Welcome to Torquay Bowling Club

You are invited to our ‘Have a Go’ weekend

We have been bowling every day since the season got underway on Sunday 25th April. Now we would love you to come to our ‘Have A Go’ weekend on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th May starting at 10:00am both days. Everyone is welcome, all ages, male and female, never played to experienced bowlers. Help, guidance, tuition and advice will be available. Bowls will be provided, all we ask is you wear flat soled shoes (no heel) to go on the green.

Refreshments will be available, including hot and cold beverages, which must be consumed outdoors, seating is provided. To use the toilets you must wear a mask so please remember to bring yours.

Its all free so why not come on down and see how much you will enjoy playing bowls.

Club Competitions – Entries close 16th May

For those of you who do not use email and those who do not read their emails time is running out to enter the Club Competitions. Entry forms are in the Ladies and Gents changing rooms, closing date Sunday 16th May.

 

The 2021 Fixture List

The 2021 Fixture List has been updated (4 May 2021) and can be viewed here. Because the fixtures keep changing, hopefully not many more times, for reasons beyond our control it has been decided not to issue members with a fixture book in 2021. Copies of the fixtures will be on display in the Club House as well as here on the web site.

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN.

These past months have certainly been very upsetting and it is good to know that we are on the road to recovery at last.

It was very heart warming to see so many happy faces at the opening day and we actually had sunshine as well, got to be a bonus.

There are many people to praise during these trying times, your green looks and plays wonderfully well.

Your committee have worked very hard to ensure that you have a club, as well as a green, to return to. At the heart of this committee has been one person who has gone above and beyond all that could be expected of anyone, that is your club captain, Eric Leason.

Eric has spent the entire pandemic sourcing information from the Government, Bowls England and Bowls Devon and bringing this information to the committee so that we can find a course of action to keep our club alive and out of debt. He works tirelessly, and I do not use the word lightly, to ensure that you are all able to play as safely as possible.

We owe Eric a huge debt of gratitude, not forgetting all the other people who have given their time and energy. So I ask you to follow the rules set down by the club please and remember that in two weeks’ time we shall have more restrictions lifted and playing will become a great deal easier.

It will be good to have you all back and in good health.

Best wishes. Beryl Leach (Chairman)

 

TBC IS OPEN FOR THE 2021 SEASON

 On Sunday 25th April, the club held it’s 2021 Opening Day event, and what a day it was.

 Such a pleasure to see old friends again, and be able to report that on the day some 52 members played, spread over both an a.m. and p.m. session, to accord with Government and Bowls England guidance, and all with big grins on their faces playing on a Green that was simply magnificent, it played as if it was July, not April, it was fast, flat and true, and as a result received nothing but praise from all who played.

NOW IT’S THANK YOU TIME

Here at TBC, we recognise and understand that despite everything else we may have, we are nothing without our Green, and what a Green we have.

As a result we all owe our Green Team lead by Tony Crispin and Ray Mitchell, together with their superb squad of volunteers, who have all worked so very hard in the background for months over the winter period, in all weathers, at all times working within the Bowls England Guidance surrounding the rules of Essential Green Maintenance our most grateful thanks.

Not only have they produced a masterpiece in the colour Green, but have also completely re-worked the Rose beds, pruned trees, de-mossed the perimeter walkways, repaired, replaced, and re-painted all the Bench Seating, weeded the car park, cut all the perimeter hedges, and refurbished all the Pushers and Scoreboards, and last but not least, provided a lovely commemorative area honouring our much loved Head Greenkeeper, ’Mal’ Williams.

To make for a memorable ‘Opening Day’, memorable people are are needed, and our playing members provided just that, therefore thank you all for playing the game under the ‘Covid’ rules, not a grumble or whinge was heard. 

Thank you to our President Mike Reynolds for taking on the ‘Rolling In’ duties, thereby opening the club for the season.

Big Thank You to the ladies who provided all the players in both sessions with complimentary Tea/Coffee and biscuits, again strictly complying with the relevant  ‘Covid Rules’.

CLUB NEWS AND UPDATES

 Due to the SDL, MDL and RMTL cancelling /postponing their respective leagues for this season – (The men’s Over 55’s appear unaffected)-it has been agreed that in order to give members a chance of some form of competitive league type play then we will be playing these fixtures as ‘Friendlies’ wherever possible. The methodology and format of play may well be affected, but at this moment in time it is a bit too early to provide you with hard and fast rules, please bear with us for a period of time whilst we put it all together, however, we are as confident as we can be that competitive bowls will be played this season.

As you know, nationally the Covid rules are programmed/forecast to change on May 17th and further on June 21st,the third and final steps respectively.

Our Club Competitions, together with the MDL Singles, Pairs, Triples and Cup competitions are at this moment in time unaffected.

For County and National competitions, please refer to the postings currently in place at the Club.

Concerning visiting Touring Teams, as you know we have historically been delighted to have welcomed many clubs during any given season, and whilst a number have had to cancel, things look a lot more healthy from late June onwards.

The Riviera Tournament that we co-host with Victoria and Kings, is going ahead as planned, which is good news all round.

The much postponed Christmas Luncheon, will probably now go ahead as a late summer event, in a different format, we will keep you updated as and when restrictions are lifted.  On the subject of Social activities, we are working in the background with a view to maybe re-opening things later in the year, again ,along with Short Mat–‘watch this space’ 

 

Club Charity

For 2021 the club’s charity remains 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, that is when we start playing them again, 2021?

 

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.