"Whilst my active participation in playing bowls is on the wane my interest in ‘my baby’ The West Sussex Bowls League’ is as strong as ever. For that reason I did not stand for re-election as Chairman last October but am delighted to accept a more back seat role (of President) and allow bowlers who are more committed to the playing side manage the day to day affairs.
In this, the summer of 2017 a new chapter for the league is starting. A brand new management team will be running the league under the Chairmanship of Lindsay Bangs. Lindsay will be backed up by a ‘caretaker secretary’ in Alan Messer whilst David Parker continues as Treasurer. I am sure that these chaps (along with all the regulars on the management committee plus Paul Leatherbarrow and the results coordinators) will ensure that the league continues to progress over the next few years.
This is the league’s 33rd campaign and my greatest pleasure is the knowledge that during the season around 800 bowlers can enjoy a competitive game of bowls at whatever level they happen to play at.
I would also like to welcome our new sponsors, Phoenix Quality Frozen Foods (Clunky Clarke). Many thanks for the financial assistance you have offered us for the next three years."
Good luck to all clubs participating this year and I trust the weather is glorious from May to September. Gentlemen enjoy your bowls and enjoy your league.
Chris Rolph 22nd March 2017
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 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) 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. 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 2018 consists of the following gentlemen: David Jackson (Bognor BC), Ray Hills (Norfolk BC), and Paul Leatherbarrow (Storrington 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.
Our Presentation Day and Cup Final is held in September at Worthing Pavilion BC - in 2018 it will be on Sunday
16th 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 sonsorship pot, guarranteeing the prize money well into the next decade. The PC Cup has been a wonderful addition to the leagues competition, long may it continue.
The Annual Match against the Brighton & Hove District League was scheduled for and played on Wednesday 16th August, 2017 at Priory Park, Chichester and I must thank Chichester for once again agreeing to host this fixture for us. Click the red link to see the team selection and scores for this match. Team result sheet updated 17/08/17
This year's match against the Brighton & Hove District League will be hosted by BH&DL and played at 2pm on Wednesday 15th August, 2018 at Woodingdean Bowls Club.
The WSBL Finals and Presentation Meal was held at Worthing Pavilion Bowls Club on Sept 17th. Clicking on the red link below will take you to a file of images taken on the day.
All WSBL member clubs had at least one representative in attendance to play in the Annual Champions v the 'Rest' Match and to enjoy the meal provided and paid for by the WSBL.
The 'Rest' were good on the day but the glory correctly went to the 2017 Champions' rinks - Worthing Pavilion A (Div 1), Worthing Pavilion B (Div 2) and Goring Manor (Div 3). The meal was excellent and we give full marks to the Worthing Pavilion Catering team - Sensations
In the main event of the day, Chichester BC claimed the PC Cup Winners title for 2017, narrowly holding off the challenge from Norfolk BC. The match score in the PC Cup Final was Chichester 83 shot and Norfolk 80 shots.
The WSBL ADM was held at Arundel Bowls Club on the 16th October 2017 and it was attended by all member clubs for 2018. Click the red link to see the Minutes of the meeting - please bear in mind the minutes remain unapproved until the 2018 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 2018
Rules updated at 2017 ADM
Constitution updated at 2016 ADM
Correct at 08/09/17
From the multi team clubs who played in 10 or more matches during the past season, 2017, and who are therefore ineligible to commence the 2018 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
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. 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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