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Charity Bowls Tournament

The Charity Triples Bowls Tournament, mainly  in aid of local charities

The beneficiary charities for next year will be nominated in the Spring of 2018.

Report on 2017 Charity Bowls Tournament:


Last Sunday saw the conclusion of the outdoor bowling season when, in brilliant sunshine, the Hastings Open Bowling Tournament’s Committee staged their mixed open charity triples competition at White Rock Gardens.  Over 100 bowlers took to the greens and  we were pleased to welcome teams from the local visually impaired Hastings Visually Handicapped BC, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Hellingly, Hailsham, Langton Green, Tandridge, faithful supporters Ashford Rail BC (two teams) and West Hoathly (six teams).
Each team played two sessions of 15 ends against differing opposition, the winners being the team with the highest aggregate score over their opponents.  The eventual winners were Graham Knight, Dave Morgan and Kevin Anderson (all St Leonards on Sea) with 39  points.  The runners up were again a local trio  consisting of  Keith Waters and brothers Andy and Steve Collyer from Hastings with 30 points.
We were also joined by Mrs Elaine Turner and her son Alex representing the beneficiary charity, Anthony Nolan, a charity saving the lives of people with blood cancer.  They had driven down from Swindon specially to attend the event and Alex made the presentations to the winners and runners up.
Taking into account entry fees, donations, and raffle receipts enabled £850 to be donated to the charity.  A cheque for this amount would be sent when funds were cleared.
Gordon Leggatt, Tournament President, in his summing up, gave thanks to Hastings Borough Council and PAVCO who made available the greens and the pavilion respectively at no cost, to PAVCO for donating the net takings from the kitchen and to Pat, Ros and Sandra for their hard work in the kitchen. He also thanked Heather who ran the bar and Sally and Sandra for the raffle which raised a magnificent £331.  Grateful thanks were recorded to Karen and Peter Mitchell of Top Flight Supplies, Hastings for donating the trophies. Peter has been associated with the charity tournament  since the late 1970s and he and his wife have maintained their connection. He also thanked all those who gave prizes for the raffle and donations and an especially large thank you to the committee who organised the tournament. He paid tribute to all bowlers, families and friends for giving such marvellous support and wished them all a safe journey home and said he looked forward to seeing them all next year when the tournament would take place on Sunday 30th September 2018.
The Open Tournament website www.hastingsbowlstournament.com will be updated at the beginning of October to include this report and pictures of the winners and runners-up.  Click on the Charity Bowls Tournament tab. The beneficiaries for next year will be announced in the Spring of 2018.
25th September 2017

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Elaine, President and Alex