Thorncliffe Bowling Club News
Thorncliffe Bowling Club Lottery Bonus Ball Draw 25th September 2021
In a bid to improve Club funds Thorncliffe Bowling Club runs a Lottery Bonus Ball Draw for members.

Each person in the draw pays £2.00 per month of which £1.00 goes to the club, and £1.00 into the draw. Each person paying into the draw will be given a number between 1 - 59 (only 59 numbers in the lottery draw). The National Lottery Lotto Bonus Ball drawn on the last Saturday in the month will be the winning number. If no one has the number (if we do not sell all 59 numbers) it will roll over to the next draw.

The ninth Draw for 2021 was on 25th September 2021, the winning number was 53, and the winner of £59 is Matt Milnes.
The eighth Draw for 2021 was on 28th August 2021, the winning number was 41, and the winner of £59 was David Searle.
The seventh Draw for 2021 was on 31st July 2021, the winning number was 48, and the winner of £59 was Judith Thompson.
The sixth Draw for 2021 was on 26th June 2021, the winning number was 19, and the winner of £59 was Sue Lundy.
The fifth Draw for 2021 was on 29th May 2021, the winning number was 44, and the winner of £59 was Robert Hartley.
The fourth Draw for 2021 was on 24th April 2021, the winning number was 1, and the winner of £59 is Joan Ramage.
The third Draw for 2021 was on 27th March 2021, the winning number was 29, and the winner of £59 was John De Cann.
The second Draw for 2021 was on 27th February 2021, the winning number was 10, and the winner of £59 was Anne Hartley.
The first Draw for 2021 was on 30th January 2021, the winning number was 42, and the winner of £59 was Lynn Parkin.

The last Draw for 2020 was on 26th December 2020, the winning number was 6, and the winner of £59 was John Lawson.
The eleventh Draw for 2020 was on 28th November2020, the winning number was 32, and the winner of £59 was Thomas Darby.
The tenth Draw for 2020 was on 31st October 2020, the winning number was 35, and the winner of £59 was Jeremy Dinsdale.
The ninth Draw for 2020 was on 26th September 2020, the winning number was 45, and the winner of £59 was Jeff Ali.
The eighth Draw for 2020 was on 29th August 2020, the winning number was 16, and the winner of £59 was Sue Parkes.
The seventh Draw for 2020 was on 25th July 2020, the winning number was 15, and the winner of £59 was Cec Kirk.
The sixth Draw for 2020 was on 27th June 2020, the winning number was 12, and the winner of £59 was Trevor Thomas.
The fifth Draw for 2020 was on 30th May 2020, the winning number was 45, and the winner of £59 was Jeff Ali.
The fourth Draw for 2020 was on 25th April 2020, the winning number was 36, and the winner of £59 was Margaret Telford.
The third Draw for 2020 was on 28th March 2020, the winning number was 11, and the winner of £59 was Jean Ashton.
The second Draw for 2020 was on 29th February 2020, the winning number was 9, and the winner of £59 was Joan Ramage.
The first Draw for 2020 was on 25th January 2020, the winning number was 21, and the winner of £59 was Norma Rice.
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Posted on 21 Oct 2021 by Webmaster
2021 - What a Season!
Well, we've managed to complete a season of some sorts in 2021! Back in March and April 2021 life looked pretty uncertain, and I think that the British Crown Green Bowling Association deserve credit for issuing comprehensive guidance to enable the playing of Crown Green Bowls. In turn I would also like to thank the Sheffield Parks, Sheffield Hallamshire, and Sheffield Social Clubs leagues for preparing and drawing up fixtures for a curtailed 2021 season. Of course this was only possible by all the clubs sending them details of squads wishing to play - not an easy task at the best of times! Credit here must surely go to our indefatigable Secretary, Lynn Duncombe. Lynn made sure that as far as possible all Thorncliffe members were kept up to date with the ever changing advice. Well done, and thank you, Lynne from all the Thorncliffe members.

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 24th September is Macmillan's biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. Macmillan ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone they raised over £27 million and together we can make this another successful year. Thorncliffe member Sue Pass will welcome everyone at the Methodist Chapel, Chapeltown, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon.

Having a Coffee Morning is the perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious for a great cause.

One in two of us will face cancer, and the money we raise at our Coffee Morning will help Macmillan make sure no one has to face it alone.

Finally just a reminder that Glyn Jenkinson has once again organised the Thorncliffe Open competition. The matches have been played throughout the season and the semi-finals and final are due to take place on Sunday 26th September. However, Glyn is unable to attend on Sunday due to health reasons, and I'm sure that all Thorncliffe members wish Glyn the best of health for the future. Ironically semi-finallist Steve Beatson, and quarter-finallists Jacob Guest and Thomas Darby are also unable to attend and play their matches on 26th September and so the final will take place at 11:00 am with father and son, Steve Bunting and Jack Bunting, facing each other. I'm sure that they would welcome support from as many people as possible - by the way it is FREE!
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Posted on 20 Sep 2021 by Webmaster
Crown Green Bowls - Return to Play: Step Three - Update 12 May 2021


BRITISH CROWN GREENBOWLING ASSOCIATION LOOKS FORWARD TO THE START OF THE 2021 OUTDOOR SEASON UPDATE

Update 12th May 2021 from Brian Hampson, BCGBA National Administrator

The key changes for our sport at Step 3 are:
* All restrictions on formats and numbers for organised activity under the jurisdiction of British Crown Green Bowling Association will be removed.
* Car sharing will be permitted.
* Indoor hospitality can resume.
* Spectators can return.
The return of sport and physical activity is vital to the physical and mental health of the
nation, and we know our sport has a big role to play in providing an opportunity for outdoor
activity as the lockdown restrictions ease.
The guidance we have developed below for our affiliated clubs supplements the Government guidance by covering situations specific to the sport of bowls.
In accordance with its roadmap, the government has now announced its plans to move to Step 3 from Monday 17 May, and in line with the government announcement we are delighted to confirm the following:

1. All restrictions on formats and numbers for organised activity under the jurisdiction of BCGBA will be removed.
2. Car sharing, spectators and indoor hospitality will be permitted
This latest announcement is a great step forward for our sport, as we expect the majority of clubs to be able to operate in a fairly normal manner from Monday 17 May.
We recognise that the restrictions on car sharing and spectators in particular have presented challenges for some clubs and players and, like other sports, made representation to government on behalf of our affiliated clubs. We are therefore delighted that these will be permitted from Monday 17 May.

Step 4 (Monday 21 June at the earliest)
* All restrictions are expected to be lifted
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Posted on 13 May 2021 by Webmaster
Thorncliffe Greens Open from 2nd April 2021


Update 27th March 2021 from Lynn Duncombe, Thorncliffe Secretary

Step 1.
The greens will open on Friday 2nd April, weather permitting, for practice and exercise. As only 6 people are allowed on each green you will need to phone Lynn, like last year, to book a slot. Phone number: 0114 246 6363 or mobile: 07847 746 123. This is to conform with British Crown Green and Government guidelines, for track and trace. There will be an NHS Track and Trace QR code at the green that you will be able to scan with your mobile phone. You will need to bring your own hand sanitiser and drinks. Toilets won't be open to start with, neither will the kitchen. You should hand sanitise at regular intervals, and use your own jack and mat, and social distance. There should be no spectators.

Step 2. - Update 9th April 2021

From Monday 12 April until Step 3, the following applies to outdoor Crown Green bowls :
* Crown Green bowls may resume
* Clubs are advised to implement a pre-booking system in order to manage attendance at the club, and to ensure adequate time between booked sessions
* Travel should be minimised but can take place for the purpose of sport and physical activity. Car sharing, however, is not permitted
* Spectators are not permitted in any outdoor bowls club, except on public land. When on public land, spectators should adhere to gathering limits in groups of six, or two households.

Sheffield Parks, Sheffield and District Social, and Sheffield and Hallamshire all hope to run a series of "mini" leagues this year, starting after 17th May. Please note the teams playing in these will be mixed gender. (There will no longer be Ladies and Gents only teams) If you wish to play and haven't let John de Cann or Lynn know can you please do so before the end of March. If you wish to play on a day different to usual you can do so.
Several members have already said that they are not prepared to give or accept lifts this season so transport to away matches may be a problem.
The Club will provide hand sanitiser for when the matches start, but the kitchen will not be open, so you will need to bring your own drinks.

Step 3 (Monday 17 May at the earliest)
* Larger groups able to gather at clubs
* Inside catering permitted with restrictions
* 21st June. Kitchen will re-open.

Step 4 (Monday 21 June at the earliest)
* All restrictions are expected to be lifted


In the interim period, all social distancing rules should remain with the rule of 6 and/or the two family group guidelines to be followed, as documented in the Government guidelines.

Please be assured that we will signpost any relevant government information and guidance as soon we receive it
Stay Safe.
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Posted on 12 Apr 2021 by Webmaster
Crown Green Bowls - The Opening of Greens - Update 4 March 2021


BRITISH CROWN GREENBOWLING ASSOCIATION LOOKS FORWARD TO THE START OF THE 2021 OUTDOOR SEASON UPDATE

Update 4th March 2021 from Brian Hampson, BCGBA National Administrator

We have today received an update from Sport England on the easing of restrictions on organised grassroot outdoor sports in England, scheduled to resume on March 29th.

They are still waiting for the overarching guidance from the Cabinet Office and the sport specific guidance that is likely to be released ahead of 29th March. Unfortunately, they do not expect a more specific sport/activity related guidance to be released for a couple of weeks.

In the interim period, all social distancing rules should remain with the rule of 6 and/or the two family group guidelines to be followed, as was documented in the Government guidelines.

Whilst we appreciate that this may not be ideal, please be assured that we will signpost any relevant government information and guidance as soon we receive it
Stay Safe.
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Posted on 04 Mar 2021 by Webmaster
Crown Green Bowls - The Opening of Greens - Update 23 February 2021


BRITISH CROWN GREENBOWLING ASSOCIATION LOOKS FORWARD TO THE START OF THE 2021 OUTDOOR SEASON

Today's roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions enables BCGBA, counties and affiliated clubs to prepare with confidence for the 2021 outdoor season. The Prime Minister's announcement confirmed that outdoor affiliated bowls clubs will be able to open from 29th March.

Our overriding objective is for as many bowlers as possible to enjoy our sport in a safe manner this summer. Bowls is a naturally socially-distanced, non-contact activity and plays a key role in the mental and physical health of many across the country. The positive prospects for the new season provides a great boost to bowlers and the sport in general.

Whilst the overwhelming majority of existing bowlers are eager to start playing and are likely to have received their first vaccine, we understand there is a degree of nervousness about returning to the sport. We will be working alongside our development partner, the Bowls Development Alliance, to support affiliated clubs across the country to create Covid-safe environments, building on the fantastic efforts of many club leaders last year. This work will include:

'Return to Play' guidance for affiliated clubs
Resources and best practice to support the safe running of clubs
Online booking
Promotional material and funding advice

We also aim to facilitate as much domestic competition as possible. We have developed a series of Covid-contingency scenarios and, with the information now available, will look to reshape our national competition schedule.

The National Open Weekend 28th May 2021 planning will continue and we believe there's a good opportunity to encourage people, who are looking for a new fun, family outdoor activity, into our sport. We will be working with affiliated clubs who sign up to empower them to deliver Open Weekend events that are Covid-safe and give new players a fantastic first experience.

We have been in discussions with our partner organisations to ensure a safe return to play, with the Prime Ministers road map we look forward to clubs being able to open safety within government guidelines

We will be working in partnership with all stakeholders, notably affiliated clubs, to navigate through any challenges and, whilst mindful to retain a level of caution, are very excited about the outdoor bowls season beginning soon.

We understand today's developments will provoke a range of questions and we would ask people to bear with us as we work through the various implications. As soon as we can, we will be issuing more detailed guidance on the BCGBA website.
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Posted on 23 Feb 2021 by Webmaster
2021 News update


Well it is a new year and let us all hope that we can put the missed bowling season year of 2020 behind us. Sheffield Parks are looking forward to the new season and are busy making preparations. The first bit of good news is that Sheffield Council have announced their continuing financial support for the maintenance of the greens. This means that for Thorncliffe much needed funds of £6,000 (£3,000 per green).
Sheffield Parks Secretary, Jennie Shepherd, is collating information on how many members have received their first COVID-19 vaccination. The good news for Thorncliffe is that to date all Thorncliffe members over the age of 80 years have been vaccinated, and many members of 70 years have also received their first vaccination, or are booked in for a vaccination appointment. We are all now waiting on advice from Bowls England and the Bowls Development Alliance to enable a safe return to bowling for all clubs across the Bowling community.

Anthea Brownrigg, Secretary to Thorncliffe Community Sports, reports that she has now had a quotation for replacing the security perimeter fencing with higher fencing and was currently looking for further funding.
She has acquired funding to apply for planning permission for a new Pavilion, and is looking to obtain a further two quotations for a pavilion.

At the Thorncliffe Committee Meeting last week (yes, your Committee is still meeting, via Zoom!) John De Cann reported that the Co-op Community Fund had now raised £1,147.41 to date for Thorncliffe Bowling Club. Secretary Lynn Duncombe gave a big thank you to all members that have been buying at the Co-op and have selected Thorncliffe Bowling Club as their cause. When you buy selected Co-op products and services, 2p for every £1 spent goes into your membership account. And they'll split the same between like-minded organisations and local causes. You can select a local cause you would like to support, and of course we would like you to select Thorncliffe Bowling Club!
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Posted on 31 Jan 2021 by Webmaster
Let the Bells Ring Out for Robert
In this strangest of years many of us will have missed playing bowls, either socially or competitively. It is easy to overlook that some of the club's expenses have carried on this year despite no bowls being played. The greens have still had to be maintained, and thankfully Sheffield Council have still made their usual supporting grant this year, and hopefully will continue to do so in 2021.

Robert Hartley has worked very hard on behalf our Club this year, making several grant applications. So far he has achieved a grant of £1,427 from Sport England, £422 from Ecclesfield Parish Council and £255 from Freshgate Trust Foundation. He has also managed to get the Club registered with the Co-op community charity fund. If you become a member of the Co-op you will receive discount offers on a weekly basis and you may nominate Thorncliffe Bowling Club to be a beneficiary of funds every time you shop at the Co-op. In the first four weeks we raised £38, and we have another eleven months to go.

This will all help towards the running of the Club when next year our income will be less than usual, and our out goings will be at least the same.

Thorncliffe Secretary, Lynn Duncombe said on behalf of all members of our Club "Well done and thank you Rob."

Best wishes to all our members and let us all hope that 2021 sees a return to bowls being played again.
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Posted on 15 Dec 2020 by Webmaster
Funding News from Thorncliffe Community Sports
In this weird year of doom and gloom, and no competitive bowls being played, how uplifting is the following news from Anthea Brownrigg, Secretary of Thorncliffe Community Sports (TCS).

She reports that on 5th November 2020 at the Full Parish Council Meeting, the Council approved the minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting held on 21st October 2020. This meant that they approved the allocations of funding from the David Chadwick Fund to the following projects:-

£ 10,000 to be used for the removal and refurbishment of the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) equipment, and towards the re-siting of this equipment to Angram Bank Centre with an initial payment of £3,000 to be given from this amount to Thorncliffe Community Sports to start the process. The Sheffield City Council are aware of this and they also have funding set aside for Mortomley and Angram Bank parks.

£ 20,000 to be set aside for the purpose of a deposit to erect a building to be used as an amateur boxing gymnasium on the MUGA site.

£ 10,000 to be set aside for the purpose of a deposit towards the purchase of a bespoke Pavilion for the Tennis/Bowls Clubs.

These amounts will be held by the Parish Council (other than the £3,000) until such time as TCS can apply for extra funding for each of the projects once planning permission is given.

In the meantime TCS would like to discuss with Thorncliffe Bowling Club and Thorncliffe Tennis Club what facilities they would need in respect of toilets, storage facilities, kitchen area and seating, etc.
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Posted on 08 Nov 2020 by Webmaster
Co-op Local Community Fund
On Thursday 22 October 2020 Thorncliffe Funding manager, Robert Hartley, received the following email;

Hi Mr Bob Hartley,

Congratulations! Thorncliffe Bowling Club has been chosen for the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund.

We look forward to working with you over the coming year.

Best wishes,

April Armstrong
Local Giving Manager

Thorncliffe Secretary, Lynn Duncombe said "This is great news - well done Robert. If you are not already a member of the Co-op you may join Co-op for £1 and earn rewards for you and your community."

The funding round starts Sunday, 25 October 2020 and will run for 12 months until 23 October 2021. During this time, Co-op Members will be able to select Thorncliffe Bowling Club as their cause.

When you buy selected Co-op products and services, 2p for every £1 spent goes into your membership account. And they’ll split the same between like-minded organisations and local causes.

You can select a local cause you would like to support, and of course we would like you to select Thorncliffe Bowling Club!
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Posted on 25 Oct 2020 by Webmaster
Crown Green Bowls - The Opening of Greens - Update 26 July 2020
Phase 3 Community Level Sport - July 26th 2020

Social gatherings of up to 30 people are now permitted, as long as all social distancing is maintained, this will allow up to 30 on or around a green in total.
The number of players on the green should be risk assessed by your club and an acceptable number agreed based on the size of the green.
Each group can consist of 2 households, (Social bubbles) or up to 6 from individual households.
Open, League and external competitions will need to be risk assessed to ensure a covid secure event is held and all documentation completed and player informed of guidance.
ALL PREVIOUS GUIDANCE AND ADVICE REMAINS IN FORCE AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE BCGBA WEBSITE

* Social distancing 2 metres, or 1 metre plus mitigation (this would require additional measures such as face coverings to allow 1 metre, and/or ensuring good hygiene and cleaning is maintained as all times)
* Maximum of 6 people allowed on or around the green at any one time (see family groups below)
* Multi Green venues permitted with maximum 6 each green provided groups are separated and entrance and exits routes are displayed to avoid cross contact between groups
* Players should maintain social distancing and keep up to 4 metres between groups to allow for social distancing between groups
* Family groups - 2 family groups can meet up of any size, but all other guidance applies on social distancing.
* Common sense applies. Players take responsibility for their own actions.

Be aware that this guidance could change at any point and could be withdrawn if the risk level increases
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Posted on 28 Jul 2020 by Webmaster
Crown Green Bowls - The Opening of Greens - Update 27 June 2020
Phase 2a Green Opening June 27th 2020
Following the updated guidance issued this week 23rd June 2020, there is currently little difference to updates issued with a few minor additions. The key to opening is that records are available if track and trace require information on who has attended the green.
Booking or attendance lists with contact details required. Some other minor changes have been included.
ALL PREVIOUS SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDANCE AND ADVICE REMAINS IN FORCE
* Social distancing 2 metres, or 1 metre plus mitigation (this would require additional measures such as face coverings to allow 1 metre, and/or ensuring good hygiene and cleaning is maintained as all times)
* Maximum of 6 people allowed on or around the green at any one time (see family groups below)
* Multi Green venues permitted with maximum 6 each green provided groups are separated and entrance and exits routes are displayed to avoid cross contact between groups
* Players should maintain social distancing and keep up to 4 metres between groups to allow for social distancing between groups
* Family groups - 2 family groups can meet up of any size, but all other guidance applies on social distancing.
* Common sense applies. Players take responsibility for their own actions.

Be aware that this guidance could change at any point and could be withdrawn if the risk level increases
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Posted on 29 Jun 2020 by Webmaster
Crown Green Bowls - The Opening of Greens - Update 31 May 2020
Current Government advice is that bowling greens can open from Wednesday 13th May 2020, and from Monday 1st June 2020 the maximum allowed to socially gather is 6 people. This is the maximum allowed at a green and includes anyone at the side of the green.

* Limited Green Opening, Exercise and Practice (Full Social distancing must be maintained 2 metres distance)
* During Phase 2 a maximum of 6 people allowed on the green at any one time
* Groups should be limited to a maximum of 3 groups (total 6 people)
* Example 1 family group of 3 and 1 group of 2
* Example 2 Family group of 3 plus one from outside family group, one other group of 2 (Maximum 6 people)
* Groups should maintain social distancing and keep up to 4 metres between groups to allow for social
distancing between groups.
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Posted on 31 May 2020 by Webmaster
Thorncliffe Greens Open 18th May 2020
The greens can now be used by paid up Club Members only, for exercise and practice, from Monday afternoon.
A booking scheme is now in place, so if you wish to play you need to phone or email the Thorncliffe Secretary, Lynn Duncombe, to book a session, as we can only have a maximum of 2 people on a green at any one time. The Club will keep a written log regarding green usage, in case contact tracing becomes necessary.
Players play at their own risk.
You will have to use your own bowls, mats and jacks, as the Club equipment is not to be used.
You cannot use the toilets or the huts.
You will need to take hand sanitizer for after bowling, and for before and after handling the gate lock, or use rubber gloves. Then wash your hands thoroughly once you get home.
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Posted on 16 May 2020 by Webmaster
Crown Green Bowls - The Opening of Greens
Current Government advice is that bowling greens can open from Wednesday 13th May 2020

GUIDANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS:
* Only use your equipment brought from home (jacks, mats, bowls etc.)
* Sterilize equipment before and after use
* Keep strict social distancing measures in place - you must remain at a safe distance (2 metres) from people outside of your household
* Follow strong hygiene practices at every opportunity - wash your hands when you get home
* You must have permission from your club to use the green
* Your club will have an agreed process for you to agree a time for you to access the green
* Once you have completed your session, please depart as soon as you safely can to enable others to access the green.
* You may only play on green if you are a member of the club
DO NOT:
* Do not enter clubhouse, or any facility which is part of the club (including toilets)
* Do not use club equipment
* Do not organise any competitive bowls.
* Do not turn up at the green without prior agreement from your club
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
* Being careful about touching solid surfaces e.g. gates, seating, doors, etc.
* Wash your hands as soon as you get home, avoid touching your face and take hand sanitiser with you to use while out if possible

Please be aware that this is for Phase 1 of the opening of greens and will be reviewed in light of any changes for Phase 2 when additional groups may be permitted. This is to ensure that we have safe opening of greens and to give clubs a chance to get used to the process needed to keep everyone safe.
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Posted on 16 May 2020 by Webmaster
New Lifetime Member of Thorncliffe Bowling Club
Some people view Friday 13th with a certain amount of trepidation, but Friday 13th March was a special day for a special Thorncliffe member, Doris Bodman. Far be it for me to reveal a lady's age, but I can reveal that Doris's BCGBA registration number is the earliest, by some considerable margin, registered member within Thorncliffe Bowling Club.
Doris first started her involvement with the bowling club by supporting her husband George. At that time there was no ladies team. Doris and other ladies just enjoyed a leisurely game and probably did all the back ground work for the men, especially baking cakes etc. and making the drinks. Definitely a different era from today!
Not to be outdone the ladies then began organising the first official ladies team and the rest as you say is history. Doris, as one of the founder members, was always involved in helping with the various jobs and presentation events.
As time passed Doris was always welcoming new members and with her husband would give all the help and advice required.
As all new members know, it makes a big difference to have someone supporting you and Doris was always the first in that role.
In recognition of her contribution to the Bowling Club over such a long period, Ladies Secretary, Joan Ramage had great pleasure in awarding Doris Lifetime Membership of Thorncliffe Bowling Club.
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Posted on 19 Mar 2020 by Webmaster
Coronavirus (COVID-19) announcement
The British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA) have today made the following announcement;

Following the Government announcement this afternoon it is with great sadness that we now have to suspend all bowling for the foreseeable future.

Based on the advice announced we need to avoid all mass gatherings and sporting event as these will no longer be supported by the emergency services.

If anyone within your household has symptoms then the whole family need to isolate for 14 days.

Limit social contact wherever possible and encourage working from home.

At risk groups - those over 70 and those with medical conditions need to take additional care.

All BCGBA meetings should now be postponed as un-necessary travel should be avoided. Contact in Pubs, Clubs and restaurants to be avoided.

Taking this all into account all leagues should now suspend matches until such time as we are given an all clear to resume competition.

All BCGBA and BCGLCC Competitions are now suspended until further notice this should include all qualifier events.

As a Bowls community we need to look after our members and I encourage you to follow the advice being given and support those we are able to at this very difficult time.

I will add links onto the website / face-book as these are updated.

Please take care of yourself and stay safe.

On behalf of the Management Committee BCGBA
Chris Hasselby (BCGBA Chairman)
Mark Bircumshaw (CEO)
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Posted on 16 Mar 2020 by Webmaster
Sponsor continues to support Thorncliffe Bowling Club
Club Secretary Lynn Duncombe continues to have success on the funding front. Our friends at Lishmans LLP, Accountants and Business advisors based at Chapeltown, Sheffield, have repeated their 2017 and 2018 support of Thorncliffe Bowling Club with a generous £100 donation. Lishman's have also provided professional support for Thorncliffe Community Sports over the last five years.
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Posted on 09 Apr 2019 by Webmaster
New Thorncliffe Competition for 2019
The new season is now nearly upon us, with the greens open for playing from Saturday 30th March 2019 and the first home league match on Friday 5th April.

New for 2019 is the Thorncliffe Open Singles Trophy. All club members on the 31st March 2019 will be automatically entered into the competition. The competition is a straight knockout competition with no handicap.

The draw for the preliminary round (if needed) and the 1st round will be made at the Open Day on Sunday 7th April at 11:00 am in the bowling hut.

First round to be completed and results recorded by the and of May
Second round to be completed and results recorded by the end of June
Third round to be completed and results recorded by 21st July
Fourth round to be completed and results recorded by 14th August
Fifth round to be completed and recorded by end of August
The two Semi Finals and Final to be played on a Sunday in mid September. The Semi Finals starting at 11:00 am and the final to be played at 2:00 pm

All matches to 21 up.

Any member who does not wish to play must contact either the Club Secretary, Lynn Duncombe, or Glyn Jenkinson to withdraw.
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Posted on 29 Mar 2019 by Webmaster
Funding Success for Thorncliffe
ln late January Club Treasurer, John De Cann, applied to Ecclesfield Parish Council for a grant of £983 to enable the club to purchase five new sets of woods, eight match jacks and two measures, for the use of visitors and new players.
On 21st February he and Club Secretary, Lynn Duncombe met the Parish Council Finance Committee and put their case forward. John said he wanted to start the conversation by saying "Good evening dragons"!

About three weeks later a cheque for the requested amount was received from the council.

An order was placed with The Real Sports Store at Rotherham who offered the club a ten per cent discount. Consequently the club was able to purchase a further set of woods and another measure.

The club is grateful to Ecclesfield Parish council for allotting us this grant.
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Posted on 29 Mar 2019 by Webmaster
Macmillan - World's Biggest Coffee Morning
The World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September is Macmillan's biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. Macmillan ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone they raised over £27 million and together we can make this another successful year.

Having a Coffee Morning is the perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious for a great cause.

One in two of us will face cancer, and the money we raise at our Coffee Morning will help Macmillan make sure no one has to face it alone.

Thorncliffe member, Sue Pass says "This year our Coffee Morning was again held at Chapeltown Library on the morning of Friday 28th September. A massive thank you to all for raising £736.60

For more details visit www.https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk
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Posted on 14 Oct 2018 by Webmaster
Thorncliffe's New Lady Champion
It seemed like another ordinary day when I received a call from one of our Thorncliffe members. "Have I got some extraordinary news" he said. "Go on then, surprise me" I replied. But I was not only surprised when he gave me the news, I was genuinely pleased. On Wednesday 1st August 2018 (Yorkshire Day) Thorncliffe member Joan Ramage had WON the Sheffield & District Parks Bowling Association Lady Veterans Individual Merit for 2018.
Joan qualified from the Lady Veterans qualifiers round on the Monday, and on the Wednesday beat Jane Richardson (Crooksmoor B.C.) in the quarter final, beating Janette Tizzard (Meersbrook Park B.C.) in the semi-final, and success came in the final by beating Sue Hill (Meersbrook B.C.).
Just for good measure the following day Joan reached the semi-final of the Ladies Individual Merit, and so received yet another prize!
Joan said "It feels marvellous to win at last"
Joan is a modest person off the green, but on the green transforms into a totally focussed player, always looking to win. 2018 marks the year when she is recognised as the best Lady Veteran player in Sheffield.
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Posted on 03 Aug 2018 by Webmaster
Thorncliffe bags £1,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme
Lynn Duncombe, the Funding Officer for Thorncliffe Bowling Club, is delighted to announce the club has bagged £1,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.
Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £52 million to over 16,000 local community projects.
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Posted on 19 May 2018 by Webmaster
Sponsors support Thorncliffe Bowling Club
Lynn Duncombe continues to have success on the funding front. Our friends at Lishmans LLP, Accountants and Business advisors based at Chapeltown, Sheffield, have repeated their 2017 support of Thorncliffe Bowling Club with a generous £100 donation. Lishman's have also provided professional support for Thorncliffe Community Sports over the last four years.

And now we have some support with a difference. Percol Coffee, a Fairtrade company based in London, have kindly donated some coffee bags. Now I don't know about you but I had to find out what on earth coffee bags are. I felt slightly foolish when Lynn patiently explained they are like tea bags, but contain real coffee. Obvious!

Thank you Percol.
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Posted on 12 Apr 2018 by Webmaster
Thorncliffe receives new Defibrillator
What have Steve Beatson, Keith Booth, Lynn Duncombe, Ian Hague, Ann Hartley, Robert Hartley, John Sage, Judith Thompson, and Kerry Wragg got in common - other than a love of crown green bowls? Well, back on 4th October last year, they were all present and correct at The Staindrop Lodge Hotel, and slightly apprehensive. They had volunteered for training to be carried out by the NHS Yorkshire Ambulance Service. All the volunteers passed their training for AED & BLS (Automated External Defibrillator & Basic Life Support), and all the certificates have now been issued.

The training was a condition of a deal offered by the Westfield Health Charitable Trust for local sporting organisations that, on condition of satisfactorily completing training by Yorkshire Ambulance, at a cost of £400, they would provide, FREE, a defibrillator for the club. Thorncliffe Bowling Club's Funding Co-ordinator, Lynn Duncombe, was successful in securing a grant from the National Lottery Awards for All to cover all the cost of the training.

Thorncliffe Chairman, Ian Hague, said "It's tremendous that we now have on site an appliance that can literally mean the difference between life and death, and I sincerely wish that we are never called upon to use it. Knowing it is there, and that we are likely to have trained personnel close at hand to use it, is very reassuring"
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Posted on 27 Mar 2018 by Webmaster
Two Words - Sign Here
Only two words, but at Staindrop Lodge Hotel on Monday evening 19th March 2018, two of the Trustees, Graham Elliott and Steve Beatson, of Thorncliffe Community Sports (TCS), did just that, they signed on the dotted line. The documents in question detailed a 25 year lease for property and land at Thorncliffe comprising the Tennis Courts, Bowling Greens and the old disused Tennis Courts. It had been a long time coming!

By May 2010 the Northern Community Assembly was beginning to formulate a Community Sports Park Masterplan. A presentation to the community was made in September 2011. By February 2013 we had the first constitution for Thorncliffe Sports & Community Development Group. Thorncliffe Community Sports, as it became known, was incorporated 2 September 2014, and also registered as a charity.

What happens next?

Sheffield City Council now need to countersign the lease, and then at long last, the TCS Playing Committee can meet and help the TCS trustees determine the priorities and goals for the future.
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Posted on 24 Mar 2018 by Webmaster
Banish those winter blues! It's nearly opening time!
Is it me, or did this last winter seem particularly long, wet and gloomy? And the recent heavy snows seemed to be particularly ironic, occurring after the first day of spring!
Well this is a reminder that our greens are still due to open on Wednesday 28th March. The first league fixtures are set for Monday 9th April. So, this may be a timely reminder to all our members to make sure that you have paid your club membership for the 2018 season.
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Posted on 21 Mar 2018 by Webmaster
Thorncliffe Bowling Club Lottery Bonus Ball
Brief notice from the Lottery Secretary, Sue Pass, to all members that we have two numbers not taken up for January. The numbers are 11 and 17. The cost is £12.00 each. According to the Thorncliffe Bowling Club Lottery rules if the numbers are not taken, and they are drawn out, it will roll over to the next month.
So, if you are interested please get in touch with Sue.
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Posted on 21 Jan 2018 by Webmaster
Thorncliffe ex-member dies in M1 crash
Elizabeth Harrison, 86, of Roper Lane, Thurgoland, was a rear seat passenger in a Nissan Qashqai involved in a collision on the southbound carriageway at around 2:15pm on Saturday, 30th December. The incident occurred between junction 29 for Chesterfield and junction 28 for Alfreton.

Elizabeth was taken to Sheffield's Northern General Hospital by Air Ambulance, but sadly died in hospital.

A 90-year-old passenger in the same vehicle, believed to be her husband, Roy, who was transported by road ambulance, remains there in a critical condition.

It is understood one of the couple's children had been on a visit to the UK from their home in Spain for the festive period, with the couple travelling to see another of their children when the collision occurred.

Elizabeth was probably better know to Thorncliffe members as Betty, and was a member until 2015.

Anyone with information should send Derbyshire police a message online by visiting www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us. You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

I am sure that all Thorncliffe members would like to extend their condolences and sympathies to Betty's family.
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Posted on 06 Jan 2018 by Webmaster
Macmillan - World's Biggest Coffee Morning
Coffee Morning is a great excuse to get your friends together for coffee and cake, and raise money for a good cause. There are now 2.5 million people in the UK living with cancer. By 2030, it will be 4 million people, and we want to be there for them all. One in three of us will get cancer, and it will be one of the toughest things we'll ever have to face. Macmillan's goal is to make sure no one faces cancer alone. The money raised at Coffee Mornings will make sure no one has to face it alone.
It's Macmillan's biggest fundraising event, where they ask people across the UK to hold a coffee morning and raise money for people living with cancer. In 2016, 154,000 people signed up, raising a record £29.5 million.
Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. And as treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. The money raised at Coffee Morning will help make sure no one has to face cancer without support, from the moment they are diagnosed, through treatment and beyond.

Thorncliffe member, Sue Pass says "This year the Coffee Morning was again held at Chapeltown Library on Friday 29th September, from 10:00 a.m until 12 noon. In 2016 we raised £711.

We had a fantastic result on Friday, with lot's of our bowling club members braving terrible weather. A very big thank you from myself for all their support. The total raised was £824.25. This amount includes all crafts I have sold over tbe passed few months which raised a total of £435.90. Totally amazing I cannot thank them enough."


For more details visit www.http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk
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Posted on 01 Oct 2017 by Webmaster
New Team Shelter
Thorncliffe Bowling Club want to raise money towards their latest project, another Team Shelter for the lower green, with an expected cost of just under £6,000. Foundations are complete and the shelter is due to be erected by 25th May.

In March this year Lynn Duncombe agreed to take on the role of securing funding and started visiting businesses in Chapeltown and High Green, hoping to persuade them to advertise their business at the green, and support the club financially at the same time.

Lynn wasn't having much luck until she decided to try Lishmans LLP (accountants to Thorncliffe Community Sports, and formerly known as Eura Audit UK), a long established business in Chapeltown. They weren't interested in advertising, but wanted to support the local community and very generously donated £100.



She then heard from the Active Chiropractic Clinic on Loundside, who she had visited two weeks previously, and who were interested in advertising. She had discussions with their Practice Manager, Shellie Fleming, about the size and design of banner, and two weeks later their Directors Drs Claudia D'Aloia and Kerrie Fleming came up to the green, and we fixed their banner to the railings behind the bottom green. They were very happy with the outcome and donated £150 for the advertising space.

Lynn is continuing to look for more advertising, and would be grateful if anyone knows of a business who would be interested.

She has also applied to Tesco Foundation (the carrier bag scheme) for a grant to help towards the shelter cost. The application has been accepted so far, as a scheme they would be interested in supporting, but is now awaiting the full Foundation Panel approval.
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Posted on 20 May 2017 by Webmaster
Open Day Sunday 9th April
Glorious sunshine met our members and South Yorkshire coaches on Open Day. There was a good turnout of members and some people who had never bowled before came to take advantage of learning to bowl with the coaches. The ladies once again providing an excellent range of cakes and serving teas and coffees to the thirsty.

Members will recall that Robert Mallekin was at our AGM last year to help promote our membership drive by providing different games and a cash incentive. He, along with Alan Tizzard and Alan’s wife set up a course on the top green. Thorncliffe Membership Secretary John De Cann said "I know that many members took advantage of the coaches being there by going round the course and having their bowling faults corrected. Some of us actually wondered how we had managed to play so well before with such bad techniques!"

The club received £50 from SYCCGBA for hosting the event and will receive another £250 on completion of a further 10 one hour coaching sessions with those non members who turned up on the day. These sessions have to be completed by the end of April. Membership Secretary, John De Cann, was delighted that four of those bowling for the first time said they would return on the following Tuesday.

A colourful greeting.
Something sharp with something on the edge.
A sport where you find the opposite of fairness.

John was asked by Secretary Fran Parratt to see if he could get the Open Day promoted on Radio Sheffield. I don’t know if anyone listens to Radio Sheffield on a Sunday morning but there is a programme from ten to one o’clock in the afternoon called ‘Clueless’ where the public phone in to answer cryptic clues and guide a presenter to various places in South Yorkshire. John managed to get the club on the Radio when presenter Kat Harbourne arrived at the greens shortly before eleven. He presented her with the next clue which took her to Hillsborough. We gave her a slice of chocolate cake and a cup of tea. She said, on air, that the cake was delicious.

Above is the clue which got the radio car to our greens. For those struggling with it –

A colourful greeting …… Hi green.
Something sharp with something on the edge …… Sharp = thorn, on the edge = cliff.
A sport where you find the opposite of fairness …… Opposite of fairness = biased.
The public got the opposite of fairness as foul so the team went first to the Leisure Centre and then to the football pitches before finding us. We also managed to get a plug in for Millhouses Open Day on Sunday 23rd April.
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Posted on 23 Apr 2017 by Webmaster
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