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WSBL in 2020

With regret, due to the prevailing circumstances across the UK, the WSBL Management Committee has decided that for 2020 it will be impossible to run the West Sussex Bowls League in a meaningful way.

The League program is therefore cancelled, but we suggest you keep your fixtures for July onwards in place just in case there is the possibility of a friendly game of bowls later in the season.

The fees for this year will be held over to next year and therefore there will be no entry fee for 2021.

We believe that it would be sensible to keep the same fixture dates in 2021 as you have all arranged for this season. You will need to move dates back 6 days to comply with the standardised calendar which changes the week pattern in 2021.

Additionally, the draw for the PC Cup for 2020 will remain the same for 2021, and this will also mean that existing fixture dates can be maintained as above.

We will issue further announcements as necessary as the future unravels.

If any of you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards and please stay healthy

Lindsay H Bangs

WSBL Chairman

A Message from our President

Chris RolphGentlemen Well, it's taken a major worldwide health pandemic to stop the continuation of the West Sussex Bowls League. After 35 seasons, 2020 will see no league bowls at all in West Sussex (and probably the rest of the country).

I dearly hope that all our member clubs can come through this dreadful virus and will all want to continue with the West Sussex Bowls League in 2021.

Please do everything you can to adhere to the Government’s advice about venturing out of your homes. Bowls as a sport (because of the age of most participants) is more at risk than other sports please gentleman STAY AT HOME and do your bit for the country and the sport you love to play. I trust come this time next year I can write a cheerier piece for our website.

Stay safe

Chris Rolph

President - March 2020.

History of the League

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.

Lindsay Bangs

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.

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 (Storrington BC).

David ParkerFinances 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, David Jacksonalso 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 events of the 2019 Season (not a lot happened in 2020!)

Priory Park Chichester

WSBL v BH&DL 2019

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.

WSBL Representative Side 2019

WSBL v Division Champions 2019

The 2019 challenge 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. 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.

WSBL v The Champions.


WSBL trophies 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.

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.


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

WSBL AGM Minutes 2020

Alan Messer – Hon. Secretary (2016-2020)

Click on the underlined links for information in a printable format.

Management Team Contacts

Management Committee and Result Coordinators

Club Contacts 2020-21

Club Delegates for 2020-21

League & Cup Rules

Rules updated at 2020 ADM


Constitution updated at 2016 ADM

Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement updated at August 2018

PDF Print copy of 2019 League Tables

Correct at 21/09/19

List of tied players

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.

Wearing of Shorts

Details of Clubs that - DO - or - DO NOT - allow shorts to be worn.

Usage of Groundsheets

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

Print Copy - PC Cup 2021

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

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!

Phoenix Frozen Foods

is both pleased and proud to sponsor the WSBL.

We are a small friendly company based on the South coast and have many years experience in sourcing and delivering frozen foods.

We believe in offering quality foods combined with a first class and friendly service.

We have set daily routes which enables us to deliver smaller orders at times to suit you.

For more information, or helpful, friendly advice, please feel free to contact us.

Phoenix Frozen Foods 01903 215170

Phoenix Frozen Foods