Relaxed Lockdown Competition

Hello all

Let’s hope we all stay well as the country moves out of lockdown

Some people have suggested that only playing ‘roll-ups’ ,while being better than nothing, is not very stimulating and they would like the thrill of competition.

So if you fancy taking part in round-robin type competitions of pairs or triples, please contact me if you want to play in the pairs or triples or both.


Rules are:

pairs or triples teams will be drawn by lot.

Teams will be male, female or mixed just as they are drawn

Matches will be 12 ends for both pairs and triples

There is no entry fee and no prizes

Please let me know if you want to enter by 8pm on Friday 25 July

When I know how many people wish to take part I’ll draw up a schedule

Please pass this on to any members without e-mail who you think might wish to take part.




Latest relaxation of the lockdown rules 23rd June 2020

Today (23 June) the Prime Minister announced further relaxation of the lockdown rules but it’s still only groups of up to six people from different households that are allowed to meet outdoors. The change is that the advised separation is now 1 metre plus rather than at least 2 metres. Anyone who is considered clinically vulnerable (which includes the over 70s) is advised to stay at home as much as possible and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable have to continue shielding. The changes will therefore not make bowling any easier and we are still unable to say when we will be able to meet as a full club for a drive or when we could start playing friendly matches.

However the good(ish) news is that at the time of writing 26 members have accepted the hopefully low risk and enjoyed a simple game of bowls in either singles or pairs and report that the green is bowling well.

If you wish to book a rink please phone me so I can make sure that no more than 6 people are at the ground at any time, And do make sure you are keeping to the social distancing rules and using hand sanitiser.


Lockdown Up-date

Latest up-date Lockdown rules:

On 3 Jun 2020, George wrote: 

Following the government’s revision of the lockdown rules, Bowls England have updated their guidance for bowls clubs.

Groups of up to 6 can now meet outside provided that people from different households observe social distancing (staying at least 2m apart)

Therefore it is now possible to have a pairs match in progress on the green at the same time as a singles match.

In theory we can play one triples match but the Bowls England advice is to consider alternative formats with reduced numbers per rink – for example singles and pairs – in order for social distancing to be more easily maintained.

You must still phone me to book a rink, telling me how many people will be playing (and spectating) so that no more than 6 people at a time will be down the green.

Please take extra care. Disinfect all equipment, use hand sanitiser regularly and maintain the 2 metre social distance at all times. 



Re-opening the Club

Opening for Bowling

Last week the Government lifted that embargo allowing all clubs to reopen, subject to certain social distancing regulations being observed. 

The only justification for not opening the Club immediately was to give the Officers of the Club sufficient time to make proper provision for the hygiene and social distancing for the members.

The club will therefore open from Monday 25 May for very limited bowling under the following Conditions.

However please note the current government advice regarding clinically vulnerable people.

If you have any of the following health conditions, you are clinically vulnerable, meaning you are at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household.

Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:

aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)

* under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds):

* chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis

* chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

* chronic kidney disease

* chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis

* chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy

* diabetes

* a weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions, treatments like chemotherapy, or medicines such as steroid tablets

* being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)

* pregnant women

By using the club facilities to play you are probably increasing your risk of catching Covid-19. If you choose to play you are accepting that risk. If you don’t wish to accept the risk – don’t play.

Conditions for Bowling from 25 May 2020

Phone George to book a rink for a maximum of 1.5 hours. Only go to the club to play if you contacted George and have a confirmed booking.

30 minutes will be left between bookings. Arrive no more than 10 minutes before your booked time. Leave promptly after your booking.  

Only 2 rinks will be in use at any time – allowing 2 empty rinks between those in use.

Only members of same household or 2 people from different households

Note: Not 2 members from one household and one from a different household

Members of different households must stay 2 metres apart at all times

No shaking hands

Do not share measuring equipment

Avoid touching surfaces

There will be hand cleanser provided. Please use it

Bring antiseptic wipes to clean jacks and mat edges before and after use. Ideally use 2 jacks to avoid members of different households touching the same jack.

Avoid the use of pushers if possible. If you need to use them, only one member should use them and should wipe them down with an antiseptic wipe before and after use.

Avoid using the toilets. If you must use them wipe all surfaces with an antiseptic wipe. I suggest you use gloves when handling the keys

Avoid using the clubhouse and changing rooms – bring your own refreshments.

If you have any symptoms stay at home


Please read the following guidance issued by Bowls England:



Keeping up with the Club

Well after a very frustrating time try to send an e mail to Tony . I hope that all our club members are keeping safe and well.
And are able to get family members or friends to deliver supplies if you are unable to get out.

If you do have a problem do not hesitate to call me even if it is just for a loaf and the usual supplies.

I am sure that I can say this from all our member that we can get together and once again enjoy out Bowls matches.
Take care everybody.

Fran Doe
(Welfare Officer)

Visit to Chelsea Pensioners 2019

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.

Triples Day 2019

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.

Jean Akehurst awarded Michael Newth Trophy

Exciting News!

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 :

Hon Secretary
Sussex County Bowls – Men’s Section
30 Manor Road
Upper Beeding
BN44 3TJ
16th September 2018

Dear Rod

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.

Yours sincerely

Peter Dickinson, Hon.Secretary

Hellingly Bowls Club