Posts by Claire Joll

BowlsWales AGM

On Tuesday 12th January, BowlsWales hosted its AGM digitally for the first time in its history. Held via Zoom, the 2020 AGM was attended by representatives from across all National Governing Bodies, Service Bodies, Sport Wales, Board and staff and was chaired by BowlsWales Interim Chair, Ken Burton. The AGM offered the opportunity to meet the BowlsWales Board and Staff and present a summary of BowlsWales 2019/20 Annual Report and accounts. At the AGM, it was revealed that the Special resolution of the amendment of the BowlsWales Articles of Association had been accepted and voted in by the Members with
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Christmas Opening Hours

The BowlsWales staff team will be taking a break over the Christmas period. Our ‘home offices’ will be closing on Friday 18th December at 5pm and re-opening on Tuesday 5th January 2021 from 9am. The phone lines will be closed – if for any reason you are unable to reach our voicemail service, please email your query to: enquiries@bowlswales.com and this will be picked up as soon as possible upon our return. We would like to thank our Members, partners and volunteers for their support during what has been a difficult 2020 for everyone. Nadolig Llawen/Merry Christmas. Best Wishes, The
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Welsh Government announcement, 30th November- Update

Following today’s Welsh Government announcement there is no change to participating in bowls. Leisure facilities (indoors and outdoors) will remain open. The First Minister specifically stated that access to sport facilities was being protected because of the important benefits to mental well-being associated with exercise. There are no changes to the regulations for sport and exercise, except that ice rinks will be closed. However, pubs, cafes, restaurants, and bars will have to close by 6pm and will not be allowed to serve alcohol. You can find our guidelines here.
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Guidance for returning post firebreak

Following the release of the Welsh Government guidance for returning post firebreak, we can confirm the following: Bowls clubs can open following the end of the firebreak on November 9th at 12:01am. If you are aged 11 and over, you can play sport or exercise in a group of up to 30 people outdoors or 15 people indoors. Organised activity in simultaneous groups is allowed if the capacity is aligned to the UK Active Guidance. To ensure we comply with above we have set out the following, which must be enforced: each rink is treated as a separate entity and can have
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Welsh Government fire-break announcement – 19th October 2020

The Welsh Government have announced that they will introduce a two week “fire-break” national lockdown from 6:00pm on Friday, 23 October. This will last until the early hours of Monday, 9 November. The press release regarding the announcement can be found here https://gov.wales/national-coronavirus-fire-break-to-be-introduced-in-wales-on-friday FAQs are available on the Welsh Government website, including sections on sport and exercise: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-firebreak-frequently-asked-questions#section-53257 The key messages are that: This is a “stay at home” order. People are expected to stay at home as much as possible. All businesses such as retail, hospitality, leisure etc, except “essential retail” will close, similar to the position in April. All gatherings
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Articles Review

Regular review of the Company Articles is a normal part of any good governance process, as the BowlsWales Company was set up in June 2017 now was a good time for the review to take place. It was agreed that an Articles Review Working Group comprising of representatives from the Members and the Board would undertake a full review and make recommendations. The group had support from Sport Wales, the BowlsWales General Manager and a governance consultant. The resulting document has not changed significantly but has changed in some key areas. The work of the group was undertaken by Zoom
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Richard Bowen steps down as a Director of BowlsWales

Richard Bowen has stepped down from the board of BowlsWales, having decided not to renew his Directorship following the expiry of his three year term. Ken Burton, Chair of BowlsWales, commented “Richard has been an excellent Director, and he has made an outstanding contribution to BowlsWales since its establishment in 2017. We are sorry that he has decided to stand down.” Everyone at BowlsWales would like to thank Richard for his contribution over the years and his dedication to the sport of bowls.
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Lockdown Statement- Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil & Newport

On Tuesday 22nd September, new restrictions will begin in the following Borough Council Areas: Bridgend Blaenau Gwent Merthyr Tydfil Newport These restrictions will mean that, in these areas, from tomorrow: People will not be allowed to enter or leave these areas without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education. People will only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors; They will not be able to form, or be in, extended households.  Everyone over 11 years old will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public areas – as is the case across Wales.
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BowlsWales Statement 25 September 2020- Local Lockdowns

The Health Minister announced further local lockdowns, which come into force this weekend across Llanelli town and Swansea and Cardiff Counties. We ask Bowls Club to consult both national and local authority networks for the most up to date guidance in their areas. These include: https://gov.wales/local-lockdown http://www.llanellitowncouncil.gov.uk/ https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/Your-Council/Strategies-plans-and-policies/Emergency-Planning-and-Resilience/coronavirus-information/Pages/default.aspx https://www.swansea.gov.uk/residents Currently, as is stands organised sports activity which complies with the law and any local regulations or restrictions, and which is carried out in compliance with National Governing Body-issued guidelines is still permissible in areas under local lockdown. Please refer to the Covid-19 section of the BowlsWales website for playing guidance
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Rhondda Cynon Taf Lockdown Statement

Local lockdown restrictions in Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough come into effect on Thursday 17th September from 18:00. The council issued the following: No participants, coaches, officials or other club volunteers residing in the borough to attend activities outside the borough e.g. training, face to face education courses, meetings Local lockdown measures mean that clubs should exclude any members living outside of the borough from attending training sessions inside the borough No participants, coaches, officials or other club volunteers residing outside the borough to attend facilities or training sessions in the borough Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC do not intend to close any sports facilities but if the
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