The search goes on .....

Derek Ridley (President), Keith Brinsmead (Chairman) and Kevin Tester (Accounts Examiner) visited The Crouch Bowls Club in Seaford in January 2020. 

Their visit was to share The Crouch's experience in successfully gaining funding for a new Clubhouse - and very smart it looks too!


Sadly only second place this year but we still received a cheque and the runners up Trophy at the annual WSBL Celebration Dinner.

The picture shows Manager Stuart Shwartz being presented with the trophy by WSBL President Chris Rolph.

John Proffitt, Joe Peters and Gus Roberts won £150 for Runners Up in The East Preston Triples

They will be putting their hard earned money towards our annual trip to Woolston

Well done them!!

More Sad News ...

Brian Price RIP

Brian 'Brin' Price died in July following six months battle with cancer.  Brin joined the club a few years ago just as a rollup bowler and was a regular on the green in the morning sessions.

In his working life he was a butcher plying his trade on Smithfield market in London. After retirement his major hobbies were split between bowling and meeting friends in the George and Dragon in Tarring village. We will miss your keen but dry humour.

RIP Brian

Sad News ...

Brian Knight RIP

The club lost another great friend on the 4th July 2019. Daughter Amanda reported that Brian died peacefully surrounded by his family, which is as good a way to go as you can get.

Brian hadn't bowled in recent years but was an avid follower of news on this website. While he was an active member, he very much immersed himself in the social side of the club and I remember race nights and all sorts of fun evenings which Brian was the centre of.

Brian played in Stracey and Brodie and Friendly teams for Priory over the years and has entries on our honours boards for our Triples League as far back as the year 2000.

Most of all Brian 'Boogie' Knight will be remembered as a great clubman and a true friend to all who played with and against him.

Brian's Funeral will be held at Worthing Crematorium on Mon 22nd July at 3:40pm.


To St Barnabas House

via HD Tribe of Worthing.

Please come along and join with his family

in a celebration of Brian's life.

Latest Tarring Priory player to be awarded a County Badge

Alan Messer proudly received his SCB County Badge at Gidea Park , Romford. Alan was playing in a SCB representative match against Norfolk CBA.

Alan was awarded the badge for gaining the necessary points through a combination of representative matches and progress in SCB Competitions


Our new club shirts are now at the club. Thanks to the generosity of Carpenter Box and their sponsorship, we can offer one free shirt to every member of our club.


Additional shirts may be purchased for an excellent price of just £18.


As an extra perk if you buy that extra shirt you will be offered an outer weatherproof jacket for just £18 more. The normal selling price for this garment will be £36


You do the maths


1 free shirt + 1 additional shirt = £18

1 free shirt + 1 additional shirt + 1 outer = £36

1 free shirt + 1 outer = £36

I know what I'd do!!!

31 May 2019

Our complaint against WBC was referred to the Local Government Ombudsman. Although initially the LGO was not going to follow up the complaint they have now reconsidered and we await their decision.

Keith Brinsmead 

Report #4 on green maintenance


Spring has sprung, the grass is ris, 
I wonder where the boidies is 

Report #3 on green maintenance


The paling fence is now up and there are signs that new grass is growing. Any areas not showing signs of germination we are assured will be dealt with in the spring renovation programme

In the meantime all season ticket holders are urged to contact Chairman Keith Brinsmead who is putting together a joint complaint to the Council regarding the lack of service they delivered last season.

Report #2 on green maintenance

Kevin Tester


I went to the bowls club today to find out if the green keepers were keeping to their word from my last visit and working on the green refurbishment.


For those interested in my findings:-


  • The Grass has now been scarified 

  •  Aeration is now done i.e. reducing the compaction of the soil in the lawn, this is called “Hollow-tine aeration"


  • ​The cores of the soils were collected and removed from the lawn, this is to ensure that the surface does not become uneven, this has also been completed.

  • Re-seeding has taken place. Providing that the lawn is kept damp for 10 days the seed will germinate and settle for us to have a great surface to bowl on next season. No excuses!

  • Top dressing is in the process of being completed, this becomes part of the root-zone that sustains the lawn, half the green had been covered, north to south with east to west being covered this morning (4/10)

An excellent and pleasant visit, it is nice when what one is told happens.

Report on green maintenance

Kevin Tester


I went to the bowls club yesterday just to find out if they were keeping to their word and actually working on the greens refurbishment, they promised, they were.


For those interested in what is being done:-


  • First job is to scarify the grass i.e. remove the thatch, organic matter and debris from the lawn to improve health and allow the grass to grow ( see photo below).

  • Second job is aeration, this is done by reducing the compaction of the soil in the lawn, a rotating barrel of small hollow tubes are dug into the lawn this is called “Hollow-tine aeration”


The cores of soils are collected and removed from the lawn, this is to ensure that the surface does not become uneven.


If for any reason the ground is not soft enough through lack of rain to use hollow-tine aeration system then a solid –tine aeration method will be used, not as good as hollow but better than nothing. While on site it looked as if the hollow-tine method could and would be used.


  • The third job is to apply a top dressing, this becomes part of the root-zone that sustains the lawn.


Benefits of Top Dressing:-


  1. Improves the lawn surface and soil drainage rates.

  2. Reduces the levels of thatch.

  3. Fill in the cracks and gaps

  4. Increase water and nutrient retention

  5. Allow a lawnmower to cut and lawn more smoothly and evenly.


  • The work will be completed by three men in 10 – 11 days from date of commencement i.e.24th September – 4 / 5th October.


I picked up the schedule from the works foreman on site and what he was doing, he said that next year we will have a vastly improved surface to bowl on he also said that what was supplied this last season was not acceptable,


I did drop the fact that many visiting teams had said it was the worst green that they had played on, he face said it all (embarrassed)


I pointed out that whilst traveling around other greens in the town,ours was by far the worst, he said that other bowling clubs watered their green far more than we did, there is a lesson for next year, a rota must be prepared in advance to help keep the green watered at all times, giving a superior surface to bowl on.


We all want this, don’t WE?



  I am not a professional keeper of lawns, I hope that my description of what is being done is not far off the mark.

The 2018 Season 

As the season progresses - the coloured buttons below will link to separate reports on that portion of the season. Each report will reflect the full range of club activities

Similar archive material for previous years can be found  by following the links to our archive pages


2017, 2016, 2015, 2014


East Preston Open 22nd July 2018

     Priory Triple Triumph  

Priory's success in recent opens continued with a magnificent effort from Mal Spier. John Proffitt and Ray Roberts.


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.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE - following a recent spate of anti-social behaviour by juveniles around our green, if you witness any such act please take the time to record the problem and email an account to  

Please also note that good quality photographs may also be used as evidence in identifying the culprits and it is not illegal to take photographs in public places unless it is for criminal or terrorist purposes.

Green Fees 2018

Adult Season Ticket                      £130

New Season Ticket/Half season   £75


Casual Session (4 hours)  -          £7.50:

Junior Season Ticket -              No charge:

Group Use per Rink -                  £28.00:

2 Hour Ticket -                              £5.50

EBA Affiliated games -                  £4.50


Disabled Group Users 50% of Full Price

Saturday 21st April to Sunday October 7th

Witterings BC Invitation Cup August 10th 2017

     Priory Four Win   

A small ray of sunshine penetrated this backs to the wall season, with an excellent days bowling by the four who represented Priory at this annual event held by Witterings Bowls Club.


Gus Roberts played lead, Roy Barclay was number two, John Schools bowled at three and Alan Messer skipped.


The team played 3 eight end matches against good quality opposition. In round one they beat Lancing who were last years winners. Witterings were the opposition in round 2 and finally in round 3 they beat the challenge offered by the 2015 winners, Chichester.


Altogether they gained 33 points from a possible 39, and won 18 of 24 ends they played.


What does the future hold for Tarring Priory Bowls Club?

Take a look at the proposals and have your say!

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Alan Messer and David Levey - International Success

Winners of Alvor Bowls Club (Portugal)

Australian Pairs 2017

Dave and Alan scooped the prize money wearing Priory Shirts and are the 2017 Alvor Champions. 


Keith Brinsmead and John Fairs also entered but were knocked out at the quarter final stage by the eventual winners.


Great Pre-Season training for the boys, but I'm not sure I would recommend their fitness and pre-match regime.


Lest we forget . . .

Ron Cocozza RIP

Sadly Ron Cocozza passed away on January 3rd 2019 at the age of 92.

Ron joined Tarring Priory in 1986 and up until the 2015 season was a regular member of our Friendly sides. He recorded early success by winning our JD Smith Singles title in 1989, after that he contented himself with playing his part in successful Priory Triples Leagues and Fours competitions. He was of course a skilled bowler and gained his Outdoor SCB badge during his time at Priory.

In later years he used a stick to steady himself whilst delivering his trademark small and wide swinging woods.

He was a sportsman all his life and in his younger years, a footballer who would be first on most local team sheets. He was a wizard of the dribble and his wide gait made him extremely difficult to dispossess.

Ron will be well and fondly remembered by all the Tarring Priory men who had the pleasure to play with him.

Funeral arrangements

21st January 12:20 at Worthing Crematorium

Afterwards at the Black Horse, Findon

Reminders of Priory bowlers who  passed away in 2018 can be found in the club archive pages.

Pat O'Leary, John Hobbs, Ted King


The Sussex County Bowls AGM is held in December each year and an award is made to the SCB 'Man of the Year'.


In 2015 our President Derek Ridley was the annual winner of the Sussex Michael Newth Trophy (a magnificent solid silver cup) for the person who is recognised as having given outstanding service at club level to bowls.


Derek was chosen from a short list of 5 other Sussex bowlers. The cup is just reward for the unstinting effort and leadership which he lends to Tarring Priory. We are very fortunate to have such a man at the helm. Indeed we have been blessed with excellent leaders over the years.  Wally Burrows our past President was a previous winner of the award in 2002.

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