The website is now updated to the middle of July 2016 and the draw can be seen by clicking on the Competition Supplement link above. Entries are slightly down on last year, although the Open Triples show a small increase. The full report on the 2015 tournament can also be seen by clicking on the appropriate link. General Interest on the navigation bars on the left of the screen include Accommodation, History of the Game, Jokes page, Links and Places of Interest. Certainly worth a look.
This year, we welcome a new sponsor, Kiley’s Carpets who join our other sponsors Croft Glass (main), Don Softley, Brickwall Hotel and chartered accountants Gibbons Mannington & Phipps. We give them all our thanks for their support.
Previous visitors to our site will have seen that Cllr. Maureen Charlesworth stood down as Vice Chairman at the last AGM. In addition to her connection with the Tournament and many charities, she was also Deputy Mayor for two years and four times Mayor during her 30 years dedicated service, subsequently being given the freedom of the Borough of Hastings. We wish her well and hope to see her at White Rock Gardens, when she can, at our main tournament in August and our one day charity event at the end of September. We look forward to welcoming our new Council appointed committee member in due course.
This year’s opening ceremony will take place at 9.15am sharp on Monday morning and will be a “one bowl shoot-out” between town Mayor, Cllr. Judy Rogers and Deputy Mayor and Tournament Vice Chairman, Cllr. Nigel Sinden. It has the makings of a nail-biting start to the Tournament!
This year’s Open Triples charity event on Sunday 25th September will be for the benefit of Chestnut Tree House which cares for local life-limited children and their families. More details on our Charity page.
This year, competitors will have the privilege of being part of history as they will have the unique opportunity of playing on the Cumberland turf which was laid by Hastings Corporation 100 years ago in the Spring of 1916 which, incidentally, coincided with the year White Rock Bowls Club was founded.
Finally, the opening of the new link road this year between Bexhill and Hastings has considerably reduced the time taken to get to the greens for people coming from the east of Hastings – a major plus point when driving to White Rock Gardens! Also, Hastings Borough Council have continued to grant us concessionary parking and we thank them for their help and understanding.
Next year’s tournament will be held 14th to 19th August 2017.
HASTINGS OPEN BOWLS CHARITY TOURNAMENT 19/09/2016:
Sunday sees the virtual end of the outdoors bowling season and culminates in the annual Hastings Open Bowls Charity Triples Tournament where more than 150 players from all over the south-east of England will gather at the White Rock Bowls Club to enjoy some great company ands some great bowling, with just a few fingers crossed for the sun to shine to match the weather last year.
Multiple teams, with ten from West Hoathly (including last year’s winners),from Ashford, Tunbridge Wells, Littlehampton and Hailsham will be returning and there will be a good sprinkling of elite local players.
Each team will play two 18-end matches against different opposition in the morning and afternoon and the tournament winners will be the team with the highest overall winning scores over the two sessions.
Our Charity beneficiary this year is the Chestnut Tree House which looks after children with life-shortening conditions whether they are a children’s hospice or in the community. Every penny made today from the entry fees and grand raffle will be going to the local branch.
Spectators are always extremely welcome; the bar will be open and sandwiches, snacks and refreshments will be available from the Clubhouse. There will. as ever. Be our grand raffle and we would like to take this opportunity to thank those kind people who donated raffle prizes and Hastings Borough Council for providing the facilities.