Trentham Bowling Club Road Map

This road map is meant as guidance only and will always be subject to both Government and Bowls England directives, but we thought it would be a good idea to share the outlined plan so we can all have something to look forward to.

8th March

Government (Step 1): Schools re-open. Care home residents will be allowed one regular visitor. The Stay-at-Home requirement will remain, but people can leave home for recreation outdoors such as a coffee or picnic with their household or support bubble, or with one person outside their household.

Bowls England: BE will be attending a Sport England briefing on ‘Return to Play’ with sport-specific guidance expected from the government by Monday 29th March.

Trentham: No Change. Club remains closed except for maintenance work with social distancing measures still in force, Greens are closed.

29th March

Government (Step 1): Outdoor gatherings of either 6 people or 2 households will be allowed. Outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, will be allowed to reopen, and people can take part in formally organised outdoor sports. At this point, the Stay-at-Home order will end, although many lockdown restrictions will remain.

Bowls England: BE expect affiliated clubs to be able to open and play to return based on the ‘Rule of 6’.

Trentham: No Change. Club remains closed except for maintenance work with social distancing measures still in force.

First Two Weeks of April.

Signing-on will take place during the first 2 weeks of April as usual, and fees can be paid by various methods, please see below for details. A schedule of planned matches for the rest of the season should be available.

12th April

Government (Step 2): Indoor leisure facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools, will also reopen – but only for use by people on their own or with their household.

Bowls England: outdoor catering to be allowed on site, changing rooms to be open and the easing of travel restrictions.

Trentham: Provided that Greenkeeper approval has been given, Club lawns to re-open for pre-booked singles and pairs roll-ups only, as last year, with every other rink in use for practice purposes, last year’s on-line booking system is available and the link will be circulated nearer the date. Clubhouse remains closed except for toilets and changing rooms. (Possibly a triples contest, within the rules of 6 – details later).

17th May

Government (Step 3): Outdoors, most social contact rules will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the rule of 6 or 2 households will apply – although we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.

Bowls England: Larger groups should be able to gather at clubs and inside catering to take place with restrictions.

Trentham: Club House fully reopens, bar opens, return to tables of 6 and allowing drinking at tables only. Distancing and ventilation still in force inside the Club. Rink play allowed on all rinks ,internal competitions can be run, friendlies can be organised.

28th to 31st May

Club open weekend. This coincides with Bowls England ‘National Open Weekend’. More details closer to the date.

21st June

Government (Step 4): All legal limits on social contact can be removed.

Bowls England: Easing of all restrictions.

Trentham: Return to normal play, leagues, friendlies, internal competition and social activities will be arranged and life returns to near normal!

Signing On 2021

Signing on will be the first two Wednesday evenings in April as is traditional, that is the 7th and the 14th this year. Payments can be made anytime during the first two weeks of April, and the following methods, in order of preference, are available:

(Preferred) Direct bank transfer
Bank NatWest
Account Sort Code 60-17-21
Account Number 15881571

Please use your surname as reference so that I can identify your payment, I would also appreciate a follow-up email to myself at confirming your payment and your preferred contact phone number and email address, this is to check our contact details are up to date. I can then email a receipt of payment to you.
By card over the phone, please call me on 0771 529 5878, with your card details and post code, I will then enter these details direct into our point-of-sale machine.

Cheque by post

Made out to Trentham Bowling Club, and posted to Rick Hough, 9 Cambrian Way, Calcot, Reading, RG31 7DD. Please enclose your contact details as in 1 above.


In person at the Club House, the current limit is £45 but it may possibly be £100 by April.

Chip and Pin

In person at the Club House.


In person at the Club House.

Cash (Least preferred)

In person at the Club House.

Please do not send cash through the post, and it is preferred that cheques are not posted to the Club.

When visiting the Club House, unless the situation changes, please wear face masks, keep the recommended separation, use the sanitising gel and observe the ‘Rule of 6’ at all times, as these measures will probably still be in force.


The annual subscription is unchanged this year at £90 for Full Membership and £10 for non-bowling Associate Membership. However, due to the uncertain nature of the season, the Club is again asking for a minimum of £45 to be paid in April, and providing that bowling restrictions have been considerably eased, the remaining amount to be paid week beginning June 28th. If you prefer however, full payment can be made at the beginning of April as normal. First time bowlers, who have not been members of another Club are entitled to a 50% discount in their first year of membership. Please contact me for Junior/Student memberships.

Keep safe everybody, it’s not over yet, but we can see lights flickering in the distance!

Message from the Captain – 21st August 2020

Hi everyone,

During this unusual time it has become very apparent that many of our members have really missed bowls.  Thankfully, thanks to Andy, Jules and many others, we have been able to enjoy friendly weekend games following Covid guidelines.

Although we only have a couple of months left this season Bowls England have provided some information for us to use on social media etc to encourage friends and family to come along for a friendly roll up.

I have therefore included some posters to give you all some inspiration. I have posted this on my Facebook page and  will also put them out on WhatsApp.

As you may all be aware Saturday mornings were set aside for coaching sessions. This would be an ideal time to take advantage of our facilities and to introduce bowls to your friends. We have some woods in the top shed and mats and jacks are available in the foyer of the club. If you would like to bring along any friends or family members this equipment is available to use, ensuring everything is sanitised before and after use. The only stipulation is to ensure flat shoes are worn on the green.

We have an online booking system in place – if you would like to come along with friends please ensure you book a time on the top green. Just to ensure we can maintain social distancing.

This is your club please do feel that you can bring along friends etc to have a go.  We all love bowls and as a member said to me once:

“There are a lot of people out there that love bowls, they just don’t know it yet”

Best wishes to you all.


Club Captain.

Let's Roll Let's Roll Let's Roll Let's Roll

COVID 19: Regulations for Resumption of Play at Trentham Bowling Club


These regulations do not supersede or replace any Governmental instruction or guidance which takes precedent over these regulations.  The physical and mental well-being of our bowls members are of paramount importance and is our main concern.

These regulations are written with consideration to the current guidelines issued both by the Government and by Bowls England.

The Club will reopen from 12:00 Thurday 21st May for roll-up and practice sessions only, and the below regulations must be followed at all times, until rescinded.

Please note, only current Club members will be allowed on site, no visitors, guests, or spectators will be permitted at the Club.  Anyone who is displaying ANY signs of infective illness, (or has a household member who does) should NOT attend the Club for ANY reason.

Pre-booking of a rink is essential, and members should not enter the grounds without a confirmed booking, unless on essential Club business.  Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to; you must remain at least two metres apart from other bowlers (who are not part of your household) at all times.

All members intending to use the Club will be asked to sign a declaration stating they have read and understood these regulations.

Play arrangements – booking a rink

  • Rinks can be booked for a maximum of 2 hours, but there will be a minimum of 20 minutes between allocated time slots to enable players to arrive/depart safely. Dependent on demand, the maximum time allocated may be reduced.
  • To book a rink call Rick on 0118 9678808, Joan on 0118 942 5269 or Shirley on 0118 327 1523 between 10:00 and 14:00 only, where you can arrange a rink and a timeslot.
  • Do not arrive at the Club more than 10 minutes from the start of your allocated timeslot.
  • Ensure you have left the Club no later than 10 mins after the end of your allocated timeslot
  • Play on the rinks will be alternated i.e. rinks 1, 3, 5 and 7 on one day and 2, 4, 6, 8, on the next day, direction of play will be at the discretion of the Greenkeeper.
  • Maximum of eight players on club premises at any one time (assuming average of two people per rink who are not from the same household).
  • Depending on usage, the number of occasions a player can book a rink each week may be capped to ensure that the available capacity is distributed fairly.
  • If the Greenkeeper declares the greens unplayable, due to adverse conditions or wear, all bookings for that day will be cancelled.
  • Shared equipment, jacks and mats must be sprayed or washed with sanitiser before and after use. You are recommended to bring your own spray antiseptic, as there may be none available at the Club.

In advance

  • Dress appropriately before you get to the club to avoid the need to change clothes – flat shoes must be worn on the greens, change shoes immediately before and after your game.
  • Travel to the green on your own or with members of your own household only – do not offer a lift to, or accept a lift from, anyone outside your household. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your allocated booking time.
  • Travel to the green on your own or with members of your own household only – do not offer a lift to, or accept a lift from, anyone outside your household. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your allocated booking time.

Clubhouse and Facilities

  • The Clubhouse is closed, and the lounge area, bar, kitchen and changing rooms are not to be used by players. However, limited essential access (for example to use the toilets and hand washing facilities) is allowed.
  • We will provide sanitiser if possible, but all players are advised to supply their own and this must be used for cleaning hands and equipment both before and after playing.
  • Take any food or drink you might need with you.
  • No rubbish bins are in use at the Club – players must take any rubbish away with them
  • Sanitise padlocks, keys and door handles before and after your use.

Playing Formats 

  • Individuals playing bowls on their own on a single rink.
  • Two individuals from two different households playing on a single rink (no markers allowed)
  • Two members of the same household on a single rink (no marker unless from same household)
  • When changing ends, all players must always walk down the left-hand side of the rink.


  • Players may only use or touch their own woods, sharing of woods is not permissible.
  • Two mats and two Jacks will be used, (one of each at both ends). Jacks will always be placed and not rolled.
  • Scorecards (these should be retained by one person only if required) Bowling arm/lifter (for use by one person only if required).
  • Gloves, own gloves only must be used.

 To minimise the risk of infection, any other equipment is not deemed essential equipment at this time and should not be utilised. This includes:

  • Scoreboards
  • Bowls pushers
  • Ditch markers
  • 2m distance sticks
  • Chalk

Playing the game

  • You should only play with people from your own household or by yourself or, as long as you stay two metres apart, with one other person from outside your household. Groups of more than two people must all be from the same household. This means you cannot have two or three people from one household plus one person from outside the household playing together.
  • Do not shake hands before, during or after a game.
  • Do not ‘high-five‘ or ‘hug’ other players to celebrate shots or a win.
  • Please respect other players and help keep the social distancing.
  • Only one player should handle the mat during the session.
  • Two jacks (one at each end) should be used and this should be set by one player only throughout the session.
  • Do not measure for shot/s, this is not allowed.

When you leave

  • When you finish playing, change your shoes and leave the club within 10 minutes – ensuring that you have sanitised all equipment used and that the club is secure (as applicable).

Frequently Asked Questions

What games can we play?

All activity should be consistent with the government guidance regarding health, social distancing and hygiene. That means that participants and others can maintain a safe two metre distance, that good hygiene practices are in place, that equipment is disinfected regularly, and that it is clear that anyone who is symptomatic or suspects they have been exposed to the virus does not take part and remains at home.

What about competitions within our club?

The Club will not be holding any type of competitions at this time.  The primary purpose of bowling activity at this time is for physical and mental well-being.

Can clinically vulnerable people (such as people aged 70 and over) participate in lawn bowls?

The advice for clinically vulnerable groups remains the same.  If you are in this group you are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household. If you are living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at and exercise at home. 

Can I receive coaching?

One on one coaching is permitted if outside and remaining a minimum of 2 metres apart.

Are we going to open the club bar and kitchen?

No – Bars and kitchens, including any food or drink facilities inside a clubhouse must remain closed until further notice.

Can we use the club toilets?

Yes – toilets and throughways may be kept open, but guidance on hygiene should be followed.

Can we use the changing rooms?

No – all indoor facilities, apart from toilets and through-ways should be kept closed.

Can we share equipment?

We recommend that you limit sharing of equipment, for example you should use your own bowls.

What if people don’t follow the guidelines?

We will have to consider withdrawal of use of the facilities to individuals not complying with these regulations.

To All Ladies

We are having a friendly game each Monday starting at 6.p.m.This is intended to be fun while giving all our new members the opportunity to make friends and to begin to understand the game of lawn bowls.I am really looking forward to getting to know you all and to share my love of the game.Kind regards Shirley (Ladies captain)