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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

1st March


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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 alangill@palmerston-bowls.club with your name and phone number and he will get in touch.


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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
mo@palmerston-bowls.club and Mo will get in touch.


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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 debbie@palmerston-bowls.club 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.


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Email alerts

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.

You can give us your email address by clicking HERE. If that doesn't work, send a short message to the email address on the front page of the latest Palm Reader newsletter available elsewhere in this website.