Bowls is often seen as a game for older folk but Hornsea IBC has a tradition of encouraging and bringing on juniors; the 2018 British Isles Ladies Fours Champions are home coached Hornsea talent! It makes us as a Club proud to see the next generation coming through so successfully at the Friday evening junior coaching sessions. The section currently has eight members who learn about the game through skills coaching, challenges and games.
Two of the juniors have just passed the club’s Bronze Level Skills award and Juniors National Youth Awards at Bronze level. Hannah and Lillie were some of the first club members to pass the club’s bronze award and are now training for the silver award.
It has been a successful year for the pair with Hannah just beating Lillie in a closely fought Junior Singles Championship Final at the club. The pair then joined forces to win the Club’s Junior Pairs Championship!
All members of the section took part in both competitions with Lillie’s sister Maizie partnering Rowan to take the runner’s up place in the pairs. Alfie and Jasper took third place with our youngest members, 8 year old twins Anna and Lewis taking the wooden spoon whilst still wearing the biggest smiles in every game.
Some of the juniors would now like to play in a league and it is hoped to establish a friendly and informal league one teatime with juniors pairing up with adults or each other.
A big well done to all of our juniors!

Lillie and Hannah after the Junior Finals.

Calling all Members!

2019/20 Annual Membership Renewal is due 1st September 2019, and Registration days are the 30th, 31st of August and 1st September 2019.

Don’t forget our Sunday Dinners commence 1st September too! Please call to book your table on 01964 537776.

At 7pm on Friday 26th October the Hornsea & District Indoor Bowls Club will be the venue for the Marie Curie Wine Tasting Evening. The event will  held in conjunction with Laurel Vines, a local vineyard and winery which is located less than 20 miles from Hornsea. Laurel Vines is a family owned business that has been voted the Best Wine Grower and Maker of the Year for the North of England. Its wines are stocked by the areas best restaurants including The Pipe and Glass, The Wellington Inn at Lund and Cerutti 2.

 The evening will consist of a short talk about Laurel Vines followed by the presentation of 6 wines with a description of each by a wine expert. The wines will be a mixture of white and rose and each wine will be accompanied by finger food and canapes. These will include seafood, cheeses, satay chicken, samosas and scones with strawberry compote and cream. French bread and jugs of water will be provided to freshen the palate between tastings.

 You will be pleased to hear that the samples of each wine will be a generous 75ml per person not a paltry thimble full as you get at many wine tastings. This equates to over half a bottle of top quality wine to each person.

 The cost of this Wine Tasting Evening is £20 per head and ALL proceeds will got to Marie Curie.

If you are interested please contact Keith on 07414987641 or Email:


Opening on the 3rd, the December art exhibition at Hornsea & District Indoor Bowls Club will be a little bit different. It is a joint exhibition between the talented members of Hornsea Arts Society, Hornsea Writers and the Aim Higher Children’s Art Competition which celebrates events in Hornsea in 2017.

The exhibition is open for viewing during club opening hours and is free to visit. As always refreshments will be available during cafe and bar opening hours.


Boston Bowls will be visiting Hornsea & District Indoor Bowls Club on Wednesday 13th December from 10am to 4pm.

Boston Bowls carry a wide range of stock but if you want anything in particular then please call them in advance (see posters at the club) to ask them to bring specific bowls, clothing, sizes etc.  There should be a spare rink in the afternoon for trying out new and second hand bowls.

This is an ideal opportunity for a bit of Christmas shopping for the bowlers in your family, so why not drop a few hints to the family!

Social Bowls Drive

Do you want to keep your hand in over the winter but don’t want the commitment of a league?

Want to play a bit more but not sure when or who with?

Want to get some experience of playing matches before joining a league?

Then why not come to our Tuesday afternoon Bowls Drive?

Experienced and novice bowlers are all welcome to join this friendly roll-up each Tuesday afternoon. No need to pre-book, just turn up before 2.30pm, pay your normal rink fees for two hours and add your name to the bowls drive list for the day at reception.

What happens at the Bowls Drive?

Each player draws a tag which tells them which rink they are on and which position they are playing for either the red or the blue team. Play four ends in this position with your team mates recording your score as that of your team, then draw another tag which gives you a new rink and position for the next four ends. Repeat for the final four ends. Small prize for highest score of the day and booby prize for lowest score.

This is a great way to improve your game, learn tactics, meet fellow bowlers and pehaps even meet new team mates for a league in the next season. So why not give it a go?

The friendly way to play bowls


Draws for the Club Championships will be posted on the competitions board on Monday 27th November with first matches in some competitions due to be played by 31st December 2017.  The finals weekend will be held on 8th and 9th April 2018 (though matches can be held in the week previous if anyone is unavailable that weekend due to holidays/prior engagements).  

Club championships are open to all Full, Rollabowl, Student or Junior members and are played annually in a knockout format.

Rules of Play

Full rules will be posted with the draw lists and incllude adoption of the re-spotting rule in all competitions whenever the jack leaves the rink sideways.

The first named player in a draw is the challenger and it is up to them to contact their opponent in the due timescale to offer a range of potential dates for the match – please check with reception staff to obtain rink availability. The challenger books the rink, and for singles matches only, arranges for a scorer to assist. When booking rinks, please let the office know exactly which competition is being played. Match cards will be available on the day and will be handed over once all due rink fees have been paid. Signed match cards must be handed to the office and the winner updates the draw sheet. If a player concedes a game, then they must advise the office themselves – games cannot be claimed as conceded games until agreed by the Competitions Secretary.

Novices Trophies

In addition to the Rabbits Pairs competition for pairs who have been playing indoors for less than three years, there is now a singles competition for anyone who has never won a club championship. Traditionally the Remembrance Trophy has been played as a Charity competition for all comers but entries have dropped in recent years, hence it has been suggested that this competition be only open to those who have never won a singles championship indoors so making it a competition suitable for all maiden bowlers. It’s for Charity so why not give it a go!

How to Enter

Entries will only be accepted on official entry forms which are available from reception and cost £1 per player per competition. Only the lead name need complete an entry form for pairs, triples and fours competitions but the form must be accompanied by the entry fee for all players plus the rink fees for the first round. Rinks fees for subsequent rounds are paid when the rinks are booked for those rounds.

Members then also list their names on the entry forms on the leagues board in the Bowls Arena. Entries on the lists will only be accepted if a completed matching entry form is submitted to the office before the advertised closing date – see board for key dates.

Members on Rink Packages

Members on rink packages will have some, if not all, of their rink fees covered by their rink packages as part of their added free extras included in the package deal.

Members on a level 1-0 or 1-1 package have free rink fees in up to three championships/trophy competitions.

Members on levels 2, 3 or 4 packages have free rink fees in up to five championships/trophy competitions.

If entering more than three competitions for a level 1 member or five competitions for a level 2/3/4 member, then you need to specify which competitions will be your free competitions and on which you will pay rink fees at the normal rate.

Prizes and more

Winners not only receive the title of Club Champion, but have the honour of being presented with a trophy on the day and presentation night and receive a prize simlar to that of league winners.  In addition winners of the Ladies singles, pairs, triples and fours competitions and the matching men’s competitions, all qualify for the Yorkshire Club Championships. The Men’s singles and ladie’s singles winners also represent the club in the National Champion of Champions competitions.

Last year’s winners can be found on the 2017 Club Champions page.


Saturday 14th October was Club Party and Presentation Night with Spex providing the entertainment.

After a hearty supper of pulled pork or beef baguettes and chips, members enjoyed an evening of live music and wit from local band Spex. With a wide range of music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and a bit of banter, it was a good humoured evening enjoyed by all.  During the interval, Neil Gabriel compered the presentations with Jim Whitchurch presenting vouchers to those present. Club Champions then received their trophies for the Annual Club Championships with a group photo taken of all prize winners (see below).  The full list of 2017 Club Champions can be found here.

Winners were presented with vouchers for most wins however a special presentation was made to Bridget and Dave Lee of a medal each as this was Bridget’s first ever win in any sport or event. Congratulations Bridget and let’s hope it’s the first of many.
















The evening then continued with a second set which got members up and dancing.

Presentation evenings are a club night and the members bowling committee is always open to suggestions for the evening itself and affordable suggestions for prize options for club leagues and championships via the club suggestion box.




Congratulations to all our 2019 Club Champions and wishing luck to those qualifying for the Yorkshire and National Champion of Champions competitions.

HIBC’s Club Champions will receive their trophies at the Annual Party and Presentation night in the autumn (date to be announced).

The Previous Year’s Champions were as follows:

In April HIBC was delighted to see four of our younger members return from the English Indoor Bowls Association’s (EIBA) National Championships with the trophy for, and title of, Ladies Fours National Champions.

Winning through their heats at both County and then Regional level, the team joined 15 others at Melton Mowbray & District Indoor Bowls Club, home to the EIBA Championships for a weekend of challenging bowls matches. The ladies were the youngest team there but they did not let this mere statistic worry them.  Student Lydia Cutmore who at just 18 years of age is the youngest team member, set the pace as the team lead player. Danny Martinson displayed her deadly accurate drawing skills as number two with sisters Holly and Katy Baxter forming a solid back end to the team. A strong team spirit and steady nerves saw them take the prestigious trophy with each lady receiving a glass keepsake.

Celebrations at the club on the Monday night of their return were justifiably long and loud. The ladies aim to retain their title this coming year and all at HIBC wish them well in the forthcoming Nationals.

From left to right: Holly Baxter, Katy Baxter, Lydia Cutmore and Danny Martinson receiving the Ladies Fours National Championship Trophy at Melton Mowbray