Bowls: The meeting of the seasons in Sussex

Chichester mayor Cllr John Hughes bowls the first wood at Chichester Bowling Club   Picture by Kate Shemilt C140488-1
Chichester mayor Cllr John Hughes bowls the first wood at Chichester Bowling Club Picture by Kate Shemilt C140488-1

It’s the meeting of the seasons in the bowls world - with the indoor brigade playing their final games and the outdoor clubs getting their summer campaigns started.

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A record number of bowlers - 54 - turned out for Chichester Bowling Club’s opening day.

The patron of the Club - Mayor of Chichester John Hughes - bowled the first bowl of the season and this was followed by the annual president-versus-captain match.


Witterings & District Bowls Club opened for the 2014 season with the first wood delivered by Ben Green of Henry Adams estate agents.

A large number of members and visitors attended with newcomers eager to try their hand at playing bowls.

A raffle, bacon butties, competitions and a plant stall ensured an enjoyable and successful start to the season.


Midhurst BC opened their green as 30 members enjoyed a roll-up on a beautiful sunny afternoon. Roll-ups will continue on Monday evenings from 6pm and Thursday afternoons from 2pm.

Friendly fixtures start on Friday, May 2, at West Dean and the league programme on Tuesday, May 13 at Petersfield.

On Saturday, May 10, there is an open afternoon from 2pm until 4pm for any new members - experienced or not - to visit the club and have a go. Woods will be available for those who want to have a go, but flat shoes must be worn.



The Sussex Women’s Bowling Association finals were held at Grattons and Arun had three teams involved - with

two very close losses and a very exciting climax to the badged triples, with Betty Spicer firing the jack off the rink on two occasions.

In the unbadged triples, Eileen Fitch, Viv Greenaway and Brenda Jones lost 15-14 to Preston. And in the pairs, Chris Hobbs and Betty Spicer lost 20-14 to Egerton Park.

But in the badged triples, Chris Hobbs, Wendy Adams and Betty Spicer won 17-16 against Egerton Park.

The season ended in triumph for Arun ladies, beating Egerton Park 105-80 at Horsham to become the Sussex League champions.

Scores: I Brooker, E Cooke, M Phillips, M Richards lost 24-12; C Horsley, S Judd, J Taffurelli, D Latter won 16-14; C Hobbs, M Bacon, B Collins, A Janman won 28-5; D Anderson, S Hart, S Miles, W Adams won 18-12; E Fitch, P Rampton, B Jones, B Spicer won 16-9; V Greenaway, F Ireland, S Stocker, G Conley lost 16-15.