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Last Updated - 11/11/2020



Hello Everyone,

Another change in restrictions from Thursday, 5th November. Having read these we are of the opinion that there is no way crown green bowling can take place within a safe environment and, in consultation with the BCGBA, we are directing clubs/players to stop crown green bowling from Thursday, 5th November 2020.

We appreciate this may cause disruption to ongoing winter leagues, club competitions ( internal and open) and casual bowling but our view is that the health and safety of our members is of paramount importance and overrides other considerations.

When these restrictions are lifted/amended we shall issue further directions.

In the meantime all stay safe.

D.A.Stephenson/S.Cochrane Joint Acting YCCGBA CEOs. 


Despite these uncertain times, the Executive Committee met last week to discuss the way forward for the Association.

The following points were agreed:-

1) This year's Annual General Meeting and Presentation Evening have been cancelled. 

2) In the hope that we can have a normal or near normal competitive start to the 2021 season, we will need all clubs to notify us of their team entries by 31st January at the latest. You will be reminded of this in early January. Therefore, it is important that you contact all your members so that you can decide how many teams you will be able to enter in the various leagues. 

3) Clubs will be expected to pay their subscriptions and team entries as normal.

4) As previously notified, we hope to use the 2020 handbooks for next season with all relevant amendment pages being issued regarding dates of fixtures and competitions. The reason for using the 2020 handbooks is to eliminate the cost of producing new ones because, as you know, clubs were not invoiced for them this year or for subscriptions and team entries.

5) Competitions Secretary - Please remember that the Association still needs someone to fulfil this position. Please consider this carefully and notify me of anyone who may be interested.

Please notify me immediately of any changes to club secretaries and/or club contact email addresses.

Keep Safe! 

Jack Summers
General Secretary - Bradford CGBA


Message from Mark & Olive Durrans

We gave my dad the best send off that we could under the circumstances, there were 30 people and we played his favourite music and read poems.

Thanks to all who came and all who left messages on beighton bowler, sent cards, telephoned or sent emails.

They were all greatly appreciated thank you.


Dear all,
We at YCCGBA hope you and your members are keeping safe.

Covid 19
Sadly a bowler has tested positive in our area at a recent event. The host club sent in a risk assessment and are following guidelines and protocols, they are implementing track and trace. This shows the importance of the guidelines issued by BCGBA and YCCGBA.
This is a timely reminder to all that this is a real epidemic and can impact on anyone so any club/league planning an event or competition MUST complete a risk assessment and retain contact details for all attendees to the green and be aware of the current restrictions especially if there are local measures.

Closed Greens
There were no notifications of greens remaining closed as requested in our last communication.

Winter Leagues/Events
Just a reminder if you are planning any winter leagues or events please check if any open certificates are required and make sure you have the correct risk assessments in place.

Surveys are being sent out be Sport England if you have received a grant and request for a survey it is a condition of the grant that you complete the survey, do not delay in completing this.

The Future
We are currently looking at how to hold a council meeting, would all districts please confirm if they are agreeable to take part in a ‘Zoom’ or ‘Teams’ Meeting, or would you prefer to attend in person (as long as it is a recognised person from you district if your normal representatives are unable to attend). We will also aim to look at the finance position and discussing fees and subscriptions for 2021.
Mark Waite has already started planning fixtures for 2021 and will be looking to send out his first draft soon.

At last membership cards have been received from BCGBA and all new card requests have been issued, any new applications can now be sent in the normal manner.

S N Cochrane & D Alan Stephenson
(Joint interim CEO YCCGBA)


It may not come to a surprise to you all but the Executive Committee has decided that
no league bowling or competitions will take place this season.

Regrettable though this is, the Committee feel that this is for the safety of all our members.
We will inform you when any relevant information regarding the pandemic becomes available.

If you have already received your handbooks, please keep them for next year as we will be using them.
Keep Safe!

Jack Summers
General Secretary - Bradford CGBA


Following discussions with each County Association and a County level survey on BCGBA National competitions, we have decided to roll over all competitions to 2021. This covers the Men’s, Juniors, Veterans and Ladies competitions. 

This means that the fixtures for all our 2020 County Championships (Seniors, Juniors, Ladies) will be moved to 2021, with a subsequent delay in the 5-year rota for the Men’s County Championship.

The Presidential Rota’s will also carry over to 2021 with the Men’s Senior Merit remaining in Cumbria, Junior Merit in Greater Manchester and Ladies Merit in Greater Manchester.

The Men’s World Club Championships Qualifiers for 2020 will also roll over to 2021 and we will issue further information when we are able to do so.

It is hoped to find a suitable date to complete the 2019 Ladies Champions of Champions later in the year, subject to restrictions allowing.

The Handbook 2020 will therefore cover 2020/2021 and an addendum will be produced in 2021 to reflect date changes etc. This will be updated on the website as soon as we are able to confirm dates and agreement with relevant venues.

This decision has been taken to ensure that we are able to protect the safety of our membership as at this time it is not possible to ensure we would be able to complete matches and qualifiers in a safe and secure way.
The following documents are available for download

Guidance for the re-opening of greens

Risk Assessment

Clubs remaining closed poster

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.
This currently only applies to English clubs!


General Secretary

Jack Summers


Safeguarding Officer

Martin Hayton


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