Club Committee & Trophies 1987
Back row : J Parry, A Blunt, E Groves, M Redford,
M Box, R Stevenson
Front row : J Brady, J Laborde, A J Idle [President],
A Burgess [Captain], R Owen, J Stevens
Club 50th Anniversary Committee 2005
Back row: M Blackburn, J Stevens, M Box,
G Mann, P Llewellyn.
Front row: B Bayliss, C Bennett [Captain], A Sharman [President],
J Laborde [Chairman], J Gledhill
1954 - The Beginning
On the wet evening of Tuesday 24 August 1954 the Mayor of Hove, Councillor A H Dilley, sent down two woods to officially open a new seven rink bowling green
in Knoll Recreation Ground, Hangleton.
Formerly known as Hudson’s Tip this had been an area where the rubbish from Hove was dumped and the transformation into a pleasant park with a panoramic view of the seas to the south and, until future development obstructed it, a glimpse of the rolling downs to the north, was the work of the Council to provide an amenity for the northern inhabitants of the town. The total cost, including purchase of the land, lay out and construction - including conversion of a war time civil defence hut into a pavilion for sportsmen and public toilets - was £6,584 However the Ministry of Education made a grant of £1,129 towards these cost reducing the figure to £5,455 The green was sea-washed Cumberland turf which had been grown from seed by the Council’s Parks and Gardens Dept. and the first groundsman was Mr S W Grice who had been Sussex Singles Champion two years earlier.
[Evening Argus: August 1954]
A Preliminary Meeting, convened by Mr A J Sumner, to consider the formation of a Lawn Bowling Club was held at the bowling green in Knoll Recreation Ground on 23 October 1954 attended by: Councilor Gosling, ifteen men and four ladies together with Councilor Chesshire and Mr Hyland - Chairman and Superintendent respectively of the Parks and Garden Committee of Hove Corporation.
This was followed on 4 December 1954 by the Inaugural Meeting of Hangleton Bowling Club. Founder Members in attendance were: Councilor C F Gosling, Messrs J C Annand, W H Ashby, W M Carr, W Chatterley, G W Dew, H Mortimer, J Nichol, L G Ridge, S H Spinks, A J Sumner, C A Wiltshire, Miss M Parton, Mrs Spinks and Mrs Sumners. Apologies were received from: Councilor Chesshire and Messrs R N Massey, F H Gibbins and Mr and Mrs Legg.
The meeting elected the Club’s first Committee: Chairman: Clr CF Gosling; Secretary: AJ Sumner; Treasurer: SH Spinks; Match Secretary: JC Annand; and four Members: CA Wiltshire, G Dew, H Mortimer and L Ridge. The positions of Captain and Vice Captain were left for the Committee to appoint.
The first A.G.M. on 19 November 1955 was attended by 25 members: Councilor C F Gosling, Messrs Annand, Buckland, Carr, Chatterley, Cooper, Dawson, Dew, Feist, Fuller, Markes, Massey, Mortimer, Moses, Ridge, Shaw, Spinks, Starr, Watkins and Wiltshire and Madames Cooper, Fuller, Ridge, Spinks and Sumner. Apologies from Mr Sumner and Mr and Mrs Legg.
The second A.G.M. On 21 November 1956 was the first to be held in the evening and attracted slightly fewerr members :
Originally under Club Rule 3 each year the Mayor of Hove was invited to be Club President. This was changed at the fifth A.G.M. in 1959 when the position of President was added to the Club Officers elected annually under Rule 4 while the sitting mayor was invited to become Club Patron.
The 1958 AGM noted the Club had been invited to play the English Bowling Federation Touring team at Hangleton on 21 May 1959 but there was a requirement that all players ‘must wear white flannels’
At the 1959 meeting the club voted to introduce its first dress code ‘that Whites be worn next season when playing against teams who already play in Whites.’ Whites remained the Club’s dress code for 47 years until 2005 when it was agreed shirts with coloured collars and cuffs be would be introduced in 2006 for all League matches. A year later this was revised so coloured shirts were worn for all matches. Then in 2018 the Club Management Committee agreed to adopt modern design shirts which were purchased with substantial financial support from a local Sponsor.
Several of the Founder Members went on to give distinguished service to the club for almost twenty years: L G Ridge was Captain 1956/7, the first elected President 1960-63 and Chairman 1962/3 He was succeeded as President from 1964 to 1968 by W M Carr and 1969 to 72 by S H Spinks - who had previously been Captain 1960-62, Chairman 1964-68 and the Club’s first Treasurer 1955-63 A J Sumner, who was largely responsible for forming the club, was the first Captain in 1955, Chairman in 1957 and Secretary 1955/6 but left the club in 1957 to be succeeded as Secretary for the next 13 years by J C Annand - 1957-69 A J Idle was Club President 1984 to 1990 and E L Tye who attended the second A.G.M. was Chairman for 4 years - 1958 to 61