The sun was shining, the green looked in perfect condition and a large crowd eagerly waited for the Mayor of Bognor to bowl the first wood to get the 90th anniversary season under way at Bognor Bowls Club.
Boognor Bowls Club are back in business amd it’s going to be a very busy season both on the green and socially.
On the green, members are looking forward to meeting all their old friends plus many new clubs coming to help them celebrate the anniversary - not only from Sussex but many other counties and associations.
The club hope many older players who have not bowled recently can be persuaded to start again.
All are welcome to come to Waterloo Square to watch the season unfurl.
Pagham played their opening game of the season - a fun mixed drive - on Saturday and welcomed their MP Nick Gibb, who bowled the first wood of the season.
He congratulated members of the club for their unstinting efforts to save the Swansea Gardens green. He said it would have been very sad to see housing on this site, not only because of the loss of the green space but for the neighbouring residents.
The club thanked Mr Gibb for all his support, making many visits to the club and his help in working to save Swansea Gardens from development. Members went on to spend a pleasant afternoon bowling in warm sunshine.
Bedhampton 65 Crablands 92
This was a good start to the season with Crablands enjoying the artificial surface at Bedhampton.
Scores: C Lewendon, M Back, J Saunders drew 18-18; V Tyrrell, C Pestle, D Adams won 24-10; L Lewendon, Jy Harman, M Brown won 20-7; M Campbell, J Brown, J Lindley lost 18-15; E Potz, P Terry, M Heasman won 15-12.
Chichester 27 Pulborough 34
Chichester were at home for their first BM League match of the season and in a close game, it was 18-18 after 11 ends.
However, Pulborough had the better of the remainder of the match going on to win 34 - 27.
Scores: Mrs J Hole, P Baverstock, M Bayfield (skip) lost 15-14; Mrs P Rampton. P Whale, Mrs B Spicer (skip) lost 19-13.
Southwick Park 74 Arundel 111
Scores: G Reeves 6 B Cairns 23; D Silsby 16 B Thompson 15; D Croft 8 G Reygate 24; C Farrell 15 S Watt 22; T Grice 14 J Lee 13; Jenner 15 R Cairns 14.
Southbourne 51 Arundel 53
Scores: M Odell 19 A Emery 15; J Staker 14 B Heal 25; E Dewing 18 I McRae 13.
ARUN ladies are reflecting on a fantastic season, topped by their amazing win in the national Vivienne Trophy.
They also reached the fifth round of the Yetton Trophy, had a 90 per cent win rate in friendlies and came top of the West Sussex League.
They also won all three rounds of the Osborne Trophy against Arun’s men.
Arun had some ladies reaching the county finals in the singles, the fours and the unbadged triples. They travelled to Grattons IBC in Crawley for the finals, in which the ladies in the fours won.
The Arun club will be open in the summer to members - times and days are available upon request.
With sadness, the ladies’ section has reported Gladys Hillier, one of their founder members, has died at the age of 99.