Welcome to Bognor Regis Bowls Club
We welcome our members to the Centenary Year 1923 - 2023 season at Bognor Regis Bowls Club when we will all have a great fantastic bowling season
Royalty Returns to Bognor Regis
On Wednesday 31st May 2023, as part of their centenary celebrations, Bognor Regis Bowls Club had the great honour of welcoming a team from Bowls England.
Deepak Tanna, the current Bowls England President, along with his team of 24 bowlers was greeted by Nick Hatfield the acting Club President. Bob Markham the visiting Bowls England Captain had assembled an illustrious team, which included international and county players, together with past Presidents and dignitaries.
The game began with members of the Bowls England team presenting a commemorative medal to their opposite number on each team. This was followed by a "closest to the spider" icebreaker, won by a visiting past President.
An immense amount of planning and hard work ensured the day was a resounding success. Huge thanks must go to Matt Slorach and his team of green keepers from Tivoli, Club Captain Dave Wells, and Ruth Hatfield and her hospitality team.
The match had everything that makes the game of bowls great; amazing venue, beautiful sunshine, fabulous competitors, some excellent bowling, plenty of supportive spectators, and most importantly, the game was played in the most amazing spirit, with many friends and acquaintances made on the day. The final overall score was Bowls England 117, Bognor Regis 90.
The match was the second of three celebratory events to recognise the club’s
centenary year, the first being a match played against Sussex County on May 21st.
The final event will be an all day Centenary Tournament held on Wednesday 6th September 2023 at the club’s home ground – Waterloo Square, Bognor Regis.
Everyone is most welcome – do come and join us in celebrating 100 years of bowling at Bognor Regis Bowls Club!
A CENTENARY POEM
by Arthur Richardson
The flag waves high over Waterloo Square to celebrate Bognor Regis Bowls club Centenary Year.
As we complete the hundred years we stand amazed by well tailored greens where once horses and sheep grazed.
Our founders by covenant, for leisure use ensure that we who followed can celebrate 100 years and more.
Our part of Bognor down by the Pier can be seen, where all are welcome to play or watch us on the green.
Many changes occur over this long time Ladies joined to prove their skills were as good as Men.
Woods were once brown, or possibly black, now replaced by colours, any mixture will do. Club colours not changed, still Red, White and Blue.
The Club is most welcoming and offers to find a new beginning to replace that left behind.
The Bognor Flag still flutters as years go by perhaps to be joined by a new standard to fly.
The season opens Saturday 29th April with our first match being President v Captains which is always good fun and enjoyed by all, with the following special matches:-
Sussex County Bowls on Sunday 21st May
Centenary vs Bowls England Wednesday 31st May
Sussex County Bowls President 30th July
Centenary Tournament Wednesday 6th September
Once again Bowls England are promoting bowls over the bank holiday weekend, Bowls England Open Morning which is planned for Monday 29th May @ 10.00am.
In between we will be kept very busy with our various inter-club matches, leagues games, County competitions and of course our own Club Competitions & the Midhurst Cup Competition, all this and not taking into account any Open Day invitations that we enter ? Will we have time to go home!!
Remember to re-fresh your memories for all rules, codes of practice, Handicaps, dates for Presentation Dinner, AGM, and winter fixtures against Arun Indoor Bowling Club. All are noted in your Fixture Book for putting in your diaries!!.