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.
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.
Angharrad Walters 14pt Advanced – 2023Barry Keen 14 pt Handicap – 2023Charles Harding Short – 2023Brian Medley Silver Plate – 2023Angharrad Walters and Charles Fraser Doubles – 2023Alan Dix John Saxby – 2023Angharrad Walters Level Play GC – 2023Barry Keen Handicap GC – 2023David Beddy Fotiadi Novices – 2023
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.
Jack Good Winner of the Silver Box – 2023Jack Good Winner of the ‘C’ Class 2023Jack Good Winner of the Chris Evans Memorial Trophy for Most Improved player – 2023
Here’s a list of the winners together with the formal name of the trophies they won.
“A” Class – Club Open Championship
“C” Class – The Allen Bowl
Ford-Smith Silver Challenge Box
Silver Plate Handicap Singles
The Lines Trophies – 14pt Advanced AC
The Lines Trophies – 14pt Handicap AC
The Gladys Johnson Handicap Doubles Cup
Angharrad Walters & Charles Fraser
The John Larmouth Cup (Short)
The Wild Level Play Golf Croquet Cup
The Wild Handicap Golf Croquet Cup
The Wild Handicap Ladder Cup
Fotiadi Novices Silver Challenge Bowl
Chris Evans Memorial Trophy – Most Improved Player
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.