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Till the Green Opens



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Devon Air Ambulance Base2Base virtual challenge

Our charity for 202 in the Devon Air Ambulance. Sadly due to the coronavirus restriction we are going to be unable as a club to raise funds in the normal way.

For anyone that would like to support them they are holding the Base2Base virtual challenge between 1st and 21st June, where you walk 40 miles between those dates. See the full details on their website here.


More volunteers are required to be a Green Steward on an occasional basis. For more details click here.


Coronavirus Latest (Last updated 29 May 18:35)

Here is a copy of a letter being sent to all members concerning the opening of the green on Monday 8th June

Dear Members

I have been elected by the Committee to act as Bowls Co-ordinator concerning All things Bowls affecting Torquay Bowls Club during the Coronavirus outbreak.

To such end I would like to put to you both my, and the Committees position.



The club has received from Bowls England a 6 page document titled ‘Covid19 Supplementary Guidance for Lawn Bowls Clubs’,which in turn is approved by the Governments ‘Department of Culture,Media,and Sport’, (DCMS) dated 14th May 2020.

This Guidance explains in detail that which has been agreed between these two parties,and therefore by definition now becomes our new Bible, albeit temporarily,but nevertheless something we must work with,and adhere to.

All Parties are aware that the Physical and Mental Wellbeing of the Bowls Community in general is of paramount importance,however any resumption of Bowling must be carried out in complete safety,and in full accordance with all Government advice and guidelines.

As a result your Committee has agreed the following.




Rink Bookings must be made by telephone – giving at least three days notice of request to play – to Di Hardwell on 01803 914211,or 07899 836544, between the hours of 09.00-10.30 only, you will then be told about availability.

PLEASE do not go to the club expecting to play,this cannot be allowed.

PLAY- will only take place on Alternate Rinks,either 1-3-5,or 2-4-6,this ensures that you have an empty rink on each side of you.

SESSIONS-Will be as follows Mornings 11.00-12.30, Monday-Sunday

Afternoon 13.00-14.30,and 15.00 Hrs-16.30 Hrs,Monday – Sunday

There will be no Morning Session on Tuesdays and Fridays,as Green and Green surround works need to be carried out.

A Maximum of 6 bowlers are allowed at any one Session This is being reviewed by Bowls England but for now the 6 bowlers limit remains in force.

No visitors or spectators are permitted to be on club property at any Session,this is a particular requirement of DCMS to ensure Social Distancing is strictly observed.


PLAYING FORMATS -In accordance with DCMS guidelines.

An Individual playing on their own on one single rink.

Two individuals from two different households,playing on a single rink.

Two members of the same household on a single rink.

As stated above, Bowls England are reviewing playing formats but until advised otherwise these formats will be adhered to.

Social distancing must be strictly adhered to and you must remain 2 metres apart from any other person who are not members of your household.

Do not shake hands, fist or elbow/shoulder bump,do not kiss,hug,high five,or have any physical contact with people outside of your Household.

A club appointed Steward/Marshall will be on site at all Sessions,he/she will be deemed to be the Non Playing Captain of the Day,and the Session Supervisor.

Only one nominated person shall handle the Mat.

Only one nominated person shall handle the Jack placement.

Two Mats and Two Jacks one each at each end and must be used and set by the nominated players.



To minimise the risk of infection only Essential Equipment may be used,as follows

Mat,Bowls,Jack,Lifter or Bowling Arm.

Items not deemed Essential-,Scoreboards,Pushers,Distance Sticks,Chalk,and Ditch Markers.



Take with you any food or drink you may need,there will be none at the club,and please take your ‘empties’back home with you.There will be no waste bins on site.

Before play,wash and/or sanitise your hands and woods,and do the same with the Mat and Jack,do not assume that that the Session before you has done so.

There will be Sanitiser at the club,however we do ask that you bring and use your own.

Hand Sanitiser will be available in both Toilets.

Do not share woods,or touch other peoples woods.

For your own protection follow the Government Health Guidelines.

Dress code will be Smart Casual,as you are used to,and can you please arrive at the club dressed appropriately and ready to play,thereby avoiding the need to change clothes.

Only travel to the club on your own, or with members of your own household.Under no circumstances give,offer,or accept a lift to anyone outside of your own household.

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



The Club kitchen and Bar are closed, and as before stated,if you need food or drink,please bring it with you.

The First Aid Box and Facilities that are normally kept in the Kitchen will now be kept in the Store Room.

The Lounge/Function Room will be closed.

The Toilets will be available but only accessed by the Members Entrance door adjacent to the Ladies Changing room,exit is via the same route.



Over and above the Statement,the committee wish to update you on a few things,namely that-

In order to make our re-opening an enjoyable and safe success,we must ask if any of you would be so kind as to volunteer to carry out Steward/Marshall duties once or twice a week,your help would be so very much appreciated, please contact me.It will only be for the odd morning or afternoon Session. Click here for more details if you are interested in being a Steward.

If any members have left their woods/shoes in the their respective Changing Rooms please contact me and we can sort it out for you.

For the record,there will be no competitions at TBC this 2020 season.

The green continues to be maintained to a very high standard ,and for those of you that have not seen it,you are in for a very pleasant surprise,Ray,Derick M,Tony,Dave Mitchell,Geoff Gay,Alan Stephenson,and Alan Hewitt,have been working their socks off,with extra seeding,new Ditch material all new green surround re-painting,new rink and colour markers,hedges cut,and the rose beds looking a picture.

Thank you all so very much,without the Green we have no club!

Since we last posted a Committee meeting report,we have,with the help of Bowls England-,who pointed us in the right direction-,received a Grant from the Government via Torbay Council to assist us with the large amount of ongoing fixed costs that we are obliged to pay, even when we have no income from any angle. For which we are most grateful.

There is no need to set out here the value of our outgoings, suffice to say that they are are quite substantial.

Finally,we wish to advise all our members that the 2020 subscriptions monies you have paid,including the Bowls England and Devon levies,will be rolled over into the 2021 season.

There will be no charges made for any and all Covid19 Roll ups.

Our thoughts and actions have always been to ensure that you have a fully operating club to return to when this disgusting virus is put down,and with your ongoing support and input, we will all be seeing each other again sooner rather than later.

Sincere thanks to each and every one of you for your patience, understanding support and also for just being you.

Very Best Regards,Look after yourselves and Stay Safe.


We will leave the above communication on this page until these arrangements are up and running. It will then be moved to the Members Area


The Coasters do the double

After winning the Torbay Short Mat League Cup on Saturday 29th February at the Derwent, the Coasters, a team of current and former club members have gone on to win the Torbay Short Mat League. Well done to you all.


Congratulations to Ella

We all know that Ella Crouch had a very good summer. Well, she continues to do well indoors this winter. She is through to the final of the Devon County Under 21 Singles which were due to be played at the County Finals Day in Axminster on Sunday 19th April. Not surprisingly County Finals Day has fallen victim to Coronavirus and Finals Day will be rearranged when possible.


Club Charity

For 2020 the club’s charity is Devon Air Ambulance. There will be plenty of opportunities to donate to this great cause throughout the year.


Want to Contact Us

You can use the Contact page to email June, our Secretary. Contact details for all of our Committee Members and League Team Captains and Selectors can be found on the Club Directory page or email torquaybowlingclub@gmail.com.


Items for sale

From time to time the club has surplus items which we would like to dispose of. These can be found on the For Sale page. For club members an area has been set aside on the notice boards for you to advertise bowls clothing and equipment both wanted and for sale.

Riviera Tournament

We are co-hosts of the annual English Riviera Open Bowls Tournament. Cancelled for 20020 due to Coronavirus, in 2021 it will be held between 20th and 26th June. Full details from the tournament web-site


Forthcoming Events

For details of all our activities not in the fixtures list see the Events Diary.


League Tables

See the latest league tables for all  of our competitive sides.


Friends of Torquay Bowling Club

Shows you all the businesses that are supporting the club through sponsorship and advertising. Please consider them when making purchases. You may also find the occasional special offer to club members, so keep returning to the page.


fb-flogo-blue-broadcast-2Thanks to Sarah there has been a club page on Facebook for some time, but sadly many of us didn’t know. Well now we do. If you have something to share, or just want to browse, go and have a look.


Bowls Tours to Torquay
Why you should come, where to stay and what to do

For a successful tour you want a comfy bed, good food, enjoyable bowling and something to do when not bowling. To help you plan your tour and make the most of your time we have put together a page with a mixture of local information and selected adverts. More content will be added so keep coming back to see what is on offer.


Support for the Deaf

One of our members is a qualified signer for the deaf. If you are visiting us on a tour or interested in joining our club, are deaf and would appreciate the support of a signer, please get in touch with us in advance of your visit.


Interested in playing bowls

The best thing you can do is give it a try. Have a look at our page devoted to those who haven’t yet taken the plunge  and actually played the game. We look forward to meeting you on the green.


Thinking of joining our club

You probably know what you are looking for in a club so please feel free to look around our site and see what we have to offer. Why not start at the About us page. Then it’s up to you to either drop in and talk to us or contact June our secretary.


Free WiFi

We now have free wifi for members and guests in the clubhouse.

To all club members

Help to keep the website up to date and useful for all members by keeping us (Barry and Harry or email torquaybowlingclub@gmail.com) informed of any news or events to be held that you think should be on these pages.