CORNWALL COUNTY SHORT MAT BOWLING ASSOCIATION
NEWS RELEASE 18 October 2020
Around a third of Cornwall's affiliated Short Mat Bowls clubs are now able to open their doors to allow members to participate in non competitive bowling after achieving the English Short Mat Bowling Association's 'Safe Bowls' accreditation.
The clubs are
West - Hayle, Helston, Holmans, Marazion, Penlee, Penzance, Porthleven, St Ives, St Keverne
Central - Luxulyan
North - Blisland, Lanteglos, Tintagel
East - Callington, Dobwalls, Saltash Kernow
Currently, where space for distancing permits, clubs are able to operate sessions with up to 6 bowlers per mat although these groups are not permitted to mix in compliance with the 'Rule of Six'.
The ESMBA had, when publishing its plans for the restart of Short Mat Bowls, set out a possible return of Inter Club activity in November. With the national Covid situation ever changing clubs are awaiting confirmation that this will happen and the guidance that will support such activity.
To support local bowlers the County Association has extended the club memberships paid for the 2019-20 season through to the end of the 2020-21 season and introduced a reduced Affiliation Fee for individual bowlers registering for the 2020-21 season.
Some clubs however are not able to open for the foreseeable future with venues remaining unavailable to them.