Chairman’s report 2019/20



Chairman’s Report for the term 10th April 2019 – 25th March 2020

 My report this year is written in rather unusual times and will not be delivered in the normal circumstances of an A.G.M.

 The annual general meeting was to take place on Wednesday 25th March 7-15p.m. but due to the current coronavirus crisis has been cancelled. Any further meetings and social/fund raising events are unlikely to take place over these coming months, possibly even twelve months. Normally I would be wishing you all an enjoyable and beautiful summer on the bowling green unfortunately all competitions and large gatherings are off. However the green is open to members and is in excellent condition.

   I feel it is a personal decision about the use of the green. If all sensible precautions are taken and the green is free, members playing with a partner or member of their householdcould use this as an opportunity to enjoy a leisurely game of bowls in these times of confinement. I would however say that problems would occur if others were on the green as groups are banned.

  The green opens on Friday 10th April (Good Friday).

  Sadly our president Eileen Wren passed away during the late Autumn, our thoughts andcondolences to her family.

1. Membership for last year was forty nine two down from the previous year. For the first time we held a social evening at the Community Centre raising £345. It was a beautiful warm June (28th) evening and was extremely successful with games, quiz, wine and cheese.

More recently Friday 14th February Lesley Halliwell and Janet Aspin organised a joint karaoke and wine evening at the Community Centre. This raised £215 for the club which due to the ongoing crisis could be a life blood to the club as any further social events are unlikely to take place. Thanks Janet and Lesley for your foresight.

2. Fees for membership have had to be raised this year due to increased expenditure with Adults £25, Family £50 and over seventies £20.

Hopefully with continued support we should just be able to meet our financial commitments over the next twelve months.

3. The weather for the spring doubles, knock-out and gents and ladies singles was kind once again. We had our annual game with Whitehall  on our green on Sunday  July 14th raising £116 for our club. President’s Day on Sunday 15th September still had fine weather and raised £40

4. Sponsorship                                                                                                                                             

Once again we are indebted to Edwin Ainsworth Ltd. Funeral Directors Church Bank Street who have continued to sponsor us. Many, many thanks Greg and Tricia Dabrowski.

5. Rent 

We withheld rent payments for a short period of time last year over the ongoing problem of the collapsed fencing. Eventually they agreed it was their responsibility to repair the fencing. Thanks to Ian Riley for pursuing the matter on behalf of the club.Rent payments have now been put back on direct debit.

6. Maintenance of grounds and green

Eric Collins from Whitehall has continued to help us restore the green with help and advice. He recommended Turfgear Amenity Services from St. Annes who have a special machine for deep spiking of the green to aid aeration and allow air ,water and nutrients to the green. With recommenced fertilisers, new grass seed and lawn sand the cost was £578.08. This  took a whole day in early October and the results have been amazing. 

Alan Bury completed the new path and steps to the pavilion during January and the original path is now shut off.

The banking underneath  the old path has continued to collapse and this is going to be an ongoing problem which will need to be addressed in the foreseeable  future .

The fencing has been mended on the east side of the green and the gate moved nearer the path from Sunnyhurst lane. Also there is a new gate on the west side of the green for easy access to remove green waste. Thanks again to Dave Almond for mowing the green 

7. Joining a league

This really is a nonstarter until we have a rich donor. Toilets are a necessity and minimum cost would be about £5,000 with all the necessary work. I did hope now that the green has been restored to arrange a few friendlies but with the present situation this will not happen.

Finally thanks to all members for their support during this last year. What the future now holds for the club I cannot say. With the ongoing coronavirus outbreak our finances will obviously be affected and we are ever reliant on donations and peoples good will to continue.

The most important thing however is for each one of you to look after yourselves during these troubling times. Take care God Bless.


John Hacking (Chairman)