Firstly, I hope this finds you all well as we enter yet another week of lock-down.  These have been strange and challenging times but have given us time to take stock of what we find most important to us.  I am sure that like me you all have very tidy cupboards,  all the gardening chores are up to date and maybe even a little decorating has taken place.

With this beautiful weather our thoughts are drawn to bowling and being on the green with our bowling friends.  The committee are working very hard to produce a robust procedure for the safe bowling of all our members.  This is almost complete and will be circulated to you all as soon as possible.

An opening date is reliant on the completion of the works to St. Mary’s Bridge.  This is being carried out by Dorset Council and entails installation of a new bridge and the closure of the footpath.  The bridge is scheduled to go in on 3rd June but we are unsure how long the footpath will be shut for.  The Council are working with a smaller gang of men to enable social distancing so are unsure of the time the works will take.  Rest assured we will be in contact as soon as firm date is reached.

The work on preserving the exterior of the clubhouse is in hand and already the building is looking a lot smarter.  This is an enormous job and we owe Neil a huge thank you for undertaking this work for us.  He is working on his own due to social distancing issues.

I have reported already that Bill has secured a grant from Dorset Council for loss of income.  Since then he has written a bid to Sport England which has been successful so adding to our funds.  This will help enormously to cover the deficit caused by the closure of the Club this season.

I will shortly add some photos of  the club so you can all see how smart it is looking.  In due course I am looking forward to posting some pictures of members enjoying a practice session, albeit with social distancing!!

Keep well.