Fairlight Bowls Club
Fairlight Bowls Club  

Events During 2017

Bank Holiday Bowls Drive - 28th August 2017

Was it really the end of August? The sun beat down all afternoon on the 30 bowlers and all those who came to watch. It was a fun day, but there did have to be winners. They were 1st. - Colin Fazackerly, 2nd. -  George Davis and 3rd. - Frank James. All received a bottle of wine. I will put some photo's of the lucky winners at the end of the report, but please note the lack of expertise on the last picture. After the bowling we were treated to a delicious Barbeque cooked and prepared by John and Penny Eveleigh with some super puddings from various people.  It was a grand day, enjoyed by all who were there. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Lads and Lassies

Saturday 5th August

We had a good turn out for this annual event, with 12 of our ladies playing 12 of our gentlemen. The weather was a bit of problem, but we only lost about 10 minutes due to rain. It was a bit of a shame, but the ladies were no match for the men, and lost the match by 104 points to somewhere around 80 points. The ladies captain, Penny, was very good about it, and promised that next year will be different. After the match the players and good number of spectators were treated to a Cream Tea that was prepared by Maureen and Colin with some help from Dot. A lovely afternoon enjoyed by everyone.

The Sellings Cup

Thursday 27th July

What a great evening it was as we welcomed the 24 players from the Rother League, and 24 from the Mermaid League to play for the Sellings Cup. We were pretty lucky with the weather, as it did remain dry, however, the stiff wind did pose problems for most people. After 18 ends, the winners, for the 5th consecutive year, were The Mermaid League. The cup was presented to Barry Quaife by the Secretary of the Rother League. The evening was not just about bowling; we were presented with magnificent refreshments by Penny Kenward and her team, there was a grand raffle (with prizes donated by the players) and a Tombola run by Sylvia Reeves. Most importantly it was a chance for all of us to meet  up with players from so many clubs. Well done Fairlight for hosting the occasion with such expertise.

Photographs follow this report.

The Open Tournament 2017 - July 2nd

What a great day it was. We had 20 teams competing against each other on what turned out to be a lovely sunny day. However, the day was not only for bowlers, there were plenty of other activities going on to keep everyone happy, not least of which was the delicious food that Penny and her helpers served to around 120 people. Before talking about the bowling I must mention some of the other events. The annual lottery, mainly sponsored by our friends at the Brickwall Hotel was won by Marion McAvoy of Clivevale. This as usual was a great sucees and raised over £500. We were also kindly sponsored by the Bella Vista Restaurant who gave us a £150 voucher to spend in their restaurant. Daphne Reece won the raffle for this. Sylvia Reeves ran a Tombola while at the same time asked us to guess how many sweets were in the jar that was donated by Graeme and Leoni at the Post Office, and as a bonus raffled off a basket of fruit supplied by Wakehams Farm. If this was not enough we had cakes for sale, and of course our very own raffle with many prizes donated by our members. This was run by Beris and Peter Slack,  

The bowling itself was a keenly fought contest. The result was in doubt right up to the end. The winners were West Wickham Bowls Club with runners up Hellingly Bowls Club (2). They were presented with their prizes, and a trophy by our President, Roger Greer. Pictures will follow this article, so you can see who the winners were. Congratulations to them and to everyone who took part.

I am sure you will be pleased to know that we will be able to present a cheque for £1000 to The Alzheimers Society from the proceeds of the day. 

I would like to mention the two Colins who did the majority of the planning, and Penny Kenward for arranging the food. Also for the dozens of others without whom it just would not have happened, so thanks to you all.  

Bowls with Fish and Chips    Wednesday 12th July

Thanks to all those that participated this turned out to be a really enjoyable afternoon/evening. For the bowls we used a fun day format with 20 ends of competitive bowls. 5 different sets of rules were used with 4 ends of each set. There had to be winners and losers: 1st was George Davis, and 2nd Colin Fazackerly. Each got a bottle of wine. A special prize was given to Daphne Reece who managed to get the lowest score.

As ever, the Fish and Chips supplied by our Flying Fryer, Dean, was excellent. How he manages to cook 48 portions of fish and chips in 40 minutes is beyond me. This was followed by Trifle and Rhubarb Crumble that was prepared and served by Maureen Yellop and Dot James. Thanks to all who helped make this such a good event.

Ted's Challenge     Monday June 26th

As in past years this was an excellent occasion sponsored by Just Property. The weather was perfect, and the green was bowling well, we could not ask for anything better. We had the pleasure of welcoming back to the Club our old friends Ted Brown and Joy, together with Charles Perez of Just Property. Dave Radford organised the day with his usual enthusiasm, helped by Colin Fazackerley. The game itself was played over 16 ends, with each player playing in 4 different teams. The winner was Derek Lawrence who received £50 from Charles, and a cup from Ted. The runner up was Helen Jolley who received £25 and a memento. The lowest score was made by Mike Griggs who received, for his tenacity, a fine bottle of wine.

Following the game, we had food prepared by Janet Radford and Jean Webb, together with drinks. By the amount of noise in the pavilion, I think everybody enjoyed this part of the day.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this such a lovely day.


Pictures from Ted's Challenge.

DOGS AND BOTTLES      29th May

A great big THANK YOU to Sylvia and Maurice Reeves who did such a marvellous job in organising this event. So many people helped out, but a special thanks to John and Sue Brooker and BT Bill who did a brilliant job at the Barbecue. The bowls drive itself had 32 people playing in 4 triples and 1 rink. In dry conditions it looked as if everyone had a good day, but there has to be a winning team. This time it was team led by Colin Fazackerley. The match was followed by hot dogs, barbecued chicken and all the trimmings. This was washed down with plenty of wine. With 48 people to feed and water a lot of work for all those helpers. 

A smashing day at Fairlight Bowls Club.

Coaching Afternoon    Friday 19th May.

The weather was not very kind to us on Friday for the coaching session with some of our new members, but we did manage to get in a good few ends. For those new players who could not make it, we will be arranging another session soon. However, if you would like to arrange your own practise/training session please ring Colin Yellop ( 812 417) or John Eveleigh (813253), who will do their best to arrange it.

The Open Afternoon held on the 13th May was really successful. A good number of people came along to visit the green and try out bowling. We have already signed up 2 new members, and have a number who are going to return in the next week or so to decide how they wish to continue. The day was made by the many volunteers from the club who came along to do the many tasks required. The Club thanks every one of you.


The Bowls Drive on May 1st was very successful. 26  members had a competetive game of Bowls, and over 40 sat down for a delicious meal suppled by Colin and Maureen Yellop and Dot James.  Who were the winners? - I cannot remember, but I really think we all were.

Opening of the Green - 15th April 2017

With blue skies, no wind, and around 50 players and supporters, a perfect way to start the 2017 season. Our President, Roger Greer, raised a glass with the rest of us to celebrate the start of season. Following a few words by our Chairman, 6 games of Triples were played. Smiles all around as everybody won. 

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