We acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic is global and has had a devastating effect on almost everyone in one way or another.
Yoker Bowling Club is no different. Our small membership, and our invited guests should have celebrated our 170th Birthday on Saturday 4th April, rolling our silver jack on a green fit to grace any level of bowling...
...but lockdown effectively put paid to that. It also put paid to a very important period for our club off the green. April to June is a period where our club would have realised 40% of its income which would at least ensure its longevity for the next 12 months.
Our club, like many others, rely heavily on footfall from members and visitors through these months to provide crucial income.
All bowling activity, including Open Competitions and fundraisers have been cancelled. Private functions, hall lets, Zumba class and social nights have been cancelled. With no definitive time for this side of our business to reopen, resulting in little or no income the outcome for our club is very bleak as we head very quickly towards the quieter autumn and winter months.
In addition, we have had no choice but to suspend our Bowls Academy.
Our 15 young members are off school and even though we have entered Phase 1 of our route map out of lockdown legislation prevents them from participating in any games other than short sessions with a parent or guardian.
WE NEED YOUR HELP AND GOODWILL
We wish to ensure that our club is there for them, our members and the local and wider community when we eventually come out of these tough times and restrictions.
Taking inspiration from Sir Tom Moore, Jessica Earl from our Academy and John Anderson from our Retired Section have volunteered to participate in an intergenerational program, this being a sponsored walk. They will cover 7 Miles (11K) by walking 80 times around our green through the month of June.
WE DON'T NEED £30M LIKE SIR TOM, BUT JESSICA & JOHN WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT AS WOULD EVERYONE AT THE CLUB.
ANYONE MAKING A DONATION CAN REDEEM ITS VALUE AGAINST A FIRST YEAR MEMBERSHIP AT YOKER BOWLING CLUB (CURRENTLY £50) OR AGAINST ANY SINGLE HALL HIRE FOR YOUR PRIVATE FUNCTION AT YOKER BOWLING CLUB
(Conditions apply - age restrictions; and subject to availability and application)
We continue to raise funds for charity and work with many community based projects, including local schools and community groups. Our immediate neighbours are Yoker Parish Church and they have plans to create a COVID-19 Time Capsule when this pandemic has passed. They will also work with local groups and schools to collate relative material made through this period eventually burying the capsule in the church grounds.
We will support this project by donating 10% of all monies raised, with every other penny raised being guaranteed to keeping our club alive and to its further development.
THANK YOU FROM ALL AT YOKER BOWLING CLUB