Keynsham Bowling Club Receives £2300 Grant to help with COVID 19 Impact
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 Keynsham Bowling Club to cover the costs of maintaining the Green and other ongoing expenses during the period of the pandemic.
Barrie Davis, the Chairman, said “We are delighted to receive this grant from Sport England, which will help cover the ongoing costs of running the club, at a time when our expected income has been seriously impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic.”
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 Keynsham Bowling Club to help it through these extremely challenging times.”
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For those who look at the web site, here is a recent picture of the green, may we be playing on it soon!
KEYNSHAM BOWLING CLUB PRESS RELEASE MARCH 19th 2020.|
The bowling green in Keynsham Park had recovered from last season’s bowling and was looking a rich green in colour. “Just a bit of sunshine is what is now needed” said the Greens Manager Derek Packer “and we will have a good playing surface for this season”.
Early in March, members gathered at the Clubhouse to sign on for the new season and collect their fixture book which showed the games for the next six months. The lists were up on the board to allow members to sign up for the first series of matches so that the selectors could pick the teams. Everyone was looking forward to a new season of bowling on the green and then coronavirus hit us and all of our planning was destroyed.
Members had enjoyed a Curry Evening in February and were looking forward to an evening with the violinist Lizz Lipscombe in March. This had to be cancelled along with the regular monthly coffee mornings and all fixtures have been cancelled for an indefinite period.
Many of our members are now “confined to barracks” having followed Government recommendations to self isolate themselves. Our Secretary David Hockney is sending out regular newsletters giving information from Bowls England and tips on how to look after ourselves. None of us of course know when we will be allowed to start bowling but as soon as we “get the nod” we will be out on the green immediately to get on with our lives – that’s the generation we belong to!
Everybody was in their best attire, many wearing Christmas hats, to listen to and in some cases dancing to the music of the Two of Clubs Duo.
During the interval the 70 members present enjoyed the traditional Christmas food of turkey and mince pies washed down with a glass of mulled wine, or two, all of which was prepared by members of the club’s Social Committee.
Our picture shows some of the ladies “letting their hair down” whilst the Two of Clubs were playing, who had been invited back following their successful evening the previous year.
As we sang along to such songs as the Four Seasons hit “Oh what a night in late December back in 63” the message was still appropriate some 56 years later.
Everyone had a super evening and left looking forward to Christmas 2020, when again, they will be entertained by the Two of Clubs.
KEYNSHAM BOWLING CLUB PRESS RELEASE DECEMBER 6 TH 2019
Thirty proud members of Keynsham Bowls Club at the Annual Presentation Lunch at Knowle Golf Club, with the trophies that they had won during the 2019 season.
Later in the month members gathered in the clubhouse to listen to and sing along with the Oldland Ukulele Band.
After the first half’s entertainment a ploughman’s supper prepared by the ladies of the Social Committee and washed down with some alcoholic beverage, was followed by the second half of the programme and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
During the closed season many of the members keep their eye in by bowling indoors. On a weekly basis they travel to the Bristol Indoor Club at Ashton, Purnells at Paulton and also Chippenham Bowls Club.
The Christmas coffee morning took place with the usual annual raffle for items generously donated by members. As Christmas approaches we look forward to the Christmas Party in the clubhouse when we will enjoy seasonal food and mulled wine.
It’s a great time of the year to be a member of Keynsham Bowling Club!
New Years Eve Quiz 2019
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
See you on the green!
President John Nix
Hope you're not bowled over by all your Christmas gifts!