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.
Next year’s tournament will be held 14th to 19th August 2017.
We are looking for someone to take on the position of Secretary.
If you would be interested, please contact a committee member. Thank you.
A message from the Chair
You will see from the AGM report below, the appointments for 2016/17. As the new Chairman, I thought I would introduce myself and say a few words via our website.
It was fun to join in with the Tournament this year even if I did not win. I could blame the wind moving my woods the wrong way or the gentle rain slowing my woods just short or maybe just point out that I only play once a year. So I enjoyed the ends I played and meeting and making many new friends amongst you all.
Over the last few years, numbers at all bowls tournaments have been declining but we all still enjoy bowling and also the camaraderie, meeting old friends and making new ones. As you will see, the 2017 main Tournament (as opposed to the Charity one) runs from Monday 14th to Saturday 19th August and you are all welcome. We cannot guarantee good weather but do offer a sunny outlook and a storm of fun.
If you have joined us in the past, we welcome you back. If you have never joined in with a Tournament played on 100-year-old plus greens overlooking the restored and now famous Hastings Pier, in a town that is becoming known for its easy- going night life, with prizes and a raffle worth winning then THIS IS A TOURNAMENT FOR YOU.
The one day end of season Charity Triples event will be held on Sunday 24th September 2017 with all monies raised going to a local charity. A great day of bowling to a good end. Please join us in this.
There are many to thank for their help over the years and this year I thank the Committee, all those that feed and water us, the ground staff for the best kept greens that I know, our sponsors and advertisers for their continued support and Hastings Borough Council for the use of the greens and pavilion.
But most of all, I thank and welcome you as a bowler or supporter.
Come and enjoy this ever-popular Tournament!
Councillor Nigel Sinden,
Deputy Mayor of Hastings and Committee Chair.
The website has now been updated with a few changes being made to the Sponsorship & Advertising page highlighting the fact that a full A5 page colour advert is FREE to Sponsors for a full year on our website and also showing the cost of colour and black and white programme advertisements also shown on our website for a year. In addition, the 2016 entry numbers have been included on the Tournament History page and a few jokes added to the “Lighter Side of Bowling” page, accessed by clicking on the “General Interest” navigation bar link on the left of the screen.
Finally, the opening of the new link road earlier in the year between Bexhill and Hastings has considerably reduced the time taken to get to the greens for people coming from the west of Hastings and has also led to a reduction in traffic on the A259 coast road. Hastings Borough Council have continued to grant concessionary parking for both tournaments and we thank them for their help and understanding.
The Hastings Open Bowls Tournament annual general meeting was held at the Falaise Indoor Bowls Centre on Sunday 13th November. The meeting was poorly supported in spite of wide publicity including the many letters sent to “participating clubs”, defined by our constitution as “bowls clubs in the Borough of Hastings and surrounding districts”. The posts of Vice Chairman, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer remain unfilled and we were sad to say our thanks and farewell to Chairman Matthew Lock who did not seek re-election. It consequently gave rise to the question as to whether or not there was enough interest and support to continue the tournament?
On a more cheerful note, both the main tournament and the charity one were successful with £800 being raised for Dragonflies, our chosen charity. We were also delighted to welcome to both events Town Mayor, Cllr Judy Rodgers, who, with Deputy Mayor Cllr. Nigel Sinden, formally opened proceedings for the main tournament, making it a “first” for a Mayor and Deputy Mayor to do so! The audited accounts showed a small loss for the year and the Treasurer reported that although the cash at bank was satisfactory, the increase in sponsorship and savings in some administrative costs had largely been offset by an increase in prize money together with a fall in entry fees and programme sales. The cost of entry fees was considered very competitive and would be unchanged for 2017.
Appointments for the forthcoming year were – President: Gordon Leggatt; Chairman: Cllr Nigel Sinden; Treasurer: Mike Grigg; Competition Secretary: Simon Moore. Committee: Sandra Page, Sally Robertson, Mary McAleer and Penny Kenward . In the meantime, the tasks of advertising, sponsorships, programme production, press releases and PR would be undertaken by the President, Treasurer and Competition Secretary until the committee base could be expanded. Thanks were given to Bob Robertson who did not seek re-election to the committee but who offered to help in the future on an ad hoc basis. The auditors, Gibbons Mannington & Phipps LLP were unanimously re-elected and we look forward to welcoming a second Council appointed member to the committee in due course.
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.