Joyce Shaw sadly passed away in early April. She was a founder member of Upper Beeding and remained a member until 2021. She and her late husband Alan were regular members , attending most of the organised sessions. In the club’s early days Joyce was a member of the competitive side playing in competitions and matches. She was also an active committee member. Unfortunately ill health took its toll and she was not able to bowl for more than an hour but she took an interest in the club and its activities, quite often dropping in for a chat and cup of tea ( pre-covid days).

She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

13-Jan-2022: FRED HARRISON a member of Cowfold SMBC passed away after a long battle  with Parkinson disease. Fred had been a long serving member with the club and was always fun to be around. Fred was an illustrious cricketer, a great sportsman. Despite his ailments Fred regularly attended roll-ups and could send a good wood.
Great personality who will be missed by all who knew him. Condolences to Jenny and Family. 

18-Dec-2021: RIP Ken Clark passed away on 18th December 2021.
He was a key member of Mannings Heath SMBC for many years, a keen bowler for West Sussex County and a great friend. He had been struggling against cancer for the past few years as many of you will know. He loved bowls and continued to play for as long as he could.
He won all of the club trophies at some time, and was keen to join County and other external competitions. He had an impressive collection of trophies. He was proud to be a West Sussex county bowler. He played for the “A” Team for many years, regularly as the team’s singles player. He was in the County team that won the national Inter County Championship on three occasions. He was a true gentleman and an inspiration to those who played alongside him. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts go out to Linda and to Ken’s family.

November-2021: RIP Anne Miles of Upper Beeding SMBC recently passed away. She was mainly a social bowler who supported the club by attending the two afternoon sessions without fail all through the year. She introduced many of her relatives to short mat bowls whenever they visited , her daughter’s family from New Zealand were regular visitors. She will be sadly missed by all those who came into contact with her.

November-2021: RIP John Withers aged 90+, a founder member of Forest SMBC, died in East Surrey Hospital.

18-June-2021: RIP Marion Goodland (Bognor Goodwoods)

Marion, wife of Brian Goodland passed away in hospital. Marion was a member of Bognor Goodwoods SMBC for many years, serving on their committee in most positions for many years. She was a very talented bowler & won many honours with the club. Marion will be remembered by those who new her as a lovely, lovely lady. Condolences to Brian and his family.



26-May-2021: RIP Eileen Pope (Cowfold SMBC)

With sadness we report Eileen Pope died in Brighton Hospital after a long and very brave fight against cancer. Eileen joined Lindfield Bowls Club & Cowfold SMBC around four years ago following her move to Haywards Heath to be near a member of her family. She was previously a very active member of Woking Bowls Club and played Short Mat in the district, both at county level. Eileen was a key member in the Cowfold SM team in the last two playing seasons, and a great coach. She was a lovely friendly lady and will be missed by all who knew and played with her during her short time with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

25-Apr-2021: RIP Pam Smith (The Martlets SMBC)

Pam, partner of Freddie Kaucher passed in her sleep last night. Pam used to bowl at Nyetimber SMBC, Bognor Goodwoods SMBC then latterly The Martlets. She had lived with pain for many years. Latterly she had a number of falls ending with her being wheelchair bound.

Our thoughts are with Freddie and family.

25-Jan-2021: Rob Peirce (Lavant SMBC)

Sad to report the passing of Rob a member of Lavant SMBC for many years.
Rob died in the local hospice.
Rob represented his County at A and B Team levels, and also played for the Counties Over 60’s teams.

11-Mar-2020: Keith Hawkins

Keith Hawkins former West Sussex player passed away. The actual cause of death was pneumonia but he was suffering from motor neurone disease.
Keith was a very influential administrator and player within ESMBA, our County and Somerset. Of course our thoughts are with Carol and family, and know that he is no longer suffering that dreadful disease.

Picture stolen from Somerset website hope no one objects, but I have nothing in our archives!

17-Jan-2020: Jim Noton (The Martlets SMBC)

Jim Noton former The Martlets, Foxes, Ashington, and Cowfold SMBCs player passed away in the early hours.

Jim also represented West Sussex at all levels.

December 2019: RIP John and Sheila Bonwick (Southwater SMBC)

Sad to report that Southwater’s John and Sheila Bonwick have passed away within a month of each other.

They were both long term members at Southwater playing regularly short mat and lawn bowls.

12-May-2019: RON WEEKS (Midhurst Eagles)

Midhurst Eagles SMBC long standing Captain Ron Weeks past away in the early hours of 12th May after a relapse of his cancer.

Ron will be sadly missed as being a very good and impartial Captain of Midhurst Eagles Short Mat Bowls for many years.

Also he played outdoors for Stedham Bowls Club, and we understand he had a very successful last year in their internal competitions … his best ever!

Our condolences to Ron’s wife Shirley.

7th May 2019: RIP Jackie Lee (Lavant SMBC)

Jackie Lee joined Lavant SMBC in 1994, two years after the Club had formed.  She quickly became a valuable member of the Club and served as Club Secretary and as Competition Secretary. 

Jackie soon established herself as a more than competent player, winning the Ladies Singles title on eight occasions and the Pairs title on five occasions.

Jackie first played in a County representative team in the 2013/14 season when she was a member of the B team squad, and played a number of games for the A team, gaining her County Badge in the process.  She continued to represent the County at B and A team level for the following two seasons until making her debut for the Premier team in the 2016/17 season.  She then went on to establish herself as a valuable member of the Premier team in 2017/18 and 2018/19. 

Jackie’s cheerful personality and enthusiasm will be very much missed both at Club and County level and by all who knew her.

February 2019: RIP Doug Haughton (Forest SMBC)


Doug was a founder member of Forest SMBC, and was a continuous committee member, in various roles for 28 years, until 2 years ago, when he retired for health reasons.

Doug joined the County Committee in August 1993 and remained a member until the AGM in 2004. During that time he was Membership Secretary and wrote out all the membership cards by hand. This was a mammoth task as at the time the County had over 1000 members!  

At the age of 90. He was still playing for WSCSMBA in the over 60’s match at Westergate, for which he received a resounding round of applause, because it just happened to coincide with his 90th Birthday. 

At the age of 94, he was still an active member of the club, but with the sad loss of his wife Sheelagh, then having to give up driving, and with increasing mobility problems he was no longer able to play bowls.

He sadly died in hospital at the age of 95.