Gildredge Ladies dominate Eastbourne Open Doubles
Our ladies dominated the Eastbourne Open Ladies Tournament. On Friday 14th July the ladies doubles final was an all Gildredge Park event. Joan Jones, who left our club 3 years ago when she moved to Shropshire to be closer to her family, played with Eve Goldsmith against Mal Rossell and Helen Cunningham. Eve and Joan won 25 – 11. Apart from the trophy they won £100 each and Mal and Helen won £50 each.
Although Joan left us 3 years ago she still thinks of herself as a Gildredge Park Lady. Recently she bought a small holiday property in in South Wales and joined a bowls club there. She thought she needed some practise before partnering Eve in the Open.
Both pairs had some tough opposition in their route to the final. In the semi-final Eve and Joan beat Rachel Mackriell of Eastbourne B C (the eventual singles champion) and her partner. Eve and Joan built up such a commanding lead that Rachel and her partner conceded when they could not catch up.
Mal also played in the Open singles competition being knocked out by the champion Rachel Mackriell.
Eve Goldsmith said “this is proving to be a very good year for our ladies. We reached the East Sussex Area final of the Double Rink, won two rounds of the national Top Club competition, and are currently top of the Eastbourne Ladies Bowling League.”
The photograph shows Joan and Eve proudly holding their trophy.
New Members Receiving Coaching
Sue and David Putland and David Forge, 3 of our qualified coaches, are working their way through coaching for potential new members who attended the Have a Go Weekend in the middle of May.
Nine people who have completed their coaching have submitted their forms to become members of the Club and a further 5 are about to start their coaching who hopefully will also join the Club. So if successful that means we will have recruited 14 new members as a result of our Have a Go Weekend. There are 3 other new members who completed their coaching before the Have a Go Weekend. So in just over two months our coaches will have introduced 17 new members to the sport of bowling.
Head Coach David Putland said “This has been another very successful result from the Have a Go Day in May. To have 14 people who have never played bowls before is a huge success for Gildredge Park Bowling Club. Considering none of the 9 who have joined the Club have only had 4 coaching sessions some of them are already showing a lot of promise and should be good bowlers. We are always happy to provide coaching for any other potential new members who were unable to get to the Have a Go Weekend. They can contact me at 650452 to arrange free coaching on Tuesday or Saturday mornings”
The photograph shows Coach Sue Putland with new members Jane and Andy Hayman
Inaugural Stan Briggs Memorial Trophy
Over 80 Gildredge Park members played for the inaugural Stan Griggs Trophy at the Opening Drive on Sunday 22nd April. The Trophy was presented to the Club by Stan’s widow Margaret.
Club Captain Henry Knowles said “Stan, who died last year, was a very popular member who played for 21 years. His proudest moment was when he won the Jack Butcher cup in 2005. It was a real pleasure to have Stan’s widow Margaret and grandchildren Sophie and Andy with us on the first playing of the Stan Briggs Memorial Trophy which Margaret donated to the Club. We will play for the Trophy on every Opening Drive which will remind us all of Stan”
Pictured are the first winners of the Trophy with Margaret in the middle. They are Gordon Burr, Cathy Osborn, Eve Goldsmith and Jim Putland.
GILDREDGE PARK GREENS BEST EVER
GILDREDGE PARK GREENS BEST EVER
On Sunday 22nd April over 80 members played in Gildredge Park’s Opening Drive to start the 2018 outdoor season and many said that the greens were “the best they have ever been.”
In October 2016 the Club appointed a new Contractor, Mr Nick Marsh, to maintain both of our greens. From the start he proposed some new techniques and frequencies of grass maintenance which the Club accepted. During 2017 members saw a significant improvement in the Greens. Over the winter Nick continued with his new techniques and at the start of this season they are bowling very well.
Club Chairman Colin Couch said “At the end of our opening drive many members commented that the greens are playing truer and faster than anyone can remember. This bodes very well for our Have a Go Weekend on 12th and 13th May from 10.00am to 3.00pm when members of the public can try their hand at bowling for free under the guidance of our 3 male and 1 lady qualified coaches. It will make their job very much easier and significantly help people new to the sport of Lawn Bowling who will not need so much effort to properly bowl the woods.”
Contact: Frank Eveleigh 01323 422283
The photo shows members on the green with the recently extended Pavilion in the background.