Lockdown Newsletter by Joan Gooch.
The Newsletter below published on the 11th April provides the latest information on how the VBA CoM are managing the the Club on your behalf.
Your officers are all operating from home and therefore have no access to a current Members Distribution List so would each Member who sees this notice please notify all the Club Members on their personal contacts list that this information is on this Homepage and is also available on the 'Downloads' page.
VICTORY INDOOR BOWLS – LOCKDOWN NEWSLETTER
This is not the way I had anticipated sharing my next newsletter with you, but we want you all to know the Committee of Management continues to work from home in anticipation of our eventual re-opening.
Our Chairman, Liz Pescops, and Penny Hopkins have ensured that our bar and kitchen staff are looked after by adopting the Government’s furlough measures. They have also applied for the current grant for Leisure businesses, to help us through a difficult financial time. These grants are made via the local councils, so we do not know yet if the application is successful.
As the Winter Leagues were coming to an end, we were all looking forward to Summer bowling activities, whether at outdoor clubs or continuing at Victory with Steve Tooke and his team. That was not to be, of course, and the speed with which Covid-19 overtook and changed everyone’s lives was astonishing.
Many of us were also looking forward to Di Summers-Long's President’s Day and to welcome our new President, founder member Graham Clark. Di would like to assure everybody that it will go ahead as soon as possible after re-opening. She has kept safe the money donated to her charity and the list of all members who signed up for the day. It will be a happy day for us all to look forward to.
We know that many of our members are keeping in touch by phone and social media, as the lockdown and isolation have made everyone realise how important family and friends are. A chat over the phone can certainly brighten a day and Liz and I are always happy to hear from you. Our numbers are:
There appears to be misinformation doing the rounds of Facebook that there is a date for the re-opening of the Club. We are in no position to even speculate about a possible re- opening but, rest assured, we will let you know as soon as we know.
Updates from Simon Filippi and Charlie Bailey
Summer Leagues 2020
Entries for the Summer Leagues has proved popular again and they are already full. However, in the event that we are unable to reopen before the end of the season, it is likely that this year’s Summer season will comprise nothing more than roll-ups. All league entries will be preserved for next season and entry fees will not be necessary then.
Winter Leagues 2020/21
The club has received a good number of winter league entries already but there are still a few expected. Please either email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with full details including team name, team members, plus day and time of preferred league. I will collect entry fees when the club re-opens. Alternatively, members can post a cheque (£15 Fours, £12 Pairs and Triples) Cheques should be made payable to Victory Bowling Association.
The address is as follows;
Victory Indoor Bowls Club,
Alex Way, Northern Parade,
Portsmouth PO2 9PB
Charlie would like to thank all members who have managed to get cheques to him for their membership renewals and would like to remind the few outstanding that to safeguard their membership, cheques or BACS transfer will need to be received by 30th April.
Cheques can be posted to Charlie at 15, High Walk, Fareham, PO15 6BS.
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Updated 11th April 2020)
1968 - 'Fifty Years Young' - 2018.
Founded in 1968 at Alexandra Park, the Centre for Sport in Portsmouth, we are a 'Community Amateur Sports Club' totalling about 600 playing & social members of all ages.
Our air-conditioned and LED lit Bowls Hall comprises six rinks of new Dales ProWeave carpet and is equipped with a 'Bowlsmaster' scoring system, changing rooms and lockers for both sexes and is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
We welcome all bowlers and non-bowlers and encourage community participation through liaison with local charity groups, schools, businesses and societies. eg. The Portsmouth North End Cycling Club (PNECC) use our facility as their Clubhouse.
The Victory is famous for its intimate ambience which encourages spectators to engage with the action. This, together with a well-stocked, low-cost bar and an 80 cover restaurant area offering home-made fare, makes our club one of the most popular indoor bowls venues in the country.
We are proud to have had both junior and senior players selected to represent their country In the recent (and not so recent) past and we are always well represented in National and County Mens, Ladies and Mixed Competitions.
From mid-September to the end of April, we are open for bowling & social activities every day of the week from 09:00 to 22:00 and although our summer opening times are more limited (see Summer Opening Hours on 'Club News' page), we run Spoon Drives on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 and Summer Triples Leagues at 10:00 on Tuesdays and at 12:00 on Thursdays.
The sport of Bowls may be enjoyed by all regardless of experience, gender, race, age or disability and provides controlled, gentle, sustainable exercise for body & mind. It's defining attributes of fellowship, courtesy, fun & honest competitiveness may all be experienced in full measure at the Victory.
Please pop in to experience our club & the sport of Bowls on a 'TRY BEFORE YOU BUY' basis.