‘Great day’ for Honiton Bowling Club as greens reopen to members for first time since lockdown

Honiton Bowling Club hailed July 1 a ‘great day’ when the players returned to the green for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown.

The indoor green closed at the end of March, before the end of the season, and the outdoor season was put on hold while the club, and the rest of the UK, followed the Government’s lockdown rules and stayed at home.

The club said it sprang into action and put safety measures in place for members as soon as the Government gave the green light for bowling to begin.

The first members on the green after the enforced break were Yvonne Williams, Dick Summers, Heather Chamber and Di Hawkins.


Club members Di Hawkins and Heather Chamber were among the first back on the green.

Joan Mackintosh, spokeswoman for Honiton Bowling Club, said the club was currently running on a social, roll up basis, with rinks booked in advance.

She said: “In March the bowlers at Honiton saw the coronavirus close down the indoor green before the end of the season, with no knowledge of when bowling could begin again.

“However, even though the outdoor season could not start on time in April, the green keeper Trevor Pipe, and his trusty team, worked hard to keep the green in tip-top condition.

“When the Government said that bowling could recommence the committee went into action to put together the safety regulations for the members.”

She added: “1st July was a great day when members were able to start bowling again.”

To book a rink call Tony Tooley at Honiton Bowling Club.

See here for more information on how to book and the Covid-safe rules and regulations set out by the club.

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