until after 12 noon to enter, to avoid clashing with the bowlers entering or leaving.
Last Autumn we asked bowlers not to use their lockers. As there are less summer bowlers we think this can be relaxed, so we will permit use of lockers for storing your bowls, but we still require you to change at the side of the rink.
Last year we weren't able to hold a normal AGM because we couldn't accommodate a meeting of typically over 100 people. Assuming the conditions will allow, we plan to hold an AGM this summer on Saturday 17th July. Proxy voting will be possible for any members not able to or not comfortable with attending a meeting. There will be two main items of business. Firstly to vote for the members standing for the Joint Management Committee and the Board. Secondly to learn what the pandemic has done to our finances and the Board's recommendations for future subscriptions.
Summer leagues will run from 31st May to 10th September. Before then, sessions will be rollups. If you want to play in the summer leagues you will need to put your name down on registration sheets, which will be displayed in the club in the first week of opening, i.e. from 17th May until 23 May. (All dates subject to Government lockdown relaxation.) Then the sheets will be taken down and the league programmes worked out. Schedules will be available for team leaders within a day or two, and also published here on the website (no player names, just team names). There is a £1 fee for each league you play in which will be collected in the first week.
We plan to run a summer league at 9:30am each weekday and possibly 12pm on Tuesdays, depending on demand. The second session on Monday and Friday (12pm - 2pm) is a mixed drive. On other days it will be just rollups. The club is closed on Saturdays.
Please remember, except for scheduled league games, you will still have to book your visits, whether for bowling or for lunch. For first week bookings, we will have to organise someone to be in the club on certain days and times in the week before 17th May. We will let you know exact details later.
Planning for reopening in May
The dark days of winter are nearing the end and at last it seems there is some light at the end of the Covid tunnel. Last Monday Boris Johnson announced the Government's plans for getting us out of lockdown. According to this we are able to operate from 17th May. We are pleased to confirm that is the date when we plan to reopen Palmerston. However please bear in mind this date may change if the Government decide to delay things, but it is hoped that any delay will only be a short one. We will of course keep you informed if there is any change.
When we open, we are still subject to the same restrictions as last September/October, so we will continue with the same procedures. This means sessions will have a gap of 30 minutes, and members will put masks on, enter through our changing rooms, have their forehead temperature checked, pay at the stewards desk with their card and change at the side of the rinks. 2 meter social distancing still applies. We understand that these restrictions are due to be eased in June, but we won't know exactly how until closer to the time. For the moment at least we know that we can get people back bowling.
Because this will be summer season, the existing winter leagues and competitions will have to be abandoned. Most of you will know that summer bowling is restricted to 2 sessions per day before lunch, which will be 9:30 am - 11:30 am and 12 pm - 2 pm on Mondays to Fridays and Sundays. The club doesn't open on Saturdays in summer.
Initally we expect to start with rollups for 2 weeks. Then we hope to start some summer leagues from June. You will realise that 2 weeks isn't very long to organise leagues and the precise details of how to set them up in that timescale are still being worked out. We will let you know well before then how we plan to do it.
The restaurant will of course also open at the same time. Lunches will be run on the same lines as before with social distancing restrictions until these also can be relaxed. Debbie is very much looking forward to seeing her customers again.
No doubt you have many questions. At this point we just wanted to give you the broad picture. Stay tuned for more details on the website in the coming weeks. If we have your email address we will email you when something new is posted.
We hope we have brought you some good news. By May almost all of you will have been able to get your vaccinations and can come back with confidence and enjoy Palmerston again.
With best wishes
Board of Directors
Another offer of help - Hedge End area
Another of our stalwart members, Alan Gill, has offered to help members who are having difficulty with shopping, fetching prescriptions, etc.
If you need help in this lockdown and live in the area around Hedge End (as far as Locks Heath) please contact Alan by sending an email to email@example.com with your name and phone number and he will get in touch.
An offer of help around the Locks Heath area
In the Summer Mo Browne generously offered help to members who are having difficulties with being confined to the house for safety. She is again offering this help.
Mo says "I would like to offer my help to anyone in the Locks Heath, Warsash, Park Gate area with any shopping, prescriptions, dog walking or anything else during this lockdown."
Even if you don't need help yourself, please bear in mind not everyone has access to our web site or has an email address. So if you know someone who might need help and is unaware of this offer please check whether they are ok and pass the word to Mo if she can help.
To make contact with Mo please email the member's name and phone number to
firstname.lastname@example.org and Mo will get in touch.
Debbie's offer of help in the Gosport area
Once again, many of us are missing the excellent meals in the club restaurant cooked by Debbie's team. Now with the club closed, she finds herself with time on her hands and regrets she cannot help her regular customers.
During the previous lockdown, Debbie delivered cooked meals to local members who were having difficulties confined to their homes. She is offering to do the same again. There will be a charge to cover the cost only, she isn’t expecting to make a profit. She just wants to help where help is needed. Obviously she will observe the recommended social distancing practices and will not be able to enter people’s homes.
So if you find yourself in this situation or know a member, in or near the Gosport area, who needs some assistance, please get in touch. You can contact her by calling the club restaurant number 01329 232214 as this is being diverted to Debbie's phone during the lockdown. Alternatively send an email to email@example.com with the member's name and phone number. She will call to discuss requirements and then, if possible, deliver the following day from 12 noon onwards.
The most practical way to give further Palmerston news is through this website. If and when we do need to communicate with members it will help enormously if all members with an email address give it to us so we can alert you as soon as something changes. We don't do marketing so rest assured this is only used when we have something useful to communicate.
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