INNELLAN BOWLING AND TENNIS CLUB
The 2020 season was badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic
News Items 2020
I had a call from Myron Reid today to advise that Lorna had passed away this morning. Myron and Lorna had been members of Innellan for several years before moving to Bullwood and joining Dunoon Argyll Bowling Club.
They moved to Lanarkshire a few years ago to be closer to hospitals etc. as Myron was suffering from Parkinsons. I've passed on our condolences.
BOWLS SCOTLAND STATEMENT (11th September 2020)
BOWLS SCOTLAND CHAIR STATEMENT (2nd September 2020)
It is with regret that I have to advise of the passing of Gordon Neish Snr., Past President of IBTC.
Gordon was an active member of the Club for several years & during this time he worked tirelessly towards making IBTC a better Club. He was active in raising funds & was always welcoming to members & visitors alike.
We send our condolences to Gordon's family at this sad time.
R. I. P. Gordon.
The flag at the Club is at half mast in memory of Gordon.
PHASE THREE TENNIS SCOTLAND DOCUMENTATION (Published 10th July 2020)
I would ask that you ALL read the document below carefully.
PHASE THREE BOWLS SCOTLAND DOCUMENTATION (Published 10th July 2020)
I would ask
that you ALL
read the documents below carefully as it is not as
straightforward as us all just getting back to our sports
in the normal way.
OPEN AT LAST
WELCOME TO SEASON 2020
Following weeks of uncertainty, it was great to see the Club open for business from Saturday 13 June.
It was a pity that after all the lovely Saturdays we've had since lockdown that it was a dull, dreich day.
This didn't deter the Tennis playing members though & they happily took to the Courts along with a few bowlers.
Members have to comply with the regulations which are in place to ensure their safety.
All members have been emailed copies of these instructions as well as them being displayed in both the Clubhouse & Pavilion windows.
Let's hope that the Green & Courts will gradually get busier as the restrictions lessen when Phase 2 & 3 are announced.
In the meantime, welcome to our new members & to all our "old" established members.
Please ensure you Do Not visit the Club if you have any of the Covid-19 Symptoms or you are feeling unwell.
Enjoy & Keep Safe
OPENING OF GREEN & COURTS
Following our socially distanced Committee Meeting, I am happy to advise that the decision was taken to Open the Club from Saturday 13 June for restricted bowling & tennis.
There will be no Opening Ceremony and there will be strict guidelines you have to follow to ensure the safety of all members.
First of all, please ensure that you use the Hand Sanitizer on arrival, which will be in place outside the Clubhouse and the Pavilion. You should also have your own hand sanitizer with you for use throughout your visit if required.
For bowlers, first of all if your bowls are still stored in the Clubhouse, please arrange to remove them & keep them at home or in your car. (This is if you intend playing during lockdown)
Please enter the Clubhouse one person at a time.
You will find the matt rack & jacks just inside the door. There will be scorecards on top beside the jacks. Following your game, please take your scorecard and dispose of this at home. There will also be a Sheet (on the table inside the door) which has to be completed each time you attend the Club. This sheet has to have your name, the date of your visit and telephone number. This information will be used if contact tracing is required.
Please read the latest Bowls Scotland document & follow the guidelines carefully.
For tennis members, please read the attached COVID-19 Guidelines by Tennis Scotland & follow these carefully.
Both Bowling & Tennis Guidelines will also be displayed at the Club.
I know this all sounds daunting, but if members follow these guidelines, things will hopefully fall into place.
The main thing is that if you have any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or if you feel unwell, please DO NOT attend the Club.
Keep Safe & enjoy.
Good afternoon & what a weekend its been. We have been so lucky up until now with lovely warm weather during our almost 9 week lockdown. It's hard to believe we've all been more or less indoors for all that time, during the best bowling/tennis weather for years (start of season anyway).
As you will all be aware, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced an extension to public health exercise guidelines to include outdoor sporting activity which applies to Lawn Bowls & Tennis, commencing on Friday 29th May.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DATE IS PENDING THE FINAL DECISION BEING MADE BY THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ON THURSDAY 28 MAY.
Having spoken to President Curly this morning, he is of the opinion that we aim for the middle of June to make a start, but this date is not set in stone. It will depend on the Scottish Government's updates after next weekend.
THE CLUB WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL AT
LEAST THE MIDDLE OF JUNE
Even if we do get back to the Green & Courts in mid June, the Clubhouse, Pavilion, Toilets will still be out of bounds
President Curly hopes that, all going well, we will be in a position to start bowling & tennis by that time but this is not guaranteed. It will all very much depend on the Scottish Government's Final Decision next Thursday.
All members have a responsibility to adhere to the guidelines in the latest documents
I hope that this information makes it all a little clearer for you but if you have any concerns you wish to raise, please do not hesitate to get in touch and I will attempt to answer same.
We are all a
little lost but hopefully we will be able to enjoy part
of our bowling/tennis season.
Please take care of each other and let us not forget that many people have lost their lives to this Pandemic and although we may want to get back to our Clubs as quickly as possible, we have to take baby steps to ensure everyone's safety.
Thank you for your patience.
MORE SAD NEWS
Jock Love (Past President of IBTC) & latterly a member of Kirn & Hunter's Quay BC, sadly passed away earlier this week.
The Club flag will remain at half mast as a sign of respect to Jock.
Our thoughts with Jock's family at this difficult time. He will be sorely missed in the Cowal Bowling Community.
I received a very sad call from our member Dave Singleton this morning to let me know that his dear wife Maggie passed away in the early hours after a long battle with cancer.
Maggie may not have been a member of IBTC but she was a very dear friend & will be sadly missed by all of her friends here.
We would like to send our love to Dave & all their family.
Losing someone is never easy but to lose someone close to you during this pandemic is just heartbreaking.
Please keep Dave in your thoughts at this sad time.
The Club flag is in place at half mast in memory of Maggie.
I hope this email, in our third week of lockdown, finds you all coping as best you can.
I am missing my family & visits to my grandchildren but thank goodness for social media & lovely friends who have been helping out during this time.
My Alexa devices are invaluable to me by providing music of my choice at whatever time of day (& recently through the night when I find myself wide awake). She has become my friend through this lockdown, even asking if I'm 'having a good day'.
As with all our kindred Clubs, we are maintaining our green & grounds, as much as is permitted, during this uncertain period & I'm pleased to report that Members are already paying their subscriptions for the coming season, using the details provided in my previous email.
I know we are are all hoping that we will manage to get back to our Bowling & Tennis, sooner rather than later.
Now for a wee update on works at Tennis Courts. Thanks to the Burnamakiman Hydro Scheme & South Cowal Community Council for the Grant of £700, making it possible for IBTC to have replacement perimeter fencing along one side of the tennis courts. We would also like to thank Stuart Gower (Fynewood) who carried out these works. The whole of the grant was spent & the Club made up the difference of £250.
We look forward to welcoming you all back to IBTC when it is safe to do so.
Doesn't the new fencing look great?
Coronavirus Update regarding Club Opening
Due to the Coronavirus Virus outbreak & following the guidelines laid down by the government, a decision has been taken that the Club will remain closed until further notice.
I will be contacting all members by email re payment of membership fees.
Obviously, we are taking it week by week & will update all members when the Government tell us its safe to go about our business, although none of us are thinkng it will be any time soon.
We hope that you all come back to us fit & HEALTHY once this is over & we look forward to that day.
In the meantime, please be kind to each other, look out for each other & KEEP SAFE
HAPPY NEW YEAR
To all members & their families, I'd like to wish you a Happy New Year & hope that it brings health & happiness.
Our wee Club didn't have the best of seasons & we are still desperate for Office Bearers/Committee Members.
Let's hope things go better at the reconvened AGM on February 1st.
In the meantime, enjoy Hogmanay & I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
2020 - it's scary!! I don't know about you but when I'm online searching for my date of birth, I have to scroll up/down for quite a while !
Opening Day - 13 June 2020