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2022 Hastings Open Bowls Tournament Report

The small number of entrants (40 Singles/18 Pairs/18 Triples) that competed this year were granted glorious weather, bowling greens in good condition if sometimes a bit swift & wonderful refreshment provided by Martyn Naylor & team manning the Bar ably supported by Mark & Sarah in the Kitchen. The Committee thanks the many competitors who gave up their time to MARK Singles matches & to all those that assisted the organisers in the management of the Greens. Thanks to Hastings Borough Council for allowing us to use their Greens at no charge & Parking Services for making life easier for those that travelled a distance. Open Singles Champion was Jack Till (Gullivers) who came from behind to overcome last year’s Runner-Up David Baxter (Wanstead Central) by 1 shot leaving it to the last end to nose in front. Open Triples Champions were Alec Martin/Trevor Logan/Shaun Godfrey (mostly White Rock) who nudged out Stuart James/Gary Wilson/Martyn Naylor (Rosemount) 18-15. Alec Martin & Shaun Godfrey beat Ed Law & Dave Morgan to take the Consolation Pairs. As the Tournament makes a significant loss this year 2023 will most likely be the last (111th) to be held unless significant support materialises.

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The Hastings Open Bowls Tournament has been held annually since 1911 and is a Five Star Tournament licensed by Bowls England. 

It is played at White Rock Gardens commencing the second Monday in August each year. The Charity open mixed triples competition, mainly 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 Open Singles, Pairs and 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 was completely refurbished and is proving very popular with locals and visitors alike – it won the prestigious RIBA Stirling prize 2017. Also close to Hastings & St. Leonards are the towns of Bexhill on Sea, Eastbourne, Rye, Tunbridge Wells and Brighton. The Hastings Open Bowls Tournament greens are close to Priory Meadow Shopping Centre.