The Bowling Club was established
on its present site in March 1934 on what had been farm land
and a caravan site, and was formally opened by the Mayor of
Brighton Corporation, Mrs Margaret Harding. An ancient
cowshed was adapted as a pavilion which is still in use
today. It has a wealth of very old oak reputed to have
formerly been ships timbers. At the inaugural meeting the
officers elected were Sir Roderick Jones KBE, Admiral Clark
CBE, Sir George Lewis Bart., Col. Moens DSO, and William
Brown JP. These were the Honourable Members and the rest
were “players”, i.e. working men from the village! How
times have changed! The first lease from the Brighton
Corporation was for three years at a cost of £50 per annum,
and the club’s annual membership subscription was £1.1s.0d.
The Club even had an annual tea party given in the house of
the Village Squire.
In 1934 only two games were played,
both against Newhaven, but by 1935 the number of games had
risen to 21. Lady playing members were admitted in late
1934, and the first record of a Ladies’ Section is in 1942
when they played a grand total of three games. By 1943
membership had risen to 80, and ten years later had reached
117, most of whom played matches regularly and competed for
club trophies which had been generously donated by club
members. Activity at the club increased as membership grew
with friendly home and away games, county and national
We now have over 70 members
who play up to 80 games and competitions throughout Sussex
during the five month season, May to the end of September.
The club house has changed very little since 1934, but
the green is updated and surrounded by an electric fence to prevent
damage by our small animal friends!