As adopted @ Annual General Meeting of November, 2021.
The club shall be called the Abronhill Bowling Club, hereinafter
referred to as ‘the Club’.
2. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
The main purposes of the Club are to provide facilities for
and to promote participation in the amateur sport of
Bowling in the Abronhill area of Cumbernauld.
The Club will conduct its Bowling activities in line with the
Rules and Regulations of Bowls Scotland.
Membership of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in
the sport on application regardless of sex, age, disability,
ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, marital
status, employment status, social class or other beliefs.
Abronhill Bowling Club is fully committed to making bowls accessible
to all and will uphold the principles of equity in all aspects
of our work to ensure that all members, participants, volunteers,
coaches or parents receive equitable treatment.
4. REFUSAL OF MEMBERSHIP:
The Club may only refuse membership for good cause, such as
conduct or character likely to bring the Club or Sport into
disrepute. Appeal against refusal may be made to the members.
Abronhill Bowling Club shall be an equal opportunities organisation
and all Members, on payment of the Annual Subscription, shall
be eligible to stand for election to the Management Committee
and vote at General Meetings.
The Club is a non-profit making organisation. All surplus income
or profits will be reinvested in the Club.
No surpluses or assets will be distributed to members or third
The heritable property leased or belonging to the club shall
be vested or leased, in the names of the President, the
Vice President, the Secretary and the Treasurer of the club
for the time being, and their respective successors in office
and the survivors of them and the heir of the last survivor
as trustees for the club on behalf of the club and members thereof
present and future. No conveyances, standard securities, leases,
or other deeds affecting the club’s heritable property
shall be granted by the said trustees except as may be authorised
and directed by the members in general meeting. The property
effects and monies of the club shall belong equally to the members
of the club during membership, but the right and interest of
each member shall be personal and limited to them, and shall
expire with their membership and shall not be capable of assignment
or arrestment, nor pass to their heirs or executors.
No Member of the Club or immediate family member of same shall
receive payment as remuneration for regular employment within
the Club. This does not include any one-off payments received
for services rendered as agreed and sanctioned by the Management
Committee at a full meeting.
7. OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE:
The business and affairs of the Club shall be carried out by
a Management Committee, duly elected at the A.G.M. of the Club
by the members.
The Committee shall consist of the President, Vice President,
Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Match Secretary
& Bar Convenor. These will form the seven Directors of the
club.. These will form the seven Directors of the club. Wherever
possible, the Club President and Vice President should be elected
on an alternating Male/Female basis.
Also elected at the A.G.M. shall be five other Committee Members:
· House Steward.
· Assistant Match Secretary, who shall be of the opposite
sex from the Match Secretary.
· Social Convenor.
. Immediate Past President.
· General Committee Member.”
in the committee occurring during the year shall be filled by
The Treasurer shall maintain accurate records of the club’s
financial transactions and these shall be audited at least once
per year by a qualified independent auditor.
9. GENERAL MEETING:
An Annual General Meeting of the club shall be held in the Clubhouse
at 1.00pm on the second Sunday in November each year to elect
office bearers for the ensuing season and to transact the business
set out in the agenda, including the adoption of the minutes
of the previous AGM and the acceptance of the balance sheet.
Audited copies of the balance sheet, and the agenda for the
meeting will be available to uplift from the clubhouse in the
week preceding the meeting. Any member unable to uplift the
agenda/balance sheet should apply in writing to the Secretary
and copies will be posted by return. Any notices of motion to
be raised at the AGM, must be given in writing to the secretary
so as to reach him/her by 15th October, and must be proposed
and seconded by at least two Members.
Special General meetings of the club may be called at any time
by a majority of the Management committee. All General Meetings
shall be chaired throughout by a Director of the Club or in
his/her absence by a deputy duly agreed to by the majority of
the members present.
On receipt by the President of a resolution demanding such a
meeting, signed by at least fifteen members, and stating the
nature of the business for which the meeting is requested. Such
a meeting must be held within Fourteen days of the date when
such a resolution was handed to the President. Seven days notice
of the meeting must be given to all ordinary members. Any proposal
must be proposed and seconded by at least two Members.
10. QUORUM AT GENERAL MEETINGS:
At all general meetings of the club, 30% of the membership shall
form a quorum.
11. CASTING VOTE:
At all meetings the President shall have a casting vote.
12. COMMITTEE MEETINGS:
The committee shall hold meetings at least once a month.
The President, or any two members of the management committee,
shall at all times have the power to call a committee meeting
at Seven days notice, or in exceptionally urgent situations
on the spot. It should be noted however, that “on the
spot ” meetings should only be held where urgent and unforeseen
circumstances arise and require immediate resolution and in
no circumstance should previous decisions of Full Committee
be amended or rescinded. A Quorum for such a meeting will be
Six members of the Management committee shall form a quorum.
Members fees shall be reviewed annually at the annual general
meeting of the club, and at all times, fees should be set at
a level that do not pose a significant obstacle to membership
or use of the Clubs facilities
14. LIABILITIES – RESIGNATIONS:
Members wishing to resign from the club must do so in writing
to the Secretary before the date of the AGM. Members failing
to do so will be held liable for annual subscription, provided
that they are reminded of this liability, in the circular calling
The annual subscription shall be payable in advance, on or before
the last day of March in each year. In the event of any member
allowing his/her subscriptions to remain unpaid after the time
allowed for payment, he/she may, at the discretion of the committee,
after Eight days notice being given, be declared no longer a
member but shall be liable for his/her fees for the year.
Any member who does not resign from the club by the AGM and
who does not pay the membership fee by the last day of March
shall be barred from entering the club premises for one calendar
15. LIABILITY – COMMITTEE:
The members of the Management committee shall have recourse
to all members of the club, for relief from any obligation which
they, as members of the committee may have made themselves liable
for on behalf of the club.
16. TEMPORARY MEMBERS:
Bowlers who are members of a team, and it’s officials
and supporters, representing a bowling club, or bowling association,
whose headquarters are situated out-with Abronhill, and who
are to take part on a representative match at Abronhill Bowling
Club, shall be deemed to be temporary members, without subscription,
on a notice under the hand of the Secretary of the club being
posted on the club’s notice board, giving the names of
such bowlers and others described and the date. Such membership
shall cease at the end of the visit.
The committee may also admit temporary members - persons whose
permanent residence is out-with Cumbernauld, and who are visiting
the district for holiday, business, or professional purposes.
The weekly subscription for such temporary members, last described,
shall be determined by the committee.
Temporary members shall be subject to the constitution and bye
laws of the club, but shall have no voice in the management
of the affairs of the club. Nor shall they have a vote, nor
be permitted to introduce visitors or guests, and such a temporary
membership may be terminated by the committee at any time, without
stating a reason.
There shall be no discrimination against any person applying
for membership on the grounds of sex, age, disability, ethnicity,
nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs.
Each member of the club shall provide themselves at the first
opportunity with a set of bowls, and shall not be at liberty
to play with any other member’s bowls, without the permission
of the owner.
19. HONORARY MEMBERS:
The members present at the AGM of the club, may elect Honorary
Presidents, Honorary Vice Presidents, and Honorary members,
either on account of their position in the district, or in recognition
of past services to the club. Honorary members shall be liable
to pay the full membership fee less the cost of that year’s
Associate Membership fee as determined by the AGM. Any Honorary
Members resigning as a playing member shall thereafter retain
Associate Membership status, without a fee being levied for
life. Honorary Members who have resigned as a playing member
shall be eligible to play on the club’s opening and closing
days as well as Past President’s days by invitation only.
Except as so provided no other persons shall be allowed to become
honorary members or to be relieved of payment of the regular
entry fee, and/or subscription as described previously. Honorary
Membership shall at all times be Subject to the Rules and Bye-Laws
of the Club.
20. BANKING ARRANGEMENTS:
All funds of the club shall be lodged in the bank, or building
society, in the name of Abronhill Bowling Club. The account
must have a minimum 3 signatories from the Management Committee,
one of whom must be the Club Treasurer.
All withdrawals from the account in the Bank or Building Society,
must be signed by the Club Treasurer, plus one other of the
No monies will be borrowed for the further development, or for
any other purpose, without the approval of the majority of members
at a General meeting of the club.
It must be clearly stated in the circular calling the meeting,
that authority to borrow money will be used, together with an
indication of the amount that is proposed to be borrowed.
22. VISITOR (PLAYING):
Members will at all times be held responsible for the conduct
of their visitors, and as such shall be liable to any disciplinary
action for any misconduct of those visitors.
23. BOWLS SCOTLAND LAWS:
Bowls Scotland laws of the game shall be followed in all matches
24. BYE LAWS:
The Management Committee shall have the powers to make bye-laws
from time to time, as it sees fit. Such bye-laws must be posted
up in the club house, with 7 days notice Prior to its commencement.
At a meeting called specifically for that purpose the Club can
75% of all members must be present at the meeting & the
vote to dissolve the Club must be carried by at least 75% of
such members present.
If the winding up, or dissolution of the Club there remains,
after satisfaction of all it’s debts and liabilities,
any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid or distributed
amongst the members of the Club, but shall be given, or transferred
to another registered CASC, a registered charity or the Sports
governing body for use by them in related community sports.
Such organisation, or organisations, to be determined by the
members of the Club.
26. EXCISABLE LIQUORS:
a) Excisable liquors shall only be brought into the Club premises,
with the consent or by order of the committee.
b) No visitor shall be supplied with excisable liquor, unless
on the invitation and in the company of a member.
c) No excisable liquor shall be sold or supplied for consumption
outside the premises of the Club. No member of the committee,
or governing body, and no manager or servant employed by the
Club, shall have a personal interest in the sale of excisable
liquor therein, or the profits arising from such a sale.
d) The hours during which excisable liquor may be sold, supplied,
or consumed, in the Club premises shall be at the discretion
of the committee, and within the hours set by the licensing
e) No excisable liquors shall be sold or supplied, to any persons
under 18 years of age.
f) Subject to the discretion of the Committee, children and
young adults under 18 Years of age may be allowed in the Bar/Lounge
area during Bowling / Private Functions, but must at all times
be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is over eighteen
years of age.
g) Under licensing laws, fifteen minutes are allowed for ‘drinking
h) Members and guests should be off the premises thirty minutes
after permitted hours.
A House Policy will be in force, the contents of which will
be decided by the Bar Convenor and Management Committee.
27. VISITORS –
Members of the Club shall be allowed to introduce Non-Playing
Guests to the Club at any time subject to the following:
a) The immediate family and friends of a member, by invitation
of the Management Committee may be admitted as a temporary member
without payment of a registration fee for the duration of a
specified function within the Club.
b) Introduction of guests shall be limited to four. The same
guest may not be entered more than six times in any year.
c) Not foregoing b) above, Each Member may introduce their spouse
/ partner to the Club on any occasion without limit.
d) A Member introducing a guest to the Club shall immediately
upon the admission of such guest to the premises, enter the
date, name and address of such guest in the book provided for
that purpose, and sign each entry. A guest shall not be supplied
with alcoholic liquor in the Club premises unless on the invitation,
and in the company of a Club Member.
e) Any visitor’s signed in by a member must leave when
the member leaves.
a) Members are expected to conduct themselves in a proper manner
within the precincts of the Club, and when representing the
Club outside at any visited Club or venue.
b) No member or guest the worse for liquor will be admitted.
c) Language or conduct, which causes or is likely to cause offence
or upset to other members or guests present at the Club will
not be tolerated.
d) Should a member or their guest fail to conduct themselves
in an acceptable manner, the Management Committee will deal
with the offending member, with power to suspend or expel immediately
e) Any member who is suspended or expelled shall not be entitled
to be a visitor or a guest in the Club and shall forfeit all
his/her rights and privileges under these Rules. However any
member so suspended shall remain liable to pay his/her subscription
during this suspension. If in office or on the Management Committee,
or sub- committees, he/she shall vacate his office forthwith.
f) Members are responsible for the conduct of any visitor introduced
g) The Management Committee will be responsible for dealing
with all reported cases of misconduct.
h) A verbal complaint should be made to the Duty Director or
most senior committee member present at the time of any incident-taking
place in the Club. If the complaint cannot be resolved at this
time, then a formal complaint should be submitted to the Secretary,
using the standard complaints form. In order to be valid, the
complaint must be lodged with the Secretary within seven days
of the alleged incident occurring.
AND APPEALS PROCEDURE:
Where a situation arises, either upon receipt by the Secretary
of a letter or by verbal communication from the Duty Director,
which indicates possible disciplinary action being appropriate,
an investigation shall be carried out by a ‘Disciplinary
Investigation Committee’ formed at the earliest opportunity
following notification of the incident(s) involved. This committee
will include 3 current office bearers and 2 other members of
management committee (but not the President. During this investigation,
statements will be taken from the member(s) involved and any
witnesses to the incident(s) both in support of the complaint
and in defence.
Upon completion of this investigation the committee so formed
will make a decision, based on all the material facts presented
to them, as to whether a Formal Disciplinary Hearing is to be
instigated. In this case the member(s) should be advised , in
writing, that such a hearing will take place and at a date and
time, within 7 days of notification of such hearing, stated.
Member(s) should be further advised that they may be accompanied,
by another member for support, at said hearing.
If the investigation committee decide that the complaint is
unfounded, or that no further action is to be taken, the member(s)
raising the complaint will be advised, in writing, accordingly.
At the conclusion of the Disciplinary Hearing the committee
will adjourn to consider it’s verdict and the member(s)
advised that a written decision will be forwarded to them, giving
14 days, from receipt of decision, in which to appeal.
Any subsequent appeal can only take place in the following circumstances,
where the Appellant(s) highlights new evidence, at the severity
of the sentence or any other valid reason that must be stated
in the letter of appeal. The Appeal Committee will consist of,
the President, and 3 other members of the Management Committee,
none of whom will have taken part in the original hearing. The
Appeals Committee would not retry the original case but would
only consider the new grounds for the appeal.
N.B. Where an incident has been deemed to be Gross Misconduct,
such as theft or violence, and membership of the Club has been
suspended or removed, an appeal can be made to the Members of
the Club and a Special General Meeting will be called for members
to determine the severity of the sentence.
30. SOCIAL EVENINGS:
On social evenings no member or visitor will be allowed into
the premises, after the permitted number has been reached. The
Duty Director shall be able to close the Bar Area to all members
half an hour prior to the commencement of the function, for
the purpose of preparation.
31. BOWLING FUNCTION:
At all times, Bowling shall take precedence over Social functions.
TO THE CONSTITUTION:
(a) Alterations to the preceding rules can only be made at a
duly constituted General Meeting of the Club. Written notice
of the proposed alterations must be given to the Secretary four
weeks prior to such a meeting. The Secretary must ensure that
the proposed amendments are printed in full, in the circular
calling the General Meeting.
(b) Notwithstanding the foregoing, there shall be no major change
in the constitution of the club, without prior approval of North
Lanarkshire Council, and the question as to whether any proposed
change in the constitution is a major one shall be a matter
for the sole discretion of North Lanarkshire Council.
OF CONSTITUTION, RULES AND BY-LAWS:
(a) The Committee shall be the sole authority for the interpretation
of the Constitution, Rules, By-Laws, including the disciplinary
rules and the regulations made by it from time to time.
(b) Any matter not addressed by the Constitution, Rules and
By-Laws shall be placed before the Management Committee for
determination. Any decision made thereafter by the Management
Committee shall be Final and Binding.
BYE LAWS: SECTION
As adopted @ Annual General Meeting of November, 2019.
TO SUB-SECTIONS, COMMITTEES & RESTRICTED RIGHTS GROUPS WITHIN
An Over 55 Section will operate within the Club under the control
of a Over 55 Committee consisting of Secretary, Match Secretary
(who will be part of the Match Committee), and Treasurer, all
of whom will be elected at a meeting prior to the commencement
of the season, and open to all members eligible as an Over 55
Membership of the Over 55 Section will be open to Ladies or
Gentleman over 55 years of age, before the opening day of the
season, who are playing Members of the Club and paying the club
The Over 55 Committee shall be responsible for organising and
running all Over 55. competitions, both Internal and External
to the Club.
A Mixed aggregate points game open to all members of the Over
55 Section will be held on each Monday afternoon throughout
the Season. On these afternoons, Aggregate games will take priority
over domestic games & Club ties. Thereafter, ties will be
balloted from the rinks remaining with precedence being given
to Rinks, Triples, Pairs and finally Singles ties in that order.
The Over 55 Section shall submit a report & financial statement
to the Secretary 7 days prior to any Management Committee meeting.
Should they wish to address the Management Committee on any
matter they should submit this request at the same juncture,
and this shall be taken as first business.
A Junior Section will operate within the Club under the control
of a Junior Committee consisting of Recognised club coaches
(one of which will act as Convenor, Secretary/Match Secretary
(who will be part of the Match Committee), Treasurer and two
junior members. A Junior Member is a male or female between
the ages of 8 and 15 years of age, who is a playing member of
the Club, paying the membership fee appropriate, and shall be
able to participate in competitions for that age group. Junior
Members have no Voting rights.
The Junior Committee shall be responsible for organising and
running all Junior competitions, both Internal and External
to the Club and for all coaching and Fundraising.
Junior Section Coaching and games will take place every Monday
and Thursday throughout the season from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.
Subject to the discretion of the Committee, Junior Members are
allowed in the Bar/Lounge area during Bowling functions, Coaching
Sessions or while taking part in Club ties or Tournaments.
The Junior Section shall submit a report & financial statement
to the Secretary 7 days prior to any Management Committee meeting.
Should they wish to address the Management Committee on any
matter they should submit this request at the same juncture
and this shall be taken as first business.
Membership: All Past Presidents of any bowling club who are
currently members of the Club and shall have a sub committee
consisting of a Convenor, Secretary, Treasurer and Match Secretary.
The current President, who shall assume membership upon election
at the Club AGM, shall present the report to the Management
Responsible for Past Presidents competitions and fundraising
on behalf of the club/charity. These matches will be self sufficient
in terms of catering etc.
Responsible for catering functions for the club.
Membership: Catering Convenor (appointed by the Management Committee),
Team “A” Leader, Team “B” Leader, Team
“C” Leader. Convenor will be responsible for the
stocking and purchasing of goods for the purpose of all catering
requirements and shall liaise with the General Committee and
Match Secretary etc with regards to requirements and costs.
Each Team Leader shall ingather a team of helpers and will ensure
that any functions allocated to them are fully staffed as required.
The Catering Convenor shall submit a report & financial
statement to the Secretary 7 days prior to any Management Committee
Responsible for Social functions and Fund raising.
Membership: Convenor (member of the Management Committee) and
two ordinary members (one of which shall be responsible for
Responsible for the Organisation and running of all match competitions
(internal and external), all friendly matches and for the adherence
to rules + playing management.
Membership: Convenor – Match Secretary, Assistant Match
Secretary (members of the Management Committee), two Gent members,
two Lady members, Junior Match Secretary and Senior Match Secretary.
The match committee shall fill any vacancy occurring during
the year by co-option.
Responsible for the upkeep and setting out of the greens (see
by-law C-1) in conjunction with the greens contractor.
Membership: Greens Convenor (appointed by the Management Committee
and reportable to the Club Treasurer), plus two other members
of the Club, not members of the Management Committee.
Responsible for all aspects of maintenance/upkeep of the club
out-with the greens (member of the Management Committee) and
shall enlist any assistance required from members on an ad-hoc/project
Club Treasurer (member of the Management Committee) shall be
responsible for the club finances, ensuring budgets set are
maintained, banking of funds and ensuring the club achieves
“best value” from suppliers. They shall also be
required to provide a full statement to the Management Committee
at Every meeting.
Treasurer shall enlist any assistance required on an ad-hoc
basis as required.
A Young Adult Member is a male or female between 16 and 21 who
is a playing member of the club and paying the membership fee
appropriate for that age group. Fees for young adults will be
as the sliding scale below:
Age prior to 1st of April of new bowling season. Junior member
for more than One year New applicant for Young Adult Membership
16 40% of full fee
17 50% of full fee
18 60% of full fee
19 70% of full fee
20 80% of full fee
Subject to the discretion of the Committee, Young Adult Members
aged 16 to 18 years are allowed in the Bar/Lounge area during
normal operating hours, but not during Social Functions. Introduction
of guests shall be limited to two by any Young Adult member
at any time. The same guest may not be entered more than six
times in any year.
Young Adult Members have no Voting rights.
The club will accept Associate Members into the Club who will
have restricted rights, the maximum number of whom will be decided
at an A.G.M.
The immediate family and friends of an Associate member, by
invitation of the Management Committee, may be admitted as a
temporary member without payment of a registration fee for the
duration of a specified function within the Club.
Introduction of guests shall be limited to two by any Associate
member at any time. The same guest may not be entered more than
six times in any year. Associate Members have no Voting rights.
BYE LAWS: SECTION
As adopted @ Annual General Meeting of November, 2019.
PLAY IN CLUB GAMES AND COMPETITIONS.
- 1. Unless otherwise provided for
in the Club competition rules, all competitions shall be played
under the laws of the game as adopted by Bowls Scotland.
2. Members participating in competitions must acquaint themselves
with the draw and closing dates of each round.
3. The first named in all ties are the challengers and they
must give their opponents the option of two dates and times
for the playing of their ties. If this cannot readily be achieved
by personal contact or telephone, then the challenge must
be entered in the challenge book, giving Seven days clear
notice of the first of the Two dates.
4. Not-withstanding paragraph 3, if the second named knows
of holidays, or other occurrences, likely to cause difficulties,
they should contact the challenger in order to circumvent
any foreseeable problems. If the challenger cannot be contacted
the Match Secretary shall be advised in writing immediately
the possibility of difficulty is appreciated.
5. Once a date has been agreed for a tie, it must be entered
in the Rink book, this is the responsibility of the Challenger.
It should be noted that entry into the rink book is only an
indication that the tie is to be played at that time, and
does not guarantee a specific rink. Rinks will be balloted
on the night by a member of the match committee, Duty director,
or in their absence by the players themselves. Balloting shall
be from the number of ties noted within the rink book + one.
The purpose of balloting is to ensure that members do not
have an advantage in choosing a rink, but should be done on
the basis of giving players the best possible conditions upon
which they play a Championship tie. For reasons of visiting
Associations or weather, all entries in the Rink Book are
subject to change by the Match Secretary.
6. Should anyone arrive at the club to play a tie which is
not entered in the rink book, this will be balloted After
the ties in the rink book and shall also be done with the
number of requests + one.
7.If, upon ballot, a member finds that they have played on
that rink the previous day or earlier the same day they should
declare same to the other players, who can ask for a change
No player who has a game arranged should practice or have
a bounce game on the green on the day the game is arranged.
8. An aggregate points night will be held on each Monday (
Gents ) & Tuesday ( Ladies ) Evening throughout the Season.
On these evenings, Aggregate games will take priority over
domestic games & Club ties. Thereafter, ties will be balloted
from the rinks remaining with precedence being given to Rinks,
Triples, Pairs and finally Singles ties in that order. The
Ladies will have another opportunity to pley their aggregate
points each Wednesday at 11.00am throughout the season. Only
one game per week will be counted towards their aggregate
points. priority on a the Wednesday session will be given
to domestic games and club ties.
- 9. From the second Monday in August,
due to failing light, ties will be permitted to commence at
10. The Match Committee will be responsible for seeing that
each member participating in the competition, adheres to the
rules in each round or be eliminated.
11. Any member playing ties during the afternoon, should be
completed no later than 6.30pm Monday to Friday or 5.30pm
Monday to Friday from the second Monday in August. If the
tie is not complete before the times above then it can continue
at a later time or date, as mutually agreed, providing that
the tie is completed by the closing date of the particular
12. The Format/Rules for Aggregate competitions will be determined
by the Match Committee and will be displayed prior to Commencement
13. The Match Secretary or a member of the Match Committee
will act as umpire in the event of disputes In their absence
the players may ask any member present, whom the players mutually
agree upon, to determine a measure, but any dispute as the
laws of the game must be referred to the Match Secretary in
writing within 48 hours for a decision by the Match Committee.
14. DRESS FOR REPRESENTATIVE GAMES, SEMI–FINALS AND
White shirt & Club tie or Club Polo shirt, grey/black
flannels and white pullover, (if worn) for men.
White blouse or Club Polo shirt, grey skirt or grey/black
trousers, and white pullover, (if worn) for ladies.
N.B. Teams must always be dressed the same. I.E. Shirt &
Tie or Polo Shirt for Gents and White Blouses or Polo Shirts
for Ladies, a mixture of both within the same team is not
15. To be eligible to enter and play in a Team Competition,
Teams must be made up of a full complement of players: 4 for
a Rinks, 3 for a Triples and 2 for a Pairs. These Nominated
Members, on playing their first match will comprise the Team.
Only in subsequent rounds of the competition should a Nominated
player be unavailable for a Tie will a Substitute be balloted
by the Match Committee and only after 48 hours notice. Substitutes
will be balloted from players knocked out in their first game
of the Competition and under no circumstances can a substitute
play in the same round of a competition twice. The original
player can resume in the next round, failing this the substitute
will continue to play in the side until the end of the Competition,
or until defeated. Only one substitute will be allowed during
the competition. Substitutes can only play Lead or Second.
No extensions will be given to closing dates in Team Competitions
other than through family bereavement.
16. In aggregate competitions teams of four will play whenever
the number of players permits. When the number does not so
permit, then as many teams of four as possible, will be made
up, and the minimum number of triples or pairs will be allowed
to facilitate the playing of the greater number of members.
Where there is an odd number of players, a blank disc will
be inserted into the draw, the player drawing same will not
be permitted to take part in the competition on that occasion,
but his/her name will be entered in the Blanks Book, and on
each subsequent night of that competition that season, he/she
will draw a disc, before any blank is added to the draw. The
number of ends to be played on that night will be decided
by the Match Secretary. Burnt ends to count.
17. STARTING TIMES:
The starting times of all aggregate competitions is 7.00pm,
unless at least one weeks notice appears on the notice
board. All persons intending to compete in these games must
take a disc from the board before 6.50pm, no one will
be permitted to take a disc after the bell has been rung.
Afternoon games start at 1.00pm, and again members may not
be allowed to join games, if discs are not drawn
before the ringing of the bell.
18. Competitions will not be allowed more than 30minutes grace
from the time specified in the Rink book for the commencement
of the tie.
19. DUAL MEMBERSHIP:
Members who are also members of another outdoor bowling club,
are expected to confine their play in all competitions, leading
to presentation in Scottish, Regional or District competitions,
to one club only. All members are of course, eligible to compete
in all domestic competitions, i.e. those, the winning of which
will not qualify them for Scottish, Regional, and District
20. Apart from ties, matches, and representative games, the
normal weekly programme will be established by the
Match Committee for the forthcoming season.
21. Members inviting friends, who are not currently members
of the Club to play in an Invitational competition, must
seek permission from the Match committee
22. NEW MEMBERS:
Members will serve a probationary period of one season. This
shall be at the discretion of the Management
23 BOWLS ETIQUETTE:
Members are expected to comply with the simple principles
listed below to help maintain the sportsmanship and courtesy
that characterises the game of bowls, and should characterise
all bowlers representing Abronhill Bowling Club.
Before a game
§ Check that you know the correct dress for the occasion,
and wear it.
§ Make sure that you know the starting time of the game
and be there in sufficient time to change your footwear and
be on the green ready to start at the appointed time.
§ In a team game, be there in time to welcome your guests.
During a game
§ Only enter and leave the green by the steps / ramp
§ Do not drop bowls on the green.
§ Shake hands with your opponent before and after the
§ Do not sit on the steps or the banks.
§ Do not drop litter in the ditches, use the receptacles
§ Stand still while your opponent is about to play.
§ Do not step over Bankings or leave Bowls etc lying
§ Do not infringe the laws of rink possession.
§ Wait until the result of the end has been decided before
kicking away the bowls.
§ If you are responsible for keeping the score, compare
your card with that of your opponent at regular intervals.
If score boards are in use make sure they agree with your
card and the card of your opponent.
§ Unless you have been delegated to decide the shots
at the completion of an end, do not interfere in any way with
§ If an umpire has been called, stay well clear of the
head until a decision has been made.
§ If you have lost the game, remember to congratulate
§ Never be heard to criticise the green or your opponent.
§ Acknowledge a "Fluke" and commend an opponent's
Spectating on a Game
§ Do not walk behind a head when a player is about to
deliver a bowl from the other end.
§ Do keep quiet during periods of play.
§ Do restrict movement to outwith periods of play.
24. No club competition will be allowed to carry forward into
the forthcoming playing season without the agreement of the
Club Match Secretary.
BYE LAWS: SECTION
As adopted @ Annual General Meeting of November, 2019.
TO PUBLIC RINKS
1. No Club games will be allowed on
the Public Rinks, until all the Club rinks are full, or booked
2. If the Public Rinks are required for any event, written application
must be made for same to the Community Services Department,
at least two weeks prior to the event.
3. When over-spill games go onto the Public Rinks, One Rink,
in addition to any other being used by the public, must be left
free for any member of the public who may turn up for a game.
4. Members bringing non bowling club members to the club to
play on the greens, must have obtained permission to take them
on the Club Green on 24 hours notice from a member of the Management
Committee or on the day from the duty director, otherwise members
and friends will be required to pay, and go onto the Public
Rinks, when they will have the same rights as any other member
of the public.
5. No rinks may be booked beforehand on the Public Rinks.
6. Members of the public must wear recognised bowling shoes.
7. The charges for members of the public are as determined by
North Lanarkshire Council, and includes the use of bowls. There
is no reduction for anyone using their own bowls.
8. The bowls are provided for the use of the public, and club
members may only use them, after members of the public have
been kitted out.
9. Members of the public under the age of 12, will only be allowed
on the green when accompanied by a responsible adult.
10. The Duty Director is responsible for ensuring that members
of the public conduct themselves in a responsible manner. But
he/she will have the assistance of all members of the committee
present to do so.
11. Hours of opening of the Public Rinks are normally 1.00pm
till dusk (9.00pm at latest). We have received permission to
close between 4.30pm and 6.30pm from the Community Services
12. The Green-keeper, Duty Director, or any member of the Management
Committee, shall be empowered to stop any member, or members,
of the public playing on the greens, if that person continues
to cause damage to the greens after having received due warning.
13. If on occasion one green is closed for any reason by the
green-keeper or Duty Director, that green shall be deemed to
be the Public Green. On such occasion’s members of the
public shall be permitted to use the Club Green, at the discretion
of the Management Committee. Rough guidelines for the attendants
in such circumstances are:
(a) At all times ensure by reference to the rink book, that
sufficient rinks are left for booked ties during the ensuing
(b) Members of the public should not be allowed on the green
after 1.00pm on any day, until the afternoon games commencing
at 2.00pm have been accommodated. Thereafter any unoccupied
rinks may be utilised.
(c) Again, in the evenings, no member of the public should be
allowed on to the Club Green until the 7.00pm games have taken
to the greens, and sufficient rinks are left for any booked
ties. Thereafter members of the public may be allowed on to
BYE LAWS: SECTION
As adopted @
Annual General Meeting of November, 2019.
BYE-LAWS NOT COMING UNDER EITHER OF THE PREVIOUS HEADINGS
1. The decision as to the
greens being playable, and the setting out of the rinks, is
that of the Green-keeper, the
Greens Convenor or his Committee, their decision being final.
Only in their absence can any member of the
Management Committee decide. The green-keeper’s decision
shall only be overturned by a meeting of the
Club’s Directors – two thirds of whom must be present.
2. LOST ARTICLES
The Club will undertake no responsibility for any article brought
into or left on the green, or elsewhere on club
3. MASTER KEY
All members will be given a master key, which will give access
during the playing season to the following:
Padlock on Access Gate from car parks to greens.
Front door to Clubhouse.
Gents/Ladies dressing rooms.
This gives members the facility to use the greens out-with normal
opening hours. (subject to the Green-keepers or Duty Directors
Examples: Monday to Friday from 11.00am – 1.00pm and between
4.30pm and 6.30pm.
Any lost or damaged keys must be reported to the Duty Director
As adopted @ Annual General Meeting of November, 2019.
1. All propositions, both in committee or at a General Meeting,
shall have a formal proposer and seconder.
2. All debates, either in committee or at a General Meeting,
shall be conducted through the Chair. Only those recognised
by the Chair shall be eligible to contribute to the debate at
any given time.
3. Any decision reached, either in committee or at a General
Meeting, shall remain unaltered for a period of six calendar
months, unless there is a suspension of standing orders. To
achieve a suspension of standing orders a motion for same shall
have a formal proposer and seconder. Thereafter a two-thirds
majority must be achieved from those present at the meeting.
If a two thirds majority is not achieved any decision previously
taken shall remain in force until the six calendar months from
the original decision was taken.
4. The proposer and seconder of any motion at either a committee
meeting or General Meeting shall be permitted to talk to the
proposal. The proposer shall also have the right to sum up the
discussion as the final speaker of any such a debate.
5. The Chair shall have the right to propose the expulsion of
any member, from any meeting, who is deemed to be behaving in
an obstructive and offensive manner. This will then be put to
a vote, of those eligible to do so, with a simple majority required
to expel the said person from the meeting.
6. At all club meetings the Chair shall have both a deliberative
and casting vote.
7. At an AGM no counter proposal can be made from the floor
of the meeting. At the meeting, following any debate on a proposal,
only three courses of action can occur a) Accept, b) Reject
or c) Remit back to the committee for reconsideration/alteration
to be brought back to a future General Meeting. (The remit back
thus allowing the proposal to return to a General Meeting within
the 6 months).
8. All nominations for General/Management Committee or Directors
posts must be submitted to the Secretary, or at a General/Management
Committee Meeting prior to the 15th October. Only posts with
no nominee shall be determined at an AGM by proposals from the
body of the hall. Any other post that has been duly nominated
as above cannot be contended, without achieving a suspension
of Standing Orders, which will require a 2/3rds majority.
9. The Management Committee shall be Chaired by the President
or a Director appointed by the same. At all times the President
shall retain both a deliberative and casting vote in the event
of a tie during voting.