One-Ball Finals From Last Year’s Competition

The draw for the quarter finals of last year’s one-ball competition has been made, with the relevant handicaps as follows:

Quarter FinalSemi FinalFinalWinner
Mike Flannery (14)
VsMike Flannery (14)
Monica Young (22)
John Howarth (10)
VsDiana Jerman (24)
Diana Jerman (24)
Charles Fraser (18)
VsCas Sinclair (14)
Cas Sinclair (14)
VsNigel Matthews (11)
George Kistruck (20)
VsNigel Matthews (11)
Nigel Matthews (11)

Would players try to complete
Quarter Finals by Saturday 17 October 2020
Semi Finals by Saturday 24 October 2020.

Winter Croquet from 3rd Oct 2020

Following the success of the summer ladder competitions, winter ladder competitions will be set up commencing 3rd October. The arrangements are shown in the attached document.
Note that the lawns will be closed on 1st & 2nd Oct to enable the lawns to be reduced to winter sizes.

The rules for the winter ladder competitions can be seen by clicking below. These are also displayed in the clubhouse and huts.

Club AGM Deferred until 2021

Given the current restrictions on gatherings, the Committee have taken the difficult decision to defer the AGM until such time as we can physically meet together.

Before the “Rule of 6” was introduced, we had arranged to use the main hall in the Bowdon Rooms, rather than the Clubhouse, to allow a “socially distanced” physical meeting for up to 30 people, with others able to participate via Zoom, but we have now concluded that it is best to delay the meeting until the restrictions have been lifted.  The Committee considered holding a purely virtual meeting, using Zoom, but felt that it was
a) impractical for an organisation of our size & skills, and
b) would disenfranchise those who were unable to join.

The Officers’ Reports, including the Accounts, will still be issued in October, as usual.  Members will be invited to submit any comments or questions to the Committee for consideration at the November Committee meeting.

The Committee recognises that this is an exceptional decision due to the unusual circumstances due to COVID-19.  It believes that complying with the Government imposed restrictions prevents us from following the requirement in the Club Constitution to hold the AGM in November. This decision will be reviewed each month at the regular Committee Meetings to ensure that the AGM is scheduled as soon as the situation improves sufficiently.

GC Open Championship, Southwick – 13-16 August

Three of Bowdon’s finest Golf Croquet players competed in the GC Open Championship, 13th-16th August.

John-Paul Moberley is playing off of -5 and was one of the favourites to lift the title, Will Mellor is on 1 and playing his first major championship; young Jack Good (2) is also competing. 

Matches were played in blocks of 8 on an all-play-all basis. Unfortunately, Will was been drawn in Block A, the same block as J-P; Jack played in Block D. The top 4 of each block qualified for the knockout rounds while the others contested the Plate.

After qualifying for the Championship Knockout by finishing 2nd in his group, John-Paul lost in the first round and then proceeded to win the Bowl competition; Will & Jack played well in their blocks without qualifying but Jack went on to win the Plate Knockout competition.

All the scores can be found here: GC Open Championships

Online Booking System

With the changing of the clocks on 25 October in mind, associated alterations have been made to the Lawn Booking system.

Sessions have been reduced to 90 minutes, still with a 15 minutes handover. This will allow for 3 sessions on maintenance days and 4 on other days. Due to the evenings becoming darker play will end at 16:00.

The new lawn timings (with effect from Sunday 25 October) are:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
11:00 – 12:30
12:45 – 14:15          
14:30 – 16:00

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 
09:15 – 10:45
11:00 – 12:30
12:45 – 14:15          
14:30 – 16:00

The booking system has been updated so please be aware of the new timings.

PLEASE NOTE – If you are booking slots up to and including Saturday 24 October, the default booking length has been reduced from 2 hours to 90 minutes. You can edit this by altering the end time to 2 hours when you make a booking.

The system can be accessed from the link in the ‘Taking Part’ page. You can also access it by clicking here.

Internal Competitions


14 and 18 point competitions are now underway.

Competitors have been placed into a group, playing either 18 or 14 point games. They can play each of the others in their group as many time as they like by the end of September. They do not need to play everybody in their group.

Results are now being displayed on a “Ladder” which is being published on the website.
Here’s a link to the page.

All games to be recorded on your card and results notified to Alan Mayne by email or text. 

When making a booking online it would help to indicate that the game is a ladder game by entering 14L or 18L in the description field of the booking form.

NW Federation Millenium Events

1.       NWF Millennium AC Handicap competition at Pendle on 11/12 July

2.      NWF Millennium Advanced competition at Pendle on 22/23 August

3. NWF Millennium GC Handicap competition at Crake Valley on 8th August

4. NWF Millennium Short competition at Crake Valley on 29th August

Bowdon will pay for up to 2 players to enter each event.
You will need to take your own lunch but coffee and tea will be available.
In the Advanced competition, both A & B Class events will be run.
Please contact Ken Cooper if you wish to enter.

5. NWF Millennium GC Level-Play competition at Bury on 10th – 11th October.