President’s Message

Eastbourne and District Indoor Bowls Club has undergone several improvements over the past couple of years that has seen the club membership grow significantly.

During the summer, the club website has been fully redesigned and modernised to better reflect our club status as one of the leading indoor bowls clubs in the South East of England. Our new web pages will allow everyone to see inside our wonderful bowls club.

May I take this opportunity to welcome each and every member in to the club and wish you all a pleasurable and successful year.

Phil Garrett
President

BDA praise for our Development Plan

Bowls Development Alliance Ltd

A message from John Hart, Development Manager

“Eastbourne and District Indoor Bowls club took up the Club Development Programme in May 2018, The Management Committee set about restructuring and bringing about a new lease of life to the club with support and guidance from the Club Development Programme. To date huge amounts of work and time has gone into securing a new long term lease, forming a new management committee, updating all policies and procedures, employing a new Centre Manager, recruitment drives and gaining further sponsorship which will only benefit the club. This has all been achieved in less than a year.

The management committee has clear outcomes and objectives from their regular meetings to ensure the club continues to drive forward.

The club has recruited well over 100 new members since we started working with them back in May 2018 and I can only see them going from strength to strength. Well done and good luck for the future.”

Pat Bain Wins National Championship

Eastbourne & District Indoor Bowls Club Member, Pat Bain, has won the EIBA Ladies Over 60 Singles Championship 2018/2019 held at Nottingham on 13th April.

Pat started playing bowls at Eastbourne Indoor Bowls Club in 1985. She has won numerous titles including British Isles Pairs 2003, England National Pairs 2003, England National Triples 2007 and now now the Ladies Over 60 National Singles 2019. Pat is also a former International.

Her latest achievement was against four very good players, all past Internationals. Pat beat A Jacobs 21 – 17 in the first round, T B Broderick 21 – 16 in the second round, B Bellamy 21 – 17 in the semi final and C Crafer 21 – 14 to win the final and be crowned National Champion.

This year Pat also played for Sussex who were runners up in the Atherley Trophy National Championships.

Everyone at EDIBC send many congratulations to Pat for her latest achievement.

Pat Bain

Captains Charity Raises £3,000

Members, friends and guests of Eastbourne & District Indoor Bowls Club based within Hampden Park have raised over £3,000 for this seasons Captains Charity, The Children With Cancer Fund, Polegate.

On 26th January, 72 Club bowlers of all levels of ability played in a very enjoyable Captains Charity Bowls Tournament. All Match fees, proceeds from bar and restaurant sales, raffle, tombola and auctions were donated with Barclays Bank generously matching the amount raised by raffle ticket sales.

In March the local Beatles tribute band “Nothing Is Real” played for free to a sold out concert in the Club. 120 members and guests enjoyed an excellent evening of nostalgia with all entrance money being donated, as well as proceeds from the raffle, tombola and auctions.

E&DIBC Men’s Captain, Peter Ring said “I am extremely proud of the support and  generosity of our Members, guests, local businesses, and to the organisers, for the amount raised for this fantastic local Charity in our Clubs 40th Anniversary year”

Zoe, Fund Raiser at CWCF, said “A huge massive thank you to you all and the Eastbourne and District Indoor Bowls club for all your support and fundraising, you are all amazing”

Pictured are Greg, Sue and Chloe from CWCF and Peter Ring.

Eastbourne & District IBC In National Bowls Final

A team from Eastbourne & District Indoor Bowls Club played in the Potters Holiday Champions  of Champions Final at Potters Resort, Norfolk on Sunday 27th January 2019 and narrowly lost 11-10 to Durham IBC in a nail biting 8 end match.

The Club entered several teams in the preliminary round during April 2018 and the Team comprising of Bill Fuller, Paul Davies, Roger Cable and Jim Preston qualified to play in the Champion of Champions Play Offs during December 2018, which they won, going through to play Durham in the final match which took place before the World Indoor Bowls Championship Singles Final.

All at Eastbourne & District IBC are very proud of the achievement of this team who represented the Club and the Town with distinction. Jim Preston who has over 60 years bowling experience and a founder member of E&DIBC commented that “playing in this final is the pinnacle of my playing career”  A Club spokesman said “we are entering several teams in April this year and hope to go one better and win the Championship”

Pictured below from left to right are Roger Cable, Bill Fuller, Greg Harlow (World No. 1) Jim Preston, Paul Davies

Nothing is Real

NOTHING IS REAL entertained us at the club last night with an amazing evening of Beatles hits.

The generosity of our members and friends just astounds us with a total £1100 being raised for CHILDREN WITH CANCER FUND bringing our total for the year to just over £3000. Our thanks to David & Naomi for arranging the evening, Michelle for yet another fantastic buffet, to Chloe & Sue from CWCF who helped us sell raffle tickets, Billy & Peter behind the bar what a busy night they had and to all the other volunteers behind the scenes, without who these events would not happen.

Don’t forget our next event is our Spring Fayre & Open Morning Saturday 6th April 9.30 – 2pm

Old Town Scouts try bowling

LennyThis evening we entertained 45 youngsters from 1st Old Town Scouts who came along to the club to have a go at Indoor Bowls, after a 20 minute practice session learning how the bias makes the bowl curve as it travels down the rink they all had fun changing rinks aiming at different targets. Squash and biscuits went down well afterwards.

The children were joined by Lenny, mascot of Little Kickers UK (Eastbourne) and Little Rugby Eastbourne, he likes to have a go at different sports. As our club made no charge for this event the Scouts very kindly made a donation of approx £50 towards our Captains Charity of the year which is the local “Children With Cancer Fund” based in Polegate.

Thanks to all the club members who volunteered to help make the evening such a success.

Afternoon Tea

Lovely Ladies Afternoon Tea at the club today, lots of chatter, laughter and fun as well as sandwiches, scones, cake and of course tea. Toss the Tea Bag, a Quiz all about Tea and an hilarious game of drawing a tea pot on a paper plate while it’s on your head kept us all amused.

A fantastic afternoon, hopefully the first of many. A huge thank you to Chris for all the organising and the beautiful tablecloths, thanks also to her helpers setting the tables with all the lovely china, the photos don’t do them justice, to Peter for the scrumptious scones and Michelle & Shannon for the sandwich’s and serving at our tables.

Fundraising Tournament

What an amazing day at the club today it was buzzing. 72 bowlers entered into a tournament raising money for a very worthy local charity Children With Cancer Fund based in Polegate. It wasn’t just a day of Bowling there were other games like “How many sprouts in the jar”, “Guess the weight of the toffees in the basket” and there was a queue to play “Bagatelle”. Michelle & Jess were busy all day feeding everyone and Michael was a star at the bar.

The generosity and support of all our members (full & social) their friends and family have enabled us to raise in the region of £1000 we are still counting the pennies and will post the final figure in due course along with some more photo’s of the day. In the meantime we’ll done and thank you big time to everyone taking part and those working behind the scene. Photos below of our winners