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Charity Bowls Tournament

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

The beneficiary Charity/ies for 2019 will be decided in Spring of 2019
and the event will be held on Sunday 29th September 2019.


Report on 2018 Charity Bowls Tournament:

HASTINGS OPEN MIXED CHARITY TRIPLES 30th September 2018 - In aid of SSAFA – the Forces Charity
The Hastings Open Bowling Tournament’s Committee staged their mixed open Charity Triples competition on Sunday at the White Rock and Rosemount Bowling Clubs with good local support and with two teams from the Seaview Project, a Charity supporting the homeless.

From further afield, teams were welcomed from Chatham, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge (Riverside BC).  Our faithful supporters over the years from Ashford Rail and West Hoathly came, entering multiple teams respectively.

The morning was very sunny, albeit chilly, and when the cloud cover came up in the afternoon the greens were distinctly slower, but overall the standard of bowling was consistently high and it was a great pleasure to see 44 teams playing in the last outdoor tournament of the season before they all venture indoors for the winter.

Each team played two sessions of 15 ends against differing opposition and as the scoring system had changed from previous years in that points were awarded for winning the match and also for the number of ends won.  At the halfway point Dean Battell and his colleagues Peter & Christine from the Rosemount BC held a narrow one-point advantage over four teams and they managed to hang on to that to win by one point from Team Fitzgerald from Chatham comprising Chris & Marie Fitzgerald and Mark Devonshire.

Before the prizes were awarded the President, Gordon Leggatt gave thanks to Hastings Council for the use of the Greens, the Kitchen staff and Bob in the bar for all their efforts. He also thanked Simon Moore for wonderfully organising the event and Sally Robertson for collecting the raffle prizes (over 60) and making sure that nobody missed the chance of buying tickets! nor least Peter & Karen Mitchell of Top Flight Supplies who donated the trophies. 

Later, the Mayor of Hastings, (Cllr. Nigel Sinden) was kind enough to present the trophies and accompanying prizes to the winners and runners-up.

The great beneficiary for the afternoon was the Soldiers, Sailors and Families Association (SSAFA) and continue the theme of commemorating the Centenary of the end of the First World War when SSAFA was founded.  The present Mayor was extremely pleased to present to the four times previous Mayor Hastings, Mrs. Maureen Charlesworth, a cheque for £650.00 in her capacity as President of the Hastings & Rother Branch of SSAFA and it was good to see that she was supported by members of the Hastings & St. Leonard’s Veterans Association of which she was an honorary member. He also presented her with a 10-inchhigh Tommy Perspex WWI figure, suitably engraved and produced by the Royal British Legion to commemorate those who lost their lives in the 1914-1918 war.

Even better was the decision of Pat Warner, representing the Pavilion Company, to give a further cheque to SSAFA for a total of £350.00 from the kitchen receipts on the day.

Charity Triples winners 2018 and Mayor and trophies
Runners Up 2018 – from Chatham – Chris & Marie Fitzgerald
and Mark Devonshire with Mayor & trophies.
Charity Triples Winners 2018 from Hastings Rosemount B.C. Dean Battell,  Peter Murie & Christine Hill-Godfrey