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Revised AGM date - Notification from the Hon Sec

By now the majority of club members should have received this meassage, by email,
from Chris Wilson, advising you of
the new date for the AGM.

Along with this message are details of the clubs accounts and a form to enter County Competitions for 2021

(I have not included these on the website)

  Hon Sec Chris Wilson

To Banwell Bowls Club Members 

On behalf of the general committee, I hope you have been keeping safe and well in these testing times. 

Obviously given the current situation we have been and will be unable to hold the club’s annual AGM in 2020.  In line with Somerset Bowls Association, we have pencilled it in for Friday 12th March in the hope that restrictions on gatherings would have eased. 

In the meantime, all the officers and committee members have agreed to stay in their roles until the proposed AGM in March 2021.  As you might already be aware the fixtures for 2021 are on the website.

Thanks to Mal for sorting this out for the club. 



Attached are the audited accounts for the 2020 season. 
 The club is in a healthy state thanks to the members submitting
their subs as donations but also because of the 2 grants received, from North Somerset and Sport England. 

One thing to note from the accounts is that since the audit,
we have received an electricity rebate of £402. 

Also attached are the county forms for 2021,
if anyone would like to enter a competition please let me have the details before the 15th January 2021. 

Take care 


Mal Laycock produces 2021 Fixture List
  Stop Press

Preliminary Fixture List
Now Available

Mal Laycock, our Fixture Sec has been
working his cotton socks off and the
result is...... The Fixture List for 2021
is now available.
This is the first edition and may change
before or during the season (Depending on
the Covid 19 virus).
But don't worry, if there are any changes
you will be the first to know

Click on "Fixtures" above to view

Green Update - Report from Paul Aldus

The Green is treated for Fusarium Disease


Whilst the season is ended, work on the green continues
throughout the close season.

Unfortunately the unusually warm, wet and mild conditions are ideal for the spread of fungal diseases. All greens in the area are suffering to some extent with a disease known as fusarium, ours included. Our green dew brushing team have  played a large part in mitigating against this disease in recent times, meaning we have not had to apply a fungicidal spray in any of the last two years.

This year the conditions  have been such that although the team have had an impact on the spread, unfortunately it has reached a point where spraying has become essential. The green was sprayed with a fungicid

. This will, hopefully, contain the fusarium disease
on the green so that it gets no worse. 

But unusually for this time of year, the grass continues to grow at quite a rate. The grass itself is thick and looking healthy,but regular weekly cutting is still necessary and will continue until the weather becomes colder.
In fact, last week required  a double cut as it was growing so quickly. In addition the green was aeriated with a slitting machine as part of ongoing maintenance. 


Mal Laycock - 2021 Dates for your diary

Dates for your Diary 2021



Message from Mal Lacock the fixture Secretary

Here are a few dates for your your diary for 2021
Hopefully the Covid19 virus will be on its way out
and we can get down to some
serious bowls once

The full fixture list will follow later

Mal Laycock  
Presidents Day - Sat 17th April
Tony Hyde Memorial Cup - Sun 2nd May
Tour to Bournemouth - Thurs 10th - Sun 13th June
Triples 1st & 2nd round - Sat 19th June
Triples Semi & Finals - Sun 20th June
Rinks Day - Sun 18th July
Fundraising Day - Sun 8th August
Finals Day - Sat 18th September
(Reserve Day Sun 19th Sept)
Captains Day - Sat 25th September 

It may look as if it’s a longer season but we are using the EBA Standardised weeks
which has pushed everything on by a week.

Mal Laycock

Indoor Scene - Phil Villis on top of his game

Phil Villis and his team shine
in indoor, internal,triples
match at St.Andrews

While some us bowlers are confining
ourselves to an interesting life of
lockdown. A certain Phil Villis
( The chap who talks very quitetly on the green )
was partaking of an internal triples match
on the indoor green at St. Andrews.

I had a telephone call from Phil
in which he enthusiastically informed
me of his latest triumph as skip in
an internal, Men v Ladies match.

Along with an assortment of other male
bowlers from the St.Andrews gang he
skipped his team to a 37 to 6 victory.

So well done Phil, Jolly good stuff eh what !!

Keep watching this space for
more up to date news and drama

Phil Villis  
Lockdown Nonsense

I have received this composition from Allan Shattock,
yes you know him, he is the new fellow who joined us
as a refugee from the Weston Bowls Club Tribes.

Looks like the Coronavirus lockdown has brought
out the Spititual, theological and ecclesiastical side in him.

A course of pills will soon cure you Allan

A Banwell Bowlers Prayer.
Bowlings my pleasure, I shall not want
It maketh me to walk up and down green pastures,
And leadeth me to compete in competitions
It restoreth my gamesmanship,
And leads me in the path of David Bryant
for the games sake,
Yea though I bowl in the wind and rain
I will fear no evil
For my skip is with me,
his instructions and chalk they comfort me.
Thou preparest a pint for me, in the presence of mine opponents.
I anointest my bowls with Grippo
And my bowls runneth true
Surely good wicks and lucky shots
shall follow me all the days of my life
And I shall dwell on Banwell's Bowling Green forever.
A play on lockdown words

People must not
cough near you.

They must cough
far away

If you hear
someone coughing,
Tell them to......
Far Cough


Lockdown in India

Villagers in
Punjab are still
wondering who
the hell is.....
Social Distan Singh?


Sorry folks blame it on lockdown stress



And finally with apologies to Hilary....

  Hilary Guckian  

Dew Brushing Rota

I hope your are all keeping well.
Thanks to everyone who has volunteered for the dew brushing of the green. 

Please find below the rota for this close season.
Unfortunately a couple of volunteers from last season have had to step down
and I have been unable to find replacements. 
Consequently we have no ‘spare’ cover as we had last year.  

As previously, we only need to attend when the green is wet with dew 
or if it has rained during the night but the day is set fair.

If it is raining/showering then there is no point.
When there is frost or snow then walking on the
green will damage the grass.  

The Autumn work has now been completed and the green overseeded. 
Therefore could you please 

Commence the brushing from the week commencing Monday 19 October.

If you have any problems Please contact either
Paul Aldus or Barry Taylor


Harry Woodards
Paul Aldus
Gerry Bean/Dave Mabbutt
Graham Millard
Barry Taylor
Shaun White
Barry Taylor