In my time playing Mid Sussex out of the Balcombe Club I made the high away break @ The White Horse :)
That would be in 1992/93, Jim. Your break was 9880. The following year Dorsal took both the break and score. The year after that you guys committed hari kiri and resigned from the League a week from the finish! :o
Ok, table is now in the 5 Bells. Details are as follows:
Five Bells Chailey Green, Chailey, Nr. Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4DA
Spent a very pleasant couple of hours here on Monday evening as we are looking for a new venue for our Lewes team..... lovely pub and landlord very keen to have a team there and was very welcoming. 8-)
The table is one of the ones that Tarratt's used for competitions last year and is in a small alcove to one side of the bar..... it was slightly strange to see the old scoreboard from the Dyke Tavern in Brighton (with the name still on it!) on the wall beside it..... the table was slightly uphill when we played it however, as it had never been set up properly it played well. There isn't a proper light installed above the table, although it would be easy enough to put one in. ;)
The only real problem we found was a shortage of space on one side due to a wall which means that you couldn't play the 100 or 200 shot from the right side of the table and it was close enough to prevent some shots off the side cushion to the left hand 50 hole..... :o :'(
The landlord understood that was a problem, however as most of the pub is set up to be a restaurant (which obviously makes more money than a bar billiard table) he wasn't keen on the idea of moving the table to an area with more room around it...... for that reason we decided it wasn't right for us. ::)
However, the food menu looked very nice (not cheap though) so if anybody would like a good meal and a friendly game on a reasonably nice table I would certainly recommend a visit here..... ;D
Who knows.... if enough people go in and play the table, he may even decide to put it in a better position..... ??? 8-)
World Champion - 2014 Oxon Open Winner - 2014 Berkshire Open Winner - 2017 Guernsey Open Winner - 2019 AEBBA Mixed Pairs Winner - 2014 (with Colleen Park) Highest Break - 23,930 (Brighton League @ Albion Fishersgate 18/05/2016) Bucks Plate Winner - 2009 & 2010 (The ONLY player to ever "successfully" defend a Plate Competition!)
The story behind the Stand-Up is that the tenants (Dark Star) had their rent up for review and the landlord decided to ask for almost double the previous rent, at which point a falling out was, of course, inevitable.
Shame, the pub will not be nearly as good without Dark Star at the helm!
High Score: 21820 Mid-Sussex League 2012, Laughing Fish High Break: 21050 Lewes League 2015, Hikers Rest
I can say that the table in the Jack and Jill is more than likely still there as i went in not too long ago. For a while i was known as "Billiards Guy" in there as i used to go in on lazy summer afternoons and pump coins into it and enjoy a beer and read of the paper (blimey, sounds like i'm retired!)
Spoke to Rod Tarratt last night and he advised that sadly the Jack and Jill table is no longer there, also, the Royal Oak pub in Jacobs Post is boarded up.
Pease Pottage Village Sports & Social Club Situated in Finches Field Recreation Ground, Old Brighton Road, Pease Pottage. Licensed Bar for Club Members Offers varied facilities, darts, pool, bar billiards and snooker. The function room can hold approximately 100 people and has its own bar facilities. Contact: 01293 525573
Club owners cite a conspiracy by Crawley Borough Council to have them closed down. No doubt the ever-expanding Crawley Town FC will appropriate the land for training facilities - they have to go to Christs Hospital at present.
Looks like the Horns Lodge Chailey can be removed from this list, the Bar Billiards table has been removed and replaced with a pool table. Will confirm for definite but photos on facebook show a pool table where the billiards table used to be.
Thanks, Ron. Apparently an acrimonious departure as a result of the new landlord, but the team happy now in their new surroundings of the Cock. Seems a shame to lose a long-established venue for bb's, I have good memories of the food they provided and the general atmosphere of the place.
Here's some cheering news: The Royal Oak at Handcross now has a table. Following a tip-off from Foxy, Margo and I decided to sound it out and spent an enjoyable lunchtime playing on a blue baize !
The Landlady (Julie) and her bar staff were very chatty and are hopeful of joining the League with a new team. I explained our setup and left a note as to our website and promised an entry form will be sent (please, Ian !) when the time comes to:-
ROYAL OAK INN, HORSHAM ROAD, HANDCROSS, W.SUSSEX RH17 6DJ
The table: a Tarratt rental, nicely set up, has its own little room to the left as you go in. Was only installed a week ago.
Well worth a visit, and I hope that our local players can show an interest and help the game to take off at what could prove a popular new venue.