Members News

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Club Night Change

posted 15 Jun 2021, 01:44 by Francis Czuba

Club night is now 17:00 (arrive 16:45) on  Thursday evenings

Coronavirus - Advice from the English Short Mat Bowling Association

posted 14 Mar 2020, 02:23 by Francis Czuba

The ESMBA has issued the following statement relating to Coronavirus 

ESMBA and Coronavirus – Please read and be aware of your responsibilities.

The ESMBA is about to enter into its busiest time of the season, with multiple events where members throughout the Country will travel and meet for the game of bowls.

This period of time is when the Country and the World are facing probably the Virus of a generation. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is affecting many people throughout the World. It will no doubt at some stage touch someone we know or within the Bowls family.

The ESMBA has a duty of care to its members and we take this very seriously. We therefore will be supporting and following the guidelines as laid out by Public Health England. These will obviously be changing as the national situation changes and we will monitor these closely.

At present advice is to take basic hygiene measures, individuals should be washing their hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap on a regular basis. To cough and sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it, if a tissue is not available, the crook of your arm should be used. Many people also feel safer wearing face masks and avoiding personal contact (like shaking hands), so please at this time don’t be offended by this. Individuals are only trying to protect themselves and others from the spread of the virus but to continue with a normal daily life

If you have been in contact with someone that is suspected of having the virus or have travelled from one of the listed affected areas in the last 14 days, then you should be self-isolating for a period of 14 days. Please see the following for areas affected 


The ESMBA must insist that for the protection and precaution of all its members that the Public Health England guidelines are followed. If anyone has been in contact with or travelled back to the UK in the last 14 days please email ADMIN@ESMBA.CO.UK so we can make the necessary arrangements for replacements.

 There will be no repercussions for anyone withdrawing from events due to COVID-19, but individuals that knowingly break Public Health England Guidelines and risk others safety may face disciplinary action.

 The ESMBA Management Committee appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

 Barry Hedges on behalf of ESMBA Management Committee

Upcoming Social event -Race night

posted 14 May 2018, 07:31 by Bantham And Ongar Bowls Club   [ updated 14 Mar 2020, 02:17 by Francis Czuba ]

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Update from Pre-season meeting.

posted 18 Mar 2018, 13:16 by Francis Czuba   [ updated 18 Mar 2018, 13:19 ]

Only a few hardy folk braved the snow for the members pre-season meeting. None the less all the usual matters were discussed.

For those unable to attend we will be sending out this years fixtures books in the next week or so. We shall also be sending out the competitions and league forms, please complete these as soon as possible with the appropriate payment.

In a change to previous years and partly due to a lack of either a Ladies or Gents Captain, the committee will be organising and selecting teams for the friendly games. With the documents above we shall be sending out an early summer availability sheet, from this teams will be selected. No fixture sheets will be put up on the notice board. Once the availability sheets have been received, teams will be selected for the whole of the first half of the season; it will then be incumbent on the chosen bowlers to either play or find a replacement. Each bowler will be sent a sheet showing fixtures, teams and their position together with other players' contact details. The sheet will also indicate the Captain of the day. As the first game is on 28th April it's crucial that bowlers return their availability sheets as soon as possible.

Pre- Season Meeting

posted 16 Mar 2018, 03:02 by Francis Czuba

The 2018 pre-season meeting will be held on Saturday 17th March 2018 at 3.00 p.m. in the club house. All members are encouraged to attend.

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