The Friends visited Gildredge Park B.C. in Eastbourne on 20th June to assist them celebrate the Club Runner Up of the Year 2016 award.
After a very nice lunch provided by the Ladies of the Club the Friends played a very competitive match against their hosts.
It was an extremely hot day with the temperature nearing 30 degrees, with the local Ladies providing continuous water supplies.
With a break at halfway for tea and biscuits Club Captain Henry welcomed the Friends and thanked them for the honour of the visit to celebrate their award.
He noted the very friendly atmosphere during the game and confirmed that the Friends had been the winners.
A Club Officer then detailed the Club History and that it was their Centenary Year in 2020.
He explained the Club commitment to the Handicapped including blind and deaf players and how after a great membership drive they had secured an incredible 111 new members some of them playing in the match.
Friends Captain of the day Geoff Hunt replied that it was a great pleasure to bring a Friends team to the Club to celebrate their award and the wonderful achievement of the Club as they had to compete with clubs from around the country.
He then gave a brief resume of the history and purpose of the Friends and that we pass around £35,000 each year to Bowls England in support. Geoff said players had come from far and wide to the match and 11 Counties were represented. He then introduced the 5 Committee members who were playing.
Finally he presented Captain Henry with the handsome trophy awarded to the Club Runner Up of the Year 2016.
It had been a very successful and a very hot day.