COUNTY NEWS

Northamptonshire Sport Survey for Clubs.

 

Here follows a request from Northamptonshire Sport for sports clubs in the County to complete a survey. Just click on the link where indicated.

 

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Northamptonshire Sport has launched a new survey to better understand how people's attitudes to physical activity may have been affected during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The survey, which is being launched across the county today, aims to get a further understanding of whether resident's frequency of exercise has been affected positively or negatively, and to explore the possible reasons for this.

The survey will run until Wednesday 24th June 2020 and anyone who participates will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win £50 in Amazon vouchers or one of five runner up £20 Amazon vouchers.

Anyone aged 14 or over can participate and is encouraged to share with as many friends and families as possible so more communities can be reached.

Thank you, Northamptonshire Sport

 

BOWLS NORTHAMPTONSHIRE NEWS

 

Year Books

 

County Administrator Jan Hunt has asked me to remind all affiliated Clubs, and any members who have ordered and paid for both the Bowls Northamptonshire and the Bowls England Year Books for 2020, that they are available for collection from her, and Kevin Mawson, County Yearbook Editor.  She asks that they be collected as soon as possible, please.

Completion of Membership Forms.

 

Bowls Northamptonshire has been informed that the completion of GO Membership forms has been delayed and Jan Hunt, Administrator, has asked those that have not completed to do so by the 31st May, 2020.  To help Clubs with collecting the information required a form is available on BE website a copy of which has been sent to County Clubs.    It allows members to indicate what they wish to share and the GDPR guidance.

 

To those clubs that have only given names on their Go Membership form and wish to update using the form referred to please let Jan know.  So far she has received 50% of the forms from Clubs.

 

County Clubs benefit from the Community Emergency Fund

 

Daventry Town Bowls Club, has been awarded £2,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards overheads and costs during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Northampton Whyte Melville Bowling Club has been awarded £3,900 from the fund towards overheads and costs during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.  

 

Higham Ferrers Town BC has been successful in its application for a grant, and it has been given £10,000.00p. Great news for the Club and well negotiated by Club Treasurer Doug Gilbert

 

Heyford Bowls Club is pleased to announce receipt of £3700 from the Fund to cover ongoing running costs during the pandemic. Geoff Allen encourages all clubs in need to apply as the process was relatively simple and quick.

 

Cogenhoe BC provided the good news that the Club has successfully applied for a grant and has been awarded £2,535.00p to pay towards maintenance costs, particularly the contractors who maintain the green and the seemingly very high water rates.

 

 

DAVENTRY TOWN BOWLS CLUB ACHIEVES ‘BOWLS DISABILITY MARK’ AWARD

 

Daventry Town Bowls Club has been working with George Babalev, Club Development Manager at Bowls

Development Alliance who has overseen and guided the Club through their programme of procedures and criteria necessary in meeting pre-determined standards. In addition to updating and ensuring the club administration policies and bowling facilities are in line with that required, members have been working towards meeting the Nationally

recognised standards.

 

Having worked hard in successfully developing and meeting these standards the Club is pleased to announce the award of the ‘Bowls Disability Mark’. This has been developed to recognise and reward affiliated bowls clubs which are fully inclusive and welcoming to those people who wish to bowl who have a form of disability. It greatly helps clubs follow the right steps towards becoming a fully inclusive club.

 

In confirming the award by email George added :

“On behalf of the Disability Bowls Steering Group, I am delighted to announce that Daventry Town Bowls Club have been awarded the Bowls Disability Mark. I would like to congratulate the club committee and Duggie Mitchell in particular for their outstanding commitment to disability bowls and continuous efforts to develop the club into a truly

inclusive hub for the local community.”

 

Owing to the present restrictions it is not possible to arrange a formal presentation but this will be arranged at some point in the future. In the mean time the Club thanks George for the help and tremendous contribution made in guiding it through the numerous processes leading to this award.

 

 

RETURN OF 2020 AFFIIATION FEES

 

The following information has been supplied by Jan Hunt, BN Administrator.  Following an Executive Meeting held on Tuesday, 5th May, 2020 (by Zoom) the following was decided:-

 

That ALL monies paid to BE AND BN will be refunded - that includes the BE & BN Affiliation Fees (£7.50) and all Competition fees.

 

The refunds will be ONLY done by BACS to the Club's Account.  This will be quite a task for Esther Romain, BN Treasurer and Alison Dring, Assistant Treasurer so please be patient.

 

Jan Hunt is asking Club Secretaries to send the details re BACS for:-

 

SOUTH CLUBS to Esther at erbntreasurer@gmaail.com and for NORTH CLUBS to Alison at alison.dring1@btinternet.com

 

Jan has been informed by BE that Club membership SHOULD be collected on the Go Membership spreadsheet which has been forwarded to all Clubs.  To those Clubs which have completed and returned Jan thanks you, but for others in ‘lockdown' please complete as far as you can and return ASAP as it may delay your refunds.

 

Yearbooks, Laws of the Game Books and Guidance for Bowlers booklets have already been purchased and monies will not be refunded. They may be collected from or delivered by Kevin Mawson and Jan Hunt when ‘lockdown’ is eased. Additionally Jan Hunt informs members that John Chester has resigned as BN Chairman and Fixture Secretary. A replacement Chairman is therefore sought.  

 

This vacancy for someone to take the helm of the County Association, is a most important one, therefore please circulate to club members, and make recommendations for any member who is desirous of taking the role.

 

 

MESSAGE FROM COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR RE COVID-19

 

The following message has been sent out to County Clubs, by the BN Administrator, Jan Hunt.

 

“Bowls England have issued more guidance regarding opening of Clubs

 

Please see 4 attachments including FAQ.

 

THERE IS A RISK ASSESSMENT FORM TO COMPLETE BEFORE OPENING YOUR CLUB UP FOR BOWLS

 

The Over 70’s are still classed as vulnerable and should use caution.

 

NO meetings should be held at Clubs as only 1 to 1 may meet from different households

 

Please circulate to Officers and Members of your CLUB

 

I WOULD BE INTERESTED IF YOUR CLUB HAS /INTENDS TO OPEN AND WHEN

There appears to be a relaxation of some of these measures after JUNE 1st”

 

(Press Officer Note: The attachments referred to above are not attached here, but should any be required I can supply).