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GBSL Season start update 2020-2021 Thursday, 23 July 2020
Hi Reps/Captains
Hope you're all well, Ok this end so far , still on semi lockdown (most 70+ yrs.’ old I know as well- wearing mask in public - although many 50yr olds and younger are thinking differently, this is still quite a dangerous time for all of us).

I've kept in touch where possible with all Clubs, Wotton Hall I believe are only letting in four people into the snooker space at any one time, Robinswood will be closed until September due to rebuilding, Top Q are now allowing Snooker use with two player per table limitation, St James open but not sure of any restrictions in Snooker, Tay & Tibb (all teams have aged players , waiting for update, This info was up to last week, S.W.Academy not allowing anyone as they are Medical Provider, but restrictions are coming down weekly.

What I have proposed with various people in discussions and on our GBSL Group Facebook page, is to finally call a close to last season, with many teams having at least six outstanding matches to play and still unable to play their matches -( all outstanding matches will be called a draw result ) All outstanding Competition's, five semi-finals, nineteen Finals still to be played as availability to tables become a reality, this may be a problem for a while ( we may as a league need to pay for the table time we need as Clubs may not want to give free time after such a long layoff), so we would keep the pressure on to complete the finals into the early part of next season.
We could then hold a double presentation at the end of next season, this idea is still in discussion, as we still haven't had an AGM for 2019-20 either. We've never had to deal with anything like this in the 60yrs I've been a member of GBSL- it’s an administration nightmare.

Recently we held a quiz on Skype/Zoom, which went well with 4 people as a test, thinking we could try for a GBSL Meeting/AGM using it, but unfortunately the interest was rather Luke warm. I think it could solve many problems using the system. I’m still hoping members will engage and take part.

The 2020-21 season will need to start as normal in the first few of weeks of September - not withstanding restrictions still being in place .

I will need to know what teams and players will be competing by the end of this month ( July , verbally, text, email ) so that I can prepare Divisions - fixtures - web sites etc.

Registrations Form are now ready for collection for your Teams from my home address as it’s not possible for me to distribute them in printed form to everyone at this time. I’ve also attached along with this letter, Registration forms in either Word or PDF file format for those that can access the files by themselves. Completed Registrations & Fees to be returned to me before the end of August

June 9th
World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has just made an announcement on the possible Re-Opening of Snooker Clubs in England.
📰 UPDATE | We can today provide a further update on the re-opening of snooker clubs in the UK following a recent meeting between WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson and UK Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage Nigel Huddleston MP.
Full story 👉…/

17th March

Please advise all your players the following; The advice from the Government has dramatically changed since I proposed what I wrote on the GBSL Web sites and emails, with the advice now being to close public venues coming in

“Due to updated advice regarding the spread of the Coronavirus

The Gloucester Snooker & Billiard league will now suspend all League & Competition matches with immediate effect until further notice, sorry for any inconvenience caused”.

League Competition & Match Secretary

GBSL League suspension concerning Covid-19

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Briefly after having a long talk with our Chairman on how we can go forward to address the concerns of our older generation and other players in the GBSL.

I am announcing this weekend that the GBSL WILL SUSPEND All League Matches for Teams where they feel, ” unable or want to continue Playing” for the next four to eight weeks starting ......
Monday 16th March until Monday 18th May..

I will update in the coming month any Information that I receive and where possible any rescheduling that will need to be done to complete our season.
This period will be reassessed and extended if necessary.

The GBSL will also allow Teams or Players that wish to fulfill any of their League Fixtures / Competition matches to carry on playing only if their opponents are also willing to play, This will require the “ Captains / Players to be communicating with each other”, asking their opponents if they-are also willing to still play.

There will be no penalties for any Team or Player not wanting to currently play their matches in this period". ….All cancelled Matches / Competitions will still have to be played at a later date TBA.

By taking this action at this stage in our current season, it will seriously affect the timing of our GBSL League playing Calendar and our Competition Finals , Annual GBSL Presentation and AGM which were all scheduled for late April ----early May.

League Competition & Match Secretary
Gloucester Billiards & Snooker Leagues

11/3/20 Covid-19
With regard our league, what are players views on Covid-19 and reducing your personal risk, especially those over 50 and those with underlying health issues?
We should all be concerned as there is a lot we don’t know but we do know it’s serious.

J.F.Pearce. " If our GBSL community wish to postpone the later part of our Season, which includes, " The remaining matches ( 6 to 8 weeks of content) also the Annual GBSL Presentations and annual GBSL A.G.M ".
I do have plans in place if asked or required to do so. Please contact me to express any views you have regarding this situation .A.S.A.P

A breakdown of what our League consists of, regarding Age Groups and what Teams could be affected.
We have 60 Players over the age of 50, 18 Teams would be affected
We have 30 Players over the age of 60, 15 Teams would be affected
We have 16 Players over the age of 70, 8 Teams would be affected
Players within these groups are active in every Division. If any part group / group suspend's playing, it would probably result in the full suspension of the GBSL Playing Calendar, until a more favourable time T.B.A.

Ken Waite "Very valid point from a 72 year old. If it wasn't so serious, I'm sure jokes would be flying around concerning shaking hands.
I would hope those players, who have been on holiday or work to a high risk country, would self isolate, for their own and family's sake. At least 2 weeks incubation period.
I am sure, GBSL, wouldn't penalise any team unable to raise a team because of the virus"

John W Redfern . "It deserves serious discussion. Last week I stopped shaking hands and fist pumped instead. But then there’s the playing surfaces, the balls etc which we all handle and the various clubs we visit and their cleaning regime!"

Phil Hartley "I totally agree, I know there are a few matches to play in the latter part of the season but we have to put things in perspective, snooker is very important to many of us but in the end it is only a game. There are many of the older players that I have played against for many years and most are good friends I am sure we can do something to reduce the risk."

Graham. Riley Not an easy one. The virus is particularly harmful to the elderly with underlying health conditions. As such Tony Webb makes a good point in as much as our playing could affect players ill partners/relatives.
I think serious consideration should be given to either speeding up an end to the season or biting the bullet and stopping completely. It would be a shame but lives are potentially at risk and that’s more important at this point in time.

Tony Webb
Myself & Andrew Jackson have wives with serious health issues which quit frankly would probably be fatal should they get this virus.

Sad News ,I have been advised of the Passing of GBSL Member Godfrey Colman ( Churchdown ), I believe he reached the age of 99 years, the information I have at the moment is minimal but I will update you as soon as I receive more information.
I now have more details regarding the Late Godfrey Coleman.
His Funeral will be held on Wednesday 25th Match , 12.30pm , at the Gloucester Crematorium

The West of England Billiards Open 2020

The above competition is the second event of the WEBSF billiards season and it will be held on Saturday 22nd February at Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon (9.00am for 9.30am start)
Entry fee £20 in addition to an annual tournament participation fee
Open to all players
100% of entry fees paid out in prize money
Round robin groups followed by KO (timed matches) and plate - subject to entry numbers
For more details click here:

Registration and payment is required in advance

Please share the above details to help spread the word. To enter please contact Steve Canniford or Chris Coumbe.

Good morning

I hope this email finds you well? My colleague Bob Hill from the WPBSA passed your details to me

I’m writing to you from World Snooker Ltd regarding next months Welsh Open Snooker, taking place at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, 10th - 16th February. As a Gloucester Snooker League, just over the bridge from Cardiff, I was wondering if a small group of your club members would like to attend the Welsh Open tournament as guests of World Snooker? If you are interested in visiting us on either Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th or Thursday 13th please do let me know and we can get something arranged.

I look forward to hearing from you

Kind regards

Katie Oldfield
Event Director
World Snooker Limited
75 Whiteladies Road
Clifton, Bristol,
Telephone: 0117 317 8200

The Gloucester Billiards & Snooker League Committee: Derek Ayland , Ken Waite & John Pearce would like to wish all our GBSL Teams & Players
A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

To co-ordinate all our Divisions in Billiards & Snooker for Cup matches/Holidays/Finals

I have had to stagger different League commencement dates as follows:
The 2nd Division Snooker will start next week on the 5th September.
The Billiard League will commence on the 30th September,
The Premier & 1st Division Leagues will commence on the 16th October.

All matches and play dates are now on display on our Web sites. Any Captain wishing to give me their results using our web sites, please send me a user name & password that they wish to use.

To all GBSL Competition Entrants.....
All Competition Draws have now been made and published to our Web Sites..(County draws Tba)
Please check all your entries are listed and contact details are correct on the Web sites.
If anyone has any queries regarding the matches or contact details , contact me a.s.a.p.

Please be aware : To prevent any backlog of matches not being played because of time and Table availability Ample time has been given this season to all Competition Preliminary and early Rounds , no further extension of time will be given to these matches because of the time already given... defaulting matches will have Walkovers awarded against them. (as per GBSL Rules) jfp