The first club tour for many years saw us heading round the M25 to Eastbourne.  The party of 40 included bowlers, some non bowlers and visitors.  The Langham Hotel was known to quite a few of us and as usual did us proud.

Our first game was at Crouch BC in Seaford and a warm welcome was given to us. Our coach driver diverted on the way home around Beach Head and gave us a very informative talk on route.

Next day we stayed in town to play at Eastbourne BC, a club with 2 greens and who were heavily involved that week with “The Eastbourne Open” a tournament held every year with entrants from all over the country.  Thursday saw us take the short distance by foot to Parade BC.  The word challenging truly described this green but the after match banter made up for all the frustrations.  Since we hadn’t won any of our games yet we were determined for a change of fortunes for the last game at Popes Mead in Crawley.  We left Eastbourne in brilliant sunshine, were welcomed with refreshments and started the serious business of bowling (21 ends, 2 trial ends, 3’s up)

then the rain came, drizzle at first but it was continuous. At 10 ends we were 2 rinks up but 4 down. As it was in all the other games the “Bookies” favourite didn’t quite make the grade, this time it was Keith Field’s rink who was highest with a 24-8 win.

Regretably it was decided to cut the game short, the thought of wet whites hanging around the bus on the way home was not an option.  Our hosts fed us and off we went to crawl around a very wet M25 back home on a typical busy Friday evening.

Watch this space as we have been asked to organise another tour next year.





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Tuesday, 27th of October 2020