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20th September


16th September

14th September

Lifting of Covid-19 Restrictions

Please note that in line with Government regulations the Covid restrictions applied to the Club will revert to the use of 6 rinks and normal restaurant use with effect from 1st October 2021.
Should Members wish to adhere to the wearing of masks whilst bowling or in crowded areas then they should do so for their own comfort and peace of mind but it is not compulsory.

9th September

Essex County Indoor Bowling Association Comps 2021/22

Entries for the 2021/22 competitions must be made by the clubs by 30th September 2021

A copy of the cancelled 2020/21 seasons entries is available in the club as this will be used as a basis for the Clubs entries for 2021/22. Will all entrants check their details and amend as necessary.

New entries can be made at this stage but this opportunity will expire on September 28th 2021.

3rd September

Playing schedules for the winter leagues are now available in your pigeonholes, these include revised play lists.

Please collect them asap.

3rd September

Hand Books are now available to collect from the Duty Steward.

2nd September

23rd August

Due to circumstances beyond our control the kitchen will not be open this week. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Update... There will be a selection of sandwiches in the cooler in the dining room.

19th August


12th August

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Sandra Hill who passed away on Sunday 1st August, our deepest sympathies go to her husband Chris, daughter Erica and son David.

Sandra had been a member at the club for many years and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

7th August

4th August

20th July

A reminder that Summer Points start next Monday (26th) at 9am and 11am and again on Thursday at 11am with all 6 rinks available.

19th July

Winter Team Leaders...

Please collect your team registration forms from the desk in the bar area and return them to Martin French by 1st August 20121.

16th July

As of Monday 19th July, we are reverting to the full 6 rinks being available in the usual 2-hour continuous slots with 1 hour at lunchtime. Please refer to the BOWLr booking system.

In line with Government and EIBA guidelines Social Distancing and mask wearing are no longer mandatory requirements, we strongly advise that all of our members and guests respect the space of others and where possible maintain social distancing for the continued safety of all around them and avoid close contact unless wearing a mask.

We continue to still have in place:

• Social distancing floor stickers and signage.

• Hand sanitiser stations, which you are encouraged to use before entry to facilities and during your visit.

• Screens at reception/till points.

• Enhanced cleaning regime.

• NHS QR code posters for you to record your visit on the Covid19 app or use manual sign in book.

To assist the Stewards with the sanitisation process after each session, we are asking the teams leaving the rink to please use the wipes provided to clean the mats and jacks ready for the following session. It should only take a few minutes of your time and is a small price to pay to maintain the excellent bio security we have within the club.


22nd June

Summer Leagues.

Fixture lists are now available on the bar and all team leaders have been informed, so be prepared for the first games next week, if selected.

A list of Wednesday morning team members will be on the notice board tomorrow morning and team leaders will have an envelope in their pigeonholes with details of their individual teams. We have had to limit the number of team to 8, and with the number of applicants, teams will consist of 7 or 8 members each. With 14 games of triples to play most members should get 5 or 6 games before the end of September.

18th June

Following the Government’s decision to delay stage 4 of the Road Map out of the Covid restrictions, we have no option but to continue with the current playing times and conditions as set out under Stage 3 operational from 17th May. Hopefully full access will be granted from 19th July, or perhaps sooner.

In the meantime the summer evening leagues on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and the Wednesday morning league, will commence from the week commencing 28th June. Team leaders will shortly receive the fixture list and for the Wednesday morning league the teams will soon be posted on the noticeboard, so keep an eye out. Team leaders should soon be contacting you to confirm when you are playing.

If you have already booked roll ups for a Wednesday morning from 30th June then please accept our apologies as your booking will be cancelled to accommodate the league games.

Points will not commence until all restrictions have been lifted.

Although it appears that most members currently playing are wearing proper dress code it is confirmed that from Monday 21st June casual dress will no longer be accepted.

Further apologies for the short notice of the changes but we trust you appreciate these decisions are mainly beyond our control.

7th June

COVID Update 3rd June 2021


We recently received a visit from the HSE Covid compliance officer who was very pleased and highly complimentary about all precautions, ventilation and signage installed at the club over the last 12 months. 

Kitchen Hygiene

We have received the updated Hygiene visit from Colchester Borough Council Environmental health and yet again the kitchen has been rated the highest at 5 - Well done to Kelly and Nigel.

17th May

As previously advised the Club is now open with its new floor. Please come and try it out before summer leagues etc start from 21st June.

To encourage old members back that didn’t renew due to Covid fears last September we are offering a one-off Summer Membership to cover the period from 17th May to 30th September 2021 at a cost of £20.

If you wish to take up this offer then please telephone the Club and the Steward can take payment by card or you can call in and pay over the counter in person.

Membership renewal information for the coming winter season commencing in October will be issued as usual in August for payment by 30th September 2021.


14th May

The new floor has been completed. Below are the final pictures that have been taken over the past week.

Underlay ready for the carpet.

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Carpet relayed on rinks 4,5 & 6 and just starting on rinks 1,2 & 3.

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Carpet relayed on rinks 1,2 & 3.

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A few pictures to show you the new ends of the rinks.

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And the floor is complete.

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We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday 17th.


12th May

The Funeral of David Elsdon will be held at Three Counties Crematorium, High Garrett near Braintree on Wendesday 19th April at 2:30pm.

Due to Covid restrictions there is still a limit of 30 people at this venue and all spaces have been allocated. Flowers are family only please and if you wish to make a donation it is to the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance as follows:

Should anyone eish to follow the service then there will be a live cast as follows:

Service order for
David Dudley Elsdon

Service Date

19-May-21 at 2:30

Service Chapel

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Live Webcast

Please send this username and password exactly as above to family and friends. You can login to our website at any time to view a test connection (and we strongly recommend you do this) but you'll only be able to view the Live Webcast approx. 5 mins before the service start time. Please be aware this is a public building and the timing of the Live webcast is semi-automated to allow for services running early or late – please use your discretion if you can see activities not applicable to the service you are here to watch.

11th May

Celebration of the life of David (Nobby) Adams.

Saturday 29th May from 6:00pm at Bocking Sport Club. Food provided with a Toast to David's life at 8:00pm.

Donations towards erecting a Memorial are welcome - Any monies left over will go to a local charity or person in need of equipment.

10th May

Opening times for the resturant starting Monday 17th May will be... Monday's, Wednesday's & Friday's 12:00 pm until 3:00pm until further notice.

3rd May

Returning to Bowls – 17th May 2021

At the time of writing the new floor is well under way and on time for opening as scheduled. Let’s hope the Government are not given any reason to delay the lockdown easing date.

Here are the proposed new opening times and rules for the period 17th May to 20th June only.

1.     The ‘rule of 6’ will apply, maximum triples on 4 rinks. Social distancing to apply.

2.     5 x 2 hour sessions per day, Monday to Friday, commencing at 9am, 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm, subject to bookings. The Steward reserves the right to close the club if there are no bookings 30 minutes before the session start time.

3.     Preference is for pre-booking online although walk in members will be allowed on the day and fitted in on a rink as per usual roll-up procedures. Please note all members should be named on the booking, not just Fred + 5 for example.

4.     Masks must still be worn throughout the club, except when on the rink. The one way system will still be in place and lockers can now be used. Casual dress optional.

5.     The bar will be open for table service only and the shop will be open by arrangement with the Steward on duty.

6.     The restaurant will open some lunchtimes, see their notice at the Club to confirm timings.

We are at present collating more information to try and establish the more usual activities from 21st June, including Summer Evening Leagues, Points and the Wednesday Red and Blue League.

If you were involved in previous Summer Evening Leagues as a team leader and haven’t already been contacted to re-enter this year, or if you would like to enter a team, please contact Brian Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or on 01206 502998 as soon as possible.

There will be an entry form on the notice board to put your name down for the Red and Blue League, deadline 11th June.

More details will be published nearer the time.

3rd May

It is with great sadness we have to report the passing of Don Hassall on Sunday 2nd May. He will be greatly missed by family, firends and members. Details of the funeral etc. will be posted as and when known

30th April

Only a small update for today, the last day of the second week.

This is how the club looked this morning before the workmen arrived.

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This is how the club looked at the end of the day.

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Our next update will be on Tuesday.

29th April

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28th April

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28th April

The following is a message to all our Members  from Mollie Skilton & her family following the passing of her husband Cyril.

As Mollie is a Founder Member of the Club we felt that as this is the only way in which she can get her message to all of us, we would, in this instance, publish it through the website.

“Hello to all my friends in the CIBC

Just to let you know that Cyril, my husband was cremated on Friday 16th April.

Thank you very much for all your cards, flowers and phone calls sent in support of me and my family. Thery were very much appreciated.

As soon as restrictions are lifted I will be back (hopefully) bowling and supplying the sweeties.

Thank you all again,


Mollie Skilton and family”

27th April

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27th April

It is with sadness that we announce the death of our Member, Jan Tracey, on 3rd April 2021. Our deepest sympathies go out to her husband Paul, sons Colin, Michael, Daniel, Paul Nathan, and David, and their families. Jan will be sorely missed by all her friends and team-mates.

Due to the restrictions of numbers allowed at the memorial service, Members who may wish to view the ceremony over the internet ....

The Service will be on Thursday 29th April, at 2:45 pm

The Service can be viewed live, or, after 2-3 days, for a period of 28 days after the date of the service.

Obitus web site ..........

User Name ...... tixe9336

Password ........ 015111

27th April

It is with sadness that we announce the death of David Elsdon on Sunday 25th April at St Georges Nursing home in Witham Our deepest sympathies go to his daughters Jayne and Tracey and their families. Many of you may remember him from the time he used to carve the meat for the caterers, his regular Sundays assisting in the shop or from Severals outdoor Bowls club where he was a member for many years. David will be sorely missed by his family, friends, team mates and members of the club.  The funeral will be at Colchester Crematorium (Date to be confirmed)

23rd April

last update for this week...

This is what the club looked like this morning before the workmen arrived, frame work completed on rink's 4,5 & 6 and they had started on the frame work for rink's 1,2 & 3.

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Polystyrene inserts have arrived today.

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This is how the club looks at the moment with the frame work on rink's 1,2 & 3 and rink's 4,5 & 6 with the polystyrene inserts in place.

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22nd April


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21st April

A visual update on the new floor.

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20th April

As you are aware the work on the new wooden flooring started yesterday. We will try to keep you all updated on the progress on a daily basis by uploading pictures of the various stages of the work. Below are some pictures taken yesterday.

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Bare rinks before the work started.

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Removing the carpet.

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Underlay and bare contrete exposed

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Base work started.

19th April

Update re Pat Gray Funeral webcast/livestream link arrangements:

Tribute site for donations can be accessed as follows:

If anyone particularly wishes to attend there are a few spaces below the 30 left. You will need to be pre registered therefore you will need to book a space.  Please contact Anita Gray on 07973 864 324 to do so!

15th April

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Rod Hume on 13th April. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Mary and family.  Rod will be sorley missed by his family, friends, team mates and members of the club.

13th April 2021

Peter Thomas Cook sadly passed away in hospital on 28th February 2021.

Beloved husband to May for 54yrs. Much loved Dad to Wendy and Teresa. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

6th April 2021

It is with sadness that we announce the death of our Member, Jan Tracy, on 3rd April 2021. Our deepest sympathies go out to her husband Paul, sons Colin, Michael, Daniel, Paul Nathan, and David, and their families. Jan will be sorely missed by all her friends and team-mates.

5th April 2021

I am sorry to inform you that the club will not open on 12th April as originally stated. The reason is that we have taken the opportunity offered to us to install the new wooden floor so as to be ready for the next target date of 17th May.

My apologies to anyone already booked in from 12th April and trust you understand it was more convenient and economic to do this now rather than wait until we were fully open sometime in the future.

Steve Copeland


30th March 2021

 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Pat Gray, wife of former Club Captain Dennis Gray, on Saturday 20th March 2021.  Pat and Dennis were both members of CIBC for nearly 20 years (Pat until 2018) and were dearly loved by the members. Our condolences to their two daughters and their Families; Anita & Paul and their son James and Cathy & Trevor and their son Matthew.

The funeral is due to be held on 23rd April 2021 at the Three Counties Crematorium, Halstead Road, High Garret. Due to Covid restrictions it is strictly Family only at the funeral. Flowers are Family only however any donations should be sent in aid of the Bristish Heart Foundation to Hunnables Funeral Directors.

Details of the Webcast of the funeral will be posted when known.


23rd March 2021

Some additional clarification on definition of ‘household’.

The Club will accept that pairs from the same support bubble can play singles. We trust our members to comply with the rules.

21st March 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dave Adams on Tuesday 16th March 2021. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Pam and family. Dave was also a member of Bocking Alliance Bowls Club and passed away after a short illness.


The Development Committee propose, in keeping with the Government Roadmap and EIBA guidelines, that we open from 12th April as follows:

2 sessions, 9-11 and 11.30-1.30, on 3 mornings per week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for singles (same household only) or individuals. All 6 rinks available, £2.50 per player per session. No food or drinks available in bar etc. Wearing of masks and social distancing to continue, so no use of changing rooms or lockers, casual dress acceptable. Pre-booking through BOWLr system only until bar is open and staffed. If there is sufficient demand then we will consider extending the number of sessions/days.

If all goes well then from 17th May we will revert to the previous arrangements as in August 2020 regarding ‘rule of 6’. Maximum triples on each rink, 4 rinks and number of sessions to be confirmed. Food and drink available with table service only. Wearing of masks and social distancing to continue.

Finally we hope to be fully open from 21st June with no restrictions. We have in mind various options for a shortened summer league, points etc but cannot make any decisions until the Government confirm the official lifting of restrictions and you will appreciate that all of the dates above are subject to change. We will keep you informed.

10th March 2021

The Development Committee are currently discussing provisional opening times to start bowling again. Further details will be posted soon.

28th February 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Cyril Skilton on Friday 26th February 2021 and our deepest sympathies go out to his wife Molly and his extended family.
Both Cyril and Molly are Founder members of the Club and much loved by many of our Members.
Further details will be promulgated when known.

21st February 2021

It has been a while since there has been anything upbeat to post here, so it is nice to have something to headline, namely, yesterday's Government announcement regarding the latest Lockdown Roadmap.

Whilst the dates released are, in the main, 'no earlier than' they will, of course, be continuously under review and subject to change.

Starting next week, all the factors controlling our operations will also be reviewed by the Club Committee, as will any guidance and/or instructions issued by the EIBA on resumption dates.

Looking at the target dates as they stand today and on the proviso that they can be met, it is clear that the Club will be open on or before the start of the 2021/2022 season.


12th Febuary 2021

Ashley has been discharged from hospital and is now at home, still very tired and sore. He thanks all those who have sent their kind messages and hopes to be back to normal soon.


9th Febuary 2021

As many members have enquired about Ashley’s condition suffice to say he is doing ok but still battered and bruised. Apparently looking better due to a haircut and a shower. What our nurses have to put up with! Seriously though he is in the best place and taking the first steps to recovery, however slowly.

Mary and James would like to thank everyone who has sent cards to Ashley, but as we are not able to visit, these are being scanned and sent to him in picture format as we are sure it will boost his morale. We feel sure he will thank you all himself once he is able.

4th Febuary 2021

An update on Ashley’s condition. He is now out of CCU and back on the ward and is off oxygen and has had all tubes removed so he can eat, drink and speak more easily. 

Apparently starting to be a bit bossy with family and staff, so more like the Ashley we know! Hopefully on the mend and I will let you know if there are any material changes in his condition.


3rd Febuary 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Sibley who passed away on 31 January 2021. Our deepest sympathies go out to his daughter Karen and son Trevor. John who was also a member of Silver End Bowls Club enjoyed his roll ups and played in our Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon league games. John was also well known for his darts prowess in the seventies. He will be sadly missed by all.

1st Febuary 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Just a short note to let you know, if you haven’t already heard, that Ashley was involved in an accident on Wednesday whereby he was hit by a car whilst he was walking his dogs.

He was immediately taken to A&E with several cracked ribs, a fractured skull and severe cuts, bruises etc. As you can imagine he was apparently hit at some speed although to the driver’s credit he did stay with Ashley and called the ambulance. I have no knowledge of the exact circumstances leading to the accident but suffice to say that the Police did detain the driver overnight.

I have been in regular contact with Mary and the latest advice is that he is still in CCU with oxygen helping his breathing and of course on medication for pain relief. Needless to say, he isn’t looking his best!

Mary has asked that you refrain from calling her at present, I’m sure you will agree that even with the best intentions she doesn’t want to keep repeating herself to well wishers. I’m always in contact with her and will pass on any updates as and when.

Steve Copeland            

26th January 2021

It is with sadness that we announce the death of our Member, David Moss, on 26th January 2021. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Sylvia, daughter Colleen and her partner Steve, his brother Keith, sister Margaret and to all his extended family. David will be sorely missed by all his friends and team-mates.

20th January 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of William J Braithwaite aged 77 on 15th January 2021. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife Sue and his extended family. Billy was known to many, at both Colchester IBC and West End BC and will be missed by many.
No further details are known at present.

19th January 2021

We have now received further details regarding the funeral of our Member and friend, Ian Steel which, due to the current rulings for Lockdown,  we are unable to physically attend.
However, should anyone like to view Ian's service on line, they can do so by logging on to the following web address @15.30 on Friday 29th January.
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If you are unable to watch the service live it is available for 28 days thereafter. There is also a "Memory" page where you can leave messages, light a candle or make a donation to the Royal British Legion.

5th January 2021

It has come as no surprise to the majority of us that the latest directives from the Government are "stay home, protect the NHS and save lives". There are more, but those will suffice for the purposes of this website.
We are sure that our Members are following the rules and that we are all eager to return to Bowls. With the introduction of the Vaccines we would like to think that it will not be too far away from our return to the Club but realistically it will not be before the middle to the end of February now.  Hang in there everyone, spring is just round the corner.

1st January 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ian Steel who passed away last night 31/12/20 after his long illness. Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to his family, especially his wife Lesley, daughters Hannah and Emma and his son Zak. Ian had been unwell for a considerable time and loved his bowling. He was a Member of a number of teams in the various leagues and he will be sadly missed by his team mates and many others who knew him. Ian joined us in October 2011 and when he had to stop bowling due to ill-health he would still come along to support his team mates and to swap anecdotes with other ex-servicemen here at the Club. R.I.P. Ian

23rd December 2020

The latest Government announcement has now stated that due to the rapid spread of the Corona -19 Virus & it's variant it has moved to raise the Tier level of those in Tiers 2&3 to Tier 4.  This will mean that the Colchester Indoor Bowls Club will be closed completely until further notice with effect from 16.00 today, 23rd December until further notice.
This should come as no surprise to any of us but rest assured, as soon as we are able, we will be open again to continue the sport that we all love and need.
We wish all our Members and their families the best Christmas they can have over this very difficult and enforced break and please stay as safe as you can.

19th December 2020

The Government announcement this evening has seen no change to the current Tier rating for Colchester so we remain in Tier 2 and continue under the current regime until further notice. i.e. Singles bowling only as per earlier announcements.

17th December 2020

The Good news today is that Colchester remains in Tier 2. This means there is no change to the current rulings.  We continue as we are and remain open for singles bowling for the three publicised sessions. The restaurant will be open at lunchtimes from Noon until 15.00 on weekdays only.
Please note that the Club will be closed on Thursday 24th December, re-opening on Monday 28th December and will close again on Thursday 31st December, re-opening on Monday 4th January 2021.
We take this opportunity to wish all our Members and their families the best Xmas possible and fervantly hope that the new vaccines are distributed as quickly as possible in the hope that we can all return to a more normal life as a result of the Covid-19 virus being nullified.

15th December 2020

Further to yesterdays announcements and a meeting this afternoon of the Development Committee, we advise you of the following decisions.
We retain the status quo for our planned opening for bowling tomorrow for singles gam
es only.
The restaurant will continue as before with opening hours from 12.00 noon until 15.00 on weekdays including the planned Xmas meals 16th, 17th & 18th (bookings can still be made)
PLEASE NOTE: It is the Members responsibility to establish which tier they reside in as if you are in a Tier 3 area you must not attend the Club for any reason. If you are unsure which Tier you reside in, click on this link to find out.
The current rules will be followed in this manner until the next Government announce which we believe to be on 23rd December when we will review our status and advise Members here on our Website. Please do not be offended if the Duty Steward asks you to confirm your residential address. We all need to be safe.

14th December 2020

Following the Government statement this afternoon advising that North And East Essex would remain in Tier 2, with other areas of Essex in Tier 3 there will be no immediate change to our current plan to open for singles bowling on 16th December.  There will be a meeting of the Development Committee tomorrow afternoon to discuss this Government Statement and to fine tune it as we see fit so please check here tomorrow evening for the final outcome.

11th December 2020

At a meeting today, the Development Committee decided that we should make every effort to get the Robbie Robinson Trophy Competition played but under a slightly different format.
It will be played, if at all possible, over a 2 or 3 day period sometime before the end of the 20/21 season.  It will largely depend on the Government Rulings in place following the Xmas break and the status of the pandemic in the months following, right into the new year.  We will place details here on the Website and on our Facebook page once we are satisfied that the Rules will allow us to proceed.

10th December 2020

It is with regret that we announce the death of Alf Hodgson who passed away on Sunday 6th December 2020 and our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. Alf joined the Club in August 2005 and will be sorely missed by so many of his friends here at CIBC.
More details when known.

8th December 2020

The opening for Singles Only games on the 16th has been well received and we hope that this will continue until we know more about the impending announcement regarding Covid-19 Tier Levels. As described in earlier news we are open for 3 sessions on weekdays only but if we get enough pleas for weekend opening then we will review that as necessary.
Other than that there is no further updates until next Monday when we may know a little more.

2nd December 2020

We have now received the latest advice from the EIBA and, having discussed the details, the Development Committee have decided that for a trial period only, to open the bowling section of the Club for the playing of singles games on the 16th December 2020 utilising all 6 rinks. The players can be from different households but must still be wearing masks or visors and adherence must be given to all the social distancing rules that are currently in place.
To effect the opening of this bowling format we are restricting the opening hours to cater for 3 bowling sessions namely; 09-00-11.00, 11.30-13.30, and 14.00-16.00.  Please note that it is for Singles Play only
N.B.  No alcohol will be served at any time.
Booking of rinks can be done on the Online Bowlr Booking system from our website or by phoning the Club Steward during the current opening times of 12.00 to 15.00.
The bookings will be monitored to establish whether the take up of rinks is sufficient to assist our expenditure on overheads.  If the take up is poor then we will close down bowling again,
All the above is based on the current Government Rulings for our Covid-19 related Tier, namely Tier 2, High Risk.  Should the rulings alter in any way, we will make further decisions as necessary to continue our compliance.

1st December 2020

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Nora Drinkell on Saturday 28th November. Nora joined the club as a playing Member in October 1984 and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
No further details are known at this stage

27th November 2020

Good news folks, we are to come out of lockdown on 2nd December and will therefore, under the stricter rules of Tier 2, reopen the restaurant on Thursday 3rd December for meals and alcoholic refreshments if you so need.  Reservations will be needed

We are reverting to the same opening hours and days as our earlier Tier 2 namely Noon until 15.00 weekdays only. Masks to be worn on entry to the Club, Social distancing must be STRICTLY observed. So, sign in on entry and be prepared for your body temperature check. Do not remove your facemasks until seated in the restaurant.
NB: It is table service only. You may NOT order drinks from the bar at any time. The Xmas Meals will be held as planned and you should book your places asap to give the Caterers every chance of satisfying your requirements.

IMPORTANT ----------- Casual drinking in the bar without a substantial meal is not allowed at any time. This includes refreshments of any kind.
Regrettably Bowling cannot recommence yet so we will not be able to commence our planned league games in January as hoped unless the Government reduce the Tier Level requirements.  It is likely that if we are allowed to bowl again this season it will be Roll-Ups only and these will need to be booked using the online booking system or by phoning the Duty Steward but more details later if that occurs.
Thank you and regards to all,
AWH 12.25

16th November 2020

There is no further news as yet so "Status Quo"

3rd November 2020

The following has been received from the EIBA and confirms our current stance on the Club status as a result of the Covid-19 Virus Pandemic.
"Folowing the Government announcement that England will be placed in a COVID-19 National Lockdown from Thursday 5th November 2020, it is regrettable that Indoor Bowls is not permitted to take place"
Our previous staement re closure is therefore further clarified and we hopefully look forward to at least a Level 2 (Tier 2) status on or around 2nd December when hopefully our Restaurant and Bar will again be open again and serving our splendid Xmas meals. Don't be deterred from booking because we are closed as our caterers will be available to tackle Xmas Meal bookings on their contact numbers. (07581 472180 or 07849 152630)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Bryan Edgar, aged 56, on November 1st. Our deepest sympathies go out to all his family especially to his wife Ann.
Bryan will be sadly missed here at the Club as he was a regular bowler and had a large number of friends and associates here and at the Silver End Bowls Club where he was also a member. As and when we get any further details they will be posted here. We are closed completely with effect from 15.00 tomorrow, November 4th until further notice.

1st November 2020

Following the Government announcement yesterday it is evident that the Club will have to close again if we are to comply with the rules. As yet we do not have any firm guidance from EIBA, although we have had a chance to discuss these rules at Development Committee level.
So, with effect from closure on Wednesday 3rd November the club will remain closed until further notice. This includes the current open status for the restaurant and bar as they fall under the same ruling. It seems likely that the restaurant and bar could possibly open up again on December 3rd if Essex returns to Level 2 but until that is confirmed we are no wiser on what we will be able to do.
Further details will be added on a regular basis as and when things alter. In the meantime, stay safe and follow the guidelines.
Thank you.
AWH - 10.50

27th October 2020

As Essex has now moved into the Tier 2 level of the Covid-19 regulationswe have had no option other than to close the Club for bowling. We are however able to keep the restaurant and bar open provided that we, as a club, give our support to the Catering Team to keep them from having to close completely.  As such, they will be open from 12 noon until 15.00 on weekdays only and it is advisable to book your places in advance as seating availability is limited.
Please note that the rule of 6 still applies and that you should wear a face mask at all times within the Club unless you are eating or drinking. It is equally important that you all observe social distancing at all time and please note that meals and drinks are provided as table service only.

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Pam Wilkin last weekend and our sympathies go out to her husband Don and all her family members. Pam was a keen bowler and she and Don were regularly seen bowling at the Club in both Points and friendlies.

8th October 2020

There have been no further changes to the rules and regulations since our last report on 23rd September but as you are all probably well aware, the incidents of the virus are on the increase again and as a result we are expecting further regulations to be issued by the Government very shortly. It is imperative that Members continue to observe the Social Distancing rules when at the Club and to ensure the rules are maintained. Wer are still operating on 7 days a week so there is plenty of opportunity to practice or play in the current triples league commencing on the 27th October.

23 September 2020

Following the lastest guidelines and rulings issued by the Government on 22nd September we draw your attention to the following:
1) With immediate effect the bar and restaurant will be operating as a table service only. Under no circumstances are Members allowed to order drinks at the bar. The Duty Steward will be available in the bar area to take your order which in turn will be brought to your table. The Steward will be able to take payment by card or cash when he delivers your order. For Members bowling who wish to place an order you must wait until the Duty Steward does his rounds when he will be happy to take your order and deliver it to you at your rink. You may not go to the bar.
2) Social distancing must me maintained at all times including when bowling. Under the new rulings you may only converse with the members on your own rink thereby ensuring that the "rule of six" is being adhered to. You must not wander around the Club talking to other bowlers or Members that are not within your group of six.
3) The wearing of masks or visors is still applicable but is now extended to all areas of the Club including the bar and restaurant unless you are eating or drinking at your table.
Please bear with us if you are not attended to immediately. This is a new system and we will do our utmost to ensure that we make these transitions as smooth as possible so we ask for your understanding in these difficult times.

12 September 2020

We are giving consideration to running a simple Medley Triples League during the period October to December 2020 inclusive and would appreciate it if those who would like to take part would give their names and preferred playing positions to either Martin French or Brian L Smith as soon as possible.

11 September 2020

The latest announcements from HM Govt incorporating the "Rule of 6" has little or no affect on our current regime but we are however adopting the practice of body temperature sensing as you enter the Club prior to you signing in for the Track & Trace requirement. Members may therefore have to form a 2 metre seperation queue whilst the Duty Steward or his assistant monitors each Members temperature by means of a hand held device. This procedure should ensure that no-one will be allowed to enter the Club should they show a temperature in the amber or red range.  This should give a higher degree of comfort to all Members whilst they remain in the Club. We therefore hope that you will show patience if you have to wait a little longer before you can enter the Club.  This added precaution is not 100% bug-proof so it will have no effect on the requirement to wear a mask or visor in line with our current rulings.

27 August 2020

The latest update from the EIBA (Issue 5 dated 26/08/20) has now been implemented at the Club and we would advise you all that it is now mandatory for masks to be worn on entering the Club, whilst in the bar or restaurant, unless eating or drinking, when the mask may be lowered or removed.
Masks or visors are still to be worn whilst bowling at all times unless you are on the mat to deliver your bowl, when they again, may be lowered or removed. The face covering must be replaced once the bowl has been delivered. Again, this is mandatory and must be adhered to at all times. Failure to comply with this instruction will result in you being asked to leave the Club until such times as you see fit to comply or the mandatory rules are lifted and confirmed by the Management. The full document can be viewed on and then "Returning to Indoor Bowls Guidance", Issue 5. This directive was issued by the EIBA on receiving the Government Directive on 21st August 2020.
We wish to assure our Members that we are doing our utmost to ensure that they are best protected whilst at the Club and note that, to date, Colchester IBC have been ahead of the game with all aspects of Government and EIBA directives and not just the aspect of masks. It is our intention to stay ahead.

24 August 2020

Delighted to report that we are now, after the first week back, starting to see an increase in the number of Members returning to play; albeit for Roll-Ups at present. Many of you are also paying your Membership Fees for the upcoming year by using your debit/credit cards either over the phone or at the bar. This is a tremendous help to the Club and we encourage you all to use it as appropriate. Your rink fees and bar bill can also be paid in the same way.
When you come to the Club, please hand sanitise from the sanitiser on the left hand side just before you reach the entrance to the bar, then sign in to the Track & Trace diary on the table on the left as you enter the Bar. The Steward can't always be there to remind you so please make every effort to do this before doing anything else. Your co-operation with this process is much appreciated by all the Club Members as it is vital we know who is in the Club, who has been in the Club and how we can contact you.

19 August 2020

The subject of the wearing of masks was again discussed at the Development Committee meeting this afternoon as we agreed to continually monitor the necessity of the current rule.
We have received a few comments from those that have returned to bowling already and some do not think that it is necessary as we already employ social distancing. We agree that the wearing of masks or visors is not ideal but we, as a private members club, have a duty of care to all members and employees. The very nature of our sport lends itself to the demographic age groups where the majority of our Members are in the upper age bracket when considering vulnerability to the Covid-19 virus.
We have therefore decided to ask our members to give their views on whether the club should relax the rules to optional useage when bowling as the comments so far have come from a small selection of bowlers after just three days of our return to Roll Ups. As you already know, we have taken many steps to minimise risks so we intend to run with the current ruling to wear a mask or visor whilst bowling until the end of August when it will be reviewed again. So, in the interim, please let us know what your feelings are and we will, as a responsible body, take the necessary steps to keep all our Members as safe as we possibly can. You can email us on:-  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by traditional post.



Playing Rules for Roll-Ups

Dear Members

As we are about to re-open the Club for bowling (17/08/20) we need to advise you all that initially, roll ups will be limited to a maximum of Triples and across 4 rinks only (1, 3,4 and 6) to allow for social distancing to be adhered to! As guidance changes, we may be able to increase the number of rinks in use and/or the number of players allowed to participate and at one time.

The dress code has been relaxed but shirts must have a collar. The relaxing of the code does not mean scruffs. Smart casual is acceptable. When you arrive, you should be dressed to play, and you may change into your bowls footwear at the end of your rink. Bowls bags and shoes should be placed sensibly and not cause a tripping hazard for others.

Face masks or PPE type visors will be mandatory when bowling unless you fall into one of the categories advised by the government that is exempt and have documentary evidence.

The number of seats in the bowls area has also been reduced to assist with maintaining social distancing. For example, when playing triples, we would expect the 2 skips to be at one end. Either the number 1’s or the number 2’s on the rink when they are due to bowl and, when not bowling, sitting up off the rink.

These measures are designed to eliminate more than one person touching equipment so sanitisation is only required at the end of each session.

  • STARTING - Toss for starting if you decide to play a friendly match
  • THE MAT - The starting Lead will be responsible for placing the mat for the whole session regardless of which side wins the end. Thereafter, the position of the mat will be indicated by the Lead of the winning end.
  • THE JACK/S – Two JACKS will be employed, one at each end. One will be placed by the starting Skip on the first end and, thereafter, where the Skip of the winning end wishes the Jack to be placed. The Skip will position the Jack using the foot rather than the hand.
  • OWN BOWLS - Bowlers must only touch their own bowls, using the foot to collect the remaining bowls as usual. If, during the game, a bowl drops into the ditch it must remain there until all have bowled and the owner of said bowl must be the one to recover it.
  • CHALKING & MEASURING – Care should be taken not to touch either the jack or the bowl/s in question and that the measurers opposite number uses the foot to remove the bowl/s once completed. Do not share the tape. Use your own. Touchers must be spray chalk marked as you may NOT touch the bowls.
  • CHANGING ENDS - When changing ends, bowlers must adhere to the 2-metre social distancing rule e.g. using the Left-hand side of your rink and walking in single file.
  • SCOREBOARDS & CARDS - If you decide to use the electronic score boards then only one person should be nominated to enter the scores. This should be the non-starting Skip and necessitates the score being entered on every other end. If a scorecard is utilised, then one player should be nominated, and it should be carried with them and not left on the tables.
  • SESSION COMPLETE – On completion of the session, bowlers should make every effort to vacate the bowls arena as quickly as possible, having changed their footwear. This will allow the Steward/s time to sanitise the rink equipment prior to the next session start time.

12 August 2020

Club Bar Reopens

29 July 2020

To assist us in re-establishing our new database and Membership numbers for re-opening for bowling, can we please ask you to pay, slightly in advance of the due date (01/09/2020), for your membership for the 2020/21 season as soon as possible. If you are unsure of how much to pay this year please refer to the letter/email sent out earlier or ring the Club Steward who will advise you.

Remember that there is no charge for your lockers, at least initially but retain your locker key,

Payment for this week should be by cheque or cash as usual, From August 3rd you can pay by most major Credit or Debit Cards (excluding AMEX) by visiting the Club or phoning the Duty Steward.  Thanking you in advance for your co-operation and payments.

20 July 2020

We are continuing to work towards an opening date of 17th August 2020 for bowling. The first wave of bowling will hopefully be the continuation of the Club Competitions to include the Finals and then to move into a phase of Roll-Ups so that we can all get some practice in before we move to the next phase, i.e. League Matches. All these planned openings are still bound by Government edicts and advice so don't bank on them. Keep an eye on here and we will let you definite dates as soon as we know.
Stay safe - Ashley

National Competitions

Please see EIBA News on their website

7 July 2020

NB Please return your completed Data Sheets sent to you recently as these are needed to complete the new database for the online booking system and admin purposes. We have a deadline to meet to achieve our target opening date and the Data Sheets form part of that process. Drop them off by hand / post them / email as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible please.
Thank you


Monday, 24th July 2020

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of two of our longstanding Members, namely Austin Heffernan and Mary Clarke.  Austin passed away at the end July 2020 and Mary on Tuesday 11th August 2020.  Our deepest sympathies go out to all their families. Regrettably we have no details regarding Austin's funeral so hope that someone can advise us if they know more.
Mar's funeral will be a Private affair but the Funeral webcast can be seen on September 1st at 12.30 on https// Log in with User name Yuye1156 and password 152528

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David Whitehorn.  David passed away peacefully at home on Thursday 7th May 2020 and our deepest symapthies go out to his family and, in particular his wife Sheila, his twins Stephen and Sharon and all his grandchildren and extended family and friends.
David joined CIBC in February 1986 and his proudest moment was reaching the National Finals at Melton Mowbray. He will be sorely missed by many of his friends and colleagues along with all the Members of Arclight BC.
Further details will be promulgated when known.

Monday, 18th May 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our Club Stewards, Mr Reg Bedford, aged 70.  Reg passed away suddenly on the morning of Sunday, 17th May and he will be sadly missed by all his family, including his brother and sister, Paul and Sue; his two sons, Jason and Gordon; his grandson and granddaughter, Jordan and Nicole and many of his friends and colleagues, both Bowlers from this Club, Football Players and Referees in Essex.  Reg joined our Club in October 2014 and, very soon after, signed on as one of our Assistant Stewards.  He will be sorely missed and, as we are all very aware, he loved his bowls and this Club in particular.
Reg's funeral will take place at 13.15 on Thursday 11th June at the Colchester Crematorium and advise that due to the Covid-19 virus the attendance will be limited to 10 family members only.
Reg's family have asked that if anyone would like to send flowers they would rather that the money be sent to the CIBC as a donation c/o the Treasurer or Secretary. Should you wish to do that please clearly mark the Letter/Envelope with Reg's name so we know to where the donation should be allocated.

Monday, 11th May 2020

It is also with great sadness that we announce the death of Mr Peter Bernstein on Friday, 8th May.  No further details are known as yet but further details will be promulgated when available.  Peter had been a Member since 2009 and he will be sadly missed, especially by all our Points players.

Monday 22nd June 2020

It is our intention to update these Notices as and when the circumstances change or when Government directives regarding Coronavirus dictate.

Following the Governments latest advice and the opening of retail outlets, I can advise that there is substantially no change to the regime we are currently running. We should all be Socially Distancing ourselves and be alert to any risks that might arise as a result of Covid-19.  It would seem that this will remain until at least the 4th July:  awaitng further Government advice. Those of you with Email addresses will shortly be receiving an update document explaining what it is that has to be done to meet all the necessary requirements of the NHS/Gov't and HSE (Health & Safety Executive) before we can open. Those without email addresses will receive it by 2nd class post.

The status currently is that ALL Club activities are postponed until such times that we can be sure that it is safe to open again, taking into consideration the information from both the NHS and the UK Government. In so doing, we regret that the Summer League has been cancelled for 2020 and a decision has been made by Committee that all outstanding league fixtures are also cancelled and the final league positions recalculated on an average points basis. (Please see League Tables from Home Page and sub heading "Revised League Tables (19/20)")The Spring Meeting being postponed means that the selection of Committee and Sub-Committee Members for the ensuing year will take place on a suitable date once the Club re-opens.  It is highly likely that the AGM will also be postponed until we can open the doors safely. It also means that the Dales Wooden Floor Project has been deferred and it is likely that this will now be carried out at the end of the Winter season 2021, meaning a deferral period of some twelve months.

The current Committee will, therefore, remain in-situ until the revised date for the Meeting and, in accordance with Rule 4(e), may augment, by co-option, members to fill any vacancies that are deemed necessary before that date.  Be assured that our President, Treasurer, Health & Safety Supervisor and myself hold  fortnightly meetings using a remote internet medium and, therefore, we, along with other relevant Club Officers, will deal with all issues on a daily basis with virtual meetings being regularly held to monitor the progress of the Government/NHS stance in relation to social distancing and the recommencement of Indoor Bowls in particular.  The EIBA have issued a Guidance for Clubs in that respect but advise us that the earliest date for Indoor Clubs is currently 4th July 2020 but that will be amended as necessary as things progress or regress.

We are currently assessing the impact on the club of the GOV'T/EIBA/NHS/WHO and HSE instructions/guidance as there are now many things to achieve within the Club which are a requisite for re-opening. We are setting a programme to achieve this work and we will endeavour to have it all completed for our opening date, which at present, is unlikely to be before the end of August.

There are no further developments other than to urge you all to respect the guidelines from the NHS/Government

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