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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.

End of Season Charity Tournament
in aid of Chestnut Tree House
Sunday 25th September 2016

Charity Triples Draw

Entries now closed

"Last gasp of fresh air before going indoors!"


We are looking for someone to take on the position of Secretary.
If you would be interested, please contact a committee member. Thank you.


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.

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.


The 2016 Tournament came to a close on Saturday 13th August with the finals of the Ladies’ and Men’s Singles being played out in glorious weather and in front of a good sized gallery of spectators.

Two finals, the Gibbons, Mannington & Phipps Open Triples, and the Brickwall Hotel’s Ladies’ Pairs were intentionally held on the Friday to avoid the possibility of somebody playing in three finals on one day. The Don Softley Men’s Pairs were also held on the Friday because Jack Till (Spartan BC) was playing in the National under-18’s Tournament at Bowls’ England’s Headquarters at Royal Leamington Spa on Saturday morning.  
In the Open Triples the defending champions from Hastings Bowling Club, Harold Startup (skip), John Sallows and Dave Ward out shone a visiting trio, (Mark James (Ixworth BC), John Herlihy (Blidworth BC) and David Baxter (Wanstead Central BC) by 16 – 11, although the score does not reflect the playing quality of the visitors, all of whom thoroughly enjoyed their visit and all intend to return next year, taking a holiday during the tournament week.
In the Ladies’ Pairs a high scoring and very close match saw Maxine Clarkson and Lorraine Milburn, both from White Rock BC, defeat Carol Baxter and Ann Pryke from Northiam BC by 28 to 20.
Quality was very much in the forefront in the Men’s Pairs as Alex Martin and Colin Nutton from the White Rock BC narrowly defeated Jack Till (Spartan BC), who may have had other things on his mind, and his partner Jason Walters (Bexhill BC) by 22 – 16 making inroads late on to a hefty deficit.
The Kiley’s Carpets’ Ladies Singles was first up on Saturday with the defending champion Corinne Wheatley from Fairlight BC taking on the experienced White Rock player, Maxine Clarkson.  A poor start put Corinne on the back foot but she fought back well, winning 5 of the last 7 ends to lose by 21 – 17.  At least she got a different trophy to put in the cabinet.
In the second round of the Croft Glass Men’s Singles Trevor Roberts (White Rock), the winner of the Bexhill Open Men’s Singles, came up against Charles Wright (Spartan), the winner of the Eastbourne  Men’s Singles.  It was 10 shots each at the half way mark when Trevor stepped up a gear to win the high quality game 23 - 13 before going out to Trevor Logan in the semi-finals.  Trevor Logan then went on to beat  Mike Parlour (Southey BC, Surrey) in the final 21 shots to 13 after yet another exciting game.  Mike, however, was well worth his place in the final.

Our thanks must go again to Hastings Borough Council for giving us the courtesy of the greens and parking concessions, our sponsors, advertisers and raffle prize donors, the kitchen and bar staff and the myriad of helpers, including markers, that made the Tournament a success.  A  special vote of thanks also to our indomitable, hard working tournament organiser, Simon Moore whose broad shoulders carried much of the hard work.





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2015 AGM:

A successful Annual General Meeting was held on 22nd November 2015 at which the chairman and most of the officers and committee were duly re-elected.  However, we were sad to say goodbye to our Vice Chairman, Maureen Charlesworth and Secretary Neil Flowerdew who stood down, both of whom were warmly thanked for their past services. Neil has offered to assist throughout next year’s tournament when he can.  Anyone who wishes to apply for the Secretary’s post should contact Treasurer Mike Grigg (details on the Contact page).  Basic computer skills are necessary and help and instruction will be given by Neil and members of the committee to the successful applicant..  Please come and help us in this worthwhile and vital role! 

The Treasurer said the audited accounts showed a small financial loss for the year in spite of a rise in entry receipts, offset by a rise in prize money.  Bank balances still remained fairly healthy. The Charity one day open triples event held on the last Sunday in September was also a great success, raising £650 for Dragonflies – see our Charity page for more details.

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.

In addition, as befits a seaside town, the pier has been completely refurbished, was opened to the public earlier in the year and is proving very popular with locals and visitors alike. 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.


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