HIBC has been shortlisted for an award in the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Chairmans Awards for 2019. The club was nominated for the Sports Club/Team category which celebrates local talent and commitment to sports clubs and activities. The Club Category “recognises an East Riding club for their commitment to developing sport and making a difference in their community. The award will, therefore, recognise entries that have demonstrated their commitment to developing their infrastructure, such as creating and investing in participants, coaches and volunteers, catering for different sectors of the community along with being a community hub.”
Awards Ceremony – 14th May 2019
The awards ceremony will be held at Bridlington Spa on Tuesday 14th May. The club will be sending representatives and we keep our fingers crossed. For more information see Jim Whitchurch or Jon Edkin. As each category is announced, a short film will be shown about each nominee. The other nominees in the Sports Club award are Bridlington Martial Arts Club and Bridlington Rugby Union Football Club.
So why have we been nominated and shortlisted?
HIBC is very fortunate to have a dedicated team of volunteer coaches who offer free coaching to all members and taster sessions for non-members. As seen by the number of new members this year and the success of our teams, this coaching can take members through from absolute beginner to International Standard. We have a lot of new members social bowling, in beginner and full club leagues, then progressing to playing for the club and winning club championships. At the top end of the scale we have our Hornsea Ladies Fours team who were all coached from being juniors by Ian Paddy and who won the British Isles Ladies Fours Championships in 2018 and all play for their country. Free quality coaching and our friendly club with wide range of bowling opportunities are the main reasons why we have attracted nearly 70 new bowling members in 2018.
During 2018, the Juniors section restarted and we now have eight regular members aged seven to seventeen. HIBC have provided team members for the Yorkshire Under 18’s triples, mens under 25’s Yorkshire team and the England Ladies Under 25’s team.
The Rollabowl section (members registered disabled) has benefitted from new members and enhanced facilities with highlights including:
- Motorisation of a second bowls buggy and an unmotorised chair on loan from a neighbouring club.
- New members now playing in club leagues and representing the club in friendly matches
- Colin Garner, Doreen Padgett & Steve Payne winning the Disability Bowls England Inter Club Triples competition for the Northern Region
- Simon Wright being picked to play for his County and being shortlisted in 2018 for the Male Player of the Year Award at the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Awards for Excellence in Disability Sports.
County and National Success
This winter the club has had a very successful season in various Yorkshire & Regional Leagues as follows:
- Men’s Yorkshire County Indoor League – Division 1 Runners Up – Hornsea A
- Men’s Yorkshire County Indoor League – Division 3 Runners Up – Hornsea B
- Men’s Yorkshire County Over 55’s League – Division 1 Runners Up – Hornsea Seagulls
- North Eastern Ladies League – Division 2 Winners – Hornsea
- Disability Bowls England Inter Club (Northern Region) Triples Winners – Hornsea – see Hornsea team win at inagral DBE Triples page
- Seven members reaching the National Finals this spring – see the Hornsea Players at National Finals page
- Four ladies playing in the triumphant England teams at the British Isles Championships – Katy & Holly Baxter and Dani Martinson at Senior level and Lydia Cutmore in the Under 25’s – see England Team Success page
In addition to the bowling, the club continues to be home to it’s own interest groups and those of other organisations:
- Sequence dancing on Thursday and Friday nights
- Hornsea Seagulls Walking group – regular Wednesday walks as advertised on the noticeboard
- Bridge Club – Hornsea Bridge Club meet on Wednesday nights and U3A meet on Monday mornings with beginners groups hosted by the club as needed
- Needles and Pins needlwork group on Thursday mornings
- Lacemaking group on Friday mornings
- Hornsea Writers Club meetings in the small meeting room
- Probus and Ladies Luncheon Clubs meet for lunch and external speakers
- The Seagull Gallery in the function home hosts month long exhibitions for local artists and has hosted Art Week Masterclasses
- Club used to host AGM’s, speakers lunches and charity events for local organisations such as the local allotments, HART transport, Hornsea Bikers Event, Mappleton Church and hosts Hornsea School and Language College’s Celebration Evenings
- Provides a warm welcome and bright room for the bigger moments in the lives of local people by hosting for functions such as Christening, Birthday and Anniversary parties, wedding receptions and funeral wakes
- Also provides a friendly venue for socialising, either at club entertainment functions (from Tre Amici to Abba) or for a quiet coffee or lunch with friends.
- Plus more bowling, either through a local outdoor club using the club for friendly roll-ups when it’s too cold to bowl outside, the U3A bowls interest group, roll ups with friends or the regular Tuesday Social Bowl or Saturday Morning Bowl & Brunch Club.
Hornsea & District Indoor Bowls Club is a members club, owned by, run by and enjoyed by members for the benefit of members and also as a resource for the local community. And we are proud of that fact!