History

A Brief History and invitation to join...



Heading north up Ditchling Road, you see on the right a children's playground and some tennis courts. By then, tucked away behind a long hedge, you have passed a sporting facility renowned throughout Sussex over the past ninety years - Hollingbury Park Bowls Club.

It was formed just before the end of the First World War, when thirteen gentlemen of the town met at the Stanmer Park Hotel on 2 February 1918 to propose the establishment of a bowls club on a green in the southwestern corner of Hollingbury Park. Annual subscriptions were to be 2/6d (12 1/2p)!!

During its first season it had attracted forty-five members, but had lost all six matches played against other clubs in the town - Brighton Travellers, Kemp Town and Preston Park.

In 1921, the club gained its first major trophy - Messrs Foster, Parker, Roberts and Stanforth won the Sussex County Fours Championship. Two years later, Hollingbury members were successful in the pairs and fours and competitions at the prestigious Brighton Tournament held in Preston Park. By then the club's subscriptions had doubled to 5/- (25p). It was at this time that the Town Council agreed to install shrubs around the green to protect members from the wind, and laid down a second green of Cumberland Turf, south of the existing one, which was opened by the Mayor, John Lord Thompson, on 8 August 1926.

In 1935, several clubs in the Brighton area agreed to form a league -starting the following year. Hollingbury declined to join at first, but did so in 1937, finishing third. Two years later they were champions, and they repeated their success the following season.

Throughout the Second World War members continued to play, and achieved many successes in county competitions and at the Brighton Tournament. Any money raised by club activities during this period was donated to various wartime funds and charities.

The postwar years saw the club expand its membership, despite only having an old bandstand as its clubhouse. There was no toilet, nor electricity or washing facilities - players had to walk up to the old golf club pavilion by the tennis courts, where tea, served by the ladies, was also taken during the course of a match. But in 1971, the sixty-year-old bandstand was replaced by a new pavilion at a cost of 7,000.

Then, in 1976, a Ladies' Club was formed by supporters and wives of members, and flourished for many years. However, in common with many other clubs locally, it has recently had to amalgamate with the men's section to form a mixed club.

The 1990s saw the greatest period in the history of the club, as a result of an influx of many keen and competitive younger bowlers. Club members won some thirteen county championships over these years, and there were several losing finalists, too. John Pannett, Mick Rapley, Jim Morley and Leigh Prince won the English Bowling Association Fours Championship in 1995 ( pictured above) , and Richard Moses was selected to play for England, along with the legendary Tony Allcock. Over this time the club also won the Brighton League six times and the League (Bill Hawkins) Cup on three occasions.

In 2007, it was agreed that the club would become a mixed one, open to membership for both men and ladies - a bonus for any couples who wish to play! The club always welcomes new members, whether or not they have played bowls before, as tuition and coaching will be given. Throughout the season (May to September), there are friendly games against other local clubs, Brighton League matches, club internal competitions, and a weekly get-together on Monday evenings.

If anyone, or any couple, would be interested in joining a very sociable - but competitive - club, they can get further information from the Club Secretary, John Hayhurst (on 01273 236210). They would be very welcome, but be warned: the annual subscription has risen!

HONOURS BOARD

PRESIDENT
1918-1935 S.CASE
1936-1951 ALDERMAN F.G.BEAL
1952-1958 ALDERMAN M.W.HUGGET
1959-1965 A.T.PORTER
1966-1980 C.V.WHITE
1981-1983 R.DOWDEN
1984-1992 H.A.BRADFORD
1993-1995 L.W.SHARP
1996-1998 G.W.HARMAN
1999-2000 J. AUSTIN
2001-2003 C. LAMMIE
2004-2006 A.LEVITT
2007-2009 D.FOX
2010-2012 V.BRYAN
2013-2015 G.CARPENTER
2016- A.GURR
CAPTAIN SECRETARY
1918 C.FOWLER 1918 J.WILLIAMS
1919 C.FOWLER 1919 R.J.GORDON
1920 C.FOWLER 1920 W.STANFORTH
1921 C.FOWLER 1921 W.STANFORTH
1922 P.J.FOSTER 1922 W.STANFORTH
1923 A.J.METCALF 1923 W.STANFORTH
1924 W.R.PARKER 1924 A.J.METCALF
1925 W.STANFORTH 1925 J.H.SANSON
1926 J.W.ROBERTS 1926 J.H.SANSON
1927 E.WIGLESWORTH 1927 W.STANFORTH
1928 A.T.PORTER 1928 W.STANFORTH
1929 F.GIBBS 1929 W.STANFORTH
1930 T.J.JONES 1930 W.STANFORTH
1931 C.W.FOLLOWES 1931 W.STANFORTH
1932 H.B.BURFIELD 1932 W.STANFORTH
1933 H.B.BURFIELD 1933 W.STANFORTH
1934 R.W.HERRIOTT 1934 W.STANFORTH
1935 I.H.PILOT 1935 W.STANFORTH
1936 A.H.BELDING 1936 W.STANFORTH
1937 A.E.GASSTON 1937 W.STANFORTH
1938 A.E.GASSTON 1938 W.STANFORTH
1939 A.V.S.GRANT 1939 W.STANFORTH
1940 A.T.PORTER 1940 W.STANFORTH
1941 W.GEERTS 1941 W.STANFORTH
1942 A.V.MORLEY 1942 W.STANFORTH
1943 C.S.KERMAN 1943 S.T.TAMKIN
1944 C.S.KERMAN 1944 S.T.TAMKIN
1945 C.W.FOLLOWES 1945 S.T.TAMKIN
1946 A.E.QUINTON 1946 S.T.TAMKIN
1947 R.W.GRUTCHFIELD 1947 S.T.TAMKIN
1948 S.T.TAMKIN 1948 S.T.TAMKIN
1949 G.J.PACKER 1949 C.BURDON
1950 H.H.BUCKLAND 1950 C.BURDON
1951 G.W.CRADDOCK 1951 C.BURDON
1952 W.R.GREEN 1952 C.BURDON
1953 W.COTTON 1953 C.BURDON
1954 C.WHITE 1954 G.H.W.PEARCE
1955 C.F.FISHER 1955 G.H.W.PEARCE
1956 A.E.HART 1956 G.H.W.PEARCE
1957 C.PECKHAM 1957 G.H.W.PEARCE
1958 V.H.COLEMAN 1958 G.H.W.PEARCE
1959 G.W.H.PEARCE 1959 G.H.W.PEARCE
1960 I.W.BOTTEN 1960 G.H.W.PEARCE
1961 C.V.WHITE 1961 G.H.W.PEARCE
1962 R.DOWDEN 1962 G.H.W.PEARCE
1963 A.F.THOMSON 1963 G.H.W.PEARCE
1964 C.V.WHITE 1964 G.H.W.PEARCE
1965 V.H.COLEMAN 1965 G.H.W.PEARCE
1966 R.J.JAMES 1966 G.H.W.PEARCE
1967 F.A.JOHNSON 1967 G.H.W.PEARCE
1968 G.H.PEARCE 1968 A.E.EUSTACE
1969 R.DOWDEN 1969 A.E.EUSTACE
1970 A.V.MORLEY 1970 A.E.EUSTACE
1971 C.BROWN 1971 A.E.EUSTACE
1972 J.FROST 1972 F.D.I.MILLER
1973 R.V.COLEMAN 1973 F.D.I.MILLER
1974 F.DUNK 1974 F.D.I.MILLER
1975 F.A.JOHNSON 1975 H.BRADFORD
1976 G.F.MOSES 1976 H.BRADFORD
1977 E.EUSTACE 1977 H.BRADFORD
1978 W.G.CRADDOCK 1978 H.BRADFORD
1979 C.BASFORD 1979 F.W.MILES
1980 A.V.COLEMAN 1980 F.W.MILES
1981 H.A.BRADFORD 1981 F.W.MILES
1982 A.E.BEADON 1982 A.WRIGHT
1983 F.W.MILES 1983 A.WRIGHT
1984 R.PAINE 1984 A.WRIGHT
1985 F.THOMSON 1985 A.WRIGHT
1986 R.PAINE 1986 A.WRIGHT
1987 F.THOMSON 1987 P.J.GIBSON
1988 A.F.WRIGHT 1988 P.J.GIBSON
1989 F.W.MILES 1989 P.J.GIBSON
1990 P.J.GIBSON 1990 P.J.GIBSON
1991 N.J.AUSTIN 1991 P.J.GIBSON
1992 C.LAMMIE 1992 P.J.GIBSON
1993 P.J.GIBSON 1993 P.J.WOOLMER
1994 T.B.CHAPMAN 1994 P.J.WOOLMER
1995 G.CARPENTER 1995 P.J.WOOLMER
1996 H.ILLMAN 1996 A.GURR
1997 H.WOOD 1997 A.GURR
1998 H.WOOD 1998 A.GURR
1999 R.MORTIMER 1999 A.GURR
2000 P.FLOOD 2000 A.GURR
2001 H.WOOD 2001 A.GURR
2002 E.WINDER 2002 A.GURR
2003 R.MORTIMER 2003 A.GURR
2004 D.UNDERHILL 2004 A.GURR
2005 J.HAYHURST 2005 A.GURR
2006 G.M.MOSES 2006 A.GURR
2007 A.HAWKINS 2007 J.HAYHURST
2008 R.MORTIMER 2008 J.HAYHURST
2009 A.HAWKINS 2009 J.HAYHURST
2010 R.MORTIMER 2010 J.HAYHURST
2011 A.GURR 2011 J.HAYHURST
2012 A.GURR 2012 J.HAYHURST
2013 M.P.BIGGS 2013 J.HAYHURST
2014 A.GURR 2014 J.HAYHURST
2015 A.HAWKINS 2015 J.HAYHURST
2016 A.HAWKINS 2016 J.HAYHURST
2017 K.CAGER 2017 J.HAYHURST
2018 K.CAGER 2018 J.HAYHURST
 
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