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Wednesday 29th 2020

To assist us in re-establishing our new database and Membership numbers for re-opening for bowling, can we please ask you to pay, slightly in advance of the due date (01/09/2020), for your membership for the 2020/21 season as soon as possible. If you are unsure of how much to pay this year please refer to the letter/email sent out earlier or ring the Club Steward who will advise you.

Remember that there is no charge for your lockers, at least initially but retain your locker key,

Payment for this week should be by cheque or cash as usual, From August 3rd you can pay by most major Credit or Debit Cards (excluding AMEX) by visiting the Club or phoning the Duty Steward.  Thanking you in advance for your co-operation and payments.

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Monday 20th July 2020

We are continuing to work towards an opening date of 17th August 2020 for bowling. The first wave of bowling will hopefully be the continuation of the Club Competitions to include the Finals and then to move into a phase of Roll-Ups so that we can all get some practice in before we move to the next phase, i.e. League Matches. All these planned openings are still bound by Government edicts and advice so don't bank on them. Keep an eye on here and we will let you definite dates as soon as we know.
Stay safe,

National Competitions

Please see EIBA News on their website

Tuesday 7th July 2020

NB Please return your completed Data Sheets sent to you recently as these are needed to complete the new database for the online booking system and admin purposes. We have a deadline to meet to achieve our target opening date and the Data Sheets form part of that process. Drop them off by hand / post them / email as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible please.
Thank you


Tuesday, 2nd June 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David Whitehorn.  David passed away peacefully at home on Thursday 7th May 2020 and our deepest symapthies go out to his family and, in particular his wife Sheila, his twins Stephen and Sharon and all his grandchildren and extended family and friends.
David joined CIBC in February 1986 and his proudest moment was reaching the National Finals at Melton Mowbray. He will be sorely missed by many of his friends and colleagues along with all the Members of Arclight BC.
Further details will be promulgated when known.

Monday, 18th May 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our Club Stewards, Mr Reg Bedford, aged 70.  Reg passed away suddenly on the morning of Sunday, 17th May and he will be sadly missed by all his family, including his brother and sister, Paul and Sue; his two sons, Jason and Gordon; his grandson and granddaughter, Jordan and Nicole and many of his friends and colleagues, both Bowlers from this Club, Football Players and Referees in Essex.  Reg joined our Club in October 2014 and, very soon after, signed on as one of our Assistant Stewards.  He will be sorely missed and, as we are all very aware, he loved his bowls and this Club in particular.
Reg's funeral will take place at 13.15 on Thursday 11th June at the Colchester Crematorium and advise that due to the Covid-19 virus the attendance will be limited to 10 family members only.
Reg's family have asked that if anyone would like to send flowers they would rather that the money be sent to the CIBC as a donation c/o the Treasurer or Secretary. Should you wish to do that please clearly mark the Letter/Envelope with Reg's name so we know to where the donation should be allocated.

Monday, 11th May 2020

It is also with great sadness that we announce the death of Mr Peter Bernstein on Friday, 8th May.  No further details are known as yet but further details will be promulgated when available.  Peter had been a Member since 2009 and he will be sadly missed, especially by all our Points players.

Monday 22nd June 2020

It is our intention to update these Notices as and when the circumstances change or when Government directives regarding Coronavirus dictate.

Following the Governments latest advice and the opening of retail outlets, I can advise that there is substantially no change to the regime we are currently running. We should all be Socially Distancing ourselves and be alert to any risks that might arise as a result of Covid-19.  It would seem that this will remain until at least the 4th July:  awaitng further Government advice. Those of you with Email addresses will shortly be receiving an update document explaining what it is that has to be done to meet all the necessary requirements of the NHS/Gov't and HSE (Health & Safety Executive) before we can open. Those without email addresses will receive it by 2nd class post.

The status currently is that ALL Club activities are postponed until such times that we can be sure that it is safe to open again, taking into consideration the information from both the NHS and the UK Government. In so doing, we regret that the Summer League has been cancelled for 2020 and a decision has been made by Committee that all outstanding league fixtures are also cancelled and the final league positions recalculated on an average points basis. (Please see League Tables from Home Page and sub heading "Revised League Tables (19/20)"  The Spring Meeting being postponed means that the selection of Committee and Sub-Committee Members for the ensuing year will take place on a suitable date once the Club re-opens.  It is highly likely that the AGM will also be postponed until we can open the doors safely. It also means that the Dales Wooden Floor Project has been deferred and it is likely that this will now be carried out at the end of the Winter season 2021, meaning a deferral period of some twelve months.

The current Committee will, therefore, remain in-situ until the revised date for the Meeting and, in accordance with Rule 4(e), may augment, by co-option, members to fill any vacancies that are deemed necessary before that date.  Be assured that our President, Treasurer, Health & Safety Supervisor and myself hold  fortnightly meetings using a remote internet medium and, therefore, we, along with other relevant Club Officers, will deal with all issues on a daily basis with virtual meetings being regularly held to monitor the progress of the Government/NHS stance in relation to social distancing and the recommencement of Indoor Bowls in particular.  The EIBA have issued a Guidance for Clubs in that respect but advise us that the earliest date for Indoor Clubs is currently 4th July 2020 but that will be amended as necessary as things progress or regress.

We are currently assessing the impact on the club of the GOV'T/EIBA/NHS/WHO and HSE instructions/guidance as there are now many things to achieve within the Club which are a requisite for re-opening. We are setting a programme to achieve this work and we will endeavour to have it all completed for our opening date, which at present, is unlikely to be before the end of August.

There are no further developments other than to urge you all to respect the guidelines from the NHS/Government -

Be AlertStay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives.

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