Newsletter No.28 ~ 23rd July 2020
Although the world has hardly returned to ‘normal’, at least we are able to play petanque again. Opening the club up for Sunday afternoon and Thursday mornings has gone well, and there seems no reason now why we cannot open the club again on Tuesday evenings. So from now on, we will open at 2.00pm Sundays, 7.00pm Tuesdays and 10.00am on Thursdays.
We still cannot open the cabin so please continue to bring your own refreshments, and remember we do have to keep to the rules regarding hygiene and social distancing. Please no crowding together on the deck, don’t crowd around the head when playing, use your own boules and jack, and keep your own scores. Keep to the two metre distance and leave a lane free between games. The ladies toilets will be available with the key, but not left open, and you must clean down surfaces after use, as well as sanitising your hands.
Those of you who have been to the club this week will be aware that we have brought in topping for Terrain 2. Thanks to those who helped with this task – Bryan, Kevin, Keir, Peter N, Margaret, Ray, Tony and of course Elaine who kept us supplied with drinks and biscuits ! The surface is granite, and we have a supply stored in the corner for future use. It is thick at the moment, and it needs to bed down, so we will play on it whenever we can and review if any further work needs to be done later.
A big thank you to Keir for organising the Lockdown Cup Singles competition. This was well patronised and the final was evenly contested by Peter Newton and Wayne Marshall. Up to that point Peter had not lost a match, and Wayne had only lost one. The first match was won by Wayne, meaning one loss each and the need for another match, which Peter won, so ending up as Champion. Well done Peter, and indeed to all who took part.
Petanque England continue to issue guidance as to how clubs should deal with coming out of lockdown, and of course we will be guided by that. Before we are allowed to host a competition, which currently can involve no more than thirty people, a full Covid-19 risk assessment would be needed, Some competitions seem to be starting up around the country, and we are hopeful that our Firecracker event in November will be able to go ahead. Watch this space.
In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your games !