THE END OF THE WORTHING UNIFIED OPEN BOWLS TOURNAMENT
It is with great sadness that I must advise you that after nearly 90 years there will no longer be an Open Bowls Tournament at Beach House Park.
Having lost the Nationals the council have now managed to lose the historic Worthing Unified Open Bowls Tournament as well.
Up to this year competitors have always parked in the disused tennis courts at Beach House which was easy to manage but this ‘car park’ has now been resurfaced and integrated into the West Car Park. Following this work Dianne Guest for Worthing Council has now advised the Tournament Committee that competitors to the event can no longer expect free guaranteed, designated parking places at Beach House and parking charges will be introduced.
The Tournament Committee have pointed out to the Council that in addition to the many bowlers from the local area many come from as far away as Surrey, Middlesex, Hampshire and even Essex on a daily basis. These people fork out a lot of time and money travelling to get here and if they can’t be guaranteed a place to park and then have to pay parking charges on top they simply won’t bother to come. In view of the Council’s decision a further loss of numbers can be expected which the Committee believe would impact on the tournament to such an extent as to make it unviable.
As well as those travelling daily the Council were advised that many competitors stay in Worthing for the duration of the Tournament and it is estimated that they bring in excess of £50,000 to the Town’s economy. Put against the approx. £2000 cost of parking charges the Council wants to impose it just doesn’t make sense.
The Council have always maintained they are committed to bowls in Worthing but despite the Committees many attempts to dissuade them they are adamant they will not reverse their decision. It is for this reason that the Tournament Committee have reluctantly had to advise the Council that they are left with no alternative but to cancel the Tournament.
The Worthing Open Tournament Committee would like to thank The Chatsworth Hotel, Ian Hart, The Mellor Practice, Guildcare and all the other sponsors who have supported the Tournament over many many years. Their support has been invaluable.
This is a very sad day for me, Brian Dunne and the rest of the Tournament Committee who have been running the Worthing Unified Open Bowls Tournament since it started in it's present format in 2009. We wish to apologise to all the local bowlers and those from all over the country who have loyally and regularly come to this Tournament for many years and will now be denied the chance to play in this well run and well-loved Tournament.
Thanks for the memories. You will all be sorely missed.
Beach House Park Lyndhurst Road BN11 2DH
Beach House Park has been synonymous with Bowls for many many years with up until recently the National Championships, Internationals and British Isles Championships all being played here.
It is a shame the Nationals have now gone to Leamington Spa but feedback from some of the competitors from the new venue show they miss the excitement and atmosphere generated by the layout and setting of Beach House Park at Worthing.
The greens at Worthing are always well maintained by David Steff and his team of greenkeepers and remain in tip top condition as many of the bowlers at this years Tournament will testify.
The Worthing Unified Open Bowls Tournament Committee wish to thank Worthing and Adur District Council for their support in previous years for the Tournament.
The Committee wish to thank Worthing Borough Council for their previous invaluable support in providing the greens and car parking at Beach House Park without which we would be unable to run the tournament.
IAN HART FUNERAL SERVICE LTD ARE PLEASED TO SPONSOR THE WORTHING UNIFIED BOWLS TOURNAMENT.
Palm Court Pavilion, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing BN11 2DB
For further information give us a call on: 01903 212011
Guild Care is a local Worthing charity, established in 1933, which provides solutions to the care needs of local older people, younger people with special needs and unpaid carers.