Please be aware that due to National Finals at Leamington, the Office will have truncated opening hours in the coming weeks as follows:
Monday 16th August 9:30am-5:30pm
Tuesday 17th August 9:30am-5:30pm
Wednesday 18th August 9:30am-5:30pm
Thursday 19th August CLOSED
Friday 20th August CLOSED
Monday 23rd August CLOSED
Tuesday 24th August CLOSED
Wednesday 25th August CLOSED
Thursday 26th August 9:30am-5:30pm
Friday 27th August 9:30am-5:30pm
Monday 30th August 9:30am-5:30pm
Tuesday 31st August CLOSED
Wednesday 1st September CLOSED
Thursday 2nd September CLOSED
Friday 3rd September CLOSED
Monday 6th September 9:30am-5:30pm
Tuesday 7th September 9:30am-5:30pm
Wednesday 8th September CLOSED
Thursday 9th September CLOSED
Friday 10th September CLOSED
The Kitchen is now open and running a cash-only café-type service (Bacon/Sausage baps, sandwiches on request, cakes, teas & coffees etc) from 9am each day.
Please show this venture your support.
Club Open Day
A big thank you to everyone who helped in any way towards the recent Open Day. Whilst the weather was not helpful, we still hosted over 100 new faces who all very much enjoyed themselves, with plenty joining up – well done everyone!
Ray Benge Trophy
Entry forms are now available in the corridor for the Ray Benge Trophy - 2 wood triples tournament,
Closing date is Wednesday 1st September.
If you would like to enter but have not been asked/or formed a team, you can add your name to the list situated on the match board in the corridor. Likewise if you are planning to be a team sponsor and need an additional player, have a look at this list.
This is an invitational tournament, so if you wish, you can invite players from other clubs, to be part of your team.
Renewal forms will be out later this month for all indoor members.
Work is continuing on the League fixtures, rotas will be distributed to Sponsors when they are finalised.
In aid of the President's charity MacMillans Cancer Support...
The notice for the Quiz is on the entertainments board, sign up for Quiz with number of players required.
Myself and Phil Sams are the quizmasters, members can bring their own food, maximum 8 per table, £2 entry, bar open from 6pm. 5 rounds out of the 10 will be multiple choice.
There will be a raffle, if members could very kindly provide any prizes it would be greatly appreciated. To be left behind the bar.
Mark Royal will be bringing his roadshow back to the Club on
Wednesday 18th August - 11:30am to 7pm
Another chance to pick up anything you might need for the rest of the Outdoor season and prior to the Indoor season.
European Football Champs
We’ve been asked by plenty of members if we are open for tomorrow night’s fixture against Sweden – I can confirm that we are open and everyone is very welcome to attend, including any future fixtures in the tournament.
The Bar will be open throughout, but it is envisaged that we will close shortly after the final whistle.
Mark Royal Bowls Shop Roadshow
Following a very worthwhile visit last week, Mark has agreed to come back on Wednesday 21st July (11am-7pm). As always, he will have a wide range of bowls, clothing and accessories for sale.
Outdoor Club Competitions
Thanks to all members who are playing their games promptly, it is of great help to our Competition Secretaries!
A date for your diaries – Finals Weekend this year will be on 18/19 September.
Please note that entries for indoor county competitions for the forthcoming season need to be completed ASAP.
The entry form can be downloaded HERE
These are for Mens and Mixed competitions.
The closing date for the return of entries is 7th September 2021.
There are also plenty of copies of the form printed at the Club in the corridor.
Men's Indoor Competition Secretary
Essex County Bowling Club
All Mens, Ladies and Mixed Club competitions are now drawn and on the relevant noticeboards.
There are plenty of queries coming into the Office, please be advised that I cannot help with these, they must be directed to the relevant Competition Secretaries:
Men – Phil Morris
Ladies – Margaret Shillitto
Good luck to everyone!
Club Opening Hours
Due to there being numerous weekend afternoons and evenings with no matches on, the decision has been made to limit our weekend opening hours for the rest of the season to 10am-2pm for Saturday and Sunday if there are no fixtures. If there is a friendly match, or outside bookings like County Finals then naturally we will be open for the full day.
If anyone needs to book a rink for an external competition outside of these hours please contact Kevin Robertson first for confirmation.
Club Open Day
You may have already seen notification that we are hosting an Open Day on Saturday 7th August.
Members can help out greatly with this event in a number of ways such as helping on the day, leaflet drops and spreading the word.
Please get in touch with myself in the Office for more information.
Mark Royal Bowls Roadshow
A reminder that Mark Royal is bringing with Roadshow to the Club on Thursday 24th June (11am-7pm).
He sells everything you could possibly require from bowls to clothing, accessories etc.
Will be required for indoor bowling, via Ed in the Club Office only – not online!
- Indoor Arena will be open Mon-Fri from 10am to 8pm and Sat-Sun 10am-2pm until further notice. Sessions start at 10am, 12noon, 2pm, 4pm & 6pm where applicable
- Each indoor session will last 1 hour 45 minutes, with the arena bell sounding at 20 minutes to the hour.
- Indoor bowlers must enter their name on the session sheet and pay their £3.00 rink as normal at the session desk adjacent to the bar.
- Indoor bowling will be limited to 24 players per session for the foreseeable future.
ROLL UP’s and DISC GAMES ONLY, the dress codeis relaxed through to the end of the Summer season: -
- NO Denims or Cargo’s.
- Smart plain, coloured trousers - shorts may be worn.
- Tee/Polo shirts should be plain i.e., must not carry outrageous slogans or mottos etc.
- Regulation bowling shoes must be worn and changed into upon entry to the club.
CLUB and INTER CLUB LEAGUES.
The Club league commences Wednesday 16th June and finishes on the 15th September with 7 teams taking part – 4 wood Pairs
ECBC play their first of 4 games in the Inter Club league on Monday 28th June (away), and Monday 5th July (home) against Falcon – 2 rinks of Triples at each venue..
ENJOY YOUR SEASON.
John Warman and John Fry on behalf of the Indoor Committee
As some members may have already seen, we are fully opening up our Club up to the general public to give bowls a try (Outdoors and Indoors) on
Saturday 7th August (between 10am-4pm)
This is most definitely one of the most important days/events the Club has run in recent memory – we have not had the opportunity to actively recruit any new members since before CoVID hit and it is now more important than ever.
For more info please see Outdoor Open Day (essexcountybowlsclub.com)
We are asking for members' help in making this event as successful as it possibly can be in a number of possible ways:
We have ordered an original batch of 10,000 leaflets to advertise the Open Day, we would love if possible for the first batch to be delivered by members – we’ve already had a few show interest, which is fantastic, but the more the merrier! Please let Ed know if you would like to take a batch, however big (you could do your own street!) it would be a great help and think of all the exercise and fresh air you’d get…
Word of Mouth
Please tell your friends and family, heck even casual acquaintances, about the event – word of mouth is ALWAYS the best way to encourage newcomers. It would be great if every single member could personally invite at least one person (though preferably many more!) to the Club for the Open Day, not an unreasonable demand. They will benefit from free use of our equipment, free coaching, even free soft drinks from the Bar. Please get out there and spread the word!
Open Day Helpers
We require plenty of members to be available on the day to help out, whether it be on the green itself with coaching (you don’t need to be a registered coach for this, just enthusiastic!) or elsewhere throughout the Club. Please let Ed know if you can give any time during the day.
Thanks in advance for any of the above – this is YOUR Club and it needs all of our help with this Open Day.