[Founded 1955]

Green : Knoll Park Recreation Ground,

                        Rowan Avenue, Hove BN3 7JH

                             [See attached map for directions]

Associate Member Bowls England, Affiliated to Sussex County Bowls,

Brighton, Hove & District Bowling League and Hove Mixed Lague

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Club Committee & Trophies 1987

Back row :  J Parry, A Blunt, E Groves, M Redman, 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.

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, Messrs Annand, Chatterley, Dew, Diffin, Gibbins, Idle, Legg, Massey, Mortimer, Moses, Nichol, Spinks, Styles, Sumner, Ward, Mrs Legg, Miss Parton, Mrs Spinks and Mrs Sumner 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 at 2.30pm 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 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 less members [21]: Councilor C F Gosling, Messrs Annand, Baguley, Buckland, Carr, Chatterley, Cooper, Dawson, Dean, Dew, Feist, Massey, Mortimer, Parker, Ridge, Spinks, Starr, Tye, Watkins and Wiltshire and Madames Ridge, Spinks and Starr. Apologies from Mr and Mrs Legg., Ashby, Page and Watkins.

In 1954 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. on 24 November 1959 when the position of President was added to the Club Officers elected annually under Rule 4 At the same time the sitting mayor was invited to become Club Patron.

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

More recently C J ‘Jack’ Laborde held office for 31 consecutive years: Captain 1981-82, Chairman 1983-90 and 1995-2011 and President 1991-2002 while Peter Llewellyn [nine years 2002-10] became the joint longest serving Club Treasurer matching S H Spinks term of office.

The Club’s major trophies were also donated by early Members. G H Dew [the first Club Champion] presented the Club Singles Championship cup, Alderman A H Dilley - the Mayor who performed the opening ceremony - presented the Club’s Pairs Championship cup and Councilor C F Gosling donated the Club’s ‘Fixed Jack’ cup.  W M Carr donated two cups - Mixed Pairs Winner and Singles Championship losing Finalist. C Buckland, who attended the first A.G.M., later donated a cup for the Lead bowler in the Club Pairs Championship and W Baguley who attended the second A.G.M. donated a cup for the Men’s Handicap Championship losing Finalist.

Founded originally as a Mixed Club this lasted until 1978 when the ladies broke away to form the separate Hangleton Ladies Bowls Club. Not until 2010 when there was a national movement towards unification did the Men’s and Ladies Club merge to again form a Mixed Club.

Over the years nine male Members of the Club have played for Sussex and been awarded their County Badge:

1989 Ron Owen; 1990 Ken Holden; 1994 Simon Ede; 1997 Dave Stevens;
2001 Jack Laborde; 2003 Tony Sharman; 2010 Clive Bennett; 2014 Kevin Prescott & Ray Goatcher and 2015 Ted James,

Two Ladies have also been awarded their County badge: 1994 Judith Redford and Pam Symons. Both enjoyed success in County Competitions. Judith 2 Wood Singles Winner 1998 and Finalist 1991; Pam Singles Champion 1997 and Finalist 1994; 2 Wood Singles Finalist 1999  

Various Members have featured in senior administrative rolls both for the County and the Brighton, Hove and District Bowling League:
Sussex County President 2010 Tony Sharman
Sussex County Honourable Member 2016 Clive Bennett
Sussex County Assistant Secretary 2009-16 Clive Bennett
Sussex County Divisional Selector 2016-19 Clive Bennett
Sussex County Divisional VP Controller 2007-15 Clive Bennett

Brighton, Hove District League Presidents 1991-3 Jack Laborde and 2007-9 Clive Bennett
Brighton, Hove District League Chairman 1986-7 & 1990 Jack Laborde
Brighton, Hove District League Secretary 1990-4 Bert Burgess and 2003-8 Clive Bennett

Club Members 1962

L G Ridge - President [centre]

Club Members 2005

50th anniversary of club's founding

Information and Club History

Hangleton Bowling Club is a friendly mixed club operating from late April to the end of September each year and we are always delighted to meet potential new members.   All are welcome, men and women, young and old.  For novices and intermediate players tuition is available within the club.

Come and meet club members at our green in Knoll Park, off Rowan Avenue, Hangleton during their social ‘roll ups’ on Monday and Thursday mornings and Monday and Friday afternoons or if that’s not convenient contact one of the officers listed below.

The club’s summer programme for the more competitive minded players includes some 40 inter club matches, which are generally played on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons [May to September] and League matches, which are played on Tuesday evenings [May to early August]. There are also a range of Club Competitions to be won.

For further information and details of fees Click on the Links above left or  contact the club at the above address.

Alternatively contact either:

Club Secretary :    Clive Bennett    01273 881226   clivebennett.folk@virgin.net

Club Captain :       Ray Symons      01273 412757   RaySym13@hotmail.com

Match Secretary : Clive Bennett     01273 881226   clivebennett.folk@virgin.net  

The Founding and Brief History of


60th Anniversary Celebrations: 2015

Wednesday 12 August:

The Club played against a Sussex County Bowls team led by the County President

with Officers & Members of the County Executive

Front row [l to r] : Don Kent [Past President], Reg Strong [Steyning BC], Bob Henstridge [Vicarage BC], John Abbott [Treasurer],

Clive Bennett [Asst Secretary], Pam Symons [Hangleton Club Captain], Ken Woodcock [County President],

Vic Sherwood [Past President], David Bain [Former Secretary], Brian Henty [Match Secretary], Rod McBeth [Secretary],

Colin Morphew [Immediate Past President], Roger Parsond [Norfolk BC] & Ross Clifton [Past President].

[Immediately behind the County President: Mike Biggs - Competitions Secretary [left] and Tony Sharman - Past President [right]

Friday 24 April : New Season Opening

The City’s Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Brian Fitch and his wife Nora, made the annual tour of city Bowling Club’s to bowl the first wood and declare the Green’s open for the 2015 Season.

At Hangleton it had an added significance as this year the Club celebrates its 60th Anniversary and here the Mayor, who as a Councillor represents the Hangleton Ward, was joined by the two other local Councillors Dawn Barnett and Tony Janio.

The Mayor and Mayoress were welcomed by the Club’s President Derrick Aylward and Captain Pam Symons. The Mayor was then invited to bowl the first wood and to formally open the new season and the Lady Mayoress also joined in the bowling. After the formal opening everyone retired to the Clubhouse where the Mayor cut a special cake to mark the occasion then congratulated the Club on achieving the milestone of 60 years and wished the Club many more years of bowling.

The Club has a unique connection to the office of Mayors which goes back to 1954 when, on 24 August, the then Mayor of Hove,Alderman A.H. Dilley officially opened the new Green by bowling the first wood. Eight weeks later the Bowling Club was established and commenced playing in the 1955 Season. Alderman Dilley also accepted an invitation to become the Club’s first President, a post that was held by successive Mayors of Hove for the next 5 years. At the same time Councillor C.F. Gosling became the Club’s first Chairman and each presented the Club with a competitions Trophy both of which are still contested annually today.

The Mayor and Mayoress cutting the Hangleton Bowling Club 60th Anniversary cake which is flanked on either side by the two cups donated in 1955 by the then Mayor of Hove Alderman A H Dilley and Councillor C F Gosling. Also in the ‘photo are the other Hangleton Councillors Dawn Barnett and Tony Janio.