To all members,

As you may be expecting, we now have to postpone our AGM until further notice.

This will require a change to our Constitution, which charges us to hold an AGM annually, but never envisaged the current situation. We will write the change and decide how best to get it authorised.

In the meantime, we would still like confirmation, or otherwise, that all office holders are happy to remain in post for another year. To that end I would ask the following to let me know as soon as possible;
Peter Hills - as President and Greenkeeper.
Julian Hales - as Vice-Captain, Competition Secretary and on the Greenkeeping team
Neil Mean and Jim Russell - as Selection Committee members
Les Parsley - as County/National Team Captain, HB and L&D delegate.
Chris Hills - as Village Hall rep and Children's Welfare Officer
Jenny Holzbauer, Chris Hills and Sue Kiernan as members of the Social Committee
Phil Berry, Ian Green, Graham & Janet Akers, Phil Holzbauer as members of the Maintenance Committee.
Richard Brewster - as a member of the Greenkeeping team,
And all those who signed up as Bar Staff.

We will need a nomination for another Committee member as Annette is standing down, so please let me or any other Committee member know if you would like to join us.

Thank you


Rob Hazeu
Secretary - Datchworth Bowls Club

The Committee met today to discuss the current state of affairs with Covid, and what we should do about the AGM and related matters.

The AGM:
Following the government announcement last night we have put plans for the AGM on hold. Given the meeting would normally be held towards the end of November, and the continuous change in guidelines/rules coming out, we will not make a decision on what to do until nearer the planned date.
Election of Officers:
In a normal year we would be looking for nominations for club officers together with proposers and seconders at this time. But, because of the distinct possibilty that we will not be able to hold an AGM any time soon, and the lack of club activity this year, we have decided to ask all position holders if they would be prepare to carry over their nomination/election to next season. I have listed the current holders in the attachment to remind those who volunteered from the last AGM, and request that you all let me know if you are happy to carry on into 2021.
The only exceptions to this are the position of Treasurer and one Committee Member, where we may need to hold a vote. We already have nominations for Treasurer, but would welcome a volunteer for the Committee to stand for 3 years. Again if you would like to put your name forward, please let me know. Existing Club officers; see attachment
Other News:
The Green will not require 'Putting to Bed' this year, so the sunday bowling activity will continue through to the end of September (and maybe beyond) as long as the weather is kind.
The 2021 Club Tour is still on, and Steve Arnold would welcome any more names who want to join in. Steve has all the details.
The 2020 Club Dinner has now been cancelled.


Rob Hazeu
Secretary - Datchworth Bowls Club


Following the gradual lifting of some Covid restrictions, the Committee met this morning and agreed the following:
The clubhouse bar will be opened on a trial basis beginning this thursday 23rd July between 7 and 9pm in the evening. It will operate as a shop selling cans and bottles at 20% discount.
Members will be required to bring their own glasses and to take away the empties.
It will be cash only, and members are asked to bring change rather than large notes.
Drinking must be outside as the clubhouse effectively remains closed, apart from use of the toilets and for purchasing drinks.
Social Distancing should be observed both inside and outside the clubhouse.
Members wishing to roll-up on a thursday evening must still book slots with Steve Arnold and follow the original guidance. The evening slot runs between 5:30 and 7:30pm.
The Committee has decided to cancel all remaining scheduled matches this season (as have many other clubs), but agreed to try and organise some competitive internal games for those that wish to take part.
We are looking at running organised games on a sunday afternoon, beginning on August 2nd. This obviously depends upon demand.
The bar could be opened for drinks, but members would be required to bring any food they wanted as well as their own glasses if they wanted a drink. There would be a small match fee.

Mike Mahoney has offered to run these events, so initially we need to understand how many members would be interested in taking part.

Please let me know (not Mike), if you would like to join in competitive games on sundays, and whether you would want to play regularly, i.e. every sunday, or just occasionally.

If you are replying to this note, remember to hit Reply and not Reply All to avoid everyone getting a copy.

Thank you


Rob Hazeu
Secretary - Datchworth Bowls Club


I have been asked to publish the list of lottery winners so far this year.

As you know the lottery is now being run by Ian and Linda Tyler.

Name Ticket Number Amount


Ian Green 104 £20.00

Graham Arnold 97 £15.00

George Campbell 128 £10.00


Debbie Nash 206 £20.00

Howard Carrick 58 £15.00

Elaine Harper 249 £10.00


Rachel Jones 74 £20.00

Jenny Holzbauer 142 £15.00

Leo c/o Joan James 5 £10.00

Rob Hazeu
Secretary - Datchworth Bowls Club


To all members and associate members,

First, of course, I hope all members are keeping well in these challenging times. For sure this is something we will never forget, but hopefully something we can look back on in a few months as our world starts to recover.

Secondly, I need to update you on what this means for our club.

The committee have been 'meeting' remotely, and after taking account of the many guidelines and advice we have received from the relevant authorities and bodies (particularly Bowls England), we have decided the following:
The start of the bowling season has been initially postponed until July 1st.
All National, County and League programs have been cancelled for the season, - this obviously includes EHBL, WHBL and SDML, - but it is our current intention to play all their matches scheduled for July, August and September as Friendlies instead, (or later if we start bowling later). It may also be possible to play the EHBL Ranson Cup and the L & D Cairns Cup later if time permits.
If we do manage to play these games, we will decide what catering is allowed or appropriate nearer the time.
Our 2020 Club Competitions have been cancelled.
The 2020 Presentation Dinner is on hold - for obvious reasons.
Bowls England advice is that Roll-Ups should not be allowed for the time being. If this changes we will let you know.
The Club Lottery will take place (now being run by Ian and Linda Tyler), but members may not initially have printed cards advising them of their numbers. However any new lottery members or those who have changed the number of tickets they hold, will be advised accordingly.
Stay safe. We will immediately advise you if the situation changes.


Rob Hazeu
Secretary - Datchworth Bowls Club


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