Grant to help Daventry Town Bowls Club during current COVID-19 pandemic
Daventry Town Bowls Club based in Northamptonshire 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. The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of March 23 has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty. In response, on March 31 Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through covid-19. Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus. The grant will allow Daventry Town Bowls Club to cover some of the ongoing costs and maintenance over the coming months.
Duggie Mitchell, Secretary of Daventry Town Bowls Club, commented:
On notification from Bowls England, Bowls Development Alliance and Bowls Northamptonshire an online application was submitted on 8th April. Given the very high volume of applications from across all sports/communities and knowing staff were working from home it was truly remarkable to receive confirmation of our award from Sport England on Tuesday 28th April. This grant is much appreciated and will help towards our loss of income, paying ongoing costs and hopefully ensuring members have a club to return to whenever it is safe and practical to do so.
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said:
“As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation, we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20m Community Emergency fund, made possible by National Lottery players is part of a multimillion pound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation’s health and wellbeing.
“We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to Daventry Town Bowls Club to help it through these extremely challenging times.”
We have been working with George Babalev, Club Development Manager at Bowls Development Alliance who has overseen and guided us through their program of procedures and criteria necessary in meeting pre-determined standards.
In addition to updating and ensuring our club administration. policies and bowling facilities are in line with that required we have been working towards meeting the Nationally recognised standards.
Having worked hard in successfully developing and meeting these standards we are pleased to announce we have been awarded the Bowls Disability Mark. The Bowls Disability Mark has been developed to recognise and reward affiliated bowls clubs who 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 we thank George for the help
and tremendous contribution made in guiding us through the numerous processes leading to this award.
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Dear Fellow Bowlers
With the sunny days we are experiencing at present, we should all be looking forward to starting the Outdoor Bowls season. But in the current extremely difficult circumstances, we cannot enjoy our outdoor sport.
Bowls England (BE)made a decision to cancel the National Championships in August as the qualifying rounds, which some Counties start in April, would not be completed in time.
Midland Counties (MCBA) Midland England League (MEL) and Friends of Bowls England (FOEB) also decided to cancel all matches for this season. BE may resume some of their matches later in the season.
Bowls Northamptonshire has decided to cancel all men and women’s friendly matches at present, but may try and re-arrange some of them later in the season.
All County competitions leading to the National Championships have been cancelled. If later in the season (August/September) and depending on Government advice, we may be able to play some of our own County Competitions.
Good News! Presidents’ Yvonne, Paul and Shelagh have agreed to continue their roles in 2021.
On a financial note BE will be refunding all the Affiliation fees and Competition entry fees that have been paid. BN will do the same if no competitions are played. This will take time to administrate.
A reminder that any BN member may access the Benevolent Fund if they find themselves needing financial support due to unfortunate circumstances. John Church is the Benevolent Fund secretary.
To all club members we ask that you support your club in what ever way you can, with a view that we WILL be out Bowling again by the end of the summer.
Stay Safe until we can resume the sport we all love.
on behalf of the BN Executive Committee
Understandably, Bowls England has been inundated with enquiries from clubs and county associations regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.
They have produced a ‘FAQ’ document in response to the first wave of enquiries, which have been similar in their nature. It will continue to be updated as we deal with this ever‐changing situation.
BOWLS ENGLAND SETS OUT PLANS FOR 2020 SEASON IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
Bowls England has announced the cancellation of all its domestic events ahead of the 2020 lawn bowls season in response to the latest Government advice and growing concerns from bowlers about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will impact lawn bowls.
The decision, which was reached at an Emergency Meeting of Board members and key staff, held on Tuesday 17th March, covers all National Championships, National Competitions and other domestic events. Discussions are ongoing with the British Isles Bowls Council and British Isles Women’s Bowls Council with regard to British Isles events this year.
Bowls England will be providing support and advice to clubs and county associations over the coming weeks to ensure the future of the sport – including plans for a proposed ‘Festival of Bowls’ later in the season.
Tony Allcock OBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “Every organisation is currently coming to terms with a global situation that is unprecedented, to which Bowls England is sadly not immune. The National Finals are the conclusion of a long process that starts each year in May, therefore it is not possible for the qualification process to be completed in time throughout our 35 county associations.
“However, bowlers are known to be resilient and have proven in the past that they join together and support each other in the time of need. Now, more than ever, is the time for us all to work together to ensure that our clubs and bowling greens are available when it is deemed safe to resume our much-loved sport. So we would urge our members to commit to their clubs, keep an eye out for their fellow members who may feel isolated and be ready to get back on the greens when Government guidance allows.
“Finally, I wish to thank my staff team for their support at this time in managing this ever-changing situation. We have been inundated with enquiries from our clubs and county associations, and we will ensure that each and every enquiry is responded to in the coming days. However, our priority in the next two days will be ensuring that our staff are able to work from home effectively from next Monday”
The Board agreed that one of the most important areas of work for Bowls England over the coming weeks will be club support. Bowls England plans to provide advice and support on subjects including:
a. Coronavirus Guidance
b. Minimum amount of Greens Maintenance required so greens are playable when we resume bowling
c. Funding (including Club Loans and encouraging bowlers to support their clubs financially by continuing to pay their annual subscriptions – so clubs will still be there for them when we resume bowling)
e. Looking after each other (including encouraging members to keep an eye out for each other, especially fellow bowlers who may live on their own)
f. Staying Fit (including producing a ‘Bowlers’ Workout’ in order to keep members active during isolation or working from home)
Other key decisions taken by the Board were:
1. Bowls England office to close with effect from Friday 20th March and all staff (including Coach Bowls employees) to work from home with effect from Monday 23rd March – support for Clubs and County Associations will continue as normal.
2. Work on the new Bowls England Head Office is put ‘on hold’ until further notice
3. In support of Clubs at this difficult time, Bowls England will refund the Affiliation Fees paid for 2020 by each playing member. Bowls England will arrange refunds to the county associations, who are mandated to ensure that all monies are then paid to their Member Clubs.
4. Board to meet regularly via Skype/Conference Call to monitor the ever-changing situation, review the impact on bowls and plan accordingly – regular updates will be issued.
The fun quiz night took place on Friday 13th, with some good guesses and a bit of knowledge helping team JTC to a narrow win by half a point, closely followed by the Tiger & Tigeresses and Jingle Bells. The mulled wine and mince pies helped everyone get into the festive mood and warmed against the wintry weather.
Look out for our next social event in January, more details to follow.
We wish all our members a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.
The Annual General Meeting took place at the club on Friday 22 November, with nearly two thirds of members in attendance.
The formal part of the event covered the chairman’s and financial reports and the appointment and ratification of the Directors.
Following on from this the team captains and holders of other key posts summed up the achievements and developments of the previous year and aspirations for the future.
The final part of the evening was devoted to the celebration of the club competitions and presentations to the winners and finalists.
We look forward to an even more successful season in the coming year.
We are having an Open Forum at the clubhouse on Friday 27th September at 7:00pm.
Thar idea of having the forum is for the members of the club to be able to share their thoughts with the President of the club.
Two Bowls legends come to Daventry!!
Bowls is Bowls, the organisation established to encourage all bowls organisations
and bowlers of all ages, creeds, colour and abilities to work together, is delighted to
announce that as part of its week-long initiative to promote the sport, Scottish
bowling world-record breaking legend, Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall MBE will be appearing
at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club (IBC) on 12 th September, between 11.30-1.30pm,
alongside another legendary medal-winning member of England’s Commonwealth
Games bowls team, David Bolt ‘Bolty’.
The two icons of the game will appear at the venue alongside Daventry IBC
President, Sue Pernyes, where they will not only play some fine exhibition bowls, but
also provide invaluable coaching advice to those players and audience members
present, and afterwards hold an informal Q&A session.
The 12 th September ‘Bowls is Bowls’ day will aim to provide a clear emphasis on the
organisations intention to bring all forms of Bowls at all levels and platforms
together to help promote the sport, whilst demonstrating the openness and limitless
opportunities for the sport to reach out into communities, via hospitals, care home
facilities, youth clubs and other related areas. The possibilities are endless!
During the day, both David and Alex will pay a visit to Daventry Town Bowls Club,
where they will meet Duggie Mitchel Chairman & Director of Disability Bowls
England and take part in a ‘Triathlon of bowls’.
The culmination of the day will involve a visit to Daventry Town Football Club, where
as part of an initiative to also promote football, ‘Bolty’, being an avid supporter and
follower of his beloved Sunderland AFC, will meet with players and Daventry Town
Manager, Arron Parkinson and have chance to demonstrate his footballing prowess.
There will also be a Football v Bowls challenge, ‘How far can your ball go’, which will
involve participants from both sports seeing how far their respective balls can travel.
Councillor Alan Hills, Community, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder at Daventry
District Council said: “It’s great to see our local clubs working together to promote
sporting activity in Daventry District. As a District council we support all kinds of
sports and I would encourage people to come along to these open events and find
out more about how to get involved in bowls.”
A live music performance from the Rock n Roll Bowler, Max Milner, followed by a
disco hosted by Robert Palser of World Series Bowls fame will close the days
David Bolt ‘Bolty’ needs no introduction to players and fans alike, winning a Bronze
medal as part of the lawn bowls men's fours on the Gold Coast, whilst Alex ‘Tattie’
Marshall MBE is a World champion record-breaking Scottish Bowls player.
Alex ‘Tattie’ Mitchell was awarded an MBE in the 2007 New Year Honours List for his
services to the sport, having started his bowling career at the age of eight supported
by both his father and grandfather, going on to represent his country in 1988. Alex is
a record breaking six-time World Indoor Singles Champion, with six World Indoor
Pairs titles to his credit (four Men's Pairs & two Mixed Pairs), plus six World Outdoor
Championship Gold medals (Pairs in 1992, 2000 and 2012, Fours in 1992, and Team
in 1992, 1996 & 2004).
His other achievements include five Commonwealth Games Gold medals (Pairs in
2002, 2006, 2014, & Fours in 2014, 2018), one Atlantic Games Team Gold (in 2015),
and three Hong Kong International Classic Pairs titles (in 1993, 1996, 2002).
Commenting on Alex’s appearance at the Bowls is Bowls day, ‘Bolty’ said, “To have a
player of his (Alex) distinction visit any club is fantastic and I see this as an amazing
opportunity for not only Daventry IBC but the game of Bowls to promote itself far
and wide due to Alex’s stature.”
Bowls is Bowls is the brainchild of Boul Traders Chief Executive, Mark Courtney,
himself a keen bowler since childhood and a Level 1 Coach Bowls Coach, member of
Bowls Northamptonshire & Bowls England.
For more information about Bowls is Bowls and future events, please visit the
Our A and B teams were drawn against each other in the Monday Night triples league, this game was played last night 3rd June.
The A team won by a large score and won 3 out of 4 rinks.
However the B team did win 1 game by a narrow margin of 2 shots.
We wish the A team good luck in the next round versus Kingsthorpe A.
The ladies of Daventry Tigers and Daventry Town outdoor bowling club came together to form a team to enable the clubs to take part in the Friday Night Ladies Northamptonshire Triples League.
Members of our A Team who compete in the Northampton Area Triples League.
Wednesdays Inter County Match between the men of Bowls Northamptonshire and Royal Berkshire Bowling Association hosted by our club. Twenty four players from each county enjoyed a lovely sunny afternoon on our green.