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Horsham Park Bowls Club Newsletter

Dear Member

It is now time to start thinking about the new Season of outdoor bowls which will commence on Saturday 18th April. You are invited to renew your membership and the appropriate forms can be found on the membership page of the website.

Please remember to return all 3 pages of the Application Form and add your name to all sections.


Please enter on Page 2 of the Application Form (Do not enter more than 3 Singles Competitions)

Forms will also be displayed on the Club notice board at the start of the season for late entries.

Full Members and Associate Members are eligible to enter the Competitions.

The Jackson Trophy is a Singles Competition open to all members who have not appeared in a Singles Final during the previous 3 years. This rules out a lot of the so called ‘better bowlers’ and makes the Competition particularly suitable to new members and those with less experience. Please enter if you are eligible.

Competitions must be completed by the date stated for each round. The first named challenger(s) will mutually agree, with their opponent(s), the date and time for the match to be played and be responsible for providing a Marker.

All members who enter singles competitions will be required to act as markers. 

Please do not enter any competition if you will not be available to play on Finals Day which is on Sunday 23rd August with a reserve date of Sunday 31st August

Club Night

Club Night will continue to be on Monday evenings when the Green will be available for ‘Roll Ups’ and, during May, June, July & August, the Phoenix League.

.Phoenix League

Kamran Nadim is running the league this year please give him your support. If you would like to play, please enter on Page 2 of the Application Form. There will be a one off payment of £2 to play in the League.

Peters’ Shield

This year we will be holding Peters' Shield drives due to lack of support on Friday evenings

The Coffee Morning and Bring & Buy Sale will be on 28th March (see below). We will also be holding the Drive + Strawberry Tea, the BBQ Supper, the Drive + Fish & Chip Supper and the Christmas Lunch as usual..



Saturday 28th March from 10.30 until 12.00 THE PAVILION, HORSHAM PARK

COFFEE AND BISCUITS, RAFFLE (Prizes wanted please)


Please bring any of the following to the Pavilion between 10.00 and 12.00 on the day:

Homemade cakes of any shape size or content suitable for sale, spare or unwanted bowls equipment, produce, books, plants (BUT NO BRIC-A-BRAC)



Working Parties

The Club premises are our main asset and need to be kept in good condition. As usual, there is important work to be done to prepare for the start of the Season, therefore, there will be a Working Party on Sunday 5th April from 10.00am. Please attend if you can, the more people the quicker it can be done.

There will be other Working Parties during the Season, please help when you can. 

Volunteers to help on the Green are welcome at all times. Please speak to Jim Covey.

Duty Rosters

The rosters for Warden and Tea Duties for the whole season will be available before the start of the season. Please enter on the Availability List any days or periods when you will be unable to undertake your duties because of holidays, work etc. (See page 3 of the Application Form).  Once the rosters have been completed it will be your responsibility to find a replacement if you find that you are unable to be present on your specified date. New members are not normally required to do roster duties during their first season although any help would be appreciated.

Members who joined last year will be included on the list and a meeting will be arranged to explain what is involved if necessary.

Warden Duty

Wardens are only required on Friday morning (11.00 – 2.00) and Saturday morning (11.00 – 1.00).

In general it will be 2 Ladies on Fridays and 1 Gent on Saturdays

The Warden will be expected to do any necessary cleaning and prepare the tables for tea/supper but not to be involved in marking competitions.

The full list of duties will be included in a folder on the desk.

Tea Duty

The arrangements for Tea will be the different to last year. The member on tea duty will be required to purchase cakes, bread and milk, the quantities will be set out on the Duty Roster

There is no need to bring cakes to each Home Friendly Match unless you wish to.

The arrangements for Suppers also remain the same


We have a full Fixture List again this year and, as usual, we have entered the Border League, Mid Sussex League and Nellie Mercer League. Please help by putting your match availability or non-availability down as early as possible. Please make the Captain’s job easier by keeping these up-to-date.

Please mark your early season availability on Page 3 of the Application Form

Fund Raising

The Club needs to raise additional funds with a Fund Raising initiative. There will be a monthly Lottery again this year. A subscription of £12 will entitle entrants to 12 monthly draws with prize money of £25, £10 & £5. Without the income from the Lottery subscriptions may have to be increased further, so all members are encouraged to join and you could ask friends and relatives to enter.

If lucky you will win a prize

Please enter on Page 2 of the Application Form.

Please Contact me if you have any queries.

Best wishes for the coming season.