On 4th December Peter Ring and Derek Spiller ran a three hour session at the Club for ten graduate Occupational Therapy Students and their Lecturer, Annette Feaks, from Brighton University covering the use of the wide range of disabled bowling equipment now available. We have subsequently received the following letter from Annette:-
“I wanted to message yourself to convey how impressed we were with the session provided at the bowls club by Peter and Derek on 4th December.
Their communication in advance of the session was very efficient with a clear agenda of what to expect, in addition we were made to feel very welcome during the activity.
The encouragement received and explanation was very sensitive and appropriate and we really appreciate the opportunity to speak with bowlers whose needs have recently altered and trial some of the adaptive equipment. The students really valued the session and now have an idea of how this activity could be used for those they may work with, and perhaps there’s some budding bowlers amongst them too!
We were really impressed by the scope of the bowls club and had no idea that the provision was so far reaching, it really assisted in cementing the sense of belonging that such a community holds, this is a really important concept in occupational therapy and was very evident during the session, please do extend our thanks once again to Peter and Derek as well as the other bowlers there on the day who made us feel welcome and answered our questions.”
Peter Ring, our Club President and Ambassador for Disability Bowls England in Sussex commented “this session is part of our continuing commitment to disability bowls and community engagement. We hope to run these sessions on a regular basis in the future.”
Our President, Peter Ring, is also the Disability Bowls England ambassador for Sussex and has recently shown Judy Plater, Disability Bowls England national developement and administrative officer how our club is encouraging people of all abilities to enjoy bowling.
Judy has written an article in January’s edition of Bowls International Magazine promoting Peter’s good work.
To read her article click here.
Malcolm Goman recently met up with Richard Hollands who is the Regional Community Relations Lead at Abbots Wood Manor Care Home who have sponsored our latest club jacket.
Our relationship with Brighton University Sport Management Placement Programme continues and we welcome two students to our club.
Nathan and Sags will be with us to complete 300 hours of work each to enhance their management knowledge. Their time here will enable them to complete a project to end their year 2 studies.
Please give your time to chat to them and to answer any questions they may have.
Nok Pun (Nathan)
“Hi my name is Nathan, I’m from Macau. Macau is a small city beside Hong Kong. My hobbies are playing football and cooking. I’m looking forward and excited to meeting you all.”
Osagie Ojo (Sags)
“My name is Osagie Ojo, you could call me Sags. I am 19 years old. I like to watch football and support Liverpool. Furthermore. I am excited and looking forward to getting to know everyone.”
During the recent Eastbourne Festival for Accessible Sport Derek Spiller,
Fred Hughes, Chris and Anita Feltham promoted the Club and the work we
are doing for disability access and inclusion. Our display included examples
of equipment to aid people with a disability to play Bowls as well as details of
facilities at the Club for social activities and meetings etc., for use by non
bowlers from the disabled community.
L-R Derek Spiller, Fred Hughes, Chris Feltham
Held at the Archery Field and Sports Hall, Seaside Road the event was well
attended and included demonstrations of a variety of sports for the the
disabled during what was a lovely sunny day. Our stand had a steady stream
of visitors and useful contacts were made with local groups including
Eastbourne MS Society, Eastbourne Blind Society and Eastbourne
The annual Eastbourne Festival for Accessible Sport is organised by Defiant
Sports, a local charity who provide coaching, events and competitions for
disabled sports. Further details can be found on www.defiantsports.org.uk
We are pleased that we are collaborating with Defiant Sports to make the
game of Bowls available to players of all abilities.
As members of Disability Bowls England our aim is to work towards being a
preferred Club to host County and National Disabled Bowls Matches in
addition to to the above. These exciting developments form part of our on
going community initiatives and we look forward to posting progress updates
in the future
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.
Eastbourne Mayor Councillor Pat Rodohan opens our 24hr Bowl-a-thon
Eastbourne Mayor with Terry Prior
L-R Back Row – Club Chairman Dave Parks, Vice-Chair Teresa Hubbins, Eastbourne Mayor Councillor Pat Rodohan, Derek Hubbins, Tournament Organiser Peter Ring, Club President Phil Garrett. Front Row – Terry Prior and Chris Downton from CWCF
L-R Back Row – Sussex County Ladies Club Rep Gill Henty, Peter Ring, Sussex County Ladies President Jill Saunders, Club President Phil Garrett. Front – Terry Prior
L-R Back Row – Sussex County Mens President John Whitfield, Peter Ring, Club President Phil Garrett. Front – Terry Prior
L-R Back Row – Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell, Ralph Davies organiser of the mixed drive, Peter Ring, Chairman Dave Parks.
Front – Terry Prior
L-R Fred Hughes (EDIBC) with Steve Ireland(Preston) representing Disability Bowls England
Steve Ireland – Disability Bowls England
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.
The Management Committee are pleased to be able to welcome Joshua and Tristan to our bowls club to enable them to carry out their 300 hour work placement, during which time they will have an opportunity to learn every aspect of managing a sports club and we look forward to being able to offer advice and information that will enable them to complete their second year. We expect them to be committed to the hours they must complete and to take every task or project seriously and we also look forward to teaching them the game and introducing them to our members.
“Hello, my name is Josh, and I am a keen cricket player who loves fast bowling. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning a very different kind of bowling and I am looking forward to improving and learning more. I am originally from Wiltshire and chose to go to Brighton University to be closer to the coast, which was a brilliant decision. I am interested in all aspects of running a sports club and I hope that my time with EDIBA will help me to finalise where I would like to take my career once I finish university. I have loved my time here so far and I look forward to meeting you all over the coming weeks.”
“My name is Tristan, I am 19 years old and in my 2nd year at the University of Brighton on the Eastbourne campus. I enjoy most sports and am always excited to try something new. I played football until I was 16 but my passion turned to golf when I began buying and selling 2nd hand golf clubs. My time spent selling on eBay has progressed my love for business and helped me understand some of the financial aspects. I look forward to the challenge of taking on the various roles at the club and am keen to offer my services and ideas. I’m looking forward to meeting and talking to everyone so if you see me around the club, please come and introduce yourself!”
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.
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.
Race Night Audience
Race Night Tote
Quiz Master Dave
Quiz Master George aka ‘Mr Bassett’
Quiz Master Steve
Charity Mixed Drive for CWCF – Polegate