Rest In Peace

Dedicated to those members who have passed on

John Beard

John died on 27th August 2021 at the age of 91, he had been a member of St Francis Bowls Club from 2013  to 2017 mainly playing on Monday afternoons. He gave up when his health stared to fail. He was a great friend of the late John Keates and Bob Skipp.
John Beard
Colin Harris

Colin passed away during the Covid-19 "lockdown", a friendly and enthusiastic member of St Francis, he will be sadly missed. His family presented a seat by the rink in grateful thanks for all the enjoyment he had bowling.
Colin Harris
Don Craft
30th October 1928 - 19th July 2021

Don passed away in July 2021 and was a friendly and popular member of St Francis Bowls Club for many years.

Don's funeral was held at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium on Tuesday, 24th August 2021.
Don Craft
Bernard Thomas Harman
19th December 1935 - 28th October 2019

Bernie was a likeable and friendly man, always ready for a chat and to help newer players. He had been a member of St Francis for more than twenty years. He passed away peacefully in hospital shortly after a road accident.

Bernie's funeral was held at the Sussex and Surrey Cremarotium, on Wednesday 27th November2019.
Bernie Harman
Bill Blake

Bill Blake a long standing member of St Francis Bowls Club passed away after a long illness in January 2019 at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath. He was also one of the first members of the Monday Rollers Short Mat Club.

Bill's funeral was a private family affair.
Bill Bake
Michael George Truran
8th October 1937 - 5th November 2018

Mike was a long serving member of St Francis Bowls Club and had, over the years, won many competitions. He spent last few weeks of his life battling a severe illness. He supported, and often played with, his wife Amy who is a champion in her own right.

His funeral was held at St Peter  and St John Baptist Church, Wivelsfield on Tuesday 20th November 20th November.
A wake was held at the Cock Inn, Wivelsfield after the service.

Mike Truran
Hugh Parrott
12th July 1927 - 29th July 2018

Hugh Parrot has passed away aged 92. He had  been unwell and was, for a short while, in a nursing home in Brighton. Hugh was well known to many in St Francis Bowls Club as a qualified trainer and helped many members to get started in the sport.

His funeral was held at St  Peters Church, Ardingly at 2.00pm on Wednesday 15th August.
A wake for Hugh was held at the Ardingly Inn after the service.

Hugh Parrott
Brenda Lynton
1927 - 2018

Brenda Lynton, a former long serving member of St Francis Bowls Club, was born in Harrow and grew up near to Hendon Aerodrome which was regularly bombed during the war. She lived a full and interesting life with her husband Ernie, eventually moving to Haywards Heath, where she joined and became an active member of St Francis Bowls Club. Brenda ran the Monday afternoon roll-up and was awarded the ABC Cup for her efforts. More recently she had been in a nursing home.

Her family decided to have a private funeral, and held a memorial event for those who knew her, at the Bent Arms, Lindfield on Friday 17th August 2018.

Brenda Lynton
Patrick Dalrymple Feeny
25th April 1931 - 10th June 2018

Paddy Feeney, a long standing member of the club passed away on Sunday 10th June 2018 after a long illness.
Paddy was a well known presenter for various BBC radio and television programmes, including "Sportsworld" (BBC World Service), "Top of the Form" (BBC Radio and Television), "Young Scientist of the Year" (BBC Television) and many more. He was based in Bush House and made many broadcasts and interviews on the BBC World Service.
Paddy enjoyed bowling, but in later years due to health problems, became an enthusiastic watcher of the sport and was aways a pleasure to chat with.

Paddy's funeral service was held at the Sussex and Surrey Crematorium, Crawley on the 20th June 2018.
Paddy Feeny
William Anthony Bannister
10th October 1933 - 6th June 2018

Tony Bannister passed away on Thursday 6th June 2018 after a short illness. Tony, the son of a coffee farmer, was born in Kenya, and at the age of 13 travelled on his own by ship to England for his education.

He had been a long serving member of the club and has held several positions on the committee including Treasurer, and was currently one of our staff looking after the green.
He was also a very active member of the Haywards Heath Short Mat Bowls Club where he played  many league matches.

Tony was always willing to help new members to improve their skills.

Tony's funeral service was held on Thursday 21st June 2018 at St Cosmas and St Damian Church, Keymer, after which his body was interred in the local burial ground.
Tony Bannister
Michael Anthony Batterbee
12th March 1945 - 9th December 2017

Mike Batterbee was a leading member of the club and monthly captain, he died suddenly on Saturday 9th December 2017. Mike had been a member of the St Francis BC Committee.
Mike's funeral service was held at Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield on Friday 22nd December 2017 followed by a private family cremation service at Worth Crematorium.
Mike Batterbee
Douglas Wilkinson
Died Sunday 23rd April 2017, Age 92
Doug was a member of St Francis Bowls Club for about ten years  and was a much respected player and friend to many.
In 1941, at the age of 17, he joined the army. Initially in the Tank Corps, then the Parachute Regiment and finally the SAS. He was parachuted into France behind enemy lines to destroy enemy communications, troop trains etc. and was one of the first group of SAS troops to enter the Belsen extermination camp.
After the war he trained as an architect and moved to Haywards Heath in 1969.
He was a true gentleman.
Doug's funeral was held on Thursday 11th May at 11 the Clayton Wood Natural Burial Ground, Hassocks
Doug Wilkinson


William Arthur Breading
31st March 1934 - 26th March 2017

Bill Breading was a well liked and respected, long standing member.
Bill supported the club in many ways during his over twenty year membership, and will be partcularly remembered
for his gardening skills, especially his love of "sweet peas".
He was an enthusiastic and skilled bowler and was always willing to encourage new bowlers with advice and help.
He was also Club Captain of the Monday Rollers Short Mat Bowls Club for a number of years.

Bill's funeral was held at the Worth Crematorium on Thursday 6th April 2017
Bill Breading

Andrew Ponsford

Andrew Ponsford was a fairly new member of the club and mainly played on Monday afternoons,
although he did play in a few friendly matches.


Jeffery Alan Hayton
9th November 1949 - 14th September 2016

Jeff Hayton, a former member of St Francis Bowls Club, sadly died on 14th September 2016.
Jeff, aged 66, had struggled with Parkinsons Disease for many years.
He was a member of the club for a couple of years and wrote a successful book about Parkinson's Disease and it's effects.
 As the illness progressed he attended, when he could, the public short mat bowls sessions at the Dolphin Leisure Centre and even though he found it difficult to walk and stand he was surprisingly accurate.

His funeral was held at St Peters Church, Ardingly  on Friday 7th October 2016
Jeffery Alan Hayton


Doris Parks
1931 - 2016

Doris Evelyn Parks sadly passed away on 1st June 2016 at the age of 84.
Doris was well known as the wife of our Green Ranger and former Captain Colin Parks.
Doris regularly played in friendly matches and was known to many as "Little Doris"

Her funeral was held on Friday 17th June 2016.


Cliff Woolley
1939 - 2016

Cliff Woolley sadly passed away on 1st April 2016 after a short illness.
Cliff was a member of both St Francis Bowls Club and the Haywards Heath Rollers Short Mat Bowls Club,
he was known to all for his great sense of humour and great energy.
He suffered from eyesight problems and was often seen on the green with his binoculars which helped him to see the other end of the rink. Once he'd see the layout at the other end he was able to bowl very accurately by memory.

He will be sadly missed.

Cliff's Funeral was held on Friday 22nd April at St Peters Church, Ardingly

Cliff Woolley 

Gabriel Wilson
1948 - 2015

St Francis Bowls Club Member and key member of the Social Club Gabriel Wilson passed away on 7th December 2015 in hospital in London after a short illness.
Gabriel joined the bowls club in the prevous season and mainly played in the Monday afternoon roll-up.
He also joined the Haywards Heath Rollers short mat bowls club.

His funeral was held at St Paulís Catholic Church, Haywards Heath on Monday 21st  December 2015 and his ashes were scattered in the St Francis Garden of Rememberance on Sunday 13th March 2016.

Gabriel Wilson