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Reopening Guidance

Guidance for the reopening of the club

Following the Government's confirmation that on 17th May the country will enter Step 3 of the roadmap for ending the current lockdown, Bowls England has updated its guidance to bowls clubs.  Please read the Bowls England guidance in conjunction with the information below. 

In order to comply with the Government rules and Bowls England guidance we will have to materially change the way in which we operate, and this page explains how we will implement the Bowls England advice.  In particular, a distinction is drawn between "organised events" and "informal play". For organised events such as matches, the opening day, intra club tournaments and club sessions on Monday afternoons and Saturday mornings, the "rule-of-six" does not apply.  For informal play no more than 6 players are allowed at the green.

Booking a Rink

For informal play, the guidance requires that rinks must be booked ahead of players arriving at the club.  We have established an on-line booking system that can be accessed via the club’s website.  This means that you will be able to book a rink without visiting the club.

For organised events, the organiser(s) will take care of the booking.

Playing formats

For organised events, we are permitted to play triples, but there must be an unused rink between a triples rink and the next rink in use.  Single or pairs play is allowed on adjacent rinks.

For casual play, until at least 17th May, the "rule of six" applies and only six people from different households are allowed on the green.

Please stay at least 2 metres apart from all other players, unless a member of your household or support bubble, at all times.

Please arrive at the green dressed ready to play so that you need to change only your shoes when at the green.


The clubhouse is open for members to collect and return parking permits, collect or leave bowling bags and change shoes, but members are encouraged to avoid or minimise its use where possible.  Members should socially distance whilst in the clubhouse. Subject to available space, more than one household can use the facilities at one time but they must not mix. Face coverings should be worn at all times when indoors.

The kitchen may be used to prepare hot drinks, and tea/coffee and biscuits are available for 50p.  It is recommended that only one person should use the kitchen at a time.  Drinks and refreshments should be consumed outdoors.

Please do not use the kitchen for hand-washing, unless you are preparing food or drinks.  Otherwise, the toilets should be used for hand-washing.  Use the paper towel roll provided to dry your hands.


A cleaning station is provided under the veranda with anti-bacterial spray, hand sanitiser and a paper towel roll.  Please clean equipment and use the hand sanitiser both before and after your game.  Please also clean your parking permit with anti-bacterial spray both when you collect it and when you return it.


The toilets will be left unlocked so you will not need to collect or return the key.

It is recommended that you either clean door handles after using them or use a clean piece of tissue to avoid touching the handle.


The Government rules and/or Bowls England guidance is expected to change over time and we will amend our procedures to reflect any such changes.

Enjoy your games.