In April 2019 the 35th season of competitive bowls in West Sussex was underway. Approximatey 700 bowlers from 19 clubs (24 teams) will have had the opportunity of playing competitive bowls at whatever level they play the game at.
I am so very proud that 'my baby' is still going strong after all these years and trust that together we shall see the league continue well into the future.
I am very pleased that our Management Committee are all back on board this year with Chairman Lindsay Bangs being assisted by Secretary Alan Messer, David Parker as Treasurer and a Committee consisting of Ray Hills, David Jackson, Nigel Reynolds and Paul Leatherbarrow. Behind these guys are our hardworking results co-ordinators Ray Hills, Lew Mockett and Brian Heal.
For the third season our League Sponsor will be Phoenix Quality Frozen Foods (please support Clunky Clarke's company if you can). Our PC Cup is secure and has the backing of long time supporter Peter Chiffins. Thanks guys for for your much valued contribution to our league.
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 2019 Season
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 2018 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. 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 2020 consists of the following gentlemen: David Jackson (Bognor BC), Ray Hills (Norfolk BC), Nigel Reynolds (Crablands 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 2020 it will be on Sunday
13th 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 next decade. The PC Cup has been a wonderful addition to the leagues competition, long may it continue.
The 2019 match was due to be played at Chichester Bowls Club at 2pm on Wednesday 14th August. Many thanks to all our players who offered to give up their time to support this very worthwhile event between the two rival leagues. Unfortunately the weather intervened and the match was cancelled due to a waterlogged green Click on the link below to see the team selected.
This year's match comprised 3 rinks each from Div 1 Champions Chichester Bowls Club and from Div 2 Champions Worthing Bowls Club and a further 2 rinks from Div 3 Champions Norfolk 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. This year the PC Cup was played out between Worthing Pavilion and Tarring Priory. Click on the link below to see the team sheet for the 'WSBL Rest' team.
The 2019 WSBL Finals and Presentation Meal was held at Worthing Pavilion Bowls Club, on Sunday Sept 16th. 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.
This year the WSBL 'Rest' team, took on the might of Chichester, Worthing and Norfolk B who provided the Champions Rinks. The Champions were winners overall 153-169, 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 Donna
In the main event of the day, Worthing Pavilion played Tarring Priory in the PC Cup Final. Up until half way the scores were very close at 45-41. But Worthing Pavilion started playing minimum jacks on one rink, they swept their opposition away and despite only winning on two rinks they won the match by a massive 108-71. 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 at Arundel Bowls Club on the 21st October 2019. Click the red link to see the Minutes of the 2019 meeting - please bear in mind the minutes remain unapproved until the 2020 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
Rules updated at 2019 ADM
Constitution updated at 2016 ADM
Privacy Statement updated at August 2018
Correct at 21/09/19
From the multi team clubs who played in SEVEN or more matches during the past season, 2019, and who are therefore ineligible to commence the 2020 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
When Brian (Wellsted) decided the leagu0e 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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