Welcome to the website of Goring Manor Bowls Club (GMBC) - formed from the merger of West Tarring and Field Place Bowls Clubs in 2015 - we are a Mixed lawn bowls club playing at Field Place Worthing W. Sussex
Here you will find details of the club, the matches we play and how to find us.
For the 2021 season the club will be playing in WSBL Division 1.
If you are looking for a club to join, whether you are new to the area, seeking a change of environment or just looking to take up lawn bowls, why not get in touch? Email: email@example.com.
Our club room is situated at Field Place opposite the Main Reception in the main house.
During the season the club plays competitive matches in the West Sussex Bowls League, Stracey Shield, Brodie Tray, Sussex Top Club, Double Rink, the Gladys Rowland and numerous internal and friendly fixtures.
Annual club knockout competitions culminate with the Finals taking place towards the end of the season.
There is a fully integrated Ladies Section.
Following the Goverments roadmap plan, all outdoor facilities and sports facilities should open from the 12th April 2021. Our greens open from the 24th April with Fixtures as normal from that date.
Message from the Captain
I will start by extending my best wishes to club members, both to those who have been around a while and to those who are new to the club.
We look forward to a full season of bowls albeit perhaps slightly changed to what we were used to up to 2019. Our fixtures secretary, Ray Page, has put together a full season of play. We have chosen not to have a printed fixture booklet given the possibility of continual change. The fixture list can be seen on the club website at ‘goringmanorbc.co.uk’. Thanks to Ray for the work he has done on the fixture list.
Inevitably there will be changes to this fixture list as events unfold. For example, the fixture scheduled against the touring team Chippenham planned for 30 April will not now take place instead we shall have another friendly against Marine Gardens. There will be no Aussie Pairs matches until we get the all-clear to return to normal. Dave Crockett will be arranging the usual knock-out Championship matches and details of those will be notified in due course. In addition, I have asked Rod Smith to organise a Drawn Triples League to be played in the mornings or evenings in high summer. Details of that will be notified in due course.
This year we have a team in the first division of the West Sussex Bowls League, a team in the Stracey Shield and 2 teams in the Brodie Tray. On team selection, I want to make it clear that we shall be fielding the strongest teams possible for both the WSBL and Stracey Shield matches. Players who do not feature in those games will be given priority for the Brodie Tray matches and for friendly matches. I have devised a spreadsheet which will give me a clear picture who has put their names down for matches and who has been picked. It will also show me who subsequently couldn't play and who substituted for them.
Current guidance from Bowls England is that we should be restricted to no more than 24 players on the green at any one time. This permits 3 rinks, 4 triples or 6 pairs. The format of our matches will reflect this.
This also means that we shall have to control the use of the green quite carefully to ensure that too many people don't turn up to play on any given day. All rinks will be pre-booked for scheduled league and friendly matches. ‘Requests to play’ in those matches is covered below. However, like last year, members wishing to have a roll-up on other sessions will need to book those in advance. This year, I shall be in charge of those bookings, I only hope that I do the job as well as Frank did last year. Bookings can be made via WhatsApp, text or email. (07979603826)
We have good news on season ticket prices. This year they will be:-
Adult Season Ticket £128.50
Retired Season Ticket £112.50
New Season Ticket £86.50
Half Season Ticket £86.50
Junior Season Ticket £54.00
Casual Session Ticket £8.70
Taster Session £4.00
You will see that we have managed to negotiate a reduced adult season ticket price but more importantly, that South Downs Leisure have agreed to match the cost for retired bowlers to be in line with Worthing and Adur prices. £112.50 represents a considerable reduction on previous years. However, you will see that the cost per match for non-season ticket holders has increased to £8.70 per session. (Any player playing more than 13 matches or roll up sessions per year would be better off buying a season ticket from the outset.) The £8.70 fee would apply to any non-season ticket holder playing at another Worthing or Adur Council green.
The club will be responsible for gathering all playing fees including season tickets. Because we want to reduce the number of cheques or cash changing hands, we shall be asking members to pay by for their season ticket by Bank Transfer as far as possible. Our treasurer, Laurie Millward will give details on how to make a bank transfer in a separate note.
For the time being, we shall not be able to use the club room, so we shall move the ‘Request To Play’ sheets to the back of the garage door. I shall hang the boards with ‘Request to Play' on the door on Tuesday afternoon 6th April. Selected teams will be posted in the same place. Members should initial the sheet to acknowledge that they have been picked in the same way as it used to be in corner of the club room. Please do not use electronic devices to request to play scheduled league or friendly matches. The combination for the lock on the garage door remains 2016.
Green maintenance will take place on Wednesday mornings as usual.
Although we cannot use the clubroom, we shall still have a tea and coffee break during matches (except WSBL matches). I shall erect a pergola in the corner of the adjacent old green, hot water shall be dispensed in said pergola and individually wrapped biscuits will be available. We shall supply disposable cups for our visitors but members should, as far as possible, bring their own cups.
There will also be a raffle on match days.
Members were previously notified of Invitation matches taking place at Storrington, Arundel and East Preston. Members should note that the date for the Storrington event has changed and will now be held on Sunday 4th July. This no longer clashes with a WSBL match. Those Members who put their name down for the previous date of 11th July have automatically had the request moved to the new date. (Please let me know if you are not available for the new Storrington date.)
However, a new Men's Invitation Triples event has been announced for the 11th July date. This will take place at Chichester Bowling Club. Entry will be £15 per head. Please let me know if you would like to put your name down for this event. (It does, of course, clash with our WSBL match against Southbourne.)
Let's hope that we all have an enjoyable and successful season.
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