2021 News



Dear Friends and Members


What a year 2020 was! Despite all the problems, the Club did open at the end of May and nearly 30 members enjoyed playing bowls in somewhat different and more challenging circumstances. Thanks to all who turned up to play and made the season great fun, which is what the game’s all about.


On the positive side, 2021 is looking much more promising with vaccine delivery moving swiftly, some lockdown restrictions easing and spring on the way. Although nothing is certain at the moment, I thought I’d give you an update on what the coming bowling season might look like here at the Club.


At the end of last season, I notified you all that for simplicity’s sake we had decided to combine the ladies committee with the management committee. The President this year remains Derick Scott, and Vice President will be Christine Simpson. There is a new Ladies Match Secretary and Selection Convenor, Ruth Addinall, as Sheena Stenhouse has decided to step down after ably carrying out this role for a number of years.

Many many thanks to Sheena for all her hard work!


When the committee met online recently, we made the decision to pencil in our usual fixtures and important dates, as they can more easily be cancelled than scheduled in. I do stress however that nothing is certain at the moment and all could be subject to change. We are strictly bound by what Bowls Scotland tells us is possible and of course will adhere to all the Covid rules as we did last year.


These are our ideas so far:


Opening Day: At the moment, our Opening Day is tentatively to be Saturday May 1st, if allowed, and Closing Day Saturday 1st October, but these dates could also be brought forward or delayed. Although we normally have a special hat game on that day and welcome non players to join us for tea, this time it will probably be simply a game for those who turn up.


Membership fees: Last year almost all the membership supported the Club by paying full membership fees, but many people felt unable to play at all in the Covid environment. We are extremely grateful to those who supported our Club in this way, and the committee have decided that this year we will charge ALL PLAYING MEMBERS a half price subscription, i.e. £60. We really hope that our members will feel confident about the coming season and hope to see you all on the green when the season restarts.

The other membership categories remain the same (non playing members, £10, Social members £5, Juniors £5 or £10, Students, £20).


Coaching: This is allowed under Covid rules and will still be offered by our coach George Hanson, either on Saturday mornings or by arrangement.


League and friendly games: We are hoping that there will be enough men to form 3 triples for a SESBA team, (Tuesday afternoons) and possibly also a Wednesday evening game with Whitehouse and Grange Club as before. The position about a ladies league game is not yet clear. We are also hoping to have friendly matches with other clubs. All this is of course dependent on the prevailing rules re Covid.


Hat games: Last year we had several arranged days for hat games on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday, as well as Saturday, and we plan to do this again this year depending on numbers.


The 100 Club draw: This draw was popular with members last year, and will be continued this year. The stake is £12 (or multiples therof), and a draw took place each month for a chance to win a prize of £27, with 2 runners up receiving £9 each. The prize figures entirely depend on the numbers participating in the draw. At least this year the monthly draw should be able to take place at a Club event.


Club Competitions: These will go ahead as before, but there will be NO entry fees for any of them and entrants can be sought after the Club reopens.


And finally, a desperate plea!

Peter Lindsay, the Club treasurer, feels he cannot continue as Treasurer for much longer, and   would ask ALL of you to think about whether you could take this job on, with his help of course.


Frances Lindsay (Club Secretary), March 2021





From the Treasurer, Peter Lindsay :


Last year was a disaster for many of you, but this year should be much better and with full membership at half price I hope you will all hang in there for a calming safe summer season. It would make things very much easier, for Frances in particular, if you could let me have your subs as soon as possible.


There are two ways of paying :


The best way would be by bank transfer and here are the details

Name of Bank: Cooperative Bank,

Sort code:        08-92-99,

Account no:      65654048


Please use the Reference: CPBC plus your initials


IMPORTANT : If you use this method, please also EMAIL me treasurer@cpbc.org.uk to say you have done so, so that I can be certain who has paid. As email delivery sometimes proves to be unreliable, I will acknowledge all emails, so if you do not receive an acknowledgement please email me again.

Please also state            

a) amount and type of subscription (ie player, nonplayer, social, junior)

b) amount of donation (if any)

c) amount for 100 Club draw, if any (£12 or multiples of 12)


Alternatively, you could post or hand in (to 43 Gilmour Rd, EH16 5NS or the Club letterbox) a cheque made payable to Craigmillar Park Bowling Club, together with your name, address and email (if you have one).

Please also state           

a) amount and type of subscription (ie player, nonplayer, social, junior)

b) amount of donation (if any)

c) amount for 100 Club draw if any (£12 or multiples of 12)


Thank you all very much for your continued support of the club,


Peter Lindsay