Bowls Newsletter August 2020

Bowls Newsletter August 2020

18 Aug, 2020, 2:36 AM

August, 2020

Dear Elsternwick Club Members,


Many of us are living in our casual clothes and slippers all day, as COVID – 19 Stage 4 regulations further restrict our movement around the neighbourhood.

Members’ Rollups

Up until two weeks ago TEC Bowls were fine tuning our COVID – 19 return to play regulations, to ensure we covered both Government and Bowls Victoria regulations.

Today you were to receive a copy of that document, plus instructions on how to sign up for roll-up sessions on our new Green. Roll-ups which were due to start this Saturday, 15th August.

But that is now all in abeyance.

Bowls of any kind, in fact community sport of any kind, is banned.

But I am looking on the bright side, as when restrictions are eased, the document – if restrictions similar to Stage 3 are reintroduced – is ready to go!!

New Green

From accounts of people who have walked past, the Green is looking magnificent – all we need now is permission to play. Our thanks to “Cutter,” our greenkeeper, for his continuing work.

Membership Fees

Membership fees need be paid by 1st September, as capitation fees need to be paid to Bowls Victoria.  However fees cannot, for the time being, be paid electronically, as neither Glen nor Walter are at the Club, due to Stage 4 restrictions.  At this stage there is no indication from Bowls Victoria that capitation fees will be reduced because of what will probably be a shorter season.  Fees for next season will remain at the same level as the current season. As per our Constitution, this will need to be ratified at our Annual General Meeting.


The scoreboards are at the printers, but work has stopped as they are not an essential         industry.

 Footy Tipping

Even with isolation, footy tipping continues at TEC. Glen is now running this via his home email. He is sending an sms to all members to remind them when the next selections are due –  as the days of a footy round ending after the weekend have long gone !!

When I last checked the website, John Rudolph was leading, but John Boorn was breathing down his neck in second place.


Please continue our “phone a member” initiative as it keeps us in touch with other members.  Peter and I have enjoyed catching up with everyone’s news. Please keep this communication going as this isolation appears as if it may last longer then we hope.

Annual General Meeting

No date has yet been allocated for this meeting.

Chairman’s Report

Earlier this week our Chairman, Peter Bennett, sent us a comprehensive report with updates on all that is happening at the Club. Feedback from members indicate that they are appreciating the updates from both the Club and from the Bowls Committee.

Medical Research

Please support this program at the Alfred Hospital if you are interested. A letter concerning this project was recently sent to all members.


As a shop near us writes, a laugh a day keeps Covid away – – so here is a Covid comment !!

We all know the signs and symptoms of Covid which include

  • fever
  • dry cough
  • headache
  • loss of taste
  • loss of smell — so with those symptoms in mind I hope you enjoy the following

A new and easy test for COVID-19 is doing the rounds.

Take a glass and pour yourself a decent dram of your favourite whisky, gin or rum and see if you can smell it.

If you can then you are halfway there.

Now drink it. If you can taste it then it is reasonable to assume you are currently free of the virus. I tested myself nine times last night and was virus free each time, thank God.

I will have to test myself again today, though unfortunately I have developed a headache, and that can also be one of the symptoms.          Written by Doug Brockfield of Milawa

 In Conclusion

We pray that all members and their families stay well.

We are all missing the opportunity to visit family and friends. Having a catch up over Zoom or Facetime is not quite the same, but it’s the best we have at the moment.

We are missing our coffees and lunches down at the local cafe.

We are missing our regular bowls games, our catch-ups over a drink at the Club, and just the opportunity to live life free of restrictions and restraints. May this crisis soon be over.

But it is in times like this, when we see so much sickness around us, that we appreciate our own good health.


Masks are now compulsory and from all indications may be until at least December. I have had the sewing machine out and been busily sewing. If you would like a few washable, reusable, two layer cotton masks, then ring me and I will post a couple to you.


Stay well, 


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