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Former Javelin World Champion & Olympic medalist Fatima visits Risbygate Sports Club​


Former British javelin thrower Fatima Whitbread MBE visited Risbygate Sports Club in Bury St Edmunds on Monday November 13. The former European and World Champion is a two time Olympic medal winner, Bronze in Los Angeles 1984 and Silver in Seoul 1988 she visited the club to check out the facilities with her friend who decided to join the tennis section and is pictured with General Manager Pat Lewis who said, “Fatima was extremely impressed by this hidden gem of a facility”.

The Club has one of the best outside bowls greens in the region, four tennis courts and a practice court, an area for petanque Internally there is a four rink bowling green, two squash courts, changing rooms and shower facilities. The clubhouse is fitted out with two bars, each with its own lounge area, and is available for hire by organisations or individuals for meetings, wedding reception and parties.

On February 18 2018 the Club will host the Risbygate Masters Indoor Bowls tournament which is fast becoming a must play event for World Class Champion bowls players.

Christmas at Risbygate



Bernie and Jan Millard have recently been made life Members of the Risbygate Sports Club, (September 2017) they are members of the Indoor Bowls Section and it is their unstinting service to Bowls, not only at a Local level, but also at County and National Level, that makes them an outstanding couple.

Bernie joined the Club in 1998, he was made National President of the English Bowling Association (EIBA) 2012/13.
National President of the English Bowls Federation (EBF) in 2014. 
To be National President for both bowling codes is highly unusual, if not unique.
He is also a member of the English Bowls Coaching Society (EBCS) National Coaching Team 2015.
Suffolk County Coach 2003 – 2008.
County President for Suffolk 2008/2009.
Was made a Life Member of the English Indoor Bowls Association (EIBA) 2013.

Jan joined in 1999 and became County President (EIBA) on Two occasions, 2011 and 2015.
County President Outdoor for Suffolk 2011.
Elected to the English Bowls Coaching Society 2002/3.
Life Member Bowls England Outdoor Suffolk.

They have given so much to Bowls, Indoors and Outdoors in general over the years, in both bowling codes and the keenness shown by them is very much reflected in their enthusiasm for Coaching all age groups, this includes Juniors, so they are looking very much to the future, in keeping the game of Bowls alive.

Macmillan Coffee Morning Thank You



On Saturday night the 9th September sixteen members of the " St Ed's Ukulele Band " turned out to brave the weather and entertain the 2500 women walkers who entered the Walk For Life organised to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice. Some of the songs were rather topical for the event and it was noticeable from the walker’s reaction how they enjoyed a wide range of pop and rock including some classics such as

"These boots were made for walking" "Rave On" & "Rock around the Clock"

The St Eds Ukulele group was formed around eighteen months ago and meet every Tuesday evening at the Risbygate Sports Club in Westley Road Bury St Edmunds and anybody interested in coming alone for a free one off taster session are welcome. We will even supply you with a Ukulele for the evening and give you some basic tuition after which you can decide if you would like to join the group who boast a wide range of skill from novice to very good but when we are all playing you cannot tell the difference. Call John on 07548 543597 or Carol on 01284 830502



Risbygate Sports Club

There was full house at Risbygate Sports Club on Friday September 8th 2017 for “A 60’s Song Book” performed by Joanna Eden and Chris Ingram featuring classic 1960’s songs by Lennon/McCartney, Brian Wilson, Carole King Burt Bacharach, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ray Davies, Jimmy Webb and many others.

“A really lovely evening with some great songs performed brilliantly by Joanna & Chris”, said one of the happy members in the audience. “What a lovely voice” said another about Joanna and “What great musicians”. Another good night out at Risbygate Sports Club at a really good venue.

Risbygate Sports Club

Joanna Eden & Chris Ingram


Risbygate Sports Club


Thank you to All the ladies of the Craft Club for their wonderful support

Hello everyone, this year we raised £622.30 for Macmillan Cancer Support and £106.00 for Children in Need- a great achievement

My sincere thanks go to everyone who supported us – Risbygate staff, club members and not least, those lovely, funny ladies in the Art & Craft club who did all the hard work in making cakes, biscuits, bacon butties and endless cups of tea and coffee. Without them, nothing would happen!

Great to know we can help other people in time of need, as we enjoy our time together

Thank you very much

Olive Smart



Newly appointed President SCLIBA.

Suffolk County Ladies Indoor Bowling Association.

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