What strange times we have been going through. But, hopefully, there is light at the end of the tunnel and we will be able to play some ’normal’ bowls in 2021. We all know that Government guidance may change, but we are proceeding using the information supplied by Bowls England.
Accordingly, the Management Committee has decided that the West Sussex Bowls League and PC Cup will take place in a 4 triples format in 2021. We are proceeding with triples in the expectation that we will be able to play the whole season without any changes as current Government plans only show the removal of social distancing on 21st June at the earliest. We do not wish to start with rinks and have to revert to triples.
All being well, the League in 2022 will be back to normal and we shall continue with our normal format and rules.
If there are any further announcements of significance, we will issue additional information as necessary.
If anybody has any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please all stay safe and enjoy the season.
Lindsay H Bangs
Gentlemen, another season of bowls, in the West Sussex Bowls League concluded yesterday with another smashing day at Worthing Pavilion BC even if the rain did threaten on occasions.
In this season where we are slowly coming out of ‘Covid’ the management altered the playing conditions in the hope that if things deteriorated during the summer we might be able to complete the year. As it turned out we would have been able to play the season without the changes which of course is good news but obviously last March / April the management had to make difficult decisions. We acted in the best interests for the league and clubs (at the time not being able to see into the future). Thanks to all who accepted the difficult decisions made and tried their best to conform to the guidelines. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks for competing to everyone else.
Due to another commitment I was unable to be at Pavilion for finals day (one of the few I have missed since 1985) but am really pleased that I have been advised that another successful and enjoyable day was had by all. Obviously thanks were extended to all concerned yesterday by the league Officers but I would like to add my specific thanks to Worthing Pavilion BC for continuing to allow the event to be held on their premises at no cost to league.
Yesterday (Sunday 19th September) was particularly poignant with the event being held so soon after the passing away of Peter Chiffins (Mr PC Cup). I understand his family were in attendance either playing, working in the kitchen, presenting trophies etc. Peter first sponsored the PC Cup in 2005 and had given us prize money that continued up until about 2027. In his last few weeks he advised me that upon his passing the family would make a gift of some more cash to ensure the playing of the PC Cup (with prize money) would continue until well into the 2030’s. Many thanks Peter and all your family for your continued support, it is much appreciated. RIP Chiffo.
President - September 2021.
The League was formed as the Littlehampton Gazette Bowls League back in the winter of 1984/85 by the current League President Chris Rolph. The Littlehampton Gazette continued to sponsor the League for 30 years until the end of Season 2014 when they notified they wished to cease their sponsorship. C & M Trophies of Littlehampton, who have provided the trophies for the League for many years, had indicated a desire to become sponsors of the League and after suitable discussions it was agreed that the League would be renamed the 'West Sussex Bowls League' – sponsored by 'C & M Trophies of Littlehampton'. Sadly, Tony Wright the owner of C & M Trophies at the time of the sponsorship agreement, died early in 2017 after a long struggle with illness. The new owners of C & M were unable at this time, to offer to continue the sponsorship and we have been fortunate enough to secure a 3 year sponsorship from 'Phoenix Frozen Foods' which will start from May 2017.
Chris acted as Hon. Secretary until the early 1990’s when he passed the reins on to his friend Brian Wellsted who worked tirelessly for the league until he passed away in 2007.
Brian was responsible for the fantastic growth of the league by attracting new teams, creating new divisions and starting the league knockout cup. Chris stayed involved ‘behind the scenes’ assisting Brian until being asked to return officially as Chairman some 12 years ago.
In the first season (1985) the league consisted of just one division and only six clubs (Norfolk, Maltravers, Arundel, East Preston, Middleton and Bognor). How times have changed! In 2021 the league will boast three divisions, 19 clubs and 24 teams.
The league has developed so impressively over the years it is now widely regarded as the most successful and competitive league in the whole of Sussex County.
At the 2016 ADM Chris relinquished the Chairman Role and will now concentrate on Presidential duties. Lindsay Bangs (Witterings BC) pictured right has taken over as Chairman of the League. At the ADM in October 2011 Rod McBeth was elected to the post of Secretary and continued in this role until the end of the 2016 season.
Alan Messer, took on the role of Hon. Sec. at the 2016 ADM but has relinquished the job in 2020-21. Alan will look after all fixture planning, player records and League and PC Cup Results for 2021. We have been fortunate that, Roger Dear (Pagham BC) has been able to take on the secretarial role and take us through the difficulties of a pandamic!
The Management Committee for 2020-21 consists of the following gentlemen: David Jackson (Bognor BC), Alan Messer (Tarring Priory BC), Nigel Reynolds (Crablands BC), and Paul Leatherbarrow (Pulborough BC).
Finances of the league have been under the control of Bognor Regis BC member David Parker, photo left, for more than ten years. He ensures we are kept in a healthy position.
Our webmaster is David Jackson, also of Bognor BC and we all offer our thanks for his work in moving the league forward and enhancing it’s already splendid reputation.
The Annual Delegates Meeting of the League is held each October and is hosted at Arundel BC. In 2020 we were forced to abandon our noral format and the
meeting was conducted wit all clubs by e-mail.
Our Presentation Day and Cup Final is held in September at Worthing Pavilion BC - in 2021 it will be on Sunday
19th September. We are very lucky that Worthing Pavilion BC have supported us for many years at no cost.
When the league started the KO Cup we were lucky enough to secure the sponsorship from Peter Chiffins for a total of ten years In 2017 Peter put in a further £1500 into the sponsorship pot, guaranteeing the prize money well into the Twenties. The PC Cup has been a wonderful addition to the leagues competition, long may it continue.
The 2021 challenge match comprised 3 rinks each from Div 1 Champions Tarring Priory Bowls Club and from Div 2 Champions Bognor Regis Bowls Club and a further 2 rinks from Div 3 Champions Middleton Bowls Club B. The Champions played the 'rest', a side made up of WSBL Management, a representative from every side in the league who were not either champions or PC Cup Finalists, and a group of invited players who play to make the correct number for 8 rinks. The match as always was played alongside the PC Cup on the greens at Worthing Pavilion BC. The PC Cup was played out between Worthing Pavilion and Witterings Bowls Club. Click on the link below to see the team sheet for the 'WSBL Rest' team.
The 2021 WSBL Finals and Presentation Meal was held at Worthing Pavilion Bowls Club, on Sunday Sept 19th. Clicking on the red link below will take you to a file of images taken on the day.
All WSBL member clubs were able to send one representative to play in the Annual Champions v the 'Rest' Match and to enjoy the meal provided and paid for by the WSBL.
The WSBL 'Rest' team, took on the might of Tarring Priory, Bognor Regis and Middleton who provided the Champions Rinks. The League won the day 130-104, but as always on these occasions - bowls was the winner. The meal was excellent and we give full marks to the Worthing Pavilion Catering team headed up by Phoenix Foods
In the main event of the day, Worthing Pavilion played Witterings in the PC Cup Final. Worthing Pavilion always had the game under control and they won the match by a comfortable 86-59. Well done Worthing Pavilion
Clicking on the link below will take you to this years picture gallery courtesy of Alan Messer.
The WSBL ADM was held by E-mail and completed by the 19th October 2020 Click the red link to see the Minutes of the 2020 meeting - please bear in mind the minutes remain unapproved until the 2021 AGM. They are reproduced here to allow an information preview and for action by clubs as necessary
Click on the underlined links for information in a printable format.
Management Committee and Result Coordinators
Club Delegates for 2020-21
Planning information for Club Fixture Secretaries
Rules updated at 2020 ADM
Specially Adapted Rules just for 2021
Constitution updated at 2016 ADM
Privacy Statement updated at August 2018
Correct at 02/10/21
From the multi team clubs who played in SEVEN or more matches during the last previously played season, 2019, and who are therefore ineligible to commence the 2021 season in a lower team.
Details of Clubs that - DO - or - DO NOT - allow shorts to be worn.
For info on Usage of Groundsheets in WS League Matches.
Cup competition open to all our member clubs. A live copy of the PC Cup Draw and club progress within it is available in the 2020 Fixtures Section
updated when season commences
When Brian (Wellsted) decided the league needed a Knockout Cup he
looked around for someone to provide financial help and was lucky
enough to persuade....
Peter Chiffins then of Tarring Priory BC to help us. Peter supplied us
with a Winners Trophy and prize money for the Winners and Runners Up
for a total of 10 seasons.
At the 2015 finals day Peter generously contributed another sum of money allowing us to provide a winners and runners up cheque for another 5 years. In 2017 Peter further showed his generosity by putting in another £1500. Sadly, Peter passed away in September 2021 - but before he ded he guarranteed another 10 years sponsorship. Thank you Peter Chiffins for giving us the PC Industrial Products competition.
Just like Richard Branson, another great benefactor of our era, in his spare time Peter indulges his hobby as an astronaut. He is shown here familiarising himself with some tricky manouvres. Come on Chiffo it's not rocket science!
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