For bowls players across the country this past year has been a disaster. Most clubs have been closed for the majority of that time with little sign that things may change soon. At Cotswold we were fortunate enough to play outdoors for most of last summer, but constrained by social distancing and a limitation on numbers. No competitive bowls were played apart from our own internal competitions, and of course we missed meeting friends from other clubs at our weekly ‘friendlies’.
The indoor season was virtually wiped out with the club open for just over three weeks before lockdown. No expense was spared in preparing the indoor and outdoor rinks to comply with government guidelines, but with little reward.
However, on a more optimistic note, we are hoping that with the onset of the Covid vaccinations, we can adopt a more positive response to the 2021 summer season due to start in April. Last years preparations will still be in place and we will comply with any new regulations that will allow us back onto the green when the time is right.
It is our greatest hope that our many loyal club members will return to us when we are able to play again. We are desperately sorry for the news of local clubs in Gloucestershire who have been forced to close due to the consequences of the pandemic. A number of them will have been around for many years, but now unable to deal with the impact that closure has had on membership and finances, have had to close their doors. We hope that players from those clubs will not be lost to the game of bowls, and will soon find new clubs to play for.
For those Cotswold members who have forgotten the many hours of fun we have enjoyed on our rinks please feel free to brows the attached phots as a reminder of what we can look to at some time this year.