Affiliated to: Bowls England, Bowls Hampshire, NHWBA, Basingstoke & District, Stan Hardman, Whitchurch & Three Counties

President Bernard Abate

Message from the President: 2020

Normally at this time I would be welcoming members to a new season of exciting bowling with additional leagues to be played, a vibrant ladies season to look forward to, and a continuation of the social atmosphere so dominant in Alton Bowling Club. However, that is not the case. We are in the middle of an unprecedented environment that has not only brought all sport to a halt but in many respects the whole country.

I don’t have the factual evidence to support a statement that suggests this will be the first time since Alton Bowling Club established in 1884 has had to close its door to the members. Today that is a most unfortunate fact and although the wish list is for a reopening in July, that cannot be guaranteed. However, I would like to assure all members that during this enforced period of closure, activity is being conducted by a dedicated green team to ensure that when we get the green light to reopen, the club and the green will be ready. This is being conducted with social distancing and no more than two persons at a meeting, i.e. at the club in accordance with the government directive.

I am pleased to note that following the request from John Wright our newly elected Hon Sec that annual subscriptions are being paid. This is a further example, if we needed one, of the position the Alton Bowling Club has in our lives. We will get back to normal it is just a matter of when and when we do, we will be ready. In the meantime, don’t take unnecessary risks, please stay safe you are all important.