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Sunday 14 July 2019 @ 9am
Alf Sayers Memorial Cup

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Sussex County Singles 2019. posted: 21 May 2019

With Keith Paul winning the Nutley Bowling Club Men’s single competition he was eligible to enter the Sussex County Men’s Division 2 Champion of Champions, which he entered.
Keith’s Preliminary match was away at Uckfield against a worthy opponent Guy Thornely who has won the Men’s singles at Uckfield the last 5 seasons and has previously reached the County finals and quarter finals.
The match was played at 11am on Saturday 5th May. The sky was overcast. The first 5 ends were cat and mouse with Guy leading 4 - 3. Still cat and mouse at the 10thend Keith leading 7 - 8. Rain came with thunder and lighting so a retreat was made to the pavilion but after 10 minutes play resumed with both players wearing waterproofs. Keith struggled to the 15th end ending up 14 - 11 to Guy.
Keith took off his waterproofs and at the 20th end the score was 16 all.Only 3 more ends were played Keith picked up 3 to lead 16 - 19but the next end Guy picked up a 4 and was leading 20 - 19. The last end had all those watching on their edge of their seats. Would it be Guy or Keith? Keith was holding 1 shot and had the last wood with which knocked he out the wood of Guys that was holding 2nd shot so picked up the 2 that he needed, winning 20 - 21.
The first round proper was played at Barcombe 20th May at 6pm against Del Wallace.
Another Cat and mouse match after 5 ends it was 4 – 4, at the 10th end Del was leading 8-6.The next 5 ends Keith was struggling to find the green Del was now leading 13 - 9 at the 10thend. Keith was still struggling to the 15th end with Del leading 18 - 12.
The match went on for another 6 ends. With Keith now finding the green he picked up 8 shots including a 4 on end 25 and Del 1. Keith was now leading 19 - 20. Keith picked up 1 shot to take the game 19 - 21 after 27 ends.

OVER WINTERING posted: 7 Dec 2018

Whilst bowling outdoors is primarily a summer activity, the winter period does see activity at the club, usually on a Tuesday morning, when maintenance on the green and its surroundings takes place. The surroundings include the club house, benches, scoreboards and fences, all of which have to be checked and, if needed, repaired.

Most of the work is undertaken by a group of club volunteers who collectively are known as the “Tuesday Club”. Membership is not exclusive and extra help offered by other members will be happily accepted.

By the time we get to January and February we start to consider what spring time jobs have be identified and then get organised in our preparation for a new season. Quite a bit of fence repair and painting are regular spring jobs as well as planting up the flower beds and boxes.

By this time the green itself will need more attention as we move on to regular cutting of the grass.Whilst we do not lose touch with our members during the winter it is always a sense of excitement when we all meet up again at our spring social gathering at the Nutley Church Hall which, this time, will take place on Friday 22 March 2019 at 7pm. Time to pay our annual subscriptions and pick up the fixture card for the new season.

We are always looking for new members to join our very friendly club for a little gentle exercise and some good friendship. So if you reading this and are interested, why not come along to our social gathering on 22 March.
Mike Evans.

FINALS DAY 2018 posted: 4 Sep 2018

Many of the Internal Competition matches have had a very close score line with a few surprising results.

Finals day, which was played on Saturday 1st September with a start time of 10am.There was heavy dew on the green, with the green team (Tuesday Club) on hand the green was brushed twice prior to the 10am start. As the green was wet at the far end the green protector mats were deployed. What a wonderful job the Tuesday Club have done all season those in attendance were able to see the green at its best and with the sun coming out it was a wonderful setting for all, spectators, markers players and the social team that provided an excellent afternoon team.

First Session (10am)

Play commenced with the Ladies' Jenny Holmes and Daphne Jones on Rink 1. Jenny struggled to find the green, with Daphne taking advantage of this, won the Match 22 to 4.

Rink 2: 2 Wood Yardstick

Peter Lambert in the first of two final matches, played Maurice also in his first of two finals ending up with Peter winning the match 9 to 5

Rink 3: Novices

Dennis Cottingham, in the first of his two finals, played Harry Rae. Harry made a storming start as Dennis struggled to find the green. After 11 ends Harry as 14-1 up with 7 more points to get for a win. Dennis then made a comeback and by end 20 the score stood at Dennis 17, Harry 18. In the end Harry got it altogether and was the winner 21 to 18

Post Lunch Session (1.15pm)

Rink 1: Drawn Pairs

Keith Wilson and Dennis Cottingham playing Dave Rickman and Peter Lambert.The match started off slowly and by end 9 Peter and David were winning by 8-3, then on end 10 Keith W and Dennis scored a 7. End 14 with the scores Dennis and Keith W 13, David and Peter 10 yes you guessed it another 7 but who to!!!!! End 15, Keith W and Dennis were trailing by 17-13 with this blow they failed to get back in the match with David and Peter winning 18-15

Rink 3: Men's Singles

Keith Paul and Maurice Robinson. and the marker for this occasion was I don't win anything Mike Evans.

The game was cat and mouse the few ends with Mike having to do a lot of measuring and end 11 it was 11 points each so who is going to be victorious in the end Keith P won 21-12

Once again a big thank you to June and Liz Jenny and Daphne who worked hard in the kitchen and to all the markers and helpers.

Good bed time reading was it. If so sign up next season 2019.

Keith Paul
Internal Competitions Co-ordinator.


As a nation we spend so much time checking on the weather forecast particularly when anyone is organising an outdoor event. We followed the same routine ahead of this year’s major fund raising event, given the very poor weather this summer.
It was dry and warm when the green was prepared on the Saturday and all the tents erected.It was even better on the day itself – overcast at first but dry and as the day wore on the skies cleared to give us long sunny and hot sunshine. It was quite humid all day which ended, as the teams departed, with display by flying ants.
It was a wonderful day, enjoyed by the 48 players representing 16 mixed teams from various clubs. The players well supported the raffle, the total shots scored competition, enjoyed the bar and certainly enjoyed their games. The green played well and it was very reassuring to hear from many players that the green was one of the best they had played on this year. So well done to Maurice and the green committee.

The club has always had a reputation for providing excellent food at this event and this year was no exception. At the end of the day, the players not only applauded the catering corps but also gave a rousing cheer. Well done to Liz and her team.
The winning team from the red section then played the winning team for the blue section in a close final of just 3 ends. The winning team (Crusaders) was Mary Hough and her team from Cross in Hand narrowly beating John Robinson (Robbos) and his ex Nutley team. The trophy was presented to the winning team by Vivienne Woods the daughter of Alf Sayers who was for many years the greenkeeper at Nutley Bowling club.
Our thanks go to all those who helped in any way to make this day such a success. The 2 Keiths for running the bar, to Roger and Kathryn for the raffle, David for the total shots, Maurice for scoring and finally to Peter Lambert for all his organising. Nobody really knows his total commitment.

Mike (speaker mike) Evans

JUNE 2016 posted: 1 Jul 2016

It was certainly not sunny June. The weather this month has not been at all helpful to outdoor bowling. The Tuesday club working party has struggled to keep the green playable given that so much rain has fallen this month. Inevitably it has led to quite a few cancellations – in fact 6 games out of 13 that were scheduled. One league game was played in miserable rainy conditions over the minimum of 12 ends. Not a good start to our season. It is raining now, as I write this missive on 1st July.

Mike Evans

First Game of 2016 posted: 17 May 2016

What a start to the season!!!!!

Having waited all winter (which seems to last forever) we keenly stepped on to the green for our first game of the season last Thursday evening. It was a chilly to start but with but soon became very cold.

Although we would normally play 21 ends it was agreed to only play 18 ends. As the evening wore on and we all became disenchanted about playing on in near freezing conditions, a halt was agreed after just 15 ends. Relief all round as we all got into the pavilion for a welcome and warming cup of tea and a light supper.

In retrospect perhaps the only good thing that came out of the evening was a win on all three rinks.

Mike Evans
30 April 2016

Alf Sayers Memorial Trophy 12 July 2015 posted: 15 Jul 2015

The organisers consulted the weather forecast more times than they can remember in the days leading up to this fundraising event. The games started at 10am but rain was forecast to start at around 11am and just before that time the rain arrived and stayed with us, as on/off drizzle all day. However it was never bad enough to spoil the day.
The players were reminded that the Nutley Bowling Club was celebrating its centenary this year and thanks to the work of the Nutley Historical Society there was a display of photographs and other information on show in the pavilion.
Peter Lambert had organised the 16 teams to play throughout the day on a green that played very well, with covered protection for those waiting to play. Peter aided by Maurice Robinson kept the scores until late in the afternoon when the 3 end final was contested between Felbridge , skipped by Andrew Hathaway and the South Paws skipped by Neil Leversley. Although the South Paws were ahead after 2 ends, the final end saw Felbridge win the day.
After the prizes were handed out by the Chairman Bob Ibbotson, Vivian Woods presented the Trophy to the winners. Her father Alf Sayers had been the greenkeeper for many years at the club and by coincidence, Alf would also have been 100 years old in July this year.
The catering was once again excellent, organised by June Lambert, Liz Lloyd and the catering corps of volunteers. The bar was well stocked, used and organised by Keith Paul. The visitors supported the raffle and the total shots competition very well.
It was a very successful day with very favourable comments about the organisation, the good food, refreshments, the good green as well as the overall friendliness of the club. A fitting tribute to the club celebrating 100 years.
Our thanks go to all those club members who worked in any way either setting up the venue on the Saturday or throughout the day of competition.
Mike Evans Club Captain
15 July 2015

Royal Household B.C. 2015 posted: 22 Jun 2015

The Club is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. After 2 years of planning by Maurice Robinson most of the club and 5 spectators left Nutley on Sunday 21 June just after 9am for a special celebration game in Windsor Great Park, within sight of Windsor Castle, against the Royal Household Bowling Club.
We arrived in Windsor by about 10.30am which gave everyone a good opportunity to wander around this special town, thronging with so many visitors, before being taken to the host’s club.The weather was fine and dry with some sunshine, almost perfect for the game which was enjoyed by all. The welcome and hospitality shown by the hosts was first class with friendly rivalry throughout the afternoon. An enjoyable salad meal, sweet and a drink from the bar was provided after the game. What an experience.
The club was given a souvenir plaque of the Royal Household Bowling Club to remind us of this very special fixture in this special year for the Nutley club.
I know the day was enjoyed by everyone and I am sure we will all have a lasting memory of such a one off fixture.
Mike Evans
22 June 2015

100th Anniversary posted: 6 Apr 2015

We are really excited at the prospect this year of celebrating 100 years of the Nutley Bowling Club.An article in the Sussex Agricultural Express dated27 August 1915reports on a match between Nutley and Uckfield.The home team were described as novices.We are a small club, privately funded and run by its members, situated in a relatively small village.We have undertaken a promotional exercise with a new leaflet about our club with financial support of several local businesses.We have planned a few special events during the year and in a small way will celebrate with each visiting club during the season.
Mike EvansClub Captain

Captain’s Day 24 August 2014 posted: 26 Aug 2014

Organising the day got a little easier when it was known that 6 male and 6 female players had agreed to partake in this annual event.With this “mix” of members it was relatively easy to draw lots to sort out mixed pairs (always making sure husbands and wives were not drawn together).We played 4 games of 3 wood pairs, each for 5 ends, moving then to play another team on a different rink. It was good weather, good fun, nice cake and bread pudding at the mid afternoon interval and a very enjoyable afternoon. Finding the winner was the most difficult part of the day. Three of the teams had scored 21 shots and all had also conceded 11 shots. So it was down to the number of ends won to decide the winner, the team of Sandy Hite and Mike Evans. Just think if somebody else wanted to play that day, I would have stood down and you might have won.My thanks go to those who supported me on my day.

Mike Evans – Club Captain

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