Monday 22 June 2020 marked the day when petanque returned to the Monkstone Club after the Welsh Government eased the coronavirus lockdown.
The occasion was marked by Mike “El Pres” Jones throwing the first boule to get us started. Only singles play is permitted so Mike was pitting his skills(?) against Roger Griffin. Before the morning was out we had the Adshead’s showing that they had not lost their touch (“…..didn’t know they had one”, I hear you cry) along with Roger Green & Gill Clark and Sean & Gill Greenwell.
A small step, but nevertheless a welcome return to the sport we have all been missing these past 3 months.
El Pres gets things underway with the first boule
What El Pres saw in his mind
What Actually Happened – a Socially Distanced Boule!
The Games in Full Swing
It’s a Scoreboard Jim – but not as we know it!
Is This Really Roger! (Jill Prudently Kept Her Cap On)
Not Sure Who Put the Boule on the Coche
Gill, You’re Not Paying Attention to Sean’s Demonstration!
The following statement was issued to all members today, 20 June 2020:
Following yesterday’s announcement by the Welsh Government (WG) that the Covid-19 regulations in respect of outside activities will be eased from Monday 22 June, your Executive met last night to discuss the re-opening of the club for a safe return to some form of petanque activity.
- We are satisfied that our club falls into the category of sports allowed to open, subject to current travel restrictions and adherence to the WG Covid guidelines.
- We discussed the issues to be considered in order to open our premises safely. A comprehensive risk assessment has been compiled and a set of guidelines for members produced.
- With these preparations having been made, we agreed that the club can re-open for play at 09.00 on Monday 22 June.
After three months of non-activity at our club, this is obviously good news for us all. However, in order to ensure that our return to play is safe, please find attached a set of guidelines, simplified rules and a playing guide that all members should follow. These are also posted on our website.
I shall list a number of main points for members to note, but this is no substitute for a careful reading of the club’s guidelines. They are issued in the interests of everyone’s safety and wellbeing, including the members of the Bowls and Bridge.
- Although we are now allowed to play outdoors, the WG regulations still apply, especially in terms of social distancing and the stay local requirement.
- The format of play is SINGLES only.
- All play must be booked in advance via the club’s website, which will go live at midnight tonight. Members should not turn up at the club on the chance of a game.
- No spectators are allowed.
- Assume for the present that the toilets at Penylan are not available.
- Please bring your own hand sanitiser.
- We are reverting to the use of the keypad lock on the wooden door. The code is XXXXXX. Please sanitise your hands before tapping in the code and after doing so. The door is on the closure. Please do not prop the door open.
Your Executive accepts that the petanque activity available at the club from Monday is not a return to normality but it is a step in the right direction. We hope in the weeks ahead that there will be a further lifting of the restrictions. But by adhering to the guidelines and playing safely we all have a part to play in ensuring a further relaxation of the WG rules.
Stay safe and happy bouling.
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