Wadhurst Bowls Club – June Update by Laurence Worton
The problem with writing this article is that it needs to be
submitted to the magazine in early May for publication in June so by its very
nature it will always be slightly historic.
By the time you read this our season will be well under way even though
I can only report on our opening few games.
In the latest government review we were hoping for a further relaxation of Covid restrictions and news from Bowls England that we can start being a little more hospitable on the bowling green by offering our opposing clubs an afternoon tea in our newly enlarged clubhouse. Getting the bar open and being able to serve a cool wine or beer in the summer sunshine would also be a nice thought.
But let’s not wish our lives away just yet. In our opening two games we had good fortunes by beating Grosvenor Bowls Club of Tunbridge Wells 77-27 and Rotherfield 43-27
During May we will have played 13 games and have the same number scheduled for June. That’s a total of 312 Wadhurst players bowling 16,848 woods…..
Our players have started their County Competitions looking to progress initially to the area finals on 9 June and then, hopefully, through to the county finals in July.
Off the bowls green we have secured a re-start grant from Wealden District Council that will help keep our heads above water financially, bought a new fridge (to keep the beer cold) and replaced the heavy steel doors on our equipment container. We are also establishing a wild-flower area between the parking area and the club to offer bio-diversity for our smaller friends.
Various jobs need doing around the clubhouse and the green. From mowing the grass and tending the flower beds to re-pointing the paving and replacing broken roof tiles. There is always something that needs doing and offers of help are always welcome.
So, if you like a little bit of gardening, are reasonable at DIY, like afternoon tea and a little tipple and would like to have a go at bowls contact Tracy, our Honorary Secretary, on 01892 785689
If you are a local business and would like to be associated with a successful community club then together we can grow our profiles for mutual benefit. We have various opportunities available – why not call us to discuss?
Don’t forget our website at wadhurstbc.com and Facebook
Hailsham Bowling Club Annual Invitation Day - SUNDAY 22 AUGUST 2021
We would like to extend this invitation to members of your club to participate in the event, which as usual will take the format of mixed triples.
The entry fee will be £10 per player (£6 per person for non-playing guests) which will include tea or coffee all day and a cold lunch, afternoon tea and rink fees. The invitation is limited to a maximum of 24 teams or such lower limit allowed by the then Government regulations. Given the uncertainty, at this time we are asking merely for expressions of interest. When things have become clearer, we will then contact those who have expressed an interest to ask for a committed entry and payment of the entry fee. This will be done on the basis of the order in which the expressions of interest are received until the full complement of 24 teams (or such lower number that we may have to limit it to) have entered. So, the sooner you inform us of your interest, the more likely you are to be able to enter.
We look forward to welcoming you and our many other friends to our club again this season following the difficult year we have all had. Stay safe.
Peter Baker - Captain - Hailsham Bowling Club - Mob 07919 033585
BOOKING A RINK (FOR MEMBERS ONLY)
Google Calendar has been set up as previously, so if you would like to go down to the Club for a roll up, please make sure you book a rink. Click on the link below to make a booking. If you require any help adding your name to the calendar, please e-mail Steve on firstname.lastname@example.org and he will sort for you.
Bowls Club – May Update by Laurence Worton
By the time you read this our season will be well under way.
Covid-compliant games are taking place although no afternoon teas or
refreshments can be served until at least May 17 but it’s still lovely to get out in
the spring sunshine and have some social interaction after so long stuck indoors.
Wadhurst are the current Horam League Champions, having won the title in
2019 by the smallest of margin possible, half a point, after a thrilling final game.
The league was cancelled in 2020 and has been again this season due to the
epidemic thus we are on track to hold the league title for the longest time in it’s
Bowls England are organising a national ‘Big Weekend’ to take place over the
late spring bank-holiday weekend. Wadhurst are planning to participate -
although we await final details of the event, but there will be a chance to visit
participating clubs, meet members, have a look at facilities and, if you’ve never
played bowls before, to have a go.
But, you don’t need to wait until the Big Weekend to have a go at bowls at
Wadhurst. Every Monday evening we welcome potential new bowlers onto the
green to try it out.
Even if you are a ‘seasoned pro’, or new to the area and looking for a new club,
you are welcome to check us out. ’Taste and try – before you buy’ seems an
appropriate adage at this point….
For more information contact Tracy our Honorary Secretary on 01892 785689,
www.wadhurstbc.com or check us out on Facebook.
by Laurence Worton
Please find below a PDF file giving details of the 82nd Bexhill Open Bowls Tournament on Sunday 1 to Saturday 7 August 2021
AGM and Pre- Season Meeting
In view of the roadmap issued by the Government, the Committee met, via Zoom this week and decided to cancel the pre-season meeting. This had been booked for the 24th March, so please remove from your diaries. The AGM will be conducted via e-mail and over the next couple of weeks, I will send out the statements etc, for you all to read and raise questions etc.
To do this, I also need to ask whether anyone would like to nominate themselves, or another to one of the Committee positions. They are as follows -
Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Green Co-Ordinator, Fixtures Secretary, Match Co-Ordinator, Competition Secretary, Maintenance, Hall & Field Rep, County Rep, Safeguarding and 2 Non appointed roles
All Committee members, are willing to stand for this year, but if anyone else is interested in carrying out a role or nominating somebody, please let me know by 8th March, so I can include in the AGM pack.
It was very good news to learn that outdoor bowls can commence from 29th March. Whilst we are waiting confirmation from Bowls England, as to what this will look like, we are confident that our season can start as planned the weekend of the 24th April. In view of this, we will be getting the green ready the previous weekend 17th/18th April and any help will be very much appreciated.
There are also a number of jobs needed around the clubhouse/changing rooms and if you can support this, John Bush would be very pleased to hear from you.
Tunbridge Wells League
As you are aware, we play in the Tunbridge Wells league on a Thursday night, usually between May and the beginning of August.
We have had confirmation that this league will go ahead, so if you would like to be involved, please let me know, so that I can pass names over to the team captains. You will need to be available for the majority of the Thursdays during that time, but if this is difficult, you can let me know that you would like to be a reserve. (Tracy Gethins)
Lastest update regarding playing at Wadhurst Bowls Club (14 June 2020)
There has been availability on most days, so we are pleased to confirm that the limit of 2 roll ups a week has been removed with immediate affect.
Additionally, from Sunday 14 June, we can now allow roll ups for singles and doubles play. This means that there can be a maximum of 12 people at the club at any one time.
All the other guidelines remain the same, so social distancing must remain in place and we still will be using alternate rinks etc. The Clubhouse remains closed.
Please do not touch other bowlers bowls but where the mat and jack are shared during doubles play, please remember to wash them before your roll up and after the roll up and make sure you use the hand sanitiser that is available.
If you would like to see the availability of the rinks, please click on the calendar link below (view only). If you click week to a view, it will make it easier to see the bookings.
If you have any difficulties using the booking system, please give Steve Grey a call on 07958 461108 or Tracy Gethins on 01892 785689, who will be happy to book for you. Alternatively email us on Steve - email@example.com or Tracy - firstname.lastname@example.org
I think all members will agree, we have had a very busy, but successful year.
We have played in, and hosted, some wonderful competitions. It all started in June when we hosted the County Two Wood Competition. After some great feedback, a date has already been confirmed for us to host this competition again in 2020. The Essex VP's played against us at the end of June as part of their tour. This was a very busy day, but a great success. We then held our Annual Mixed Triples Tournament in August, hosting 24 teams from East Sussex. We were very lucky with the weather and after some extremely close matches, the final was won by Hailsham BC.
Towards the end of the season we hosted National competitions. Firstly, we had Eastbourne BC v Bearsted & Thurnham BC playing in the Tony Allcock Trophy. We then hosted the Men's Top Area Club Competition between Bromley BC and Hove & Kingsway BC and the Ladies Top Area Club Competition between Polegrove BC and Lenham BC. We saw some wonderful bowling. Congratulations to Eastbourne BC, Bromley BC and Polegrove BC who went onto the finals at Leamington Spa.Thank you to everyone for making this such a successful year on and off the green. (Linda Carless)
In a thrilling end to the season, Wadhurst clinched the Horam League title in the last game. After running neck and neck with Ringmer BC over the last few weeks an 8-0 win in our last game against Maresfield gave use the top spot by the smallest possible margin of half a point.
Of our 22 games we won 16, drew 1 and lost 5 and gained 120.5 points against Ringmer's 120 points. Hellingly were 3rd with 112.5 points.
This is the first time we have won the league during our 6 season membership. (Malcolm Dick)
HORAM LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 2019!
Representatives of the club receiving the trophy at Horam on Tuesday 24 September.