Pagham and Chichester bowlers back on the green

Pagham Bowls Club’s season opened on Saturday when members played an internal match, Captain v President.

A busy bowling green on the opening day at Pagham BC at Swansea Gardens
A busy bowling green on the opening day at Pagham BC at Swansea Gardens

The final result was a 20 shot win for the president’s team.

During the shutdown the clubhouse has been upgraded and the club hope to officially open it later in the summer once they can use the facilities again.

They aim to run a come-and-try-bowls morning at the end of May to tie in with a Bowls England national promotion over the bank holiday weekend.

They have a dedicated team of coaches, mentors and advisers and offer a good opportunity for those who wish to return to or try bowls.

They cater for players aged from ten to 90 of all abilities and are keen to see new faces at Swansea Gardens in the near future.

They have equipment people can borrow.

On May 17 the club hope to the next stage out of lockdown. Meantime, club afternoons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will cater for 24 at a time.


On a glorious, sunny afternoon Chichester Bowling Club reopened with the club’s patron, the Mayor of Chichester, Cllr Richard Plowman bowling the first bowl.

This was followed by the annual Captain v President match. To comply with Covid-19 restrictions, the match was played over two sessions of nine ends each.

The Captain’s team won the first session 39-28 and the second session 41-31 giving them an 80-59 victory.

Scores: (Captain’s team first): First session: Avril Konrad, Stephen Goddard, Mike Bayfield (skip) drew with Alison Woolerton, John White, Nigel Dearman (skip) 5-5; Helen Levy, Richard Smith, Chas Campling (skip) lost to Richard Levy, John Walters, Duncan Gray (skip) 5-10; Colin Dean, Mercedes Neilson, Michael Hannant (skip) lost to Richard New, Stuart Wilson, Brian Talmage (skip) 7-10; Chris Corbett, Kevin White, Terry Wiseman (skip) beat Patrick Ong, John Taylor, Peter White (skip) 22-3. Second session: Peter Whale, Stuart Meyer, Brian Butler (skip) beat Andy Smith, Gary Miller, Tony Sayers (skip) 8-7; Val Edwards, Bob Manning, Simon Tooley (skip) beat Marilyn Burwell, Guy Buckle, Peter Merritt (skip) 19-4; Graham Fisher, Rosemary Manning, Jim Neilson (skip) lost to Mike Davis, Steph Baverstock, Norman Burwell (skip) 5-13; Rink 6: Pat Fisher and Les Shipp (skip) beat Elizabeth Fraser and Chris Wade (skip) 9-7.