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Somerset Short Mat Bowls Association

Somerset Short Mat Bowls Association

Greetings to all of the Short Mat Bowls Clubs and players in Somerset we hope that we find you all well and that you have survived this terrible lock down period.  Many of you will be itching to get back out playing and probably some of you will have gotten out of the routine and might need persuading to get back to it.  Let’s hope that in getting back together our clubs can once again offer the friendship and competition that Short Mat bowls provides all those that participate.  

The SSMBA relocated to the Huish Sports Centre in Langport in 2019 and the staff there could not be more helpful.  Storage and the playing surface are a challenge for some and the heating was a bit hit and miss.  Overall however players have adapted and the Friday night triples league organised by Keith Hawkins went well.  We have an outside storage facility at the venue and committee members have recently met with the Huish staff to check all the equipment.  We are happy to report that all the equipment is in good shape and the Huish staff have agreed to display some advertising boards for us over the coming weeks. Subject to a formal agreement with the operating authority we are hopeful that we can continue to operate from Huish and we can work together to improve how things operate.

Sadly we lost Keith Hawkins this year and the wealth of knowledge that he had and the effort that he always applied will be greatly missed.  As a result the AGM will need to address some changes.  We have yet to agree a date and venue for an AGM and until this has been agreed the existing committee will carry on.

Overall Somerset is well represented at county level.  Like all counties there is a need to grow and encourage younger people to play.  Your club, your affiliation to the county and your views are very important to us and we encourage you to attend the AGM so that we can develop and grow.

Let’s hope that we can all get back together playing very soon.

Deryck Lemon

SSMBA Chairman

Results of the July Draw

£50 - Brian and Liz Rixon

£20 - Trevor Fisher

£10 - Staplegrove SMBC


ESMBA Statement June 2020

Dear County Secretary,

Back in March when the decision was taken to postpone events due to the Coronavirus outbreak, no one imagined four months on our lives would still be so affected by it. The Government is slowly allowing activities to start again, albeit with restrictions. But indoor activities like Short Mat Bowls are still being advised to stay closed as are many of the venues we all use. As such the ESMBA strongly recommends that all its Counties and clubs follow this until it is safe to do so and remain closed.

The ESMBA is having ongoing conversations with its various partners and venues to try and find a safe way to start playing again in line with Government guidelines. We can now see that with the cap on the number of competitors within a confined space, that National and County events will struggle to happen at least in the next couple of months. It is expected that there will now be a gradual restarting of our sport, likely to be around September/October with clubs going back to practice before leagues, county and National events start to happen.

The ESMBA management committee are looking at possible guidance for clubs and then Counties but are waiting for Government information to be issued, so that we are in line with these. We understand it is going to be a very difficult time for members to continue so the ESMBA are looking at ways to help both professionally and financially to its members via its County set up. We are also looking at the diary ahead and areas where changes can be made to allow for a later or reduced start to the season. Information will follow as details are confirmed.

This is a first in all our lifetimes and has been a very testing time for many of us. Hard mentally for many of our members that rely on our sport for social interaction. But after making such a sacrifice with social distancing and shielding as we have so far, we owe it to ourselves and others not to rush back now. The positive selling points of portability and relatively small space required to play Short Mat Bowls, together with the Government guidelines make the situation of managing a safe return very complex.

Barry Hedges
ESMBA Chairman on behalf of the ESMBA Management Committee

Local affiliated leagues include:-

Mendip Short Bowls League
Yeovil Short Mat Bowls League
Taunton Short Mat Bowls League
Blackmore Vale Short Mat Bowls League

West Country County and National organisations include:-

Dorset SMBA
Cornwall CCSMBA
English Short Mat Bowls Association

Links to all the above can be found on our main menu  above
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