Falaise Indoor Bowls Club

Club History

Indoor bowls has been ever present in Hastings since the second world war and quite possibly before. In the fifties and early sixties it was played on two rinks laid down by the Council in the winter months in what is now the Fitness Centre in White Rock Gardens.

In about 1962 the Council in response to increasing demand for sports facilities, converted the two pre-war buildings adjacent to the Oval Recreation Ground to a multipurpose facility opening in 1964 with indoor cricket, dog training, and even archery contests being staged in the summer months and indoor bowls being catered for in the winter.

By the mid seventies, in response to increasing demand for indoor bowls and better facilities, the Indoor Centre Committee, who were responsible for rink usage, agreed to form a Steering Committee and allow Brian Maquire and Ted Mitchell, who was an Hon. Alderman of the Borough, to negotiate with the Council with a view to securing our long term future. A successful agreement was reached by early summer 1977 and Falaise Bowls Association became the Councils tenant on the 1st October 1977 with the Steering Committee members, Brian Maquire, Ted Mitchell, Reg Small, Jack Thomley, Bernard Bickford, Charles Jennings and Mrs Vi Doyle forming its first Board of Directors. At the time there were a multiplicity of clubs in the Centre, some were outdoor Clubs simply continuing to function during the winter, but White Rock, Rosemount, Wadhurst, Alexandra and St. Leonards were indoor clubs affiliated to the E.I.B.A. so whilst Falaise I.B.C. existed, it was not until the late eighties that it was agreed that all clubs would amalgamate under the name of Falaise I.B.C.

In 1989 and 1990 substantial alterations were made to the building to provide proper restaurant and bar facilities on the ground floor and the function room and changing facilities on the first floor and successive Boards of Directors have continued to update the building to improve facilities and meet current legislation. 2017.

The club has just recently had a new door entry system fitted along with new wheelchair access and doors to the entrance of the club. also 2 new small changing rooms have been erected on the ground floor for the disabled and those that are less able to manage the stairs to the upper changing rooms.