It was now considered necessary for the Management Committee to establish the Club as a "Members Club" independent of the financial support enjoyed previously from the Gulliver Family. A Company limited by guarantee was formed. In 1970 Clifford Gulliver wanted to retire and wishing to secure the future of the club, it was agreed that Gullivers Bowls Club Ltd. should purchase the property, for the sum of £10,000 and granted an interest free loan to be repaid over eighteen years.
SIGNING of FREEHOLD DEEDS 1971
Our club badge was designed by Charles Gulliver and incorporates his racing colours of champagne and scarlet. He was always keen to ensure that no one referred to his colours as yellow and red. Champagne and claret were his favourite tipples, as well as his racing colours: they are distinctive and no other bowls club in England use these colours. The rose on the badge depicts the rose of Hampshire, where he was born, the crescent is the emblem of good luck and the wavy lines denote the sea.
With the format of bowling changing and mixed games becoming more popular Knole Road Ladies changed their name to Gullivers Ladies. In recent years the ladies and men are completely integrated and belong to "Gullivers Bowls Club".
Gullivers members have won six Sussex County titles and one national title, as well as a number of local open titles. In 1995 our now Chairman of the Board Charles Wright won the national title which was the English Bowling Association (now Bowls England) Champion of Champions when he defeated Hugh Whitehead (Shildon Railway, Durham) 21-7 in the final at Beach House Park (Photo in Photo Galleries/History). This is the only time a Sussex player has won this title.