1. New Members.

We are always pleased to welcome new members; we are a very friendly group . Please bring your friends along if they show interest in the game.

We have roll ups on Monday afternoons at 2.30 pm where new members can try the sport, learn the rules and make new friends.

You can take part in friendly matches against other Bowling Clubs when you feel ready, there is no pressure.

All you need are some flat soled shoes; we can lend you some bowls until you decide whether to join the club.

There is easy free parking next to the Green, no joining fee and the annual membership fee a modest £60 a year.

If you would like to try us out please contact the Club Secretary for more information and to arrange your first visit, as play is very dependent on the weather.

Club Secretary: joyce Tel 01324 823417

2. U3A bowling group.

The U3A Group meets on Monday afternoons at 2.30 pm (arrive in time to start then). If you are already a U3A member you could try the game by joining the Colemans Hatch U3A bowling group. Contact the Group Leaders for more information or check out the East Grinstead U3A website.

U3A Group Leader: Carol Beamond: carolbeamond@hotmail.com

U3A Group Leader: richardclymagooderson@gmail.com or Tel 01342 311473

3. Car Park

Many of you will know that in the past our car park has been a disaster in wet weather, the end nearest the clubhouse being unusable if it had rained hard. Now, with the kind permission of the Conservators (of Ashdown Forest) and a National Lottery Grant, we have done something about it.

The grass surface has been removed and hard core from the forest quarry has been placed underneath, some soil and the grass being replaced afterwards. With this foundation stabilised, a mesh has been laid on the grass to support the surface so that car tyres do not cause damage to it.

In addition the rest of the car park has now been resurfaced to provide a more solid base at the entrance.

Apart from a contractor and his machine, most of the work was done by enthusiastic club members.

4. Coaching.

In June members of the club received coaching from a Bowls England coach to improve their bowling standard. This is a service provided free of charge by Bowls England to affiliated clubs. Two sessions were organised, one for experienced bowlers which emphasised matters like ‘reading the head’ and another for less experienced bowlers, which gave them a video of their technique with advice from the coach on how to improve it.

5. The Green.

The acquisition of new equipment has resulted in extensive maintenance taking place on the green, thanks to our Greenkeeper and his hardworking team. We believe members will notice an improvement this season.

6. The Club House.

We have a comfortable Clubhouse where cakes and sandwiches are served during matches and tea and biscuits during roll ups.

7. Flower Show (July 2016).

This year the club was represented at the Colemans Hatch Flower Show with a stand, exhibits and members on hand to give advice about bowling. It was a glorious sunny day enjoyed by all who attended.

The Flower Show will take place on 29th July in 2017

Colemans Hatch Flower Show

Colemans Hatch Flower Show

8. Invitation Triples Tournament (August 2017).

This year our Elsie Whitehouse Memorial Triples Tournament, held on August Bank Holiday Monday, was blessed with wall to wall sunshine and temperatures rising towards 78 degrees (26C).

We had a full quota of 16 teams and would like to thank all those who participated in making it a brilliant day. There was a good atmosphere and some splendid and competitive bowling across the rinks.

The finalists from Group 1 were “2 plus one” from Ringmer, lead by Anne Stevenson and one of her team members advised us that he had also played in this tournament last time it was won by Ringmer, over 20 years ago.

“2 plus one” had to wait quite a while to find out who they were playing in the final, as two teams in Group 2 actually tied in first place. They were from Cross in Hand, lead by John Loran, and East Grinstead, lead by Lloyd Sanger. The winner had to be decided by points difference which was calculated by our very able scoring team. It turned out that East Grinstead were the other finalists by just one point.

Everyone stayed to watch the final, most with a well earned drink in hand, and saw      “2 plus one” become the eventual winners of the trophy as shown in the picture below of the trophy being presented.

triples winners 2017

 

9. Club Competition Finals Day (September 2016).

This year the weather was kind and finals day was a great success.There was support from other Club members who came along to watch. In between the morning and afternoon sessions a ‘pot-luck’ lunch was enjoyed by both players and supporters.

Anyone wishing to enter this year should let Peter Waters know and also be available on Finals Day which will be held on Saturday 9th September 2017.

The 2016 winners were as follows, well done to all players!

 Finals Day Results.

Event                                 Winners                              Runners up

Pairs:                             Mary Prince & John Comer    Fred Spraggett & Vernon James

Singles Men:                   Trevor Pavitt                          Peter Waters

Handicap:                         Peter Waters                         Valerie Mills

Singles Ladies:                Valerie Mills                           Frances Lelliott

Challenge:                        John Comer                           Peter Waters

Novices:                           Frances Lelliott                       Richard Gooderson

Other Results this Year

Len Smith Trophy:          Peter Waters                          John Savage

Richmond Trophy:          Peter Waters                          Valerie Mills & John Mills (tied)

 10. Club Annual Dinner (November 2016).

This year, for the first time the Annual Dinner and Trophy Presentation was held at Sweetwoods Golf Club., The venue was very pleasant and after the meal the trophies were presented to the Club competition winners by the President.

 11. Quiz Night (January 2017)

On a cold January evening, Club members and their friends gathered at the Peredur Centre for a Quiz night where each team of six competed for the cash prize.

As people settled into their teams they were entertained by live music from two of our members on clarinet and guitar.

The quiz consisted of a Dingbats round and various general rounds, but nothing too taxing.

It is planned to hold a similar event in early 2018.

12. AGM (February 2017)

This year the AGM was held in the Rose Room at Forest Row Community Centre. It was well attended by members of the Club and also our President and Vice President.

The Captain announced that we had won more matches this season than for some years.

The President and Vice President agreed to remain in their role, which is much appreciated.

Officers are as follows:

Chairperson – Norma James

Captain – Peter Waters

Secretary – Joyce

Treasurer – Peter Waters

Vice Captain and Fixtures Secretary – Kathy Lloyd.

Green Keeper – Peter Waters assisted by members of the Club.

13. Indoor match at the Royals. (March 2017)

This year was again a great success. We did not win but had great fun trying and enjoyed the meal afterwards.

The indoor fixture at the Royals at Tunbridge Wells will be on Saturday10th March in 2018 so put this in your diary now.