News and Events


Jacky McLay, Past Member & Past President passed away on Wednesday 10 November.

The Club flag is at half mast in memory of Jacky and our thoughts are with Peggy and all the family at this sad time.

Funeral Service:

The service for our friend & past member Jacky McLay will be held at 11am on Thursday 2nd December in St John's Church, Dunoon.

R.I.P. Jacky



I'm sorry to advise that our friend & ex member Margaret Marshall passed away on Tuesday 6 July, with her family at her bedside.

Margaret was a long time member of our wee Club and one of the best leads we had. She was a lovely lady & will be sorely missed by her family & friends.

Our thoughts are with Angela, Jason, Vivien & all her grandchildren & great grandchildren.


The Club flag will be at half mast in Margaret's memory.

Our dear friend Margaret Marshall's funeral service will be held at

Largs Crematorium at
1pm on
Monday 26th July.

Friends welcome.




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For the first time since the end of Season 2019, we had a get together for the Members on Sunday 27 June, with bowling & tennis being enjoyed in the sunshine.

It was great to get back out there and meet up with friends and some potential new members.

We had 19 bowlers playing pairs/triples. Ernie Sykes & Dougie Lauffer were the winning pair.

The tennis ladies enjoyed their game too and everyone enjoyed a wee cuppa while adhering to the safety regulations still in place.

Let's hope it's not long before we do this again.

Keep safe.



It has been agreed that we change our Wappenschaw to a Wednesday afternoon at 2pm (for points).

There will also be a Wappenschaw on Saturday afternoons at 2pm (friendly).

This has been changed from the usual Tuesday evenings.

Hope as many of you as possible come along.



1) Tuesday evening Wappenschaws will commence on Tuesday 22 June at 7pm. The cost will be 1.

2) HYSLOP League (Gents)

If you are available to play in the HYSLOP league on Friday evenings, please let myself or Curly know ASAP.

Innellans first game which is a home game is on Friday 02 July.

I will put a sheet for names on the noticeboard on Sunday 20th at the AGM but it would be an advantage if we know beforehand how many are available.

3) Helpers - URGENT

Assistance is urgently required from members to keep the Club & grounds in good condition.

We are all responsible for the upkeep of our Club. Please offer an hour or two a week/fortnight to help out, if you are able.

Just pop in & see Curly &/or Dougie.

Open Day - Bowls Tennis

The Club will hold a wee get together for all members on Sunday 27 June. Please come along at 1pm for 1.30 start.

Please provide a small plate of food towards afternoon tea. Sandwiches /sausage rolls/scones/cake/snacks.

We look forward to us all getting together & having fun.

Just turn up & bring the sunshine.



Dear Members

Please note the above date for our long awaited Annual General Meeting. I have emailed the relevant papers to all members.

Please advise if you are willing to stand for the post of President, Secretary or Vice President. There will be ordinary member positions to fill too.

I hope that as many of you as possible can attend on the day.

I look forward to seeing you there.




I got very sad news this afternoon from Isabel's son, Kenny, to say that his Mum passed away peacefully this morning with her family by her side.

Isabel was a stalwart member of IBTC for many many years and was always willing to help out with any task when asked. She thoroughly enjoyed her bowls and although she wasn't able to play for the last few years, she kept in touch through email and was always interested in what was going on.

She was made an Honorary Member in 2014 and was both honoured and delighted to accept as you will see from the beautiful picture below.

Our heartfelt thoughts are with Gavin, Kenneth, Martin, Graham and all family members.

As a sign of respect to Isabel from all her friends at IBTC, the Club flag has been set to half mast in her memory.



Following the First Minister’s update earlier this week in relation to the further easing of restrictions and a move to Protection Level 3 on Monday 26th April we have updated our COVID Guidance.

Key changes include:

Bowling bubble increase from 15 to 30 participants
An additional bowling bubble of 30 is permitted per club. (Bowling bubbles cannot mix)
Internal Competitions are permitted
Triples play is permitted
Opening Days permitted for club members only
Club house can be open in line with restrictions
Outdoor and indoor hospitality is permitted as per hospitality guidance and further clarification from your clubs Local Authority Licencing board.

Key changes throughout the documents attached are highlighted in YELLOW.




Hopefuly, the tennis courts will be up and running soon once the yearly court preparation is done. This involves clearing moss, relaying lines lifted by frost, and building up and rolling the blaes.

Unfortunately court 2 was problematic this year but with members help we've been able to work our way through it. We've been lucky to be awarded a 900 grant from the Burnamakiman Hydro Scheme 2021 and part of this grant has been spent on replacement tennis net posts for court 2. These are in the process of being cemented in - once this is done the courts should be playable.

Information about this will be given out on the tennis WhatsApp group. Like last year, the WhatsApp group will be used for booking time slots on the courts. This is important so a record can be kept for Track and Trace purposes caused by any Covid issues but also for keeping the number of players on the courts to a safe number. Again, like last year, there will be a combination lock on the gate to the courts once they are ready and safe for play - members will obviously be given the code for entry.

Hopefully, we'll have a good summer and be able to play frequently and safely! Remember to check out all the Covid information that Kat, our Covid Officer, has placed about the courts.

Ongoing information will be put on the tennis WhatsApp group.


Committee met on 18 March (socially distanced) and decided upon the date of Monday 26 April for our Official Opening Date. You will see from Bowls Scotland Guidelines that there will be no formal opening days or competitions at this time.

The latest guidelines will be posted shortly. This information has been sent to all members by email.

We are now looking for members to get the clubhouse, grounds, courts, etc ready for opening. I can advise that members have been busy working on the courts over the past week. It was agreed that the courts could be opened prior to April 26, once both courts were ready for play.

Kathryn Ross, our Covid Officer has prepared signs and has already posted these at the Tennis Pavilion. She has signs ready for the Clubhouse and these will be displayed before Opening Day. We will be following the rules from last season, insofar as using hand sanitizer, wipes, etc to ensure everyones' safety.


Please arrange to pay your fees using last years procedure:-

SORT CODE 82-62-21

(If making payment directly to the Bank Account please ensure you identify yourself (I would put Myra C) otherwise Nigel will not know who the payment is from.

or by cheque made payable to Innellan Bowling & Tennis Club can be posted to:

Nigel Potts
20 Newton Park
Sandy Beach
PA23 7ST

For those who may have been adversely affected, fees can be paid in instalments. Please email Nigel to make arrangements at

Payments should be made by mid May

Regular updates will be posted here and sent by email .

Keep safe!



We would like to provide an update on the COVID-19 Return to the Green Guidance.

We are waiting on the outcome of sportscotland’s discussions with the Scottish Government on sporting activities and what this means for bowls. While we wait for the green light for our full guidance, we wanted to give clubs some interim information to allow clubs to plan for opening their greens from now until 27th April (Protection Level 4).

  • All clubs must have a COVID Officer

  • An online e-learning module for COVID Officers is available:

  • Clubs must follow Test & Protect guidelines:

  • Clubs can open their greens and facilities if documented risk assessments are undertaken, which should include mitigating actions to reduce the risk of virus transmission such as individual access, booking slots and cleaning/hygiene protocols

  • Please also refer to additional guidance produced by sportscotland on Getting Your Facilities Fit for Sport.

  • An outdoor ‘Bowling Bubble’ can consist of up to 15 people, including coaches, at any one time. Physical distancing should always be maintained

  • No additional bowling bubble permitted for multiple green clubs

  • Players must only play in one bowling bubble per day

  • Only singles and pairs should take place at this time, following bowling bubble restrictions

  • Only essential equipment should be used and players should avoid sharing equipment

  • No formal opening days or internal competitions are permitted at this time

  • Spectating is not permitted at this time

  • Clubs should organise a booking system for play

  • Under 18 coaching is permitted, ratio 1:8 coaches to players max 15 players

  • Adult coaching in ‘bowling bubble’ can consist of a maximum of 15 people including players, coaches, and any other support staff at one time

  • Club houses should remain closed apart for toilet access and one-off access to storage areas and locker rooms to retrieve personal equipment which is essential. Personal equipment should not be returned to these areas

  • Where equipment cannot reasonably be taken home and is stored on site, access to retrieve and return such equipment to storage areas is allowed if appropriate risk assessments are undertaken

  • Masks should be worn at all times if inside club facilities

  • Players should only travel within their local authority area under current restrictions

News from 2020 has been moved to the Archive

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