*** EIBA Coronavirus Statement ***

The EIBA have issued the following statement of advise regarding Coronavirus.

As a club we will be following the recommendations inline with the other practises we have already put in place such as extra hand sanitisers around the club including one at the end of every rink and we will be carrying out additional sanitising cleaning to reassure our members.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The English Indoor Bowling Association has been monitoring the situation regarding Coronavirus and following the publishing of the UK Governments’ plan, yesterday, wish to advise its Clubs, County Associations and Indoor bowlers of the following:

The EIBA are following the advice of Public Health England in the current plans for containment of the virus. As such we would advise clubs and bowlers, if not already doing so to implement: –

• Regular washing of hands

• Use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers

• Cough or sneeze into tissues which are then binned.

• Don’t touch your face unless you have washed your hands.

• Self isolation if the member believes they may have the symptoms.

In relation to the customary handshake at the start and end of matches, the EIBA recommend that this courtesy does not take place until the situation has improved.

“What’s On In March” . . .

Saturday 7th at 7pm is Beatles Tribute Night, £10 entry fee to include a buffet.  ‘Nothing Is Real’ are a popular local band who do not charge for playing their gigs so proceeds from the night will go to Children With Cancer Fund – Polegate who once again are our Captain’s Charity of the Year. Tickets are on sale from behind the bar.

Saturday 14th March is our Captains Charity Bowls Tournament. Entry fee £5.  This will be the same as last years massively successful event when 72 bowlers of all abilities played for the Captains Trophy and Captains Medal and the Club was buzzing all day. Mixed ability teams will be selected by Captain Peter. The event starts at 9.30am for the preliminary rounds followed by the knockout rounds in the afternoon. The bar and Restaurant will be open all day for refreshments. Social Members are more than welcome. All proceeds to Children With Cancer Fund – Polegate. Please register and pay the entry fee behind the bar.

Our ever popular Race Night returns on Friday 20th, 7:30pm.

Click here for a full list of all our social events.

F V A G I K M Y ???

Yesterday saw the club put on another beautiful Afternoon Tea, tables were laid with beautiful embroidered tablecloths and vintage china, members were served with a selection of sandwiches, scones & cakes and during the afternoon had a bit of fun with a quiz & a few table games. Toss the Teabag tested skill 😉 then everyone had to write the funniest telegram sentence using 8 letters taken randomly from the alphabet and using them in order so – F V A G I K M Y became Five Vicars Arresting Goats In Kinky Muddy Yfronts, hilarious. Well done to Chris and her team for a great time.

President’s 5’s Fun Day . . . And The Winners Were. . .

The Presidents 5s Fun Day saw 60 bowlers of all abilities come together in a friendly competition with each team playing singles, pairs triples and fours. The event was sponsored by Focus Investment Planning Ltd who kindly donated prize money for the 1st and 2nd place teams.

This was the first ever President’s Day and a first for the 5’s format.

Everyone enjoyed a day of bowling, mixing with friends and the rivalry of competition. The eventual winners were ‘Hit and Hope’ with ‘Jim’s Joker’s’ a very close 2nd. The winning players very generously donated their prize money to our Captain’s Charity, Children With Cancer Fund – Polegate which is a much respected local charity who support families of children who are under going treatment for cancer.

£120 was raised on a raffle and these monies will be added to our Junior Academy Fund

Thank you to everyone who made the day such a great success, the President’s Day will now be an annual event.

Phil Garrett

Taste the Difference

Quiz master Steve has done it again, another brilliant quiz night attended by 120 eager quizzers. An interesting twist to one of the rounds with a ‘Taste the Difference’ section which was great fun!

It was a very close contest with team ‘I am Spartacus’ finishing 2nd by 1 point to team ‘Young & Hot’. Team ‘The Naughty Corner’ were their usual rowdy selves.

Big thank you not only to Steve for all the time and effort involved in putting the quiz together but also to Chris for her energy, time & organisation of the raffle, winners prizes & preparing the nibbles, Roger ‘the calculator’ without whom we wouldn’t know who’d won! those who helped set up the room and helped during the evening, Wendy for selling the raffle tickets, Peter & Julie behind the bar and to all those members who stayed behind afterwards to put all the tables & chairs back in place.

President’s 5’s Fun Day

Dear Members,

I am really looking forward to our first President’s 5’s Fun Day on Sunday 23rd February, we have filled all the spaces for the teams, thank you to all of you who are coming along.

The format of the day is Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours.

Please book in by 9.15am, the first game will start at 09.30am. 

Dress is greys with any approved bowls shirt, plain white shirt or club shirt.

The kitchen will be open from 8.30am serving bacon and sausage sandwiches or baguettes, and a full breakfast menu will be available from 10am, lunches will be available from 12pm and sandwiches will be served all day.

If you aren’t playing please come down to watch and support the club and your fellow bowlers, the draws for the matches have taken place and there is bound to be some great games to watch throughout the day.

Don’t forget we will also be showing the England vs Ireland 6 Nation’s rugby match kicking off at 3pm.

See you all on Sunday,

Phil Garrett,

Junior Academy

Fund raising efforts for our Junior Academy have reached an amazing £380 these monies being raised from the sale of used sets of bowls, sale of plants and marmalade at our open days and fayre’s and £145 donated by Waitrose who included our club in a token drop as part of their community matters scheme during October 2019.

This has enabled our Junior Coach, Dave Buttle, to purchase two new much needed sets of junior coaching bowls.

Congratulations to Dave and our junior players in their success this season in the Sussex County matches.

If you would like to join our Junior Academy or require more information about our junior academy please send us a message using our Contact Form.


Eye’s Down For a Full House

Great turn out for our Fish and Chip Bingo night last Friday, lots of banter, lovely supper, a very enjoyable evening all round. Thanks to ‘Caller Chris’ and everyone else who helped make the evening such a success.

Check out our website www.ediba.co.uk/social for a complete list of our social events.

“What’s On In February” . . .

Friday 21st at 7:30pm is Steve & Chris’s Fundraising Quiz Night, £3 per person to include nibbles. Up to 6 people per team. Please purchase your tickets and enter your team at the bar.

Sunday 23rd is a NEW event – PRESIDENT’S 5’s FUN DAY, play to start at 9:30am with presentations at 5:30pm. There will be 12 mixed teams of 5 players, each player to play 2 games, singles, pairs, triples and fours. Each game will be 1.5 hours maximum. Only £4 per player to enter. Entry forms available from the bar, please pre-order lunch. This event will be sponsored by Focus Investments Ltd, come and enjoy a fun day.

Wednesday 26th at 3pm Vintage Afternoon Tea. After the success of our last Vintage Afternoon Tea we are holding another so come along and enjoy a relaxing vintage style tea with games and a raffle. Only £6.50 per person, please purchase your tickets at the bar in advance for catering purposes.


Two of our Juniors play for Sussex U25’s

Congratulations to Freddie and Sophie who both played for Sussex U25’s on Sunday 12th January against Surrey.

It was Sophie’s 1st game for the league team and she played well, Sophie was in the same rink as Freddie, their rink won 25 / 16 and Sussex won on all rinks.

Sussex have now won the Inter County League with 2 games to play, Freddie has played in every league game this season and they are both playing in the next league game away to Essex.

Dave Buttle,
Junior Coach

Message from their team manager

“Just thought I’d let you know that both Freddie and Sophie played for Sussex on Sunday against Surrey.
Freddie has this year established himself as part of the main team.
Sophie played her 1st league game, getting herself a county shirt.
Keep doing what you are doing Dave, as it is helping the Sussex youth program.”