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2018 Schedule

The Short Mat Bowls Club meets every Thursday evening, in term time, at the Haven School, from 6:30pm until 9:00pm. We are now on our Xmas break and will start back again on January 11th. New members always welcome.

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Bowls Club 2017

Sovereign Harbour Short Mat Bowls Club

If you would like to join the Sovereign Harbour Bowls Club, please leave your name and contact details on to 01323 472259, or send an email to:

Our annual match against Eastbourne Blind Society took place Wednesday 23rd January 2019. Four teams of three enjoyed a brilliant afternoon at the Blind Society, support for both sides was appreciative of the bowling. Once again the welcome and hosting was first class, we thank the blind society for that. Their captain, Chris, as always, entertained us with a humorous anecdote during the tea, raffle, and cakes break. If you have an interest in joining Sovereign Harbour Bowls Club, who meet Thursday at the Haven School 6:30 to 8:30, you can email Anne at for registering your interest.

Jan 2019 match

Report of a recent away game.  

Sovereign Harbour played their home leg against the Eastbourne Blind Society at the Blind Society's venue. Having to play their home leg at the Blind Society's venue is due to the lack of a community centre for the harbour residents.

Sovereign Harbour had four teams of three, the first session saw Sovereign Harbour winning 9-4 on mat 1, and losing 5-15 on mat 2, a good lead for the Blind Society.

A break for refreshments and raffle, thanks to the BS for providing the good selection of cakes etc, and a special thanks to Chris for his amusing anecdote, not too sure that Sally was liking where the anecdote was going initially, but ended with the punch line giving us all a good laugh.

After the break Sovereign Harbour lost 4-10 on mat 1, and won 18-5 on mat two, giving us a small win by 2 points. We all had very good afternoon out, my thanks to the Blind Society for their good spirit and hosting, and also for the members of Sovereign Harbour Bowls Club who gave up their time to represent us. Further information on Sovereign Harbour Community Association (Bowls) can be found in this issue of Waterlines.  John Langton

First Away Game 2017

Sovereign Harbour Short Mat Bowls recently played their first away game of this year. Eastbourne Bowling Club hosted the competition, and their hosting matched their performance, it was a win win to them.

SHCA were in a position to take the game from their hosts, it all came down to the last end, the tension was palpable, but SHCA lost by just two points. Everyone enjoyed the competition, the homemade cakes looked and tasted lovely.

Bowls match photo

Short Mat Bowls at the Haven School


Eastbourne Blind Society Friendly Match

On Wednesday 26th October, the Sovereign Harbour Community Association Bowls Group played a friendly match against Eastbourne Blind Society.

We had four teams of three, which included some of the newest members of the group and some other members came along to support us.

Of the four games played, one game was drawn, one game only 1 point difference, and the other two games went in our favour.

At half time our hosts provided us with hot drinks and cakes/biscuits; also a raffle was held. It was a pleasure to see smiling faces and the voices of encouragement for both sides.

Eastbourne Blind Society Friendly Match

Sovereign Harbour Community Association, Bowls group, took four teams to Eastbourne Blind Society to play their away match at the Blind Society's centre.

Our two games before tea put us in the lead, but after tea and raffle, the Blind Society turned the tables and won the last two games. We drew with two games each, and narrowly won on points, with just three points difference. All of our twelve players had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, and thank the Blind Society for their warm hospitality. 

The Sovereign Harbour Community Association, Bowls group, have a few places vacant for new members to join. We play on Thursday nights from 18:30 to 21:00 at the Haven School, Atlantic Drive. Contact us for more information.

The Blind Society are urgently in need of volunteer drivers.  If you are under 70 Years of age and can give a few hours of your time, whether that be once a week, once a month or more the Blind Society would like to hear from you.

End of Spring Season

Thirty-seven members of the SHCA Short Mat Bowls group got together for afternoon tea (and copious amounts of fizz) to celebrate the end of a very successful spring season.

The event, which was hosted by Shirley and Des Davis in their Sovereign Harbour garden, was a great success; thanks to Des, Shirley, Dickie and Ann for all their hard work.