In 1976, the Black Horse Inn in Lewes entered a new team in the bar billiards league, in what was then the second division. Jan and I were founder members, and this year we, and the pub, completed 40 years continuous service - a unique achievement for the Lewes league, as far as I am aware. During those 40 years, the team have won every single one of the team and individual trophies. Our glory years came at the beginning of this century, when the Black Horse won the league championship 5 times in 6 years - a feat surpassed only by the legendary 'Glynde A' in the 1980s. The team has also supplied numerous committee members and officers over the period, including long-time landlord the late Vic Newman, who served as league chairman for many years.
Back in the 70s and 80s, there were lots of teams in the town - I can count at least six venues - as well as nearby teams in Glynde and Cooksbridge. For those of us living in Lewes, even the away matches were often within walking distance. Alas, with the shrinking of the bar billiards world, the number of Lewes venues has slowly dwindled, and for the last 20 years, the Black Horse has been the only town venue in the Lewes and District league. Sadly, this history has now come to an end - at least for now - as the 'Horse' team moves to a new venue at Glynde WMC for this season. Let's hope that one day we will see billiards return to Lewes; either in the Black Horse, or one of the other pubs in the town.