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Club Re-Opening - 7th December

3rd December 2020

As you no doubt are aware, our region of the country has been placed within ‘tier 2’ for CoVID restrictions. This means that we can re-open the Club on Monday 7th December but with some very strict conditions:

-         Opening Hours – Monday to Friday 10am-7:30pm

-         Sessions will begin at 10am, 12noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm – each will last for 90minutes; extending the gap between sessions for safety reasons. Players are expected to leave the Club immediately after the conclusion of their session.

-         Online booking will be temporarily ceased, ALL bookings must be made by telephone to the Club Office (01702 338261) which due to staff holidays will only be manned between 10am-1pm Monday to Friday, starting from Friday 4th December – please do not leave a message, if you cannot get through then try again later, bookings must be made directly with the rink booker by phone and can only be made by paid members.

-         Originally, we will limit each member to 2 bookings per week; 1 only at 10am due to the popularity of this time. We will monitor the demand for rinks and potentially change this.

-         Bookings can only be made 1 week in advance.

-         Members will be allowed to book a rink for 2 people (singles play) or just themselves, so long as they do not interact with people on other rinks. We encourage members to book for 2 people, rather than only themselves, to maximise rink usage and avoid unnecessary phone calls.

-         NOTE – All existing bookings made up to this point have been removed from the diary.

-         You must bring correct change of £3 to play, change is not likely to be available. The CoVID steward on duty will take rink fees.

-         All previous existing rules at the Club are still in place, ie. Use of a face covering around the Club, one-way system in place, etc.

-         Whilst still in tier 2, the Bar and Kitchen will remain closed (non-alcoholic refreshments can be brought in to the Club if required), and no members will be allowed to visit the Club if they are not bowling OR if they have not pre-booked.

-         Members temperatures will now be taken upon entry to the Club. Anyone with a high temperature will not be granted access for safety reasons.

-         No leagues/competitions to be played currently.

We realise there is a lot to take in, and it may seem archaic in places, but ultimately these rules will allow us to re-open, which is what everyone wants.

If you are not yet aware of the rules surrounding tier 2, please visit the Government’s website.

ECBC Management Committee – 3rd December

Club News - November

24th November 2020

Please see latest news from the Club....

National Lockdown

2nd November 2020

Following the recent announcement from the government of another national lockdown, the Club will remain closed until at least Monday 7th December.

Club News - October

28th October 2020

Temporary Club Closure

The CoVID Sub-Committee are continuing to meet and liaise with the Management Committee in regards to whether we can re-open safely with the current Government guidelines.

No decision has been made yet, therefore the temporary closure will now be extended to at least Sun 8th November.

We understand those disappointed with this, but it is a delicate situation. Please keep your eyes on the website for interim updates, or of course your e-mail.


Outdoor Competitions 2021

At this time all outdoor governing bodies are planning a ‘normal’ 2021 Outdoor season, with a full slate of competitions – all of which are now open for entry online.

Please go to https://www.essexcountybowlsclub.com/index.php/news/outdoor-competitions-2021 for full details of local, county and national competitions for next year.



A reminder that if you need to get in touch with the Club for any reason the phone and e-mail is currently being monitored.

Temporary Club Closure - Extension

26th October 2020

Sadly, the temporary closure of the Club has been extended until at least 8th November.

The current situation and government guidance is continually being reviewed by the CoVID Sub-Committee.


Original news article with full details here

Outdoor Competitions 2021

22nd October 2020

At this time all governing bodies, national and local, are planning a ‘normal’ 2021 Outdoor season, with a full slate of competitions – all of which are now open for entry online as follows:

National Competitions


You will need to register for an account if you have not previously entered via this website. Entries are fully online.

Closing date for entries 1st March 2021.

Mens, Ladies and Mixed competitions.

County Competitions


You will need to register for an account if you have not previously entered via this website. Entries are fully online.

Closing date for entries 31st December 2020.

Mens competitions only, all ladies competitions have already been completed.

Southend & District Competitions


Click on the link to download an entry form. Forms to be sent in post as indicated on sheet.

Closing date for entries 1st March 2021.

Mens, Ladies and Mixed competitions.


If anyone requires to enter off-line I would suggest contacting the relevant organization directly.

Temporary Club Closure

15th October 2020

Temporary Club Closure

As you will no doubt have heard by now, Essex County Council recently approached the government to be placed at a higher level of risk from CoVID, dubbed ‘Tier 2’. This was agreed and will take place from midnight this Friday onwards. Southend Council is autonomous from Essex County Council and therefore currently is not placed in Tier 2.

Clearly this has created a huge problem for the Club, with a huge number of our members living outside Southend Borough (Benfleet/Rayleigh/Rochford/Hockley etc), who now cannot play bowls with ANYONE else not in their family bubble. That, coupled with the general vulnerability to the virus of our members, has led the Management Committee to agree a temporary closure of the Club recommended by the CoVID sub-Committee.

This will run from Saturday 17th October to Sunday 8th November originally and will be reviewed regularly and extensively.

All League games and roll-ups during this original 2 week period will be removed from the diary and not re-booked.

We know a number of our members are still not on e-mail, if you know of anyone in this position who you could pass this message on to we would be very grateful.

If anyone has any immediate concerns, the Club e-mail and phone will continue to be monitored throughout this period.

We understand this will come as a disappointment to everyone, but the decision has been made in everyone’s best interests and was somewhat made for us by the government.

Any further updates will be sent out by e-mail and placed on the Club website.


ECBC Management Committee

Ongoing Safeguarding

8th October 2020

Club Stewarding will cease on 18th October, please click for a reminder of every member's responsibilities....

Indoor Coaching / Bowls for Beginners

28th September 2020

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