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.

Brighton University Sports Management Students

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!”

24 Hour Bowl-A-Thon Radio Promotions

Thanks to the support of our local community radio stations we have arranged to publicise the Club and Terry and Peter’s 24 Hour Bowl-A-Thon for Children With Cancer Fund by a series of on air interviews with our nominated Club spokespersons as follows;

Terry Prior & Peter Ring – Saturday 5th March at 11.00 on Hailsham 95.9 FM during the Simon Herbert Show

Derek Spiller – Sunday 6th March at 16.40 on BBC Radio Sussex 104.5 FM during the Sylvie Blackmore Show

Malcolm Goman – Tuesday 15th March at 13.30 on Uckfield 105 FM during the Paddy Range Show

Dave Parks – Wednesday 16th March at 19.00 on Seahaven 95.6 FM during the Len Fisher Show

Terry and Peter will start their 24 hour Bowls marathon at 10.00am on Saturday 19th March.

We hope these radio promotions will boost the money raised for the Children With Cancer Fund and raise awareness of the Club, our involvement in the local community and this seasons bowling successes in County/National Competitions.

Please listen to our budding radio stars during the broadcasts.

If you can, please donate a prize for the raffle or money to the Just Giving Page by following the link below


Every penny counts

Thank you

Naomi, Terry & Peter

24 Hour Bowl-A-Thon

On Saturday 19th March from 10.00am, through to Sunday 20th March 10.00 am

One of our wheelchair Bowlers, Terry Prior and team mate Peter Ring, are planning to play Bowls for 24 hours to raise money for the Children With Cancer Fund. Playing through the day and night to boost funds, there will also be music and other fund-raising activities during this event.

We are asking for club members to support the event by participating in the bowling, donating a raffle prize or making a donation to this deserved cause. We will also be having a cake stall so any donations would be gratefully received.

Throughout the 24hrs there will be a mixed drive, Chase the Jack, Aussie pairs, The 24hr relay team, Football bowls and the night shift. We would love for you all to put your name down to support Terry and Peter. There are sign up sheets and more information on the noticeboard as you enter the club.

A page has been set up for donations at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/24hrbowl

Thanking you all in anticipation of your valued support for this wonderful cause.

Naomi, Terry and Peter

Also Uckfield FM have put an announcement on their website regarding our 24 hour Bowl-A-Thon, this can be found by clicking here 


‘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.