Occupational Therapy Students Disabled Bowling Session

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.”

“Peter makes rings at Eastbourne” Article in January Bowls International Magazine

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.

National Competition Updates

In the Mason Trophy the Ladies “B” team beat the Ladies “A” team 35-33 to qualify for Round 3 against Royal Tunbridge Wells on the 19th January.
In the Over 60 Double Rink the men beat Grattons 33-24 to qualify for the Area final against Worthing Pavilion on the 9th January.
In the Ladies Champion of Champions Jo Morris triumphed 21-17 against Anne Bernard ( Isle of Wight ) in the Area final and will play in the National finals to be held at Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club ( Poole ) at the beginning of February.
The ladies retained their unbeaten record in the East Division of the County League with a victory on all 5 rinks over Denton Island.

Our Teams March On In The Denny Cup And Yetton Trophy

In the Denny Cup the men beat the Isle of Wight 78-75 to qualify for the Regional Final against Folkstone on Saturday 6th January 2024.
In the Yetton Trophy the Ladies beat Adur 66-61 to qualify for the Regional Final against Ashford also on Saturday 6th January 2024.
Having qualified for the Mixed Fours Egham Trophy Reginal Final against the very strong Swale Club they lost 68-85 but all credit for reaching that stage of the competition having beaten strong opposition on the way through.

Our Teams are doing well in their County Leagues

Our men marched on in their efforts to retain the County League title with a resounding 152 ( 8 points ) 85 ( 0 points ) win over the current League leaders Worthing. They are now in 2nd place with a game in hand. Their next League fixture is away to Worthing Pavilion on Sunday 17th December.
Our ladies team are currently top of their County League with their next match at home to Denton Island on Thursday 14th December.

Another Successful Week For Our Club

The two Ladies teams in the Mason Trophy were victorious against Egerton Park 43-34 and 35-25 respectively and will play each other in Round 2 on the 8th December.
In the Mixed Egham Trophy we had an excellent win over the Isle of Wight 82-62 and will play the formidable Swale club in the Regional Final on the 10th December.
The men began their defence of the County League title by beating Adur 143 ( 5.5 points ) 105 ( 2.5 points ) and will next play Worthing at home on the 2nd December. 

Mixed Success in National Competitions

In the 3rd round of the Mens Denny Cup they secured victory, albeit narrowly, 82-79 against the Brighton based Preston Club and in the next round will play the Isle of Wight on the 9th December.
In the 3rd round of the Ladies Yetton Trophy they also played the Preston Club and had a resounding victory 90-54. They will play the Shoreham based Adur Club in the next round also on the 9th December.
Having successfully reached the Regional Final of the Mixed Top Club they came up against the very strong Swale Club from Kent and succumbed 67-104. However the highlight for Eastbourne was the victory by Jo Morris over Wendy King, both England Internationals, by 21-16.”

“Thank You”

We have received a lovely letter addressed to our Centre Manager from a couple of members who recently hired our venue for a special occasion, this is what they had to say;

”This is just to thank you and the Bowls Club for helping to make my 80th birthday celebrations both memorable and enjoyable. My family and friend were most impressed with the venue and especially the food. Michelle and her team could not be more helpful and welcoming.

The choice of food would suit any pallet and the quality and quantity was second to none. Michelle is obviously an expert in her field and a valuable asset to the Club, my wife feels the same.

I look forward to spending many years at Eastbourne & District Indoor Bowls Club as a member and thank you once again for the wonderful service.”

If you would like to enquire about hiring our venue please contact our Centre Manager during normal office hours on 01323 506009 alternatively please send us a message using our contact form 

EIBA National Over 60’s Singles Champion 2023

Wonderful article on EIBA website about our lovely Jo Morris and her determination to carry on bowling after an horrific neck injury. Such an inspiration to us all and she has helped other members of our club get to grips with using a bowling arm.
Jo is proof that if you want something, you have to fight for it. Last month she was crowned EIBA National Over 60’s Singles Champion, five years after she started using a bowling arm when faced with the prospect of giving up the sport she loves forever! 🏆
Jo says “The reaction has been mostly complete admiration of my determination to try bowling with the arm. Some say they would just give up bowls, or throw it from the hip, but we both decided we wanted to master the bowling arm to show people there is another alternative.”
Here is her story ⬇️