Crouch Bowling Club Seaford
Crouch Bowling Club Seaford was founded in 1935 and is located in Crouch Gardens (off Bramber Lane) East Street, Seaford. The Club’s aim is to provide members with facilities for bowling in accordance with the rules of Bowls England and the Sussex County Bowls Association.
Seaford Town Council owns the bowling green. Members of the club pay an annual season ticket fee covering all play from 1st May to 30th September, such season ticket also permitting play at other council greens.
The club is an associate member of Bowls England as well as the Men’s and Women’s National and County Bowling Associations, enabling players to enter National and County competitions.
Crouch Bowling Club is a mixed club and provides equally for ladies and gentlemen. There are some 70 matches on the fixture list, which include club drives and visiting touring teams. The club also plays in National and County competitions such as Top Club and Double Rink.
The club also plays competitively in the Meridian League. Members also play in the mixed Newhaven Evening League and Newhaven competitions.
There are in-house knock out competitions for all, plus two leagues throughout the season on a weekday evening and a Friday morning.
The Social Committee arranges a varied programme of events during the year.
Crouch is a friendly club and new members are most welcome whether existing bowlers or not. Free coaching and instruction is provided on request by qualified club coaches
Entry to all club competitions closes on 30th April.
Touring teams are most welcome. Contact the Match Secretary David Burleigh if you are interested in arranging a tour match on 01323 892526.
CROUCH BOWLING CLUB 1935 Supplied by Mike Nolan
In the 1920's the Crouch area was owned by Mr Palister and where Coldstream House now stands was Mr Palister’s home.
Our present bowling green was Mr Palister’s market garden where he grew his vegetables and flowers, and he grazed his horse on what is now the football pitch.
On Mr Palister's demise he bequeathed the house and land to Seaford Urban District Council, and the Council used his home for their offices for many years.
In 1924 or thereabouts a bowling green was laid down in the Salts recreation ground. Today if you stand with your back to the sea and look just to the left of the Salt’s Cafe you will see the remains of the old bowling green. Because of its close proximity to the sea it was difficult to maintain. Our Club Pavilion, which is now part of our new clubhouse was adjacent to the green and it had an additional room used for small boats attached to the men’s changing room.
In 1935 The Crouch Bowling Green was laid at the cost of some £1200 and a photograph in the men’s changing room shows the opening day. The name Crouch is said to be derived from the Norman word croix or cross, which is said to be attributed to the cross roads in Crouch Lane.
Pictured below is in The Salts Recreation Ground in Seaford where the club started its life in 1935. The Bowling Green is behing the Boating Lake. The second photo shows the Clubhouse in the background (under water) which I believe is the same one that is in The Crouch that our new extension is attached to.
Membership and Fees
For information about membership and fees please contact Club Secretary
Pat Purser - Seaford Crouch Bowling Club on 01323 654788
What our bowlers have to say:
The Crouch Bowling Club was formed in 1935 with a membership of 35 men. In April 1975 the Ladies Section was formed.
CROUCH BOWLING CLUB
We are a friendly mixed club, there are some 70 matches on the fixture list, The club plays in National and County Competitions, so it is very popular and there is always a match to watch through the summer months.
2015 was the clubs 80th year and to help us celebrate we had a number of games organised with visiting teams, one being The Royal Hospital Chelsea on Wednesday 26 August 2015.