SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Whilst it is appreciated that many members just want to join the club to play croquet we also wish to provide social activities for members to enjoy.  These events also raise significant revenue towards club funds.

Please let me know what TYPE OF EVENTSyou want and would support. 

As well as the above, I would like to set up a WORKING GROUP to help with ideas and arrangements.  If you would be willing to help please let me know.

Thanks

Kay Martin

2023 – Role of Honours

At this years AGM the winners off the clubs various competitions where given their cups and trophies. Here’s pictures of them collecting their awards from Club Vice President Liz Webb. Congratulations to all Winners and those that took part in this years competitors.

Special mention should be made this year for Jack Good. We already know that Jack is a top notch ‘Golf Croquet’ player, but this year he turned his attention to Association Croquet. Jack won three club trophies this year. Here he is receiving them from Angharrad. Jack also won this years Poppy Rocquet competition too! Well done Jack.

Here’s a list of the winners together with the formal name of the trophies they won.

TrophyWinner
“A” Class – Club Open ChampionshipAndrew Winn
“B” ClassMike Shelmerdine
“C” Class – The Allen BowlJack Good
“D” ClassFred Owen
Ford-Smith Silver Challenge BoxJack Good
Silver Plate Handicap SinglesBrian Medley
The Lines Trophies – 14pt Advanced ACAngharrad Walters
The Lines Trophies – 14pt Handicap ACBarry Keen
The Gladys Johnson Handicap Doubles CupAngharrad Walters &
Charles Fraser
The John Larmouth Cup (Short)Charles Harding
The Wild Level Play Golf Croquet CupAngharrad Walters
The Wild Handicap Golf Croquet CupBarry Keen
The Wild Handicap Ladder CupAlan Dix
John SaxbyAlan Dix
Fotiadi Novices Silver Challenge BowlDavid Beddy
Chris Evans Memorial Trophy – Most Improved PlayerJack Good
Poppy RocquetJack Good

Christmas Concert – Sunday 17 December

Entertainment and afternoon tea at our Christmas 🎄 Concert, comprising of 10 “acts”, sandwiches and mince pies, what’s not to like!.

It starts at 2 pm on Sunday 17 December.

Please sign the notice in clubhouse or let Kay Martin know you are coming to make sure we have enough sandwiches 🥪 and mincepies.

Kay Martin

Volunteers Required for Ground-keeping of Non-playing areas

At the AGM on Saturday 4 November, the proposal below for maintaining the non-playing areas of the grounds, was accepted with enthusiasm, and resulted in nine volunteers coming forward already. Another three or four would be welcome but I want to give members who were not at the AGM the opportunity to join the team if they are interested. If more come forward they will be kept on a reserve list and invited to help when needed, especially during the Summer.

A willingness to be trained to operate a medium sized mower and a substantial petrol driven strimmer would be particularly useful. Safety will always be paramount and we will only do jobs for which we are trained, confident and competent to do.

Major hedge cutting during the year will be undertaken by external contractors so only minor hedge trimming will be done by us.

Anyone interested in joining the team, or requiring more information, please contact me by mobile, text or email before 22.00 hrs on Friday 17 November.

You can read the proposal I made to the AGM here

Fred Owen                                              
9 November 2023

Non-playing Ground keeping Proposal for 2023/24 

To ease the major ground keeping workload and the looming cost increases, for 2023/24 the site is being divided into 2 distinct sections:

  • the lawn playing surfaces within the white boundary boards.
    Alan and John will continue to do these as now.
  • all other non-playing areas, eg hedges, verges, paths, embankments, fences etc but excluding flower borders/pots and buildings.
    Volunteer members will be sought to form a team to be trained to carry out the wide variety of jobs to maintain the whole site to the standard to which we are accustomed. Fred Owen has agreed to attempt to set up and manage this for a transitional period of up to 12 months.

Basic Outline

To get things started Fred will:

  • Encourage member participation in a team of, say 10/12, to support Alan
  • Seek team volunteers and arrange training to suit
  • Organise the team to a work schedule agreed with Alan
  • Arrange for the work to be done at times (as closely as possible) to suit team members availability. This could be during the day and in daylight evenings, for example.
  • Try using doodle.com to organise the teams on dates when work is planned

Safety will be paramount. We will adhere to jobs we are competent to do safely.

We will adapt the way we organise ourselves to make the experience enjoyable, satisfying and rewarding. What we learn could inform how we proceed in future seasons.

Playing members are requested to be tolerant if we happen to be using power tools during your games!

Who knows, we might yet discover that elusive Assistant Groundkeeper!

Your support will be appreciated.       

    
Fred Owen  
29 October 2023

Members Handbook 2023

This years handbook is now available for you to collect from the Club House.

The handbook includes a few pages celebrating the club’s 150 anniversary, and has a rather special front cover!

As the Handbook is late out this year, it’s unlikely that we will produce one in 2024, so please keep this years copy handy until 2025 issue is released.

If you spot any errors or corrections that I need to be aware of please drop an email to me at: bowdoncroquet@gmail.com

Country, Far Country and some non local Non-Playing members have had their handbook posted to them.

Many thanks

Mike Flannery
Membership Secretary.

John Saxby Wednesday Competition – Finals Day; 4 October

This weeks John Saxby was just for fun and didn’t count towards the overall competition. The winner was Lorna Frost, with a score of 87, with Alan Dix, 80 and Adrian Apps, 74 in second and third.

Now to the main event. As you’ve probably guessed, if you’ve been reading these posts for the past few weeks. This years winner, with a huge lead is Alan Dix. Cas Sinclair and Carol Steinberg who were consistently in the top five spot throughout the season were second and third. Well done Alan, you did brilliantly this year.

The top five are as follows:

PosNameTotal Points
1Alan Dix688
2Cas Sinclair595
3Carol Steinberg561
4Adrian Apps556
5Kay Martin522
5Andy Jackson522
Table Top Five Places

To view the full table click here

Winter Croquet Programme

Please note that the Lawns are bing switched to 3/4 size on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th October, as such there will be limited availability for play on these days.

Thereafter,
Mondays – morning 14 point roll up will continue, primarily aimed at beginners
Tuesdays – Solomon Grundy – moving back to Tuesdays from 17 October
Wednesdays – free play
Thursdays – 14 point competition – from 12 October
Fridays – free play
Saturdays – winter one-ball competition – from 14 October
Sundays – free play

There will be two knockout competitions;
– 14 point handicap singles
– 14 point handicap alternate stroke doubles
— details on entry to follow

The box leagues will also continue through the winter

Thanks
Nigel

John Saxby Wednesday Competition – Week 22

Eight hardly souls met today for the chance of winning this weeks Mars bar. After 24 gruelling matches Adrain Apps came out on top, for his second win of the year, with a score of 86. With Geoffrey Hunt and Alan Dix coming second and third with scores of 64 and 62.

Next week is the final week for improving your score, so pop along to see if you can work your way up the leaderboard.

The top five in the overall table are as follows:

PosNameMovementTotal Points
1Alan Dix=688
2Cas Sinclair=595
3Carol Steinberg=561
4Adrian Apps+2556
5Kay Martin-1522
5Andy Jackson-1522
Table Top Five Places

To view the full table click here