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, and possibly Eastbourne, 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.