A Very Successful Have-A-Go Weekend
Despite a poor weather forecast for Saturday we had 10 visitors turn up to “Have a Go” but on a fine sunny Sunday, 26 visitors arrived.
Of these 36 people, 22 have already signed up for coaching and a further 4 are considering.
There was a very happy atmosphere and many people were surprised how much they enjoyed the game. The number of people signed up for coaching exceeds last year.
Hopefully the vast majority of those who have already signed up for coaching will decide to join the Club.
This weekend is our main recruitment drive. The Club is extremely grateful to our 4 qualified coaches, our team of coaching assistants, the bar and kitchen staff, those greeting and signing in the visitors, and all members who distributed the publicity posters by email or physically. Thank you all very much.
Anybody reading this article who was unable to turn up at the weekend and would like to Have a Go can do so by phoning the Club on 01323 649689 and request coaching on either a Tuesday or Saturday morning at 10.00am.
Jim Ashby Salver
2019 Season Opens
Gildredge Park Bowling Club commenced their season on Sunday 14th April with their Opening Drive playing for the Stan Briggs Memorial Trophy. Sixty Six players took part and the event was won by a team comprising Avril Haugvik, Kay Morrison, Mike Hunnisett and Brian Osborn.
This is only the second year the Trophy has been played for and last year’s winners included Brian’s wife Cathy, so the Osborn name has appeared on the Trophy in both years.
The photograph shows Brian Osborn, Avril Haugvik and Mike Hunnisett. The fourth member of the team Kay, was unable to stay for the photograph. This was Kay’s first time playing at Gildredge Park having transferred from Sovereign Bowls Club at the end of last year.
Success in Eastbourne Women's Town Competitions
The Cameron Cup Singles competition started back in May with 19 players entering the competition from local Clubs and concluded with Jenny Townsend from Gildredge Park and Louise Kenward from Eastbourne, meeting in the final. It was a very close match with Jenny winning with a final score of 21-16.
In the Lifeboat Triples Competition, the delayed final was played between the Gildredge Park team of Ros Pickering, Mal Rossell and Sue Putland and Doreen Ryall, Norma Dalgleish and Kathy Pease from Hailsham Bowling club. The Gildredge Park team won the match by 20 points to 13.
In the ladies fours, the final was played between the same two clubs as last year. Ros Pickering, Mal Rossell, Carol Heasman (standing in for Jenny Townsend) and Sue Putland from Gildredge Park and Gill Pearson, Rose Wattis, Cathy Greenwood and Julia Savin from Parade. The final score was 20-11 with the win going to the Gildredge Park team.
Gildredge Ladies win Town League
The last game of the Ladies Eastbourne League was played & it was possible that we could have lost by just half a point if we went down to Saffrons on their home green, so there was a bit of pressure on our team. However Gildredge pulled out all the stops & gained 3 points making our win emphatic.
Our nearest rival, Parade, were at Hailsham & they knew they had to win there, however they lost on both rinks.
We therefore won overall by six & a half points. Well done all our ladies that contributed to this result.
We have over twenty ladies that are willing to play in the league & over the season they all have games. Gildredge are now back on top after being second last year.
Our Ladies have had such a successful year with wins in the Eastbourne Open, the Ladies Town Competitions, & now the Ladies League.
Keep it up Ladies; we are all very proud of you.
Eve Goldsmith (Ladies League Representative)