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PLEASE HELP BY SIGNING THIS E-PETITION IN OUR FIGHT TO HAVE THE CURRENT 6 RINKS IN THE EXISTING KING ALFRED REPLACED WITH 6 RINKS AND NOT THE PROPOSED 3 RINKS WITHIN THE PRESENTLY PLANNED RE-DEVLOPMENT. WE HAVE OVER 600 NAMES ON THE PAPER PETITION WITH A TARGET OF AT LEAST 1000 FROM THE COMBINED PETITIONS. PLEASE LOG ON TO THE E-PETITION PAGE:-
"We call on Brighton & Hove City Council to halt their plans to downgrade bowls facilities at the King Alfred pointing out that the Council's unambitious proposal for a three-rink bowls room will spell the demise of the King Alfred Indoor Bowls Club and the end of indoor competitive bowling in the City. We call on the Council to construct a purpose built replacement six-rink bowls hall within the new King Alfred redevelopment scheme to cater for existing bowlers, provide public recreational facilities and deliver a sporting amenity that affords access for people of ALL ages in the interests of their continuing social welfare and the maintenance of sound physical & mental health.....PLEASE PASS ON TO AS MANY AS POSSIBLE.... THANK YOU"
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Hon. Secretary writes.....
8th January, 2015......
Wishing our Liberty Trophy players the very best of luck and success in the match against Kent County IBA the current holders of the Liberty Trophy from last season. We only lost to them then by 12 shots overall and I know that all the players will be up for reversing the scoreline this time. We have self belief and confidence going into the game and we have the players capable of pulling a win out of the bag. The match is on Saturday, 10th January, 2015 at Mote Park IBC starting at 10.00am ...for those who would like to make the trip and cheer Sussex on. I hope to see you many of you there!
"COME ON SUSSEX"
28th December, 2014...
It is with great sadness I announce the death of Barry Napper a long time member of Arun District IBC. Barry passed away earlier this morning. Our condolences are extended to his wife Lesley, daughter Michelle and indeed to all members of his family, friends and colleagues. Barry will be remembered for his quick witted personality and his effusive and exuberant character both on and off the green. His immense sense of humour was something he brought to everything he turned his hand to and he always left everyone with a smile!
Barry will be greatly missed but it is certain that the lives of those who knew him were left brighter and more cheerful when leaving his company and if he was here now he would definitely wish that we remember the laughter he brought us and not think of being sad about his departure from our company!
Barry was an integral member of the SCB holding several positions including that of the President of the Worthing & District Bowls Association, Treasurer of the same group as well as being the Treasurer of Arun IBC. I am informed by the family there will be no funeral as Barry left his remains to science. If there is to be a memorial service in the future I will as usual include information on this page.
21st December, 2014.....
WHILST VISITING OUR WEBAGE PLEASE TAKE A FEW SECONDS TO CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE AND SIGN THE PETITION ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERS OF KING ALFRED INDOOR BOWLS CLUB. BY DOING SO YOU WILL BE HELPING THE CLUB IN THEIR FIGHT TO RETAIN A VIABLE INDOOR BOWLS CLUB. IT'S NOT MUCH TO ASK YOU TO DO IT, IT TAKES LITERALLY SECONDS FOR YOU TO ADD YOUR NAME AND IN SO DOING YOU WILL BE HELPING OUR FRIENDS AT KAIBC SECURE A PURPOSE BUILT SIX RINK INDOOR BOWLS CLUB WITHIN THE RE-DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE SITE. THANK YOU & HAPPY CHRISTMAS.......
20th December, 2014....
Congratulations to Falaise IBC and in particular Danny Dargan, Dave Smith, Ian May and John Blackford who won the 2014/15 Llew Knight Annual Patrons Challenge Cup earlier in the month. Photo of the happy team being presented with the trophy at Egerton Park by President Gordon Leaman. Well done to them all.
Big thank you to the sponsors of the event, Egerton Park IBC, for their generous support and once again staging the competition at their club.
16th December, 2014.....
Although little used the FORUM pages have been cut following their infection by some type of computer virus and to ensure overall website safety these pages have been axed. I'm pleased to say that the problem does not extend to the rest of the site. As the Forum never really took off losing it shouldn't impact on the members or visitors to the SCIBA website. I am looking at future improvements for our site and after the holiday period will be meeting with our Webmaster to discuss and implement what we feel would boost the website and enhance both bowls Member and casual visitor experience.
11th December, 2014.......
Although at this time the news is unconfirmed I have heard that Horsham & District IBC is not now being demolished for redevelopment and will remain as the indoor bowls club it has always been. This is fantastic news not just for the club and it's members but for all us connected with indoor bowls in Sussex. With it's future secured the membership will be able to implement long term planning with the knowledge that their ideas, goals and ambitions for the future of the club have every opportunity to reach fruition. I don't know how the considerable efforts of the club in protesting the plans to develop the site were instrumental in this latest turn of events, nor do I know whether the multiple letters and howls of protest made by many individual bowlers, county and clubs impacted on this turnabout but I do know that without them we might not have been looking at quite as bright an outcome as now appears to be the case. Therefore, on behalf of SCIBA I applaud your interventions and hard work in supporting Horsham & District IBC during their dark days and all of you can take a little credit for helping the club to emerge into the sunshine of a brighter, more cheerful and optimistic tomorrow..... well done to Horsham and we look forward to seeing much more of you on your green!
3rd December, 2014.....
Commiserations are due to our Over 60 National competitors who yesterday played and sadly lost to an as ever, strong Surrey contingent. 2015 will see our third attempt to get beyond the first round of this event and as with the Liberty Trophy it must surely be our turn to win against the likes of Surrey and Kent.... it's not as if we don't have the players that are capable of doing it because we definitely do. We have the players, we have the confidence, we have good leadership with our Team Manager and we have the will to succeed....perhaps all we are missing is that sprinkling of good luck... the rub of the green on the day and an overdue return on the law of averages! Come on Sussex...we're all behind you......
27th November, 2014
Would Competitors in the county competitions please post, telephone, email or text their results to the County Competition Secretary, Viv Evans now that he has returned from holiday. I am no longer the point of contact for these results. His contact details are on the Officers page of the website. Many thanks.
22nd November, 2014
GREAT WIN for the Liberty Trophy team against Middlesex at Adur IBC today. Sussex 154 Middlesex 92 so we march on to play against the ol' enemy Kent on their turf on Saturday, 10th January, 2015. Very well done to all those who played today and want you all to remember that we only lost against Kent last year by 12 shots overall! Got to be our turn this time.... surely!
The Under 25's made a great effort in the National Double Rink against Surrey at the week-end but it was not to be. Surrey 49 Sussex 33 was the final score but I hope the lads won't be disappointed for too long. They are not only a young team but an inexperienced one in the early days of getting established. When you run in second it teaches you something more about yourself and about the game and it definitely makes you stronger and more determined to go out next time and improve. We will see that in the future as this young squad grows in stature and ability. They will make their mark on the competitive scene, of that I'm certain and we must ensure we give them every opportunity to return our confidence in them with positive results. So bad luck this time boys but take the experience away with you and use it as a step up the competition ladder because one day not so far into the distance you will reach the summit and make your mark on our sport.
LIBERTY TROPHY match Sussex v Middlesex will be played at Adur IBC on Saturday, 22nd November, 2014 start time 10.00am. We made the semi-final last year and there's no reason we can't go another round and get to the final but it's not only the players...they need our support so come along and spectate, cheer and rally the Sussex men to overcome their opposition. The Liberty Trophy is the big one in the indoor season for the men and we were so close last year we could taste it. This year lets do more than taste the win let's dine out on it! Good luck to all the Sussex players.
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Sunday, 16th November, 2014.....
The best of luck to our young Under 25 players who are playing Surrey in the National Double Rink this morning. The home four is at Falaise with the away rink at Wye Valley. It's going to be a tough one but Sussex lads are playing well at the moment and it would mean a lot to come away with a win against a dominant county like Surrey. 10.00am start both venues if you're going along to support. Fingers crossed!
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COUNTY COMPETITIONS - BETWEEN THE 3rd NOVEMBER - 13th NOVEMBER, 2014 - ALL COUNTY COMPETITION RESULTS SHOULD BE TELEPHONED (01903 248049), E.MAILED (email@example.com) or TEXTED (07775 668118) TO ME PLEASE.
20th October, 2014,
Sorry to report Sussex ran in second best in the Home Counties Finals. A valiant fight back by Bill Murphy to draw level at 20-20 but wasn't to be his day with the title going to Tom Webb of Hertfordshire. Similar unhappy news from the fours where we were beaten by a measly seven shots in the semi-final. Well done all the Sussex lads and perhaps next year but thank you for turning out and representing your county. It was appreciated by me and I'm sure many others in Sussex that are rarely heard.....the silent majority!
18th October, 2014....
At Glebelands IBC tomorrow (19/10/14) the Home Counties IBA Finals will be concluded. Representing Sussex in the singles will be Bill Murphy from Worthing Pavilion BC and in the Fours Phil Wade, Rob & Ajay Morphett & Stephen Bain from Egerton Park IBC. Sadly we have no representatives in the pairs or triples, all eligible players being unavailable for selection for one reason or another! It is a pity but not a precedent as all counties find themselves in this situation from time to time. Some changes next season will pitch the finals in November which should allow a better window of opportunity for all the county winners to be free! In any event let's not take it away from those who are waving the Sussex flag, so.... Bill, Rob, Ajay, Phil & Stephen.....the best of luck with your ties tomorrow. The county are justly proud of your achievements and hope you will make us prouder still by bringing the Winners' trophies back to Sussex with you. Unusually nearly all the county officers are pre-booked for events closer to home tomorrow and I can only apologise for that but Lew Mockett a previous Home Counties IBA President and the current HCIBA Delegate will be there to represent the county. GO SUSSEX!
17th October, 2014....
SCIBA wishes good luck to the 32 players selected for the Liberty Trophy trial match on Sunday, 19th, October, 2014. Anyone with a couple of hours to spare who would like to see the session it is on from 09.30 - 12.30 at Adur Indoor Bowls Club.....go along and see for yourself the cream of our indoor crop putting their skills to the test with potentially, a Liberty Trophy team place as the reward!
16th October, 2014....
Congratulations to Martin Heitzman (Falaise) and Jack Fairhall (Adur) on winning through in their National trials. Two of our top drawer young players reaping their rightful rewards for consistent competitive results over recent times. We can look forward to seeing them both displaying the skills that got them noticed in the first place, lining up to compete against other nations in the future. Sussex Indoor is proud of their achievements and sure they will go on to achieve great things.
9th September, 2014....
Please take time to read the Sussex Police publication "Little Book of Big Scams" which is an informative take on all the new internet based and other scams being perpetrated on vulnerable people and some not so vulnerable people as well! It's a good read and might just be the difference between being scammed out of money etc. and not... I've pinned it down on the Home Page right hand column so please take advantage of it!
9th September, 2014.....
Message from Scott Edwards of the BDA reminding all clubs that there are still places on the Safeguarding course being run on the 19th September, 2014. Contact the BDA website for full details and Booking form. This is an opportunity for clubs to gain their certification towards Clubmark and ancillary criteria. Contact the website www.playbowls.org for more details.
As you will recall we agreed to trial a fully digitised on line version of the SCIBA Yearbook commencing with the upcoming season. Myself and David Jackson our Webmaster, have been working together to achieve a seamless changeover but inevitably a lot is going to rely on our individual member's goodwill and each of them seeing this change as progressive and part of the modernisation of the SCIBA framework, as well as being a budget saving move beneficial to our long term survival.
An "on line" electronic FlipBook is under construction that will visually mimic the paper version of the yearbook that you remember but in the meantime David and I have been ensuring that content each of you require as a necessity is readily available on the existing webpages under previous column headings or alternatively new headings. Therefore, items such as Competition Draws, Fixture List, Annual Reports, County Meeting Dates, Affiliated Clubs, County League, Annual Patrons, County Rules & Regulations, Competition Rules and goodwill Messages from our incoming and outgoing Presidents are all accounted for and have been updated during the closed season. With very few exceptions all the input now on the website relates to those vital pieces of information and where there is a shortfall it will be rectified and confirmed by the start of the new season. Our ability to amend certain items is enhanced because such changes or corrections can now be achieved swiftly and with maximum circulation whereas before when we relied on a pre-printed publication that was just not the case.
Take a look at the new pages that have been added to the website and you'll notice that all the appropriate information is contained under that heading. Where additional notices are necessary there will be a clear link that can be clicked on to take you there. I think you will find the website much easier to navigate and more interesting and informative relevant to your needs. Printing the SCIBA Yearbook each year was a costly exercise. Despite several years back moving over to an internet printing company which saved us several thousands of pounds each print the cost has gradually been creeping up again. Even with internet printing the yearbook accounts for the thick end of £2000.00 per annum and it's your money raised through affiliation fees that is being spent.
With the gradual decline in member numbers it was also necessary to look at new ways of disseminating county information that were less expensive than conventional methods and "on line" was an obvious choice. We already own our own website and we have a huge capacity for information led content, particularly the targeted kind that bowls demands. Even among the more senior in our number a computer is owned and every Sussex indoor club has access to it's own computer and more often than not its' own website as well! If not a desktop or laptop computer the proliferation in smart phones and tablets has offered us further means of getting onto the world wide web!
The SCIBA Executive has additionally had to be mindful of future increases in affiliation fees and aware as they are of the spiralling cost of matches and club subscriptions, travelling, meals and equipment expenses they have had to consider new ways of mitigating those increases. We plan ahead as much as we can to keep costs to a minimum. We subsidise where we can do keep member match costs as low as possible. The money saved through moving away from a printed yearbook to an on line version will allow us to maintain affiliation fees at their current level for much longer than could be achieved otherwise and every affiliated member benefits from that change!
Various new ideas are being tested out on the website as I'm sure most of you will have noticed! Scrolling advertisements is one innovation we are attempting to bring to the site but as I expect you will see reading them has become an issue at the moment because they are quite small! We are trying out other things to ensure we can run advertising in the future thereby providing us with the means to raise income from those resources to defray the cost of maintaining the website and it's year on year hosting with a dedicated server.... once more drawing funding away from membership affiliation fees and minimising what we have to ask our members for in the way of financial support.
We respectfully ask for your tolerance and forebearance while we go through these changes. They will not be hiccup free I'm afraid but I do promise we will keep disruption to an absolute minimum and if you wish to discuss any problem you've encountered on the SCIBA website or you have an idea as to how we can improve it for the benefit of all of our members please don't hesitate to get in touch with me or for that matter with any County Officer on the Executive Committee. Meanwhile both myself and David Jackson thank you for your patience and look forward to ensuring that Sussex County Indoor BA has one of the best indoor bowls websites in the country!
PLEASE RE-CHECK YOUR DIARIES IF YOU TOOK THE DATES OF COUNTY MEETINGS DOWN BEFORE TODAY AS THERE WERE A COUPLE OF ERRORS THAT HAVE SINCE BEEN CORRECTED.
APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.
25th August, 2014....
Competitions 2014/15 ..... entries are noticeably down on previous years and in an effort to promote more competitiveness the usual grouping (zoning) is being suspended for this season. It will mean a little more travelling for competitors and will dispense with them playing against the usual local opponents as is the norm!
In season 2015/16 the restriction of entries to club finalists is being lifted in the pairs and the triples championships and these will become open competitions alongside the fours and unbadged singles. For the time being the championship singles will be restricted to club finalists so as not to disturb the current National Champion of Champions event to which it leads.
It is hoped that in opening up the eligibility to these competitions it will attract significantly more interest from ALL club members and lift the currently flagging entry numbers.