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Paul was only with a club for a short time but had a profound influence on how we tackled disability as a club. 

Paul had to have one of his legs amputated but did not see this as an impediment to playing bowls and established himself as a much valued member of any team he was in. He  took this attitude right to the top and become very involved in the Disability Bowls England team. This was the primary reason he moved with wife Sandra to Lincoln - the HQ of DBE

Sadly pancreatic cancer caught up with him and he died in early May. 

Paul will be widely remembered across Worthing as town Mayor and a real larger than life character.

RIP Paul Baker


RIP Chris 'Gus' Roberts

It is with great sadness that we have to let the world know that we have lost another of the 'good' guys'. Gus passed away at home on April 23rd 2024.

Gus as he preferred to be known was a member at Priory and also at Worthing Indoors. He was a popular and highly likeable character at both venues.

He joined Priory in March 2013 and did take on responsibility as club treasurer for a couple of years around 2020. Some might have thought him under the shadow of his much out-spoken 'bruv' Ray but this was far from the truth. Both gave equally to the life of the club.


Gus pictured above, with Tourists Captain Roger Ayling at Brother Rays memorial match

Gus could also sling down the odd killer wood too - In 2017 he won the Drawn Pairs pictured here receiving his winners trophy with partner, Alan Messer


Gus's funeral will be held at Worthing Crematorium on Friday 17th May at 1:00pm. Irene and the family would welcome any bowlers at the Cricketers in Broadwater after the service for a celebration of 'Gus's' life . In the meanwhile our thoughts are with Irene at this most emotionally painful of times.

RIP David Bellingham

Sadly we have to announce the loss of Tarring Priory BC Member David Bellingham. David died on December 7th after contracting Pneumonia whilst undergoing hospital treatment. 

David joined Priory in July 1989. For the last few years appearances on the green were few but he continued to belong to our club as a social member as did his wife Christine.

As a bowler David was a great supporter of the Friendly matches and he enjoyed our team competitions - indeed winning the Monday Triples on 4 occasions and the knock out Fours once.

Our thoughts are with David's family. 




Over 38 members of our club turned out on a pleasant September day to have a fun club afternoon. 

The afternoon started with a bountiful buffet lunch catered for by Steve and Steff Allen. The bar run by 'landlord' Nick Eager was running at cost price only, which certainly increased the drinks turnover!

John Proffitt was the toastmaster and brains behind the day and was ably assisted by Comp Sec Stuart Logan and Finesmeister Butch Shakespeare.

The bowling part of the day started with a 'spider' and the winner of that later shared a bottle of Malt with all who wished to partake.

On the green 4 rinks of Tarring players plus one 'interloper' played out 15 ends of quality bowls (I'm not quantifying the quality!) Top rink was shared between 2 rinks - one honour went to Sandy, Gus, Butch and Alan - not sure how that happened! The other honour went to Korben, Steve, Emmy and Terry

..... and after all of that excitement we gathered for the eagerly awaited 'social repartee' from the 'Proff' - as usual he was on good form. Then Butch performed his deadly duties, and with fines totally £75 on the day - ranging from wrong bias bowls at £1 to wearing rather tasteful shirts at £5 - we have assured another great afternoon next year and some much needed financial help towards the closed season refurb of the pavilion.

Cheque presentation to Guildcare, 2023

Building work on the TP Club Pavilion has started
-please make sure you follow these site rules


Host – Tarring Priory Bowls Club

Contractor – Chessmur

1. No entry by any member into fenced off area 

2. When door is knocked through there will be a sheet up and again this will be a No entry area

3. Fire exits are still usable in the existing changing room, front door and kitchen door. The changing room exit will cease to be an exit during the works but signage will be displayed to notify members at this time

4. The recycling and rubbish bins have been relocated by the female toilets next to the fence partition thus meaning nobody is required to go out the back of the clubhouse except in a fire

5. Any works equipment found in the clubhouse should be reported to the builders on site immediately who will deal with their removal, under no circumstances are members to touch anything to do with the builders or building works

6. Access into the works area will only be permitted to those that the Contract Supervisor invites into the area and with the correct PPE supplied by them.

Tarring Priory Charity Bowls and Curry
11 August 2023 


Adur - Indoor Outdoor Clubs Event

Two Priory teams competed in the Adur Indoor event for Outdoor Clubs on Saturday 11 February 2023.

The team of Mark Harwood, Roy Barclay, Amber Logan and Stuart Logan won all their group matches to come second in the group and then won the 3/4 playoff against Rottingdean.

The other team of Linda Harwood, Geoff Sheldon, John Fairs and Rob Kinley won the first three of their group matches but, in what was notionally a shootout for group winner, narrowly lost to Goring Manor in the last. GM then lost to Southwick Park in the final.

A very successful day for Priory.


Tarring Priory Annual Dinner
Jan 27th 2023

The evening also gave us the opportunity to say thank you to Wally Burrows who has now retred from Committe life and handed the running of the 50 club onto Butch Shakespeare. 

Wally was presented with a small token of the cubs esteem and we wish him well for the future and hope to see him at the Tarring Priory matches in a spectator capacity in the warmer Summer months


Our Annual Club Dinner was held at Worthing Indoor Bowls Club and was very well attended by members their families and friends of the club.

The food was as always delicious and beautify prepared and presented and full marks to Kevin Tester for his part in making sure the correct food got to the correct recipients, Kevin is in fact one of the main drivers of the event and deserves our fullest praise. He even masterminded a photo quiz of sites around Worthing to entertain us whilst not eating.

John Profitt ran the raffle and was ably assisted by Gus Roberts. John enjoys the role of front of house and as usual gave us a memorable event.

Witterings Open and the 'Wiggy' Open 2022


Well done but hard luck too for Derek Meechan, John Fairs, Chris Ide and Alan Messer who for the second Club Open in a row came third. A fantastic effort by any ones standards


July 15th 2022

The 'Charity' fundraiser

Well done everyone who had anything to do with this fine event - you raised £1400 for our chosen charity - The Ashdown Project

Winners of the Southbourne Open
12 June 2022

Derek Meechan Roy Barclay John Fairs Emilio DiPietro


Adur and Worthing Council have successfully installed a green watering system at our green. The photos show the system being tested.

Our watering crew are very pleased that they can now have that extra hour in bed. Thank you Adur and Worthing.


Our Pavilion in use for a Council preview of plans for Tarring Park

Annual Dinner 2022


The evening was a hugely successful event. Over £1,000 was raised through the raffle and promissory notes towards a Defibrillator.


The food was exceptional as was the service, I have written to Mandy thanking her and the team.

Prof was great masterminding the raffle,  wry comical. The raffle itself raised £300.00.

Kevin Tester

Event Coordinator

A team from Tarring Priory were successful in winning their section of the Worthing Indoor Charity Fours on 25/9/21.

The successful four were

Derek Meechan, Roy Barclay, John Schools and Alan Messer

Pre War picture - note the string used to mark the edge of the rinks.


Rare 1939 photo of the Tarring Priory Green taken from the St Andrews Church Tower

TP 1939

Police Advice

Club advice to members in the event of being faced with abuse or trespass onto the green is to dial 999 and call for Police assistance - do not under any circumstances attempt to take the law into your own hands.

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