Horsham Park Bowls Club


Sunday 6th September against Pippbrook

Horsham Park’s friendly away game against Pippbrook resulted in a defeat on 3 rinks and a draw the fourth. The final result was Park 53 to Pippbrook’s 91, not a great day for Park’s bowlers. Skip Bryony Wood with Cathy Merritt and Jim Covey had the closest game drawing 16 all. Park’s other 3 rinks all suffered defeats by varying amounts.


Saturday 5th September against Bramley

Horsham Park lost their away fixture at Bramley Bowls Club by 44 shots to Bramley’s 82. Park won on 2 of the 4 rinks but went down badly on the other 2. Park’s top rink was skipped by Frank Thomas with Marie Davies and Vic Pratt who won by 3 shots, 13 to 10. Park’s Captain, David Spurr, skipped Park’s other winning rink, winning a closely fought game against Bramley’s Captain by 15 shots to 13. Spurr was 15 to 9 up on end 15 but went down 4 shots over the last 3 ends.


Wednesday 2nd September against East Grinstead

The afternoon was interspersed with showers and sunny periods when Horsham Park played their return away game against their friends from East Grinstead. Park had a successful afternoon, winning on 3 of the 5 rinks and by 98 shots to East Grinstead’s 82. Park’s top rink was skipped by David James with Brian Milner and Marie Davies who overcame their opponents winning 29 to 15. James was down by 1 shot on end 14 but in an amazing come back took an incredible 15 shots from the last 5 ends finishing with 7 on the last end. Captain David Spurr also won, 18 to 10, by taking 5 shots from the last 2 ends. Park’s other winning rink, skipped by David Peters, also won by 8 shots, 22 to 14; this time it was East Grinstead who took 4 shots from the last 2 ends to narrow the gap. Harry Smith had a really close game and was one shot up as they went into the last end. Park’s players were holding 3 shots when the East Grinstead skip took the jack back to his waiting woods ending up holding 2 shots and winning by one, 17 to 16.


Saturday 29th August against Crawley Town

It rained almost all afternoon when Horsham Park recorded a fine win over Crawley Town, 67 shots to 41. The win came thanks to skip Frank Heath with Ian Holmes and Marie Davies who won by 33 shots to Crawley Town’s 7. Frank’s team dominated this game from beginning to end. Park’s Captain David Peters had a really close game which could have gone either way. The lead changed hands many times during the game and finally ended up as an honourable draw, 15 shots all. At the half time tea, skip David James with Brenda Thompson and Robin Peters were 9 shots down, 5 shots to Crawley Town’s 14 but in a remarkable come back they eventually clawed their way back to a final score of 19 shots all. The players were thankful to get into the dry as the game came to an end.


Sunday 22nd August against Wonersh

It was a glorious sunny afternoon when Horsham Park played away at Wonersh Bowls Club. Park had a good win, 88 shots to Wonersh’s 76, by winning 3 of the 4 rinks. Park’s top rink was skipped by David James with Brenda Thompson, Kamran Nadim and Vic Pratt who won by 32 shots to 15. James was 30 to 7 up on end 15 but Wonersh suddenly found the green and took 8 shots over the next 5 ends but it was too late to catch the dominant Park players. Frank Heath with Peter Schlotter, Barbara Rowe and Ros Medland also won well, 27 shots to 19. Again Heath was 25 shots to 10 up on end 17 but Wonersh were able to take 9 shots from the next 2 ends to close the gap. The final Park winning rink was skipped by David Peters with Bryony Wood, Norma Covey and Roger Leicester. Peters was 3 shots down, 10 shots to 13 on end 16 but was able to score consistently over the last 5 ends gaining 8 shots thus finally winning by 5 shots, 18 to Wonersh 13.


Thursday 20th August against Horley

It was a damp and drizzly afternoon for Horsham Park’s away game against Horley. Fortunately Park’s players were able to overcome the damp conditions and win well on all 4 rinks, winning overall by 79 shots to Horley’s 47.

Park’s top rink went to skip Harry Smith with Alan Langford and Norma Covey who won by 11 shots, 23 shots to 12. Park’s 3 other winning rinks all won with +7 shots. Ian Holmes with David Spurr and Kamran Nadim scored steadily and won by 15 shots to 8. Skip David Peters with Ray King and Roger Leicester were 12 shots all on end 15 but took 7 shots from the last 3 ends to finally win 19 shots to 12. park’s last rink skipped by Frank Thomas supported by Paul English and Peter Schlotter won 22 shots to 15.


Tuesday 18th august against Billingshurst

Horsham Park lost their home game against Billingshurst by 54 shots to 96. Park were able to win on 2 of the rinks, draw on the third but went down heavily on the other 2 rinks. Park’s top rink went to Ray Parham with Kamran Nadim and Marie Davies who scored steadily and won by 4 shots, 13 to 9. Park’s other winning rink skipped by David Peters with Alan Langford and Ros Medland won by 14 shots to Billingshurst’s 11. Skip Paul English managed to hold the Billingshurst players to a draw, 17 shots all. Unfortunately Park’s other 2 rinks went down to superior bowling.


Sunday 16th August against Horsham

In a thrilling local derby Horsham Park took on rivals Horsham in what has become known as the “Town Challenge”. 8 teams from each club took part, 4 teams playing on their home greens and 4 teams playing away on the opposition’s green. Proceeds from the game are divided equally between the club’s chosen charities.

In some closely fought games Park went down to Horsham by 18 shots, 140 to 158. Both Park’s home and away teams were able to win on 2 of the 4 rinks but the winning teams weren’t able to overcome the losses on the other rinks.

Park’s top rink for the home team was skipped by David Peters supported by Paul English, Trevor Medland and Pauline Topper who won by 26 shots to 15. The other winning home rink was skipped by Frank Thomas with John Philpot, John Pickersgill and Ros Medland who won by one shot, 17 to 16.

The away team’s top rink was skipped by Ray Parham supported by Bryony Wood, Roger Leicester and Brian Milner winning by 6 shots, 23 to 13. Park’s other away winning rink was skipped by David Spurr with Alan Langford, Marie Davies and Robin Peters who were able to win by one shot, 19 to 18 by taking 5 shots from the last 3 ends.

Both teams enjoyed a friendly game played in good spirit. This year Horsham Park was host to both teams for an excellent after game tea.


Sunday 15th August against Burgess Hill

Horsham Park played their friends from Burgess Hill on a fine Saturday. Park had a successful afteroon winning on 3 of the 4 rinks and overall by 46 shots, 99 shots to 53. Park’s top rink was skipped by David James with Marie Davies and Kamran Nadim who dominated their opponents and winning by 22 shots, 30 to 8; Burgess Hill weren’t able to score for the last 10 ends. Harry Smith skipped one of Parks other rinks, also winning by a good margin, 25 shots to 8. The final Park winning rink was skipped by David Spurr who came back from being down by 6 shots at tea, but in a fighting comeback, eventually won by 13 shots, 26 to 13.


Wednesday 12th August against Pulborough

It was a fine, warm but overcast afternoon when Horsham Park renewed their away fixture at Pulborough. Unfortunately the Park teams were only able to win on 1 of the 4 rinks. The game was played in a great atmosphere and everyone enjoyed the afternoon’s bowls. Park’s top rink, winning by 17 shots to 13, was skipped by Paul English supported by Bryony Wood and Peter Schlotter. Skip Frank Thomas was 14 shots all on end 15 but went down by 6 shots over the last 3 ends.


Sunday 9th August against Southgate Park

Horsham Park lost to Southgate Park 78 shots to 90 despite winning on 2 of the 4 rinks. Park’s top rink went to skip Brenda Thompson with Angela Spurr, Peter Topper and Cathy Merritt who won by 11 shots, 22 to 11. Park’s other winning rink was skipped by Bryony Wood who won 23 shots to 17. Harry Smith’s rink was only one shot down on end 16 but went down 10 shots over the last 5 ends losing eventually by 9 shots, 18 to 27. Robin Peter’s rink made a miraculous come back winning 7 of the last 8 ends but couldn’t overcome the earlier deficit.


Sunday 2nd August Captains V Presidents

Horsham Park was the scene of a closely fought battle between teams skipped by Park’s Captain David Spurr and President Harry Smith. The Captain’s team was able to overturn last year’s defeat and win by 3 shots, 70 shots to 67. All 5 rinks were close but the Captain’s team was only able to win on 1 rink and lost on the other 4.

David Spurr’s rink fought back from being 10 shots to 19 down at tea by taking 9 shots over the last few ends but still lost by 5 shots, 19 shots to Harry Smith’s 24.

The Captain’s top rink was skipped by David Peters with Bryony Wood, Trevor Medland and Vic Pratt who were able to overcome his brother Robin Peters’ rink by 26 shots to 10 thus ensuring a win for the Captain’s team.

To round off an enjoyable afternoon everyone sat down to an enormous tea of sandwiches, sausage rolls and salad followed by a great choice of puddings and cakes, all prepared and donated by members.


Friday 31st July against Horsham Football Club  

Horsham Park played their annual fixture with the Horsham Football Club Supporters. Park provided the lead and Skip for the mixed teams with members of the Football Club Supporters playing at 2 and 3.

20 players from each Club enjoyed a fun evening of bowls with the Football Club players showing great promise as future bowlers. The teams were selected and paired up as they arrived and divided into Team A versus Team B. There were 5 full rinks of 8 players. A couple of the Football Supporters even brought their young daughter who was just 7 months old. The baby was duly carried up and down the rink being passed between Mum and Dad as each took it in turn to bowl. It just happened that the Team A players won on all 5 rinks.

The evening ended with a superb supper of beef casserole followed by a choice of puddings.


Wednesday 29th July against Cranleigh

Remarks: Horsham Park played their return home fixture against Cranleigh on a very cold July evening. Park were only able to win on 2 of the 5 rinks, losing overall by 23 shots, 79 to 102. Park’s top rink was skipped by Robin Peters with Bryony Wood and Roger Leicester who were able win by 5 shots, 18 to 13. Park’s other winning rink was skipped by Harry Smith who won 23 to 20 by taking 12 shots from the last 3 ends. Park’s other 3 rinks all lost by varying margins.


Saturday 25th July against Ewhurst

Horsham Park lost a closely fought away game against their good friends from Ewhurst Bowls Club. Park only won on one of the 5 rinks and eventually went down by 4 shots, 69 shots to 73. Park’s top rink was skipped by Captain John Philpot with Brenda Thompson and Roger Leicester who won by 1 shot, 14 to 13. The result of Park’s other 4 rinks could have gone either way right up the end but Ewhurst were able to hold onto their slender leads. The teams skipped by David Peters, Frank Heath and Paul English all lost by one shot, and Harry Smith’s team lost by 2. It was a great afternoon of competitive bowls followed by an enjoyable tea.


Wednesday8th July against Cranleigh

Remarks: Horsham Park played their away game at Cranleigh on a warm pleasant evening. Park won on 2 rinks and lost on 3, losing overall by 70 shots to 98. It was a very competitive game but Cranleigh had the edge on their fast home green. Park’s top rink, skipped by Robin Peters with Ray King and Angela Spurr won by 3 shots, 18 shots to 15. Park’s other winning rink was skipped by Harry Smith with Bryony Wood and Roger Leicester who were 15 shots to 9 up on the last end but the Cranleigh skip managed to take the jack and 5 shots off the last end leaving Harry with a one shot win, 15 shots to 14. The Captain’s rink skipped by David Peters was 7 shots to nil up over the first ends but couldn’t take anything from the next 9 ends but in a remarkable comeback, they were able to take 11 shots from the last 5 ends but still lost by 7 shots overall.


Saturday 4th July against Newdigate

Horsham Park were out-bowled on their visit to Newdigate winning on only one rink, the final score was 58 shots to 111. Park’s only winning rink was skipped by Paul English with Terry Merritt & Barbara Rowe. Paul’s team won by 3 shots, 21 shots to 18, inspite of going down 6 shots on the last end. Harry Smith’s rink started out well and were soon leading 8 shots to 2 but Newdigate made a quick recovery and took 13 shots over the next 5 ends. Harry made a fighting comeback taking 8 shots from the last 4 ends but couldn’t overcome the earlier deficit. Park’s other 2 rinks struggled all afternoon but couldn’t make headway against superior opposition.


Wednesday 1st July against Hawth

On a scorching afternoon Park played their away game against Hawth Bowls Club in Southgate Park, Crawley. The temperature reached 34.5oC so the Captains agreed that the game be played over 10 ends with a break for tea after 5 ends. It was a really close game with park losing by 3 shots, 29 to32. Park won on one rink, drew on 2 but lost on the fourth. The losing rink, skipped by Les Linscer, were holding 5 shots on the last end when the Hawth Captain managed to pick up the jack and take it back to their waiting woods. Park’s top rink, skipped by David Peters supported by Ros and Trevor Medland, won 8 shots to 7 by taking 2 shots off the last end. The rink skipped by David James was 7 shots to 3 up on the 8th end but went down 2 each on the final 2 ends resulting in a 7 shot all draw. Harry Smith was 3 shots to 8 down on end 7 but picked up 5 shots on the last 3 ends resulting in another draw, 8 shots all. In spite of the heat, the afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.


Saturday June 27th against Shere

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon when Park played and won their away game against Shere by 9 shots, 56 to 47. Park were able to win on 3 rinks and lost by only 1 shot on the third. Park’s top rink was skipped by Frank Heath with Terry Merritt and Marie Davies who won by 7 shots, 23 to 16. Heath won by taking 5 shots and 4 shots off the last 2 ends. Park’s other winning rink was skipped by David Peters supported by Brenda Thompson and Vic Pratt who won by 3 shots, 15 to 12. Harry Smith lost by one shot when Shere took 3 shots on the last end. It was a close game and could have gone either way right up to the end.


Saturday 20th June against Downsman

Horsham Park’s game against their good friends from Downsman Bowls Club was overcast with some light rain. It was a close game right from the start with Park eventually winning on 2 of the rinks and losing on 2. The final score was a draw, 70 shots all. It was a fair result from an afternoon of enjoyable but competitive bowling. Park’s top rink was skipped by Frank Thomas supported by Bryony Wood and Terry Merritt who won by 6 shots, 20 shots to 14. Park’s other winning rink, skipped by Les Linscer with Brenda Thompson and Angela Spurr, won by 3 shots, 21 to 18 in a very close game. David Peter’s rink went into half time tea 10 shots to 7 up but after tea Downsman came back and took 3 shots of the next 3 ends. From then on Peter’s team struggled to get back from this setback. Frank heath’s team came back from 3 shots to 12 down but in a remarkable come back ended up losing by 2 shots, 14 to 16.


Sunday 14th June against Pippbrook

Remarks: Horsham Park’s friendly home game against Pippbrook resulted in a defeat on all 4 rinks. The final score was 52 shots to Pippbrook’s 79, minus 28 shots. The afternoon was warm and the band played but Park were outplayed by Pippbrook. Skip Frank Heath had the closest game losing by 2 shots, 17 to 19. Harry Smith and Brenda Thomson both lost by 4 shots, Harry 11 to 15 and Brenda 16 to 20.


Sunday 7th June against Handcross.

Horsham Park had a close game against their good friends from Handcross Bowls Club winning on 2 rinks, drawing a third rink but unfortunately were outplayed on the fourth rink losing overall by 58 shots to 70. The sun shone and the band played in the Park making for a fun afternoon. Park’s top rink went to skip Ray Parham with Angela Spurr and John Leadbeater who won by 6 shots, 16 to 10. Park’s other winning rink was skipped by David Peters with David Spurr and Pauline Topper who were well ahead, 15 shots to 10 but went down 4 on the last end to win by only 1 shot, 15 to 14. Skip Brenda Thompson made a remarkable come back from 5 shots to 15 down at tea to eventually draw 18 shots all.


Saturday 6th June against Astolat

Horsham Park made heavy weather of their away game to Astolat Bowls Club, Stoke Park, Guildford. Park lost on all 4 rinks and overall by 60 shots to Astolat’s 95. Playing conditions were made more difficult by the blustery wind. Park’s closest rink was skipped by David James with Terry Merritt, Norma Covey and Angela Spurr who at one point were 12 shots to 7 up but finally lost by 3 shots, 15 to 18. In spite of Park’s loss everyone enjoyed the afternoon’s bowls with some good friends, and at the end of the game sat down for a sociable afternoon tea.


Saturday 30th May against Bllingshurst

Horsham Park played away to Billingshurst on a fine afternoon. Billingshurst took home team advantage and unfortunately Park were beaten on all 4 rinks. Park’s top rink went to Brenda Thompson with Shirley Stone and Vic Pratt who made a remarkable come back from being 3 shots to 14 down to only lose by one shot, 14 to 15. Park’s 3 other rinks struggled and were unable to overcome their opponents.


Tuesday 26th May against Steyning

Horsham Park played their return game against Steyning at home on a sunny afternoon. Park teams were able to repeat their win earlier in the season by winning again by 34 shots, 67 shots to 33. It was a friendly game which everyone enjoyed. Park’s top rink went to Captain David Peters with Marie Davies, Jim Covey and Paul English who dominated their game, winning by 23 shots, 29 to 6. Skip Harry Smith, Ray King, Peter Schlotter and Norma Covey also had a very good win, 23 shots to 9. Park’s other rink was well ahead early in the game, up 10 shots to 2 but Steyning improved as they got to grips with the green and eventually beat Park’s team by 3 shots, 18 shots to 15.


Sunday 24th May against Horsham

On a fine afternoon Horsham Park had an enjoyable home game against local rivals Horsham. It was a very close game with Park winning 3 rinks, drawing on 1 rink and losing on 2 rinks. The final score of was 114 shots to 117, Park losing by 3 shots overall. Park’s top rink went to Skip Frank Thomas with Bryony Wood, Norma Covey and John Leadbeater who won by plus 12 shots, 26 to 14. Skips Frank Heath and John Philpot also won by 9 shots and 8 shots respectively.


Thursday 21st May against Downsman

The evening was cool but dry when Horsham Park played their friends from Downsman Bowls Club. It was a close game right from the start with Park eventually winning on 2 of the 3 rinks and winning overall by 1 shot, 46 to 45. Park’s top rink was skipped by Frank Thomas supported by Robin Peters and Norma Covey who won by 20 shots to 15. Thomas was 4 shots down on end 13 but was able to win the last 5 ends by 9 shots, a remarkable comeback. Park’s other winning rink, skipped by Harry Smith with Les Linscer and Jim Covey, won by 16 shots to 15 in a very tight game. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening’s competitive bowling.


Tuesday 19th May against Horsham Ladies

On a day interspersed with thunder, lightening and hail showers, Horsham Park Ladies played away to Horsham Ladies. The match had to be curtailed after 14 ends when the rain and hail made playing dangerous. The result was a win for Park Ladies on all 3 rinks, 48 shots to 22. Park’s top rink was skipped by Ladies Captain Brenda Thompson, with Marie Davies and Norma Covey who won by plus 13 shots, 18 to 5. Both Park’s other skips, Angela Spurr and Shirley Stone, also had good wins, Angela 16 shots to 8 and Shirley 14 shots to 9. It must be said that Horsham used this friendly match to give their new bowlers some match experience.


Monday 18th May against ST Anns Well Gardens

Remarks: On a green made heavy by the recent rain, Horsham Park played St Anns Well Gardens in the preliminary round of the Sussex County Triples Competition. In spite of the difficult conditions, Park came out on top winning by 4 shots, 14 shots to 10. It was a close game and could have gone either way but Park managed to take the last few ends. In the next round they will play away to the winners of the game between Hurstpierpoint and The Downsman.


Sunday 17th May against Southwater

Remarks: Horsham Park played their home game against Southwater on a bright but cool afternoon. It was not Park’s afternoon, Southwater winning on all 4 rinks and by 94 shots to 68. Park’s best rink, skipped by Ray Parham, was 1 shot up on end 19 but lost the final 2 ends by 3, losing eventually 22 shots to 20. Park’s other rinks went down by varying amounts to superior opposition. In spite of the result, everyone enjoyed the afternoon’s bowling.


Wednesday 13th May against Felbridge

Remarks: On a fine spring afternoon Horsham Park played away to their friends at Felbridge. In spite of the warm weather, Park went down to Felbridge by 72 shots to 88. Park’s only winning rink was skipped by David Peters supported by Trevor Medland, Jim Covey and Jean Linscer who came back from 5 shots to 14 down at tea to win 20 shots to 18, a great recovery. Skip Les Linscer had a close game but eventually lost by one shot, 16 shots to 17. This game could have gone either way. The rink skipped by David James was even at 17 shots all on end 17 but lost over the last 4 ends, finally going down by 4 shots, 20 to 24.


Saturday 2nd May against Norfolk

Horsham Park didn’t do well on their visit to Norfolk Bowls Club in Littlehampton losing 52 to 94. Norfolk definitely had home team advantage as Park struggled with an early season green. Park lost on all 4 rinks; Frank Heath’s rink performed best by recovering from being down 7 shots to 15 to only losing by 2 shots, 20 to 22.


Thursday 30th April against Haywards Heath

On a fine but chilly afternoon Horsham Park had a good away win at Haywards Heath, winning by 6 shots, 67 to 61. Park won on 2 rinks and lost on 2. Park’s top rink skipped by Brenda Thompson with Bryony Wood and Jim Covey was down by 1 shot when the teams went into tea but was able to dominate the second half winning finally 16 shots to 9. Parks other winning rink skipped by David James with John Philpot and Marie Davies won by 4 shots. David Peter’s team were 3 shots up at tea but went down by 7 shots on end 12 when the jack was accidently knocked back to Haywards Heath’s waiting woods. He came back well after this and ended up losing by 1 shot when Haywards Heath managed to take 2 off the last end. Captain David Spurr’s team were up against some tough opposition and lost by 4 shots, 16 to 20.



Sunday 26th April against East Grinstead

Horsham Park played their first home game of the season against East Grinstead on a dry but cold grey afternoon. Park had a successful afternoon, winning on all 3 rinks; top rink going to skip Brenda Thompson with Jim Covey, Peter Topper and John Philpott who won by 19 shots to 12. Skip David James with John Leadbeater, Norma Covey and Olive Faulkner also did well winning by 17 shots to 11. Park’s other successful rink was skipped by Captain of the day Harry Smith who was well ahead when East Grinstead were able to take 4 shots off the last 2 ends, but Harry was still able to win by 2, 15 shots to 13.


Saturday 25th April against Hurstpierpoint

Horsham Park in their friendly away game against Hurstpierpoint lost overall by 4 shots, 49 shots to 53. The weather in the morning was grey and overcast but by the afternoon the sun had came out. Park started out well and at the half way tea-time were 22 shots up but after tea the home team picked up their game and dominated the second half.

Park’s top rink was skipped by David Peters with Captain David Spurr, Vic Pratt and Helen Stepney who won 22 to 17 in a closely fought game.

Frank Heath’s rink drew 16 shots all when Hurstpierpoint took 5 shots of the last 3 ends.


Tuesday 21st April against Steyning

Horsham Park played their first game of the season away to Steyning on a warm, sunny April afternoon. Everyone was pleased to be outside once again at the start of the new season. Park got their season off to a fine start by winning overall by one, 49 shots to 48. It was a really close but friendly game which went down to the wire, depending on the last shots of the last ends to decide the winner..

Park’s top rink went to Harry Smith with Brenda Thompson, Robin Peters and Marie Davies who won by 21 shots to 14. Harry kept ahead throughout the game.

Park’s other winning rink, skipped by David James supported by Alan Langford, Jim Covey and Angela Spurr came back from 10 shots to 15 down on end 18 to win by 17 shots to 15, taking 7 shots off the last 3 ends.

The Captain’s rink with Brian Milner, Norma Covey, David Spurr and skip David Peters, was Park’s only losing rink going down by 8 shots. Steyning’s Captain, Jane O’Neill, saved many ends with her excellent bowling.








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Steyning

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E.Grinstead

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Haywards Heath

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Norfolk



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Felbridge



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Southwater



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St Anns Well Gdns

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Horsham Ladies

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Downsman

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Horsham



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Steyning




Billingshurst




Astolat



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Handcross



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Pippbrook



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Downsman




Shere

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Shere



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Newdigate




Cranleigh



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Ewhurst



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Cranleigh



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Southgate Park



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Pulborough



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Burgess Hill

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Horsham Town Challenge



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Billingshurst

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Horley

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Wonersh

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Pippbrook



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Bramley



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East Grinstead

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Crawley Town

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