The Bowls Club enjoyed a coach trip to London on Wednesday 21st as guests of the Chelsea Pensioners Bowls Club for their annual fixture. Hellingly won the match but more importantly had a great day out in fine company.
Hellingly Bowls Club held their popular annual Open Triples Day recently, hosting 24 teams from East Sussex including Groombridge, Hastings and Seaford. The day was blessed with fine weather and after some extremely close matches, the final was held between Gullivers A team and Gildredge Nomads with Gullivers running out winners.
The trophy was presented by Clare from Heathfield Funeral Services who sponsored the event. Huge thanks goes to Jean Akehurst and her team for organising a very successful day and a special mention for Clare who vacuumed the clubhouse while waiting to make the presentation.
I am pleased to be able to inform you that Sussex County Bowls has awarded our Jean Akehurst with the Michael Newth Trophy for outstanding services to our Club. She was presented with this at an Area Ladies County Meeting to her great surprise and delight. No more than she deserves!
Below is a copy of the Club’s nomination application :
Sussex County Bowls – Men’s Section
30 Manor Road
16th September 2018
Michael Newth Trophy – 2018
I have been instructed by Hellingly Bowls Club Committee to submit a nomination for the above-mentioned Trophy.
There are many factors for nominating our current Ladies Captain, Jean Akehurst, for such recognition.
Jean has been a member of Hellingly Bowls Club for 22 years and has served as Ladies Captain for the past 18 years. During that time, she has won most of the Club competitions, many several times over. Three years ago she won her Sussex County Badge. However, Jean has not allowed her enjoyment of playing bowls interfere with what she believes is her duty to helping run the Club.
For several years she has helped her husband organise the Match Fixtures Book. In particular, with organising the advertisements. For the past 18 years she has held Match Selector duties and organised the ladies for event catering. This culminated this month with making all the arrangements for a visit by the Chelsea Pensioners Bowls Team to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our green being open for play.
Over the last 11 years, she has taken on responsibility of stocking and running our bar facilities; a great benefit to the Club social life. There are many other social events that Jean has instigated and organised for the enjoyment of the Club members. Several such events she has arranged during the winter months, with the aim of keeping members together.
Our Club recognised her unstinting support six years ago when she was awarded Life Membership to the Club. We feel that greater recognition is now her due.
We were delighted to welcome the Chelsea Pensioners to a match. With some skillful driving, the coach was reversed all the way down to the bowls green and 24 Pensioners alighted in their ‘Scarlets’ accompanied by their Colonel.
The unit ranged in age from 68 to 96 years, all very active bowlers. The oldest gentleman was a Burma veteran; also present was an 87 year old ex WRAC lady.
Despite the unsettled weather. A very convivial afternoon’s bowling ensued with much banter. Hellingly emerged narrow winners but were promised a different result on the return match in Chelsea next year.
I am pleased to report that our new defibrillator has now been installed in the clubhouse, located in the kitchen area together with a 999 ONLY telephone.
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. No training is required with this AED model. However, general instruction will be given at the next Club AGM. In the meantime, I would suggest that you take a look at the following informative link: