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The Charity Triples Bowls Tournament in aid of local charities

The Charity Triples Bowls Tournament in aid of local charities was held on the
last day of the outdoor season – 25th September 2016.

The Hastings Open Bowling Tournament’s Committee staged their mixed open Charity Triples competition at the White Rock Gardens with good local support and with two teams from the visually impaired (Hastings Visually Handicapped BC) and two teams and for the first time from the Seaview Project, a Charity supporting the homeless.
From further afield, teams were welcomed from Littlehampton, Herstmonceux, Hailsham and Tonbridge (Riverside BC).  Our faithful supporters over the years from Ashford Rail and West Hoathly, who entered three and nine teams respectively.
The threatening morning rain petered out to be followed by sunshine and a blustery wind making bowling difficult.  Despite this the bowling was of a consistently high standard.
Each team played two sessions of 15 ends against differing opposition and the winners would be the team with the highest aggregate score over their opponents.  The eventual winners came from the Tonbridge Riverside BC and were Colin Barton (skip), Dave Corbett and David Holmes with 56 points.  The runners up were the local trio from Rosemount BC of Alan Young, Paul O’Connell and Graham Knight with 28 points.
Later in the afternoon we were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Hastings, Cllr. Judy Rogers in all her regalia, together with Georgina Cook, the representative of our chosen Charity, the Chestnut Tree House which specialises in support for children with life-shortening conditions (see below for link).
The presentations were made by the Mayor and also the Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Nigel Sinden, who also happens to be the Tournament Vice-Chairman. Georgina then gave a short resume of the work carried out by the Charity.
Thanks were given to Hastings Borough Council who made the Greens available, Pat and company in the kitchen, Martyn and Co in the bar and to Maureen, Sally and Penny for the raffle which raised a magnificent £320.00, which, together with the entry fees enabled us to provide the Chestnut Tress House with a  cheque for £500.00  Grateful thanks also to Peter Mitchell of Top Flight Supplies for donating the trophies, all those who gave prizes for the raffle and an especially large thank you to Simon Moore who organised the Tournament.

Charity Triples Winners
Charity Triples Runners Up

Presentation : L – R  Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Nigel Sinden,
Georgina Cook, Chestnut Tree House,
Mayor, Cllr. Judy Rogers, Gordon Leggatt, Tournament President

This year the charity tournament will be held on Sunday 24th September 2017 and the Committee have decided the beneficiary charities will be the Hastings Furniture Service - the furniture re-use and training charity for Hastings & Rother and the Anthony Nolan Trust – saving the lives of people with blood cancer.