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 Officers for more information and to arrange your first visit, as play is very dependent on the weather.
For further information: Peter Waters (see contacts page).
2. 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, it has been restored to a green sward which you can drive on, thanks to the embedded mesh which supports the surface so that car tyres do not cause damage.
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.
4. The Green.
After many years of poor green drainage we had “AIR2G2” treatment applied pre-season, in mid-April 2018. This is a process which injects compressed air deep into the green to fracture the subsoil, thus relieving compaction and facilitating better drainage. The treatment has proven very effective with no drainage problem experienced since it was carried out.
5. The Club House.
We have a comfortable Clubhouse where cakes and sandwiches are served during matches and tea and biscuits during roll ups.
6. Colemans Hatch Flower Show (July 2018).
The picture does not reflect this year’s show, although we were represented, because the wind was so strong that most exhibitors gazebos were blown down, including ours, and we were unable to get a new photograph. We persisted with just the table and had an enjoyable and successful day. We ran a “Guess the Weight of Four Bowls” competition, which attracted 50 entries and raised £25.00 towards Club funds.
7. Invitation Triples Tournament (August 2018).
This year our Elsie Whitehouse Memorial Triples Tournament, held on August Bank Holiday Monday, was well attended again and enjoyed by all. The weather was not quite as hot as last year and although we had a short shower in the afternoon, this did not dampen the spirits.
We had a full quota of 16 teams and would like to thank all those who participated in making it a really brilliant day. There was a good atmosphere and some splendid and competitive bowling across the rinks.
Also during the day, we supplied tea, coffee, lunch and tea, together with a raffle and bar. Thank you to everyone who supplied prizes and congratulations to all who took home raffle prizes.
At the end of the round robin matches, 2 teams in each of the groups tied for a place in the final. In group 1 the teams were Cross in Hand and Buxted Chancers, each scoring 26 points. In group 2 the teams were Hellingly and Vicarage, each scoring 24 points.
The finalists were decided by count back on points difference, a task ably carried out by our scorers. Although this was very close, the result was Cross in Hand v Hellingly in the final. This match was very tensely fought with an extra end being needed before Hellingly became the eventual 2018 winners.
8. Club Competition Finals (September 2018).
The weather didn’t help again this year but the green is now draining much better and we could have had a full Finals Day if circumstances had been different. However we were still not able to hold a proper ‘event’ final with morning and afternoon matches, because several players reached more than one final. The men’s singles and the pairs were played in the morning of the right day but other competition finals were played on an ‘as and when’ basis.
The 2018 winners were as follows.
Finals Day Results.
Event Winners Runners up
Pairs: J.Comer & V.James M. Prince & C. Beamond
Singles Men: J.Mills T. Pavitt
Handicap: M. Prince P. Waters
Singles Ladies: F.Lelliott K. Lloyd
Challenge: J. Mills M. Prince
Novices: M. Willicombe N. Ashdown
Other Results this Year
Len Smith Drive: G. Edwards
Richmond Trophy: TBA
9. Club Annual Dinner (November 2018).
This year, for the Annual Dinner and Trophy Presentation we are returning to The Ashdown Golf Club, our favourite venue. This provides an excellent setting and after the meal the year’s trophies will be presented to the Club competition winners by the President. All members are welcome – contact Peter Waters if you wish to come.
10. Quiz Night (February 2019)
The Club had a very successful and enjoyable quiz evening at Forest Row Village Club on Saturday 24th February 2018 and next years event has been arranged to take place on 23rd February 2019 at Ashurst Wood Village Centre. Carol has agreed to carry out the quiz master duties again.
11. 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.
12. 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.