To inform members on repair work to the Green, please see the information given below, in messages from the Chairman to bowls committee members.
9 September 2021
Despite a great deal of work being carried out on the Green during August, the infestation of leatherjackets has still not been completely resolved. The contractor has advised that much of September will still be needed to continue the treatment and that this may well carry on into the Autumn. It is with regret, therefore, that there will be no more play outdoors this year. This, of course, means that there will be no Club Finals for this year either, with disappointment for all those members who were taking part in the competitions. Our thanks to those who got so far through the earlier rounds and with better luck for all next time.
Our Captain, Dave Marchant, has been busy over the last few weeks rearranging the home matches to be played as away games and clubs have been very willing in many cases to accommodate us. At least those members who have put themselves down to play these matches have been able to continue with some bowling. Credit to Dave for enabling this to happen. The chances of a similar infestation occurring next year are very small and there will be a lot of work continuing on the Green during the winter months to get the Green back up to the standard we have been used to. 2022 is the Centenary year for Lewes Bowls Club and we have a number of special events in hand to make this a memorable year for the club. Let’s look forward to this – it will come round quite quickly!
Meanwhile, it is planned to hold a social event in the Pavilion on Sunday 26th September, which would normally have been the Closing Drive day. It is proposed to set up the two short mats and play a round robin competition. This will commence at 2.00pm, tea and biscuits available and the bar open. A raffle will also take place. It will give a chance for members to get together and enjoy some company, also to make a little bit of much needed money for club funds! Members who would like to take part should contact Dave Marchant so that he knows the number of people to cater for. Although social distancing rules no longer apply, it may still be necessary to limit numbers to avoid too many people mixing indoors. It will be first come first served, so let him know as soon as possible please. The wearing of face masks will be up to individual member preference.
Finally, the short mat season will commence again from Monday 11th October. This gives time to prepare the Pavilion and make sure that everything is as safe an environment as possible. The Management Committee
4th August 2021
An Update on the condition of the Green
Many of you will know that our green has been affected by an infestation of leatherjackets. In the words of the contractor, they have never seen a green in such a bad state, caused by these pests. At a meeting yesterday (Tuesday) an inspection revealed hundreds of the grubs over just a small section of the green.
The only treatment allowed is to thoroughly soak the green surface and then cover with a membrane. This brings the grubs to the surface where they can then be hoovered up and removed. Soaking the green sufficiently is causing a problem because the sprinkler system cannot deliver enough water on its own and has to be supplemented with a hose pipe. Once the grubs are removed there is still the damage to be repaired with the holes caused by the birds. The contractor is doing the best to rectify the problem, but it is a time-consuming process and means that the green will not be available for play for quite a while - between two and four weeks realistically.
A decision has been made to cancel all play on the green for the month of August with a target to resume play from the 1st September. Clubs for which we have a home match booked for August are being contacted to see if they can be rearranged as away matches.
It is very important for members to try to still visit the Pavilion in order to check the match sheets for updates on the current position and to enter names for those matches which have been rearranged. The club web site will also be updated, so please visit the web site if you have internet access. As a last resort, the Chairman, David Holmes can be contacted on 01273 890191.
After a bad year in 2020, this has come as an extra blow to the club and, once again, seriously upset our season. All we can do is to be patient and hope that we can have the last month of the season for play. A decision as regards the club competitions/finals has still to be made.
Looking forward, next year is the club’s centenary year and plans are in hand to make this a very special year for us all. We will get there!
The Management Committee
30th July 2021
Just to update you on the green. After receiving an email from Andy Frost on Tuesday evening (while we were at our meeting) I was contacted by Grant (who is Burleys Fine Turf Manager) yesterday and this morning about the action they are taking on the green. As we know, the Council and the Contractor are against using chemicals, which would have been effective in getting rid of the leather jackets. However, there is another method which has proved to have worked and that is to put a plastic membrane over the green. This draws moisture on to the surface and encourages the grubs to come to the surface. When the membrane is removed the grubs can be swept up and got rid of. They started this procedure yesterday and will be checking to see if it has worked on part of the green which was covered. Assuming it is successful, they will then tackle the hole damage using two procedures. The first is for the small holes and is something which is used on golf courses to treat similar damage caused by golf balls on the green. Grant did describe this to me and it uses a special tool. I understand that he has previous experience of maintaining golf courses and he is confident that this will work for us. On the larger holes, the plan is not to just fill the hole but to cut out a circle of turf around the hole and replace with a new piece.
As far as the long pieces of coarse grass are concerned, they are using a different piece of cutting equipment which apparently lifts these pieces and also cuts shorter. This was used earlier in the week and I did think the turf looked better from this point of view on Tuesday.
They are hoping if all goes well to get at least some of the green in a playable condition by 6th August, in time for our next home match. Grant has suggested that he, his manager, Andy Frost and myself meet to check the situation late next week, when a decision can be made about play.
I am happier now that we know some action is underway and Grant is reasonably confident that this will work given time. It is a question now as to whether sufficient improvement can be made in the next week or so. Meanwhile the green has to remain closed. If you get enquiries from members, perhaps you could pass the above on. I will look at progress myself during the next few days and will obviously update you all again when there is further news.