Club Newsletter

July 2021

Dear Members
Covid As we are all aware the legal restrictions relating to Covid changed on the 19th July but we are being encouraged to use personal responsibility etc. The Croquet Association advice reflects this. So it is broadly up to you the level of protection you take. HOWEVER recording of who visits the club, whether they play or not, still needs to be recorded for the ‘Test and Trace’ system. Therefore each household attending should still email me of their visit, with date and approx times, and a list of other people (members or not) who were in the same group or elsewhere on the courts. Some have only been telling me who they played with or have not even informed me at all.
THIS APPLIES TO ALL MEMBERS. For example, if 8 people from 8 households are there I
should get 8 emails. This ensures I have the information should ‘Test and Trace’ contact
me for details. I know it is a chore but aimed to help us all. This would not apply to
organised club events as the manager will be giving me the information.


Charity Event Ann writes:- ‘Firstly, thanks must go to John for getting the courts into tip top condition for the Pat Hancocks Tournament held on Sunday 11th July. The weather was just right for playing; twelve members turned up to take part and a very enjoyable afternoon was had by all. David Gregory was triumphant and won the Tournament scoring 27 hoops, he is now the proud keeper of the Buxtons’ Bowl for the next twelve months. Eleanor was awarded the ‘booby’ prize for her score of 16 hoops. (Other scores included Colin 25 hoops, Alan and Ann 24 and Ed 23)
The tournament was our fund raising event for Ashgate Hospice and I am please to let you
know that the afternoon raised £150. Anyone wanting to make a donation can send their
money direct to Colin.
Thanks to everyone, especially Ed and Mike, for making the afternoon such a great success.
Ann continues —————
Diary Date As many of us are still anxious about meeting indoors for a social event, it has been decided that we would hold a Picnic Day on the courts. This is to be in the style of the Pat Hancock Charity tournament with each of us playing 4 rounds of a 6 round rota. It is to be held on SATURDAY 14th AUGUST from 1.30 (helpers needed to set up at 1pm please). Everyone is asked to bring their own picnic and any camping chairs they may have, to supplement the Clubs. Drinks will be available on the day. I will be running a raffle for Club Funds, so if you are able to contribute a prize, thank you!
It would be good if we could all get together and enjoy a social fun day playing croquet; please let me know if you are planning on attending and if you will be playing in the tournament by Wednesday 11th.
I am looking forward to the event and sharing a joyous afternoon with you all. Ann.’


League team A Colin writes:- ‘On a bright sunny day, quite the opposite of the last time we went to Branston when we were all soaked through, we met old friends again. With their slightly better handicaps we knew we were in for a good match and started well by keeping the score level after two rounds and then being 4-2 up at lunch. The first round of singles got the score to 6-3 and with Colin finishing a perfect day with 5 wins we won by 7-5.
Excellent croquet with excellent company.
Next came a strong Gainsborough side on a wet Sunday morning at home. With one of their
players being a 1 Handicap and another a 5 we found ourselves 2-4 down after two rounds of singles. However, with no sign of us stopping for lunch, we ploughed on and finished well
ending up losing 5-7.
Long Eaton was next with again a 3 handicap player in their ranks and they were soon 4-2
ahead after three rounds of doubles. The singles saw them extend their lead and we lost this one 4-8.

However it shows how close we have come in our first four matches when out of 48 games
played, 16 went to 7-6 and 11 to 7-5 so we feel we are almost there.
And then there was Dunston!!! A hot sunny day saw us arrive (eventually) in Lincolnshire
having been forewarned that their courts were very fast. We knew they played on a bowling
green so expected glorious short cut grass but there was nothing of the sort. It was all rather brown and lumpy and when the ball reached a brown bit it just kept on going. Clearly they knew the conditions far better than us and, with a good win by Louis, we ended up losing 1-11. Enough said.’


League Team B Whereas Team A has completed 5 of its 7 matches Team B has only completed two of our six, however over the next 4 weeks we have 3 matches booked. The team’s final and last match is in September. (See ‘Future Events’ below).
The only match since our last newsletter was at Torksey. As I was not there I thank John and
Ann for some background so this is a mix of their comments. John, David C and Ann travelled to the first away match of the season. It was a good friendly match and they made us feel very welcome. Torksey have two courts of different sizes, which made it difficult to judge when constantly changing between courts. At lunch the score was 3:3 but then the home advantage took over. The points total could have gone either way at the end, the courts were not very good, very bumpy and not much grass, an enjoyable day. It was a pity but we lost 7:5 but the team felt that they had done their best and not let the Club down. Three games finished just one point apart. They had said they would not provide food (due to Covid) but still managed to provide homemade cake, biscuits and drinks, which seemed inconsistent, however our players did enjoy them


Friendlies Roy, after a struggle, has fixed up a home friendly with Buxton for 12th August. He has enough members wanting to play to form a team, he is though trying to organise other friendlies at home or away. If anyone wants to add their name to his panel of members wanting to play in such matches then please let him know (contact details below).


Open Forum We are to hold a members’ Open Forum on the courts immediately after the finals of the Laura Haywood shield on 5th September. This is to discuss continuing membership of the Croquet association and other issues the committee or members wish to raise. Also we will bring out the donation box as so many missed the Pat Hancocks day probably due to the clash with the Wimbledon men’s final – so we can add to the total we are sending to Ashgate Hospice.


Tasters Louis organised a taster session for the local 41 Club and 11 of their members attended raising £55 for Club funds. I gather it was a great fun evening. If you are a member of another club who might benefit from an evening of fun for non-players then please get in touch with Louis.


NHS ‘away’ day Due this week, has been postponed to (allegedly) September.


Party in the Park: Saturday 21st August 12.00 – 18.00. This is a Whitworth event to promote activities and clubs using the Centre and park. Apparently there will be a stage and music on the football pitch next to the lake, a dog show on the larger football pitch next the railway and a number of individual tents for local groups etc on the small football pitch next to our courts. To promote the club we should try and have all three courts running throughout the 6 hours. I suggest two slots 12-3 and 3-6. So we need members to play one or more slots and be able to talk, encourage and give tasters to any members of the public that come along. Members should email and tell me, by 19th August, which slot or slots they can cover so I can see if any arms will need twisting. I will have some application forms in one of the trolleys to give out to those having a taster. This is an opportunity, with potentially a lot of local people about, to gain interest and a few new members.


Future Events: 27th July Team B away in league match with Dunston B
2nd August Team B away league match with Nottingham B
10th August Team B Home league match with Woodhall Spa B @ 11am
12th August Friendly match at home with Buxton @1.30pm.
14th August Picnic on the courts at 1.30pm
21st August Party in the Park 12.00 – 18.00
1st September Team A Home league match with Bakewell
5th September Laura Haywood finals day (followed by Open Forum)
8th September Team A Away league match with Woodhall Spa
14th September Team B Home league match with Leicester B