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'.
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 the league has seen 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 2017 the league will boast three divisions, 21 clubs and 25 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) 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, at which time Alan Messer took on the role of Hon Sec in a 'Caretaker' capacity. He will be assisted by the same three Divisional Results Secretaries as last year. Division One will be looked after by Ray Hills (Norfolk BC), Division Two will again be Lew Mockett (Norfolk BC) and Division Three is Brian Heal (Arundel) once again. The PC Cup will be controlled by Alan Messer.
The Management Committee for 2017 consists of the following gentlemen: David Jackson (Bognor BC), Ray Hills (Norfolk BC), Alan Messer (Tarring Priory BC) and Paul Leatherbarrow (Storrington BC).
Finances of the league have been under the control of Bognor Regis BC member David Parker for ten years. He ensures we are kept in a healthy position.
The Annual Delegates Meeting
of the League is held each October and is hosted at Arundel BC. Our Presentation Day and Cup
Final is held in September at Worthing Pavilion BC - in 2017 it will be
on Sunday 17th 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 and this was then extended for a further 5 years. The PC Cup has been a wonderful addition to the leagues competition, long may it continue.
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 Match against the Brighton & Hove District League was
scheduled for Wednesday 17th August, 2016 at Priory Park, Chichester and I
must thank Chichester for once again agreeing to host this fixture for
us. Unfortunately this fixture was unplayed. Hopefully it will be reinstated for the 2017 season
Alan Messer – Hon. Secretary (Caretaker)
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From the multi team clubs who played in 10 or more matches during the past season, 2016 and who are therefore ineligible to commence the 2017 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.
To view a list of the Club Contacts for season 2017.
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 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. Thank you Peter for giving us the PC Industrial Products competition.