Rest In Peace

Dedicated to those members who have passed on

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