* * * CLUB CLOSURE * * *

Dear Members,

Due to the Government directive announcement on the 16th March and after a meeting of Management Committee this afternoon (18th March), it has been agreed that regrettably Eastbourne & District Indoor Bowls Club is closed with immediate effect.

We have taken this action to safeguard the health of our members, staff and the wider community. We will constantly review this decision and keep everyone informed of any reopening as soon as possible.

Anybody wishing to collect their bowls equipment may do so tomorrow and Friday between the hours of 10am-4.30pm. If this is not suitable you may ring the club to arrange an appointment.

A further newsletter will follow.

Keep safe and with best wishes
Centre Manager

Men’s County Finals

L-R Steve Bain, Roger Cable, John Cable

Yesterday, 15/03/2020 saw our Men’s Triples, Steve Bain, Roger Cable & John Cable play in the Men’s County Finals at Arun.

They all played well but unfortunately on end 14 when the score stood at 9 – 9 they dropped a 3 and eventually lost 15 – 9.

John Cable received his County Badge and due to his excellent performance he has been invited for county trials next season.

For County fixtures, leagues and competitions see http://www.sciba.net  



Coronavirus Update- Government Guidelines as of 12th March 2020

Dear Members

Following the Government guidelines given out yesterday, we are now implementing the requirement that members must NOT COME INTO THE CLUB and self- isolate for 7 days if either/both of the following conditions apply:


If after 7 days you still feel unwell please contact 111 or go to the NHS website

We continue to follow the E.I.B.A guidelines and advise you to:

Wash your hand regularly

Use Alcohol-based hand sanitisers

Cough or sneeze into tissues which are then binned (please don’t leave tissues on restaurant tables/plates) or sneeze into your sleeve

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

Self-isolate if you are suffering from the above symptoms or have been to high risk areas.

Your health and wellbeing is paramount to us, if you are bringing visitors to the club it is imperative that you sign them in and that the member’s name is clearly written.

Best regards

Dave Parks


Congratulations to our Juniors

L-R Sophie, Dave Buttle, Freddie

Sophie & Freddie Cable both played in the finals of the Sussex Junior County Finals at Horsham I.B.C, 8th March.

Both of them improved on last year’s results. In the singles Sophie won 1, drew 1 and lost 1 whilst Freddie won all his 3 games, in the skills Sophie scored 25 points and Freddie scored 45 points.

In the previous 2 season’s Freddie has won the singles once and the skills once, both times coming out overall champion but this year he took ALL 3, Singles, Skills and Overall Champion, a great performance.

I’m very proud to be their coach and to see that the work they have put in paid off, this is great for our club.

Freddie will now go on to represent Sussex in the Area Finals at Horsham I. B. C. on the 19th April.

Congratulations to both Sophie and Freddie for what they have achieved so far and good luck to Freddie in the Area Finals in April.

Dave Buttle.
Junior coach

Say Hello to Eleanor and Milvy

The Management Committee are pleased to be able to welcome Eleanor and Milvydas to our bowls club to enable them to carry out their work placement. Although our club is small compared to many other sports facilities in the local area we are confident that they will have many opportunities to undertake all the necessary tasks and duties to gain hands on knowledge and experience in business management. We expect them to be committed to the hours they must complete and to take every task or project seriously. We also look forward to teaching them the game and introducing them to our members.

Hello, my name is Eleanor. My sporting background is mainly derived from Tennis, through playing, volunteering and coaching for six years. I currently play for the University of Brighton Women’s 1st Tennis Team. I spend my summers teaching tennis and looking after 7-9-year-old girls at a summer camp in Maine, USA. I am keen to learn and transfer my knowledge from my sporting background whilst further expanding my depth of knowledge in a sport I have never tried and helping to positively promote the business. I’m excited to learn about a new sport and to apply my theoretical knowledge from my course to EDIBA. I’m looking forward to meeting and talking to you so if you see me around the club, please come and introduce yourself!






Hello, my name is Milvy and I am currently a 2nd year student at the university of Brighton. As part of my course I have been given the opportunity to complete a 300 hour work placement at this beautiful bowls club. My sporting background comes from football. I had the opportunity to represent my country (You’ll have to ask me to find out where I’m from) at international level for many years whilst still playing at semi-professional level. My background of interest is business and I am really looking forward to learning how to run a successful sports club.
I am looking forward to meeting you all, so please, don’t be shy come and introduce yourself.


Dear Members

During these challenging times I would like to keep you informed of the monitoring and planning the club has put into place to ensure every effort is made to protect the health and welfare of all our members, staff and visitors at our club.

Currently we are following NHS guidelines to ensure that personal hygiene is kept at the highest level we can manage. Signs are visible to remind all users of our club to wash hands for the recommended 20 seconds, We have put sanitisers on rink tables, at the restaurant servery and on the bar in addition to the two dispensers we have had for some time situated in the entrance and as you enter the restaurant. We have increased the cleaning programme of sanitising door handles and handrails.

The E.I.B.A has also provided guidelines including no handshaking, it’s a natural response when meeting players, but we can see everyone is doing their best to keep our club free from infection.
With regard to travelling to countries affected with Coronavirus and are classed as high risk, please consider that even on your return and having no symptoms, that you may feel it appropriate to stay away from the bowls club for 14 days. This will help protect our members, especially as most of us are in the high-risk age group. If you would like to discuss this on your return from travelling please telephone the club to speak to Naomi. You may not be aware that we have recently requested that one of our kitchen staff, who returned from Thailand and Malaysia 10 days ago without symptoms, will not return to work for 14 days.

Currently we are confident that all planned bowling and social events will continue unless we hear from NHS/E.I.B.A that we need to make changes.

We will continue to monitor the NHS website every day to ensure we are keeping up with current guidelines and notify you by email, posters and notices on tables as soon as we know more.

Best regards
Dave Parks

*** 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.

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

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,