Mens County Matches / Comps Update

In response to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the different approaches Clubs are currently taking, difficulties with travelling arrangements, and the restrictions and uncertainty that this is creating, Dorset County Indoor Bowls Association (DCIBA) has taken the following difficult but consistent decisions in respect of the 2020 / 21 Season to end March 2021 :

DCIBA will pay the annual Registration fee and Insurance to the EIBA

Clubs will collect and pay the Members sub to DCIBA

All DCIBA County Friendlies have been cancelled

DCIBA will not be entering the Liberty, Over 60’s, Under 25’s or Under 18’s Competitions

The Purbeck and 60+ League fixtures are all cancelled, these Leagues will not be held this Season

DCIBA Competitions will not be held this Season (the outstanding Finals from last Season will be organised and played when conditions are deemed suitable)

 

Please also note that the Wessex League organisers  have  cancelled all fixtures for the 2020 / 21 Season.

 

Mens County Finals 2019-20 Update

The DCIBA County Finals for 2019-20 were postponed in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

These Finals were due to take place at the Dolphin IBC alongside its own finals, which re-opened on 27th July 2020, and has agreed a date in Sept to play its own delayed Finals from 2019-20.

I have been made aware by some players, that there has been an assumption that the Mens County Finals will also take place at the same time.

I can assure you that this is NOT the case, and can confirm that none of the Mens County Finals outstanding from the 2019-21 Season, will be played in Sept 2020.

I shall continue to assess the situation, and do not intend to hold the Dorset Mens County Finals until a time that I feel the conditions are far safer, and more suitable, so that we can all feel at ease and enjoy the occasion, as well as allowing each of the finalists the opportunity to relax and bowl at their best.

This could well mean that the Finals are not played until 2021, but if that is the right thing to do, then that is what will be done.

Should anyone have any questions, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me via email hidden; JavaScript is required

Please note that I have added another page to the website, detailing the outstanding Finals and Finalists from 2019 / 20, which can be found under the Competitions tab.  Please follow the Details link.

Everyone keep safe and well.

Peter Wenmouth

DCIBA Competition Secretary.

 

Ray Aldridge

It is with great sadness that we need to report the passing of Ray Aldridge on Saturday 18th July 2020.

Ray has been a stalwart of the county both Outdoors and Indoors, having been President for DCBA in 2001 and for Bowls Dorset in 2013.
 
He was a life member at Greenhill, and was their longest serving member, calling in there for coffee on a regular basis until recently.
 
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time

EIBA Update 23rd June 2020

EIBA Update
Government’s further easing of COVID-19 Lockdown


Following the Prime Minister’s statement earlier today on the next steps of easing the lockdown I wish to advise that unfortunately Indoor Bowls, along with other Indoor Sports and Gyms, were not included in the permitted activities. Therefore, Indoor Bowls Clubs are to remain closed.

The EIBA will continue to liaise with Sport England as they work closely with the Government to ensure that Indoor sports facilities can open as soon as possible.

In addition, we will be studying the Government’s guidance, when published, relating to the new social distancing of 1 metre plus, so that we can update our ‘Returning to Indoor Bowls’ document in order for Clubs to continue making appropriate preparations for when the sport can re-commence.

As soon as we have further information in these matters, we will update our affiliated Clubs and County Associations.

Yours sincerely

Peter Thompson
Chief Executive

Updated 23rd June 2020

 

Mens Dorset 60+ League Fixtures 2020 / 21

The Mens Dorset 60+ League Fixtures for 2020 / 21 have been produced, and are updated on the website.

Bournemouth and Bridport B withdrew last season, space has been left should they wish to re-join.

At this time, we do not know if the matches will start as scheduled, the website will be updated with any news.

 

Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club Celebrates 35 Years

The Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club, have created a 35th Anniversary Booklet in celebration of its construction in March 1985, development, growth and achievements over those 35 years.

This booklet can be viewed here

DIBC_35th_Anniversary_Booklet

clicking on the link will open the Booklet.

Well done to DIBC, a fine publication.

If any other Dorset Clubs have similar creations and would like them added to the County Website, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required

 

EIBA Update 29th May 2020

EIBA UPDATE

As we are still dealing with the COVID-19 situation, but with the encouraging start of an easing of the National Lockdown, the EIBA would like to update its affiliated Clubs, Counties and indoor bowlers on various matters.

2020-2021 National Winter Competitions

The EIBA, based on the current position are still planning that its National Winter Competitions will commence in the Autumn of 2020.

As such we wish to remind all Clubs, County Associations and individuals who still wish to make an entry you can still do so until the amended closing date of Sunday 7th June 2020.

An individual entry form is available to be downloaded from our website and this can be emailed to Claire Edson at email hidden; JavaScript is required 

Clubs can also email Claire if they need to obtain Club entry forms, due to being unable to access forms which are in the Club.

2019-2020 Re-scheduled National Finals

The EIBA are still hopeful that the postponed National Finals will be able to take place towards end of September to early October 2020.

However, due to the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last few months it would have been inappropriate to release details of the plans.

Now that there has been a gradual easing of restrictions and a road map for further easing and the possible return of Indoor sporting activities in the 3rd phase, the EIBA would be hopeful that details can start to be published over the next few weeks.

We are sure the competitors involved will understand that we are wanting more certainty that the finals can be played safely and that travel and accommodation for competitors are permitted.

Preparing for the return of Indoor Bowls

Whilst all Indoor Clubs continue to be closed, there are indications that if the COVID-19 situation continues to improve as the phases of the lockdown easing are implemented, this position hopefully can change.

In advance of this we will be issuing a guidance document to all affiliated clubs to help them start to make plans for how they can prepare to open, complying with the current self-distancing and hygiene directives, when permitted by the Government.

Updated 29th May 2020

Mens Purbeck Trophy Fixtures 2020 / 21

The Mens Purbeck Trophy Fixtures for 2020/21 are now published on the website.

At this stage we have no idea if they will start as planned, or not, but will update the website once more information is available.