The Ringo Trophy

Rye Bowls “Ringo” Cup

Report & Pictures by Jo’ Vincent

On Sunday 20 June members of Rye Bowls Club took part in the Annual Ringo Cup competition which resulted in a win for Liz Bracey. Liz became the overall winner with the best “shot difference”, after a tight tussle with runner up Vic Woolveridge, Reg Niall was third.

For this competition there are six games of three ends each. Players change partners and rinks at the end of each game.

The Ringo Cup was dedicated in memory of Brian “Ringo” Chapman who was an active member of the club as well as a popular Country and Western entertainer. He is remembered for his many contributions to Rye’s community. He was a founder member of the Rye Community Centre Committee which successfully raised the cash to turn the Congregational Church into a fine Community Centre in 1973. The Centre serves the town well to this day. “Ringo’s” interest and love for the elderly was well known, his work as a refuse collector brought him into contact with everyone in the town, his cheerful, helpful disposition endeared him to all. Brian Chapman died young but he achieved much in his short life.

The name of Brian “Ringo” Chapman lives on as the club compete for the Ringo Cup every year.

The 2004 winner, Liz Bracey will be awarded the cup at the club’s Prize Giving Dinner at the Mermaid Hotel in November.

The Ringo TrophyRingo

Bowls is a game of concentration and judgement. Competition is keen but the game is played in a friendly atmosphere by players of both sexes and all ages.




The “Ringo” Cup is just one of the many competitive events members of Rye Bowls Club compete in. They also play in League matches against teams from Sussex and Kent.

From “Rye’s Own “July 2004

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