Bowls tournament back from brink

Hastings' Bowls competition. 9/8/11
Hastings' Bowls competition. 9/8/11

The Annual General Meeting of the Hastings Open Bowls Tournament has been hailed as “an outstanding success”.

Fears were raised prior to the gathering that the historic event - which this year celebrated its centenary - might fold unless two key positions were taken up behind the scenes.

The meeting at Falaise Indoor Bowls Centre on Sunday was well attended and most main appointments were filled.

Mark Gardiner, on behalf of main sponsor Croft Glass Ltd, did not stand again as president and former treasurer Gordon Leggatt was appointed in his place.

Other appointments: Chairman - Martyn Naylor (who will also continue as caretaker secretary until another secretary can be found); Assistant chairman - Sean Logan-Walker; Assistant secretary - Gwen Softley; Treasurer - Michael Grigg; Competition secretary - Simon Moore.

The assistant treasurer’s post is vacant, as is the post of secretary so if anyone is interested contact the committee on (01424) 430349 or visit

Cllr Maureen Charlesworth and Cllr Matthew Lock have agreed to continue on the committee in a personal capacity. Additional committee appointments were Sally and Bob Robertson, and Sandra Page.

Entries for the 2012 tournament - which will run from Monday August 13 to Saturday August 18 - are now being received. The Charity Triples will take place on Sunday September 30.

See tomorrow’s Hastings Observer for the full article.