Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association
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Hon. Secretary, Tony Phillips writes.....
6th December, 2013 -
Brian Howson's funeral will be on Thursday, 12th December, at 10.30 a.m. in St. Richards Chapel, Sussex & Surrey Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Crawley, RH10 3NQ.
Flowers or donations if desired for St. Peters and St. James Hospice c/o R. A. Brooks & Son, 35 Wivelsfield Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4EN Tel. 01444 454391.
Would bowlers please attend in greys with either club or county blazer and the appropriate county or club tie.
All inquiries to me please on 01903 248049 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
30th November, 2013 -
I'm sorry to have to report that Brian Howson long time Club Secretary at Wealden Bowls Centre passed away yesterday morning. He was a very well known and respected member of our bowls community in Sussex and will be greatly missed. Our condolences and thoughts are with his wife Joan and Brian's family. I have no details just yet regarding the funeral but as soon as I do I'll publish them on the website and circulate the clubs.
Hon. Secretary, Tony Phillips writes.....
23rd November, 2013 -
Congratulations to all the Sussex bowlers who played in Round (1) of the Liberty Trophy against last years' finalists Essex at The Adur Indoor Bowls Club this morning. Sussex beat Essex 120 shots to 99. A truly outstanding performance from all of them without exception. They played magnificently and thoroughly deserved their victory against a typically strong Essex team. This year saw a return to a Team Manager selection process which allowed for Sussex to restore the default position for some of our top players who for one reason or another had withdrawn their support in recent years. The new Team Manager, Don Kent was able to start with a clean canvas and the top players returned to contribute their support. The result was a re-born Liberty Trophy side that throughout the match showed spirit and determination, were motivated to win and as one player commented looked like a "team" a opposed to simply a "side!" That team spirit shone through and it was a joy to watch the game being played at such a high level. Some of the bowling was simply magical and you had to be there to see it! It would be wrong to pick out individuals for comment as all the players performed so well but there were several individual contributions of note with one of the Sussex rinks taking a SEVEN (7) shot haul on one end at a very critical time in the match! Well...it's Berkshire (who beat Surrey) next and Sussex are at home once again. Unconfirmed at present but we hope to be able to retain Adur IBC as the venue which will be good news for the players who like the club for big matches. Thank you to the Officers, Caterers and Members of Adur for their support throughout the day. See you all again on the 11th January, 2014.
15th November, 2013 -
Further to the previous entry I have now spoken directly with Michael Alderson, Ken's Son. After the funeral mourners are welcome back to The Grattons Indoor Bowls Club for refreshment. Flowers or Donations for The British Heart Foundation should in the first instance be sent through Alex Jones Funeral Directors, 1, East Grinstead Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6EP Tel: 01342 832534 or email: email@example.com.
15th November, 2013 -
Ken Alderson's funeral is on Friday, 29th November, 2013 at 10.30am at The Surrey & Sussex Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Crawley. RH10 3NQ. I've not been advised by the family as to floral tributes or donations to a specific charity at this stage. Would Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association members please attend in Greys & SCIBA tie.
11th November, 2013 -
I have today accepted the resignation of the County Competition Secretary, Peter Scarsdale who has not enjoyed recent good health. Our thanks and best wishes for a speedy recovery go with him. For the time being I shall be dealing with competition matters, draws and results so please ensure you send them through me Tel: 01903 248049; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by text to 07775 668118.
10th November, 2013 -
It's my sad duty to inform you that Ken Alderson of The Grattons IBC a SCIBA Life Member and until very recently the SCIBA County Treasurer has died in hospital where he was rccovering from a fall. Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with his wife Margaret, Son Michael and Daughter in Law Caroline. As soon as I have details of the funeral arrangements I shall post them on this page.
31st October 2013 -
Congratulations to Ajay Morphett (Egerton Park) who won the "Overall Skills" Junior Class at the National Finals of the English Bowls Youth Development Scheme, (School of Excellence). Sussex put in a strong performance across the board which augers well for the future of these young players and for the competitiveness of our county. A full report from Peter Blanks the S of E Administrator with photographs can be found on the Under 18 page of the website. Well done to everyone who contributed.
21st October, 2013 -
Congratulations to the County Four of John Godfrey, Phil hillsden, David Cornwell and Marc Duson who yesterday ran out winners of the Home Counties Indoor Bowls Association Finals in the Fours, which for the uninitiated is an Inter - Home Counties Champion of Champions competiton of the Home Counties Singles, Pairs, Triples & Fours Championship winners. Well done to all Sussex players who competed... Matt Ives in the Singles, Kevin & Colin Carrie in the pairs (only lost in the final), David Richardson, Adam Harding & Ted Ockenden in the Triples. The finals were staged at Glebelands IBC in North London and not the easiest of venues to travel to so well done simply getting there! The HCIBA finals had to be restricted to time limited matches due to there being only a single day allotted to play from quarter-final onwards. The HCIBA has apologised for the format and assured the counties that it won't happen like that again. So it was not everything that was expected and I thank all the Sussex players for their tolerance and forbearance during a difficult day. Particular thanks in that department go to Kevin & Colin Carrie who had to wait almost 6 hours to play their final of the pairs because one of the counties pulled out of the competition at the 11th hour!
21st October, 2013 -
The Sussex Under 25's played the first round of the Inter-County National Double Rink yesterday (Sunday 20/10/13) and lost to Hampshire. The home rink despite a spirited effort lost to the Hants lads. The away rink managed to fight their way through to a victory but with our players going down at Arun.. Sussex had to concede defeat. However, I heard good things back from the Officers of the Day and it is encouraging to know that progress is being made by the Sussex youth players at that level. Thank you all for playing and supporting your county on the National stage. Don Kent the SCIBA Team Manager has compiled a summary of the match and it is published on the Under 25 page of this website so pop along and take a look....
20th October, 2013 -
For player's information the County Club Match against Falaise on Sunday, 3rd November, 2013 has been cancelled owing to the fact that SCIBA cannot raise a full side. Amazing I know but another marker of the problems we face across the county securing teams to bowls. This is your sport and you have to support it by putting your names down to play or we will continue to lose matches from the fixture schedule. It's a slippery slope my friends!
10th October, 2013 -
I am pleased to announce the appointment elect of the new SCIBA Under 25 Manager. He is Duncan Lambert (Worthing Pavilion) and he is well qualified in the management and advancement of young people having had extensive experience in the Scout movement and with St. John Ambulance in Sussex. He is tremendously interested in helping to rebuild the Under 25 indoor bowls section and I believe he will bring immense enthusiasm and commitment to the role. There will be more to say about Duncan as we go on but it was important to let you all know of his appointment before it slipped out on the gossip grapevine! I think SCIBA are lucky to have attracted such a talented individual and I'm sure we will all give him as much help as possible. Keep a look out on the Under 25 page of the website for an introductory comment or two from Duncan and for more information on how this new appointment will make a real difference to our young bowlers. It is expected that Duncan's appointment wll be confirmed at the SCIBA Executive meeting on 11th November, 2013.....
7th October, 2013 -
A little sad news reached me over the week-end and that was the death of our good friend Gordon Cummings who played out of The Adur IBC. Our sympathies are with his family at this difficult time. My information is that the funeral will take place on Monday 14th October, 2013 at St. Peter's Church, Holmes Avenue Hove, East Sussex BN3 7LA commencing at at 2.00pm. Gordon was a popular figure on the local bowls scene and will be greatly missed by all his friends and colleagues.
6th October, 2013 -
Congratulations to Sussex who beat Kent in our opening badge match of the season. The score was Sussex 112 Kent 104. Well done to all who were involved. This was our first inter-county match in The Surrey Cup competition so Sussex off to a flying start. As usual The Adur did us proud and special mention to Sally and her crew in the kitchen whom despite having an extra 10 visitors (unannounced by Kent) managed not to lose her cool and served up a truly scrumptious meal to everyone for the post match event. Thank you Sally and the girls in the kitchen. I hear tell the Sussex County President gave you all an extra round of praise during his after dinner speech...... wow! Thank you once again to all at The Adur.
1st September, 2013 -
I'm pleased to be able to confirm that John Long (Bunny to his friends) of Egerton Park has volunteered his services to fill the vacancy for a East Area member on the General Purposes Committee. Thank you Bunny.... we look forward to you working with us to promote and improve the Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association.
29th July, 2013 -
SCIBA Celebrates it's 50th Anniversary in season 2013/14. The Association was founded on the 5th November, 1963. The founder Chairman was one W. A. Edwards who held office until 1965. From 1966 the position of President replaced that of Chairman of the Association. The first SCIBA Secretary was a direct Club descendant of yours truly, he being Worthing Member, Mr. C. J. Uncles. In the history of the Association I am only the 11th individual to hold that Honorary office and the third Secretary coming from the Worthing IBC membership in that time.
Worthing has held the Presidency of the Association only once..... in season 1991-1992 when the late Doug Sherlock (a disabled bowler with one arm) held office. Last years' President Ian Blackmore became only the 2nd disabled bowler to hold the SCIBA Presidency. It's a lasting tribute to Sussex that the county has never discriminated against any individual seeking Sussex County IBA office.
Congratulations to the Association and every individual contribution that has gone to making the Association such a useful organisation. A number of special commemorative matches have been arranged and lapel badges, bowls stickers and special pennants purchased to further mark the achievement. The Association could not have prospered and grown without the help of you... the affiliated membership and I'm pretty certain that the next 50 years will be fully supported by all the Sussex Indoor bowlers.
Good luck to our new President, Allan Hilton (The Grattons) who stepped in a short notice to fill the gap left by Glynn Burton (Eastbourne) who you will recall had to step down due to ill health. We wish Glynn a swift return to the green where he is greatly missed. Allan has promised to fulfill his presidency reflecting Glynn's forced absence and in that respect the county finals will be held next year at Eastbourne IBC and not The Grattons IBC.
This season sees the fledgling SCIBA Benevolent Fund launched in recognition of our 50th Anniversary achievement and a collection was started at the first Executive match of the season on the 18th July at St. Francis BC where the SCB overcame the SCIBA contingent to record a rare win in this fixture! Next time we will have to load our rinks!! Well done SCB. I hope that you will all contribute generously throughout the coming season (as you do every time) to the new Benevolent Fund to which the President's Charity is directed this year secure in the knowledge that monies will be used in the way of grants to distressed and needy indoor Sussex bowlers and their families who have fallen on difficult times. Future grants will be decided upon by a Board of Trustees comprised initially of myself, President Allan Hilton, County Treasurer Jim Davis and Match Secretary, Lew Mocket. A separate account has been opened specifically for the purpose and will be overseen by the Trustees. Looking forward on the funding front it is proposed that a single match be arranged each season with all the proceeds from the day going to the SCIBA Benevolent Fund. There will be more on this as the Benevolent Fund finds its' feet. Individual donations are also welcomed and should any of you wish to make such a contribution please contact a Member of the Board of Trustees for advice.
Now.. onto urgent matters that need the immediate help of the memberhip. We need to fill the following vacant positions as soon as possible and I ask that you all consider if you can give up a little of your own time to help Sussex County IBA and in doing so assist the Association and more directly your fellow bowlers and friends within Sussex indoor bowls. No organisation can run without a few volunteers giving up some of their own time to help it out and if you feel you could make a contribution in any of these areas please get in touch with me.....
Deputy Vice President: with a view to becoming SCIBA President in season 2015/16. Initially understudying Gordon Leaman (Arun) the Vice President and then being his Vice President when he succeeds to President of the County as you will the following year. This is a great opportunity to make a significant contribution to Sussex Indoor Bowls. In the first year the only extra responsibility is an oversight of the Under 25's. The DVP can expect at the end of his Presidential run to be awarded Life Membership of SCIBA. It is a personal honour to represent your county as President and will significantly raise the profile of the holders' own bowls club. If you are interested please contact the Hon. SCIBA Secretary.
Under 25 Manager: solely responsible for promoting, developing and managing the Sussex County IBA Under 25 Section. Selecting for National and County team competitions; Liaison with the County Executive, Maintaining an up to date register of players; Attending competition matches; Linking with the parents or guardians of the Under 18 players; sustaining inter-county good relations at U25 level; Ensuring D & BS checks are made and kept updated and generally looking after the on and off green welfare of Sussex Indoor BA young bowlers. The position is high profile and a very responsible one reporting directly to the County Executive and implementing agreed changes as the County Executive ratifies. Our young players are the future of indoor bowls.......Please contact the Hon. County Secretary if you would like to know more.
General Purposes Committee: TWO (2) positions on the GPC are vacant. One in the Central Area and one in the East Area. SCIBA seeks one member from each Area. The club breakdown of each Area is shown in the County Yearbook (p.77). The General Purposes Committee is tasked with looking at proposals made by the Executive and studying whether they can be properly and efficiently implemented to the benefit of the county membership. The Committee makes recommendations to the County Executive on such matters. In this regard they are seen as a "working" sub committee of the Executive. As from last season the GPC also makes recommendations on financial changes for the following season advising on affiliation fees, Annual Patron subscriptions, county tariffs, honoraria, out of pocket expenses, mileage and match subsidies etc. GPC Members normally attend three (3) pre-arranged meetings per season. Sitting as a Committee Member of the GPC provides an individual with the fundamental opportunity to steer radical as well as procedural changes through the County Association's annual business and as such is an important element of ensuring that the Membership of the County has a direct influence on how the County Executive operates.
Accounts Examiner: SCIBA seek to appoint an Examiner of Accounts who can audit our accounts at the end of the financial year and provide a Statement for the Membership at the Annual General Meeting. The present two Examiners, David Mahoney & Bill Simmonds both of Worthing Pavilion BC have been our Examiners for many years and have taken well earned retirement from the role. They go with our very best wishes and gratitude for their unrivaled service to SCIBA but it now presents us with the need to find replacements as soon as possible. If you would be interested in volunteering to be the SCIBA Accounts Examiner and you have relevant experience we would be delighted to hear from you and in the first instance please speak to the Hon. County Secretary who will be able to expand on the role. Ideally it would be preferable to appoint two (2) Examiners but I don't want to get ahead of myself too soon and frankly I'd be delighted to hear from one willing Member for openers!
All the advertised positions offer a number of additional opportunities
to play in county matches in the Presidents' or Executive rinks
throughout the season. The Under 25 Managers' position is reviewed by
the Executive each year. The GPC positions are initially for a period
of ONE (1) year but the holders are welcome to continue provided their
own clubs agree. Each position makes an immense contribution to the
running of SCIBA and whilst existing Officers can help take up the
slack when the positions are unfilled it places an additional burden on
them at a time when they are personally giving up quite enough of their
time to accommodate their principal appointment. SCIBA management needs
fresh blood to keep it relevant to its' membership.... if you can offer
to help with any of the vacant posts please get in touch with the Hon.
Secretary as soon as practicable .... you will be made most welcome.