Callington Bowling Club

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Guidance Notes for Roll-Ups

Dear  Member

Please find below the intended set of guidelines to issue to all playing members for the resumption of roll ups on the 10th April.

Please note that roll ups do not fall into the category of Organised Sport and therefore the rule of 6 and 2 households prevail. ( See BE guidance on Return to Play)




The following rules are to be applied and followed to allow Callington Bowling Club members to recommence playing Bowls, safely and in line with Government and Bowls England (BE) rules and guidance. Continued ability for our members to play bowls going forward is dependent on members following the rules herein.

The rules herein follow Bowls England recommendations issued on the 26th March. That  guidance has been modified as authorized to allow for individual clubs circumstances, but they remain consistent with Government advice and social distancing requirements.

It is in the interest of all our safety that we must all follow these rules. Without being authoritarian, members found to be not following the guidelines will unfortunately be subject to an exclusion period or other action to be determined by the Management Committee.

1 Dress appropriately before you get to the club to avoid the need to change clothes – change shoes immediately before and after your game

2 Travel to the green on your own or with members of your own household only – do not offer a lift to, or accept a lift from, anyone outside your household. Remember to practice Social Distancing in all areas of the Club premises. This extends to the Car Park and where possible leave a good space between cars and take care to limit interactions with other members when arriving or leaving the Bowls Club.

Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your allocated booking time.


1. Only members who have paid the £100/Year 2020 subscription may play or attend Bowls.

2. Regrettably Social members, guests and spectators may not visit the club premises. Potential new members will be permitted to attend  a taster session if accompanied by a full member.

3. Bowling members may only visit the club to play bowls unless on club business authorized by a member of the management committee. On any visit by any member Social Distancing must be maintained at all times.

4. At this time, payment of green fees is suspended


If you are asymptomatic, showing any symptoms or have been identified as particularly vulnerable and have been advised to shield for 12 weeks then do not visit the club for any reason until you have been cleared by a medical practitioner.

Do not go to the club if you are experiencing any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or any cold or flu-like symptoms, in particular a cough or a high temperature. Use the NHS 111 website or helpline and seek advice. For your own protection, follow the advice about self-isolation if you are, or are living with, someone in one of the vulnerable groups

These rules are subject to revision recognizing changes in Government advice and our experience in applying these rules.


1. The Club will Open from 11:00am and Close at 20:30pm. All security procedures such as checking doors, kit put away, etc. are to be carried out by the last member to leave the site.

2. Access to the clubhouse is only permitted for the use of the toilet facilities. The changing rooms are not to be used.

3. The only kit available for use will be mats and jacks. Pushers. are not available and not to be used . Scorecards will also be available for use if required and to be taken away with you on completion of use.

4. Mats and Jacks will be stored on a table just outside the side door next to the mower store with disinfectant and sanitiser .

4. We will in this initial phase limit play to alternate rinks thereby enforcing social distancing above the recommended 2 metres.  In the first week rinks 2, 4, 6 will be used and the following week we will use 1, 3, 5 . This rotation will continue in sequence by week.

5. All members must bring their own bowls. No club bowls can be removed for play. If you do not have your own bowls at this point contact a management committee member and a set of club bowls will be allocated to you. These must be taken away with you and become your responsibility for their safe return at a later date.

6. Hygiene during this phase is of critical importance and we need to be rigorous in our sanitation of jack, mats and bowls and personal hygiene prior to and post playing. The club will provide soap and disinfectant in both toilet facilities but it is recommended that members also carry their own personal hand gel and any sanitation products they feel comfortable with. Please ensure you disinfect all equipment you come into contact with both before and after play and avoid touching your face during play. On storing equipment please use the sanitizer provided to wipe down all surfaces you have come into contact with, door handles, access gate , keypad etc. This is extremely important. It is your personal choice if you wish to wear gloves and/or facemasks.

Rink Booking:

1. Rink bookings can only be made by telephone to Mike/Margaret Pearce ( Telephone 01822 834767). Bookings can only be made between 1000 am and 1600 am each day (Monday through to Friday). (Rink Bookings for Saturday,Sunday & Monday to be made on the Friday). In the initial phase you may only play once per day. Bookings for multiple days will initially be limited to 3 days in any 7 day period.

2. Rink Bookings will be initially for 1 hour and 30 minutes duration with a 30 minute gap between bookings on the same rink. This will allow for players to sanitize their kit and leave the club before the next booking and of course reinforce Social Distancing. Once a game is completed players must disinfect, store all used kit and leave the club premises.


1 Initially a maximum of 4 persons per rink will be in force ie singles or pairs play only. Remember to keep to the 2 metre rule as per the BE and Gov.UK guidance.

2. Try to ensure that Bowls are kept separate as much as possible during the game and on moving bowls from the head or at any other time during the game move only your bowls.

3 Please remember to not touch any part of your face during the game and do not shake hands with your playing partners and other players at the club.

4. Agree that only one and the same player places the Jack, and mats throughout the session. Two jacks are to be used to obviate Jack delivery.

5. Do not shake hands before, during or after a game.

6. Do not ‘high-five ‘OR ‘hug’ other players to celebrate shots or a win.

7. At the end of the game please ensure all kit used is disinfected including your personal items such as bowls etc. and club kit is stored away. Do not shake hands. If you are the last to leave the bowls club at any time of the day ensure all club buildings are secure.

8. One on one coaching is acceptable under the current Bowls England guidelines and if required please contact club coaches for availability.

Personal Care:

1. Avoid using toilets at the club wherever possible and clean anything you have touched after use.

2. Take any food or drink you might need with you.

3. Wash or sanitize your hands and sanitize any equipment (including bowls, jacks and mats) you use before and after you play – do not assume that the person before you has sanitized the equipment thoroughly.

4. Sanitize padlocks, keys and door handles and all surfaces you have touched before and after use.

5. When you finish playing, change your shoes and leave the club immediately – ensuring that you have sanitized all equipment used and that the club is secure (as applicable)

6. Everything you bring to the Bowls club MUST be taken away with you including scorecards, if used, excepting any allowed club kit used. All personal rubbish such as drinks containers, food packaging MUST be taken away and NOT placed in any club receptacle.

Going Forward:

No one is sure how the current situation will develop and hopefully we can loosen and expand the current guidelines based on government and BE advice in the near future. We are however looking at ways we can assist in making play under the current guidelines more inclusive and enjoyable.

1 One on one coaching is acceptable under the current Bowls England guidelines and if required please contact club coaches for availability.


This is the first stage in getting back to some sort of normality and we have to take baby steps. The continuation of bowling in these difficult times is dependent on all of us following the rules. It is not an exaggeration to say that our adherence to the rules can save lives, our lives. I hope you all enjoy getting back on the green but please make sure you are comfortable in actions you take. If you are worried about playing at this stage take your time and wait a while. It’s your decision.


Stay Safe and Keep Well

Chairman Bill