Hopes open day will help bowling club desperately seeking new members

Hangleton Bowling Club is doing everything it can to attract new members after being unable to recruit during the pandemic.

The first bowl of the season last week at Hangleton Bowling Club
The first bowl of the season last week at Hangleton Bowling Club

The club, based in Knoll Park, off Rowan Avenue, Hove is holding an open morning tomorrow (Saturday) which invites non-members to try bowling with coaches available to show them the ropes.

The event, which will follow Covid guidelines, runs from 10.30am until 12.30pm. All equipment is provided but flat shoes are needed.

Club captain, Eddy Sears, said: "A year of Covid has resulted in bowling clubs losing members to the normal round of retirements without the opportunity to recruit new members to replace them.

"We are doing everything we can to attract new members including the special membership of just £50 which is half price."

Eddy said the open morning kicks off the season and as well as being a fun experience, there will be an opportunity for members to play in the afternoon in the Captain v Presidents game.

The first friendly game against another club is on Wednesday, May 5, when Peacehaven come to Hangleton. This is followed over the next week when Rottingdean BC and Portslade BC also visit the club.

The first away match is on Wednesday, May 19, when Hangleton makes the short trip to Lancing Bowling Club.

Eddy said: "We have a full programme of matches up until the end of September. Twice a week friendlies are interspersed with league and cup matches. Also on Monday and Thursdays we get together for a 'role up' where we compete in practice games.

"As you can see, we have many games throughout the season and everyone will have plenty of opportunities to play at whatever level they wish."

To find out more and to get in touch with the club, visit Hangleton Bowls