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Hastings Open Bowls Tournament

The Hastings Open Bowls Tournament has been held annually since 1911 and is a Five Star Tournament licensed by Bowls England. It is a mixed open one week tournament. Tournament dates for this year are as follows:

Monday 10th August until Saturday 15th August 2015
Closing date Saturday 20th June 2015

Entries received (final List)

Competition Draw

Note from the Secretary - 21/07/2015:
I regret I was misinformed about the Eastbourne Tournament and am delighted to confirm that they ran successful Ladies events this year - both Singles and Pairs as well as Open Triples and will be doing so next year.

Secretary’s Update - May 2015

Mid-May is upon us and outdoor bowlers are much in evidence on the many greens in Hastings and St Leonards – and doubtless beyond.  Given the declining numbers we saw at the Tournament last year, we are trying to make sure that everybody who should be aware of dates, closing dates, prize money etc is fully informed.  If we can get the word out enough, then we will get a feel for whether the Tournament can survive or not – and future survival is not a given as entrants dwindle, but this is a venerable old beast and should not be let go until we are sure it is no longer wanted – or viable.

A particular concern, mentioned before, is the dwindling numbers of ladies who are entering.  We are aware that Bexhill have elected not to run ladies events as a result of lack of interest, and we do not want to go down that route unless it becomes unavoidable.  In a brazen attempt to increase interest and encourage participation, the prize money for the Ladies Singles has been increased for 2015:

  • Winner increased from £120 to £150
  • Runner-up increased from £60 to £75

We also intend to award a separate prize for the best placed ‘non-local’ lady.  This is in recognition of a perception that the ‘local’ ladies may have an edge due to their familiarity with the White Rock greens.  The detail is yet to be worked up – and is a cheerful minefield of interpretation – but more information will be promulgated in a Sec’s Note before the closing date.

So, I hope the bowlers in the town and the local environs are enjoying their bowling.  Furthermore, I hope all bowlers give a moment’s thought as to whether they wish to enter this reasonably challenging Tournament offering quite generous prize money in very pleasant surroundings – visit the web site gallery if you have never seen the White Rock venue.

Finally, the Committee have decided to support our selected 2014 charity, Dragonflies, for a further year.  Dragonflies is a small local charity that supports children who have lost a close family member – they do a cracking job in tricky circumstances with limited funds.  We are delighted to try and help them again by donating the money raised at our Charity Tournament in September 2015. 

Hastings Open Bowls Tournament is played at White Rock Gardens commencing the second Monday in August each year. The Charity open mixed triples competition, in aid of local charities, is held on the last Sunday in September each year and marks the closing of the outdoor bowls season. The Hastings Open Bowls Tournament consists of Ladies' Singles, Men's Singles, Ladies' Pairs and Men's Pairs and Open Triples event where teams can be mixed or single sex. Lawn bowlers enter from various lawn bowls clubs in England, the UK and abroad. The Hastings Open Bowls Tournament greens overlook the English Channel. Accommodation is available in the heart of 1066 country where there are numerous attractions to be found in Battle and St. Leonards. Also close to Hastings & St. Leonards are the towns of Eastbourne, Rye, Tunbridge Wells and Brighton. The Hastings Open Bowls Tournament greens are close to Priory Meadow Shopping Centre. Come on try your luck and print your entry forms for both events from this website.

The Hastings End of Season Triples Charity Tournament
will be held
Sunday 27th September 2015.
As this is a highly popular tournament, get your entry in early
to avoid disappointment as entries may be limited.


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