Welcome to Sawtry and District Bowling Club website.
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Following the recent announcements on the easing of the lockdown rules, we are now working towards preparing for the forthcoming season.
Key elements from the Roadmap
1. From 29 March 6 people or 2 households can gather outside and outdoor sports can start.
2. No earlier than 17 May up to 30 people can gather outside, and 6 people or 2 households can gather inside.
3. No earlier than 21 June all social restrictions will be removed..
The announcements means that Bowling Greens can open from 29th March with certain restrictions. We still await some of the finer details, including how many people will be able to play at the various stage points etc, and when we might be able to open the clubhouse and the bar etc, which the Committee will consider, so that we can announce the opening of the club, probably sometime in April. So watch this space.
With the restrictions being gradually eased, and the hope that all will be lifted by 21st June, the English Bowling Federation have informed us that they are going ahead with the County Competitions program, culminating in the winners playing at Skegness in the National Finals. The Durham Trophy (which we are representing Hunts in as winners in 2019) could possibly go ahead if there are less than 30 players and officials involved, but a final decision is still awaited. However, further consideration is being given to the County matches where the current format means there will be more than 30 players and officials present for the early games. We will hear more on this in due course, but it could be these games are cancelled this year.
Bowls England also aim to facilitate as much domestic competition as possible. They have developed a series of Covid-contingency scenarios and, with the information now available, will look to reshape their national competition schedule. They will issue a further update on the championships and competitions programmes once they have had the opportunity to consult with counties and clubs on any potential changes. Hunts Bowls are puling together competition details for the County.
We have also been informed by the Over 60s league that they are considering starting the league program on Wednesday 19th May. The current thinking is that there will be no stopping for refreshments after 9 ends until restrictions are fully listed.
The Mens League have said they are planning to start league fixtures and competitions from Thursday 20 May. This is two weeks later than normal. For the first month, only one match can be played on a green and other rinks will be restricted to no more than 6 players. There will be no after match meals.
The Ladies League have said they are looking to start around the same time, if not a week earlier, if rules permit.
Our Bowls club offers a family environment for all to enjoy, as our membership includes those at both ends of the age spectrum who are physically able to bowl.
The club began back in 1975 with the green opening in 1976. More can be found about the club on our History page
The Club is affiliated to Huntingdonshire Bowls (Association) and Huntingdonshire Bowling Federation offering a variety of County games and competitions across both Codes of play. Many of our members have become County Champions and represented Huntingdonshire on numerous occasions in the respective National Finals where all County Champions (and Runners up for Bowls England) compete against each other.
We have 3 men’s teams, 2 ladies teams, and 3 over 60’s teams (mixed) all playing in the Hunts league on various set days/nights of the week.
We also play ‘friendly’ games against other teams in the area and always looking for opportunities to play further afield.
Sawtry is also very proud to be the envy of most clubs in the area with it thriving junior section with well over 25 members aged between 5 and 18. You can see more about them on our ‘Juniors’ section page.
Bowls offers people a chance to meet other people, both locally and around the county, in varying ways. People can turn up and play socially and maybe enjoy some refreshments in our licensed bar before, during and after the game. Equally, you can enter in some more competitive competition games with the chance of becoming club champion, or even County and National champion.
At Sawtry we also offer some varied entertainment throughout the year, with events such as a family day when anyone can come along; bingo, quiz and race nights, and our infamous Xmas Lunches and ‘Burns’ dinners. Various events and dates can be found on our ‘events’ page.
Interested in having a go?
Then why not contact us on our ‘contact’ page, or pop in when you see the gate (opposite K Coopers garage) open, and we will see about getting you on the green and bowling a few bowls to see if you enjoy it.
Whilst evening games are normally scheduled matches or competitions, we do play on a Tuesday afternoon (from 1.45pm), and most Saturday mornings (10.30) when new people are always welcome.
We are always looking for new members – of any age and ability.
If you are interested in joining the club you will learn more about the game from our coaches and members. You can learn about our the etiquette of the game and about our dress code although we don’t insist you rush out to buy all the equipment you need first off. We have a supply of bowls you can try using, and flat-soled shoes/trainers will get you started.
You can also keep abreast of our activities by joining our Sawtry and District Bowling Club Facebook page.
Ladies Federation Website: http://hcwbfed.blogspot.co.uk/
Men's Federation Website: https://huntsbowlsfed.wordpress.com/
Huntingdonshire Website: http://www.huntsbowls.co.uk/home.php
Bowls England Website: https://www.bowlsengland.com/