Palmerston News

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EIBA statement

This evening the EIBA have made a statement about the impact of the latest Government restrictions on indoor bowls. This news article is a brief overview of the implications.

In summary, we can continue to play indoor bowls with up to 6 people on a rink.

This means we cannot play a Fours game. At Palmerston we had already made the decision to convert our Fours leagues to Triples, so it has no impact on our league schedules which are due out on Sunday.

The County finals this weekend can go ahead except for the Fours. The County organisers will advise further on what will happen regarding the Fours.

The EIBA have cancelled all 2020-2021 National Competitions with immediate effect. All entries will automatically be placed into the 2021-2022 season.

The 2019-2020 National Finals scheduled due to take place in November 2020 will be postponed. With the cancellation of the 2020-2021 programme the EIBA wish to stage these finals in April 2021, when hopefully the COVID-19 situation has improved in order for all outstanding finals to be concluded.

Wednesday 23rd September

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County Finals 2020 at Palmerston

The postponed Hampshire County Finals are to be held at Palmerston on 26th and 27th September. Men and Mixed on the Saturday and Ladies on the Sunday.

Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, spectators will be strictly limited to players supporters - details have been supplied to the players.

Men and Mixed

Palmerston have representatives in the Mixed pairs: Bill Jackson and Maggie Evans who will play at 2pm on Saturday 26th September.

Here is the full Mens and Mixed (except the Fours are now cancelled) HIBA County Finals Schedule


This is the revised programme for the Ladies County Finals that will be played on Sunday 27th September which now excludes the Fours. Palmerston have significant interest in these finals - highlighted below.

  • 2 Wood Triples - 9:45am - M Leppard, M Holden, B Collier (Chawton Park) vs
    Rose Beynon, Tracy Farrington, Mo Browne (Palmerston)
  • Pairs - 9:45am - Marilyn Williamson, Maggie Evans (Palmerston) vs
    Sally Knight, Joy Travers (Palmerston)
  • Riversmeet presentation, Lunch, Morning presentation - 2pm
  • Singles - 2:30pm - L Slater (Banister) vs A Lovett (Loddon Vale)
  • 3 Wood Triples - 2:30pm - Rose Beynon, Tracy Farrington, Mo Browne (Palmerston) vs
    J Williamson, J Farmer, C Appleby(Atherley)

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2020-21 Club Competitions

Entry forms for the 2020-21 club competitions are now available along with a copy of the rules. Closing date for entries is 30th September (men’s and mixed) or 31 October (ladies).

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Documents for safe bowling

The documents recently sent to all members to explain how we intend to operate when we open from 31st August are also available here:-

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Email alerts

Please note that because no-one will be able to visit the club until we reopen, 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.

Many thanks to the team leaders who asked their teams to give us their email addresses. This was done a few weeks ago and was quite successful. But with the rapid rise in the use of online communication in this lockdown, there may be more of you who now use email, so we urge you to contact us so you can stay up to date with developments. 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.