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Results of the October Draw

1st prize  - £50 – Spaxton SMBC

2nd prize - £20 – Ian Bolton

3rd prize - £10 – Andy Church

Getting Back  to Playing.

The ESMBA, our National Governing Body has been working very hard with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport to agree a Safe Play Policy and a route to getting there.  The ESMBA have announced that there has been no adverse comments and nothing but positives regarding our documentation to getting members back to bowling.

On the ESMBA website under the banner of Coronavirus there are several documents that will help and there are templates that can be used to help ensure your club can get back to playing safely.

The ESMBA recommends and encourages all clubs to follow the Guidelines that they have published, to complete a Risk Assessment form that can be found on the ESMBA site and make a sketch of their playing venue.  The aim is to get all clubs playing under the “Safe to Play Umbrella” agreed with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport.


ESMBA Website


ESMBA Action Plan


ESMBA Route Map


Compliance Guide


Risk Assessment


Venue Check


Track/Trace Template


Emergency Fund

A spreadsheet version of the Risk Assessment Form can be secured by Clicking HERE.   

Many Club Committees will have already been involved with the different requirements of various authorities and should have already :-

If you have received or completed these documents you should have all that you need to complete the ESMBA Risk Assessment.  You should also keep these documents on file to support the ESMBA Risk Assessment and any future updates that might be required.

Once you have checked your documents against the ESMBA Guidelines and have completed both a sketch and the Risk Assessment the initial step is to send the Risk Assessment with Sketch to  the SSMBA Safeguarding Officer for approval.  Email your completed documents  to Deryck Lemon at  Deryck will then approve the application and forward it on to the ESMBA Lead Safeguarding Officer for authorisation.

The above has been prepared based on the information available at this time.  The information should be used as a guide only and all clubs, affiliated or not, need to ensure that their safeguarding policies are suitable.  The SSMBA cannot accept responsibility for either the published ESMBA policy documents and or club procedures.

Annual General Meeting - Cancelled

New Date to Be Advised as Soon as Possible!

Stoke Sub Hamden Club is to Close - Equipment is available to purchase

Stoke sub Hamdon club is closing due to low member numbers and rising cost of hall hire and they would like to sell the following equipment asap.  It all has to be out of the hall by end of October.

2 medium pace mats on a double trolley

1 new verdi on single trolley

6 fenders/ blocks /foot mats/ jacks. All are in good condition.

Contact  Norman on 01935 822792

Local affiliated leagues include:-

Mendip Short Bowls League
Yeovil Short Mat Bowls League
Taunton Short Mat Bowls League
Blackmore Vale Short Mat Bowls League

West Country County and National organisations include:-

Dorset SMBA
Cornwall CCSMBA
English Short Mat Bowls Association

Links to all the above can be found on our main menu  above
Select the appropriate tab …….

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