Local bowling club enjoys ploughman’s lunch to celebrate the summer sunshine

Members of Haywards Heath & Beech Hurst Bowls Club recently enjoyed a tasty ploughman’s lunch in the summer sunshine to celebrate social distancing restrictions being eased.
It’s been a tough year for the club due to multiple lockdowns, but the future is definitely looking bright now with 52 playing members and an additional 30 social and family members signed up.
The club was formed in 1977, when two previous clubs joined forces at their shared base in Beech Hurst Gardens in Butler’s Green Road, which has views across the South Downs.
Members play in around 70 friendly mixed matches, both home and away, in a normal season, and in around 22 ladies only matches. The clubhouse, originally constructed from a piggery, has a bar which means social events can take place throughout the year, whatever the weather.
John Milsom, Chairman at Haywards Heath & Beech Hurst Bowls Club, said: ‘We’re really pleased that things are starting to get closer to normality now, and look forward to spending plenty of time enjoying bowls and our bar together in the coming weeks and months.
‘We’re always looking for new members, so even if you’ve never played bowls before, please get in touch with us. It’s a really fun way to get some light exercise and make friends.’
The ploughman’s lunch was provided by the local Specsavers store in Haywards Heath, who have signed up to support some matches at the club alongside joining members at social events – and offer members a discount in store.
Jay Spiller, store director at Specsavers Haywards Heath in South Road, said: ‘It’s an absolute delight to see the club members enjoying themselves again after a really tough year for everyone. We hope that the rest of their season will go with an absolute bang, and can’t wait to see their success continue.’