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: vacant
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: email@example.com
U3A Group Leader: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 2017).
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.
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.
9. Club Competition Finals (September 2017).
The weather really did it’s worst this year and we were not able to hold a Finals Day at all. The competition finals had to be played on an ‘as and when’ basis and several of these were played in appalling conditions. The winners were probably the most stoical rather than the most skillful which is a great pity, but the alternative of complete cancellation was rejected by all.
The 2017 winners were as follows.
Finals Day Results.
Event Winners Runners up
Pairs: G.Edwards & M.Prince F. Spraggett & M. Willicombe
Singles Men: J.Mills P. Waters
Handicap: G.Edwards J.Savage
Singles Ladies: F.Lelliott M.Prince
Challenge: John Comer J.Mills
Novices: R. Gooderson M. Willicombe
Other Results this Year
Len Smith Drive: G. Edwards
Richmond Trophy: Peter Waters
10. Club Annual Dinner (November 2017).
This year, for the Annual Dinner and Trophy Presentation we returned to The Ashdown Golf Club. The venue provides an excellent setting and after the meal the trophies were presented to the Club competition winners by the President.
11. Quiz Night (February 2018)
The Club had a very successful and enjoyable quiz evening at Forest Row Village Club on Saturday 24th February. It was largely organised by Carol, who also ably performed the roll of quiz master on the night.
We were divided into teams of 6 persons per table and 10 teams took part. The quiz started with a sheet of Dingbats to get us into the thinking mood and then the questions began.
The winners of the quiz were table 9, labelling themselves “The Motley Crew”, but not until a tiebreak question against the runners-up to sort out a single winner.
Members brought their own nibbles and drinks were available at the bar. A very pleasant evening was had by all and the contribution to club funds was a welcome bonus.
12. AGM (February 2018)
This year the AGM was again 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 – John Comer
Captain – Peter Waters
Secretary – vacant
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 2018)
This year was again a success, although as usual we did not win. Unfortunately some of our regular indoor players were not able to attend, so we struggled more than usual. In spite of this we certainly enjoyed the meal afterwards, which is always excellent.