The following statement was issued by the Club on 16 March 2020:
Your Executive Committee met this morning and discussed at length the announcements regarding the Coronavirus pandemic made by the FIPJP and the WPA. Our deliberations focussed upon our duty of care to all members but particularly to those of us who could be described as vulnerable in all senses of the word.
Our conclusion was that the club will accept the recommendations of the WPA and suspend all activities within our club with immediate effect. The suspension covers all playing activity, even for individuals, and includes any planned maintenance work such as erecting fencing around the clubhouse. The club is now closed to all members until further notice.
Your Executive has not made this decision lightly and we appreciate that this action will disappoint members, especially those who come to the club on a regular basis. Some members may feel that they are prepared to continue playing at their own risk. We must make it clear that it is not acceptable for any member to do this. Any breach of the suspension of activity at the club is likely to invalidate the insurance cover provided by the WPA.
We are very sorry that our club has to close its doors for an undetermined period of time. Our sole concern is the health and welfare of members, and their loved ones. Playing petanque is an important part of our lives and I know that many of us will miss the social side of the game. But on a more positive note we can help fellow members in the weeks ahead. As a small community of some fifty members, we can keep in touch and support each other. I think we would all like to hear if any of us is having difficulties, whether being unwell or having problems getting provisions. The easiest way for us to keep in touch is to use your club’s WhatsApp and I would urge anyone not already signed up to do so. For the moment we can’t play the game we enjoy but we can still help each other, talk to each other and share information with each other.
We will keep members updated at all times.
On their recent holiday in Tenerife, Trish & Bill Mains took part in a number of boules competitions at the hotel where they were staying. Other competitors came from Switzerland, Belgium, France and Spain.
Trish & Bill won 2 competitions playing together and then each won 2 more competitions playing with other partners.
Well done to them both.
The weather wasn’t too good in Tenerife!
On behalf of all the members of Monkstone Petanque Club, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to Diane and her family at this difficult time. Peter will forever be remembered as a true gentleman and a good friend to all who were fortunate enough to meet him. In Wales and the many countries that welcomed him as a player and a friend, he will be greatly missed.
Peter was an exceptional boules player. He always had time to help and encourage others, and many of us have benefited from his expertise. He was a former member of Monkstone PC (one of several Welsh clubs he represented) and he always maintained a positive, cheery and supportive attitude to all the membership. This was something you always noticed about Peter, irrespective of the petanque club he represented or whether it was league, national or international competitions. The Welsh petanque community owes so much to Peter.
At a difficult time as this, words cannot always convey the true sadness felt by those who knew Peter. The fragility of life is never more apparent than when you lose someone you know and greatly respect. We have lost a dear friend.
Rest in peace, Peter.
Monkstone Petanque Club
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