Club Champions 2021-22

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2022 saw the climax of this seasons internal club competitions and the club was buzzing with spectators supporting all the finalists. Take a look at the winners . . .

24hr Bowl-a-thon Raises £4600 for CWCF Polegate

What a weekend 19/20th March 2022

A huge thank you to all our fantastic members for their support and donations throughout the weekend and also to those bowlers from other clubs, Falaise, Langney, Egerton, Denton, Preston and outdoor clubs from Hailsham and Hellingly who also took part.

The Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Pat Rodohan opened the event and had a bowl as did his wife The Mayoress, Eastbourne’s MP Caroline Ansell came along to support the event and we also had representatives from SCIBA, SCWIBA, Disability Bowls England and of course CWCF (Children With Cancer Fund – Polegate) the local charity that we were raising funds for.

Over the 24 hours Terry Prior and Peter Ring bowled 148 ends with a total score of 255 points. With the help of members that joined them on rink 1 a total of 2,664 bowls were bowled and they covered 4,884 meters (5342 yards, 3.035 miles) each! On all the other rinks a staggering 6,402 bowls were bowled in a variety of games including a session of Aussie Pairs, general roll-ups and the nightshift (some in their pyjamas) decided to have an obstacle course to keep them awake.

The total raised over the 24 hour period including our ‘Just Giving’ page was the phenomenal amount of £4,600

For those of you who don’t know our club has been supporting CWCF since September 2018 and had raised a total of £6,304 before ‘Lockdown’ in March 2020.

After ‘Lockdown’ was eased late in 2021 we continued to run events such as Mixed Drives, our Presidents 5’s tournament, a Beatles Night and various raffles to raise funds for CWCF culminating in the 24hr Bowl-a-thon and the total raised from all these events is £5,935 which means so far we have raised a grand total of £12,239 for this very worthy charity.


BBC Radio Sussex Post 24hr Bowl a Thon Interview

Last Sunday 27th March 2022 Terry, Peter and Derek appeared on the Sylvie Blackmore Show to give feedback on how well our 24hr Bowl-a-Thon went and announce how much it has raised so far for the Children With Cancer Fund – Polegate.

It’s well worth a listen, if you missed it the link to it is

The timeline should be at 3.40 to start listening.

Presidents 5’s Tournament

A total of 60 bowlers in 12 teams of 5 spent a very enjoyable day on Sunday (27/2/22), battling against each other to finish top of the standings and win the President’s Cup.

Each team played four games – singles, pairs, triples and rinks – meaning each player played twice.

At the end of the day the top team was CHAS’S TEAM, pipping President Phil Garrett’s own team to the trophy. TEAM RIDOUT won the much-coveted prize of the Mars Bars!!

President Phil congratulated the winners and thanked everyone for their support – from the bowlers themselves, to the kitchen and bar staff who kept everyone fed and watered ( a couple of dozen or so stayed on to enjoy Michelle’s Roast Beef supper), and special thanks went to George Brown for organising and running the competition itself. 

But the biggest winner of the day was of course the Children with Cancer Fund, who benefited to the tune of approximately £360, made up from book sales, a game of ‘higher-or-lower’, and rink fees.

‘Eastbourne Bowlers Enjoy Unprecedented Successes’ – Eastbourne Herald 21/01/2022

If you haven’t seen the inside back page of the Eastbourne Herald on Friday 21st January 2022 this is what the article said . . .

‘Eastbourne & District Indoor Bowls Club was established in 1979 and currently has around 750 playing and social members and despite Covid the Club is doing particularly well in National competitions this season.

The Denny Cup is the biggest nationwide knockout men’s club competition in bowls and comprises teams of four rinks with matches played on a 2 home and 2 away basis with the team achieving the better aggregate score over 4 rinks proceeding to the next round.

Eastbourne have now reached the quarter final stage of the competition having beaten Preston (Brighton), Adur (Shoreham), Falaise (Hastings), Wealden (Maresfield) and Victory (Portsmouth) and will play Wey Valley (Guildford) on the 29th January to achieve a place in the semi final.

Eastbourne Skips are Rob Morphett, Stephen Bain, Andy Hayward and Adrian Wainwright.

Meanwhile the Yetton Trophy is the biggest nationwide knockout women’s club competition in bowls and has the same format as the men’s Denny Cup.

Like the men, the ladies at Eastbourne have now reached the quarter final stage of the competition having beaten Arun (Bognor), Worthing Pavilion, Adur, and Chawton Park (Alton) and will play Swale (Sittingbourne on the 29th January to achieve a place in the semi final.  Their Skips are Lorraine Kuhler, Mandy Carrie, Pat Bain and Jan Pilcher.

Neither the Eastbourne men nor ladies have ever reached this far before in these competitions and for both to do so in the same season is a fantastic achievement. Members said they would liken it to one of the local football teams getting through to the third round proper of the FA Cup.

Also, Eastbourne ladies “A” team are also tasting success in the Masons Trophy, a nationwide knockout club competition with matches played on a one home and one away basis. Skips are Pat Bain and Mandy Carrie. They have reached the third round having beaten Eastbourne “B” and Worthing and are playing Preston (Brighton) in the next round on the 21st January.’

Since publication of the above article our ladies won their match against Preston and will now play Arun in the fourth round on 18th February.

Congratulations to everyone involved and good luck in the next round.

Goodbye 2021 – Hello 2022

Despite the restrictions we have had to live with this year our club is thriving,

The club has progressed to the later stages of both the men’s (Denny) and women’s (Yetton & Mason) National Team Competitions, the next rounds of the Denny and Yetton are on 8th January at 10am and the Mason is on 21st January at 10am.

Club competitions are well underway, the club leagues are running smoothly and our Ladder League is very popular and currently has 92 players split into 23 groups of 4.

We continue to support the local charity Children With Cancer Fund – Polegate by collecting old printer cartridges and in December we ran a festive mixed drive and raised £372.

Our social calendar has been busy with members enjoying a Race Night, Live Music from Tom Powell, 3 Quiz Nights and a very successful Christmas Fayre.

We look forward to some great bowling in 2022, good luck to everyone in all competitions and for all our members, full or social look out for Fish and Chip Bingo Night, a Barn Dance, an Afternoon Tea, another Race Night, a couple more Quizzes and a Spring Fayre all subject to any Covid Restrictions that may be in place at the time of each event.

Happy New Year to all our members, their families and friends and to any prospective members, if you’d like more information about our club please send us a message using our Contact Form and we will be in touch to arrange a visit and/or a taster session.

Children With Cancer Fund Mixed Drive Fund Raiser

We are going to hold a mixed drive on Sunday 5th December 1.30 onwards to raise money for the children with cancer fund.

For those of you that do not know what a mixed drive is… It is a fun afternoon for all abilities playing in teams of 4. There are 3 games of 6 ends each. The afternoon is a great way to meet new people and have some fun playing bowls. You can join up individually as teams are drawn.

There will be prizes!

For the entry fee we are asking for a donation (minimum £3) with all the monies going to the Children with Cancer fund.

To make it a bit of fun, come along in your Christmas attire!

If you would like to join in and raise some much-needed funds for this great cause please add your name to the list on the notice board or ring the club and ask to be included (48 players required)


Thank You

Dear Members,

I would like to thank everyone who has bought the second hand bowls, equipment and clothes over the last few months. We have raised £1,000 for the juniors, Dave Buttle has now ordered 3 more sets of bowls for them to use on a Friday 4-6pm Juniors session.

Peter Ring

Summer Matches

Dear Members,

We are now pleased to tell you we have the following matches, if you would like to play in any of them please let us know by email email hidden; JavaScript is required or leave your name and the dates you are available to play with Naomi.

19th August – Denton – Home – 2pm – Greys – Tea and Biscuits

27th August – Norwich & Norfolk Bowlers – Home – 2pm – Greys – Tea and Biscuits

9th September – Royal Tonbridge Wells – Home – 2pm – Greys – Tea and Biscuits

16th September – Denton – Away – 2pm – Greys – Tea and Biscuits

We are looking forward to the matches

Julie and Anita

Preston 54 vs Eastbourne 92

Message from Julie Woods, our Ladies Captain . . .

“I would like to thank all of our club members who drove and travelled to Preston for our first friendly mixed match in a very long time, we were made to feel very welcome and safe at Preston and would like to thank them for all their hard work in arranging the match.
It certainly was a very enjoyable afternoon and a wonderful feeling to be back bowling against a different club.
We won on all 4 rinks and the overall score was Preston 54 Eastbourne 92”.