Club Newsletter

July 2024

In this issue:

  • Charity Event
  • Roy Jones Memorial Shield
  • Future Events
  • Ed Runham
  • Ashgate Hospice Charity Fundraiser
  • A & B Team Match Report
  • Friendly Games
  • Lawnmower

  • Ashgate Hosp[ice Charity Fundraiser
  • We had a bright sunny afternoon to hold this event, 14 members turned up to
    play and I’m pleased to say that Alan Dennis won with 24 hoops, Colin
    Turnbull came second with 23 (close finish) with Colin Davis getting the booby
    prize, only managing to get 8 hoops with his assortment of partners!!! The
    raffle and donations box raised £130 for Ashgate Hospice, very many thanks
    to all for raising this amount. It’s not too late to give a donation, if you so wish
    can you please send it to Colin Turnbull, Enton Brook, Dimple Lane, Crich,
    Matlock, DE4 5BQ and he will add it to our total.
  • Roy Jones Memorial Shield
  • On the 18th June, Donna organised a doubles tournament in memory of her Dad. There
    were 16 players in the knockout tournament. The final game was played on court one, after a break for tea and scones. The shield was won by David Cook and Peter Smissen with Louis and Christine McMeeken as runners up. After the tournament, Donna
    invited everyone round to her Dad’s house for a BBQ. Sadly the heavens opened and the
    soggy sausages had to be cooked in the oven!
    Next years tournament will be held on Wednesday 18th June 2025. Chose your partner and get practising!
  • Garden Party, Saturday 27th July starting at 5pm
    Just to remind you that our next social event is the Garden Party which is being held at David and Pam’s house, Hillcrest, The Square, Wensley, DE4 2LJ.
    If you are attending, (or not), can you please get in touch with me on 07855970061 or so that I can allocate you a dish/raffle prize to bring to the event.
    There is no charge for this event (other than what you bring) but there will be a raffle to raise funds for the Club. David and Pam would also like you to bring the tipple of your choice!! In the past these events have been fantastic, with loads of good food to eat so don’t miss it. Once I know who is attending David will be in touch to arrange ‘car share’ as parking in ‘The Square’ is very limited.
  • September Social Event
    Apart from the Laura Haywood finals day we have a break in social events. The next one is scheduled for September when Ann will be arranging another meal at a local pub. If
    anyone has any suggestions as to a good local venue then please let Ann know – as we are more than happy to try out something new!!
  • ED Runham
    As you all know Ed Runham sadly passed away on the 19th June 2024 surrounded by his loving family. The Funeral will take place Tuesday 16th July at 1.10 at Chesterfield
    Crematorium. After the service the family are having the wake in Ed’s lovely garden,
    and everyone is welcome. They would love it to be a celebration of the wonderful man he was and where you can share some stories and enjoy a glass or two afterwards.
    Ann suggested that it might be a good idea to ‘car share’.
    If you are going to the funeral and would like a lift or you are taking your
    car and can give others a lift, please contact Ann on 07855970061 or
  • Friendly Matches
    So far we have taken part in two Friendly matches.
    We were away to Buxton on Monday 3rd June, where we were beaten 14-6 in games.
    On Monday 1st July Buxton came to Darley Dale. Rain was threatened but we decided to take the chance. We were able to play 3 rounds, a total of 10 games, then we had the break
    for tea – and the heavens opened. Luckily the new gazebo proved very useful, erected right in front of the shed, allowing a good sheltered view of the courts. We tried to resume after tea, but the weather had other ideas, so we were forced to abandon.
    Darley Dale won by 36 hoops to 30, 5 games to 3 with 2 drawn matches.
    Our next fixture is away to St Elphins on Wednesday 17th July.
    Thanks to the teams, for taking part and bringing refreshments.
  • B Team Update
    Team B postponed their match home to Derby on 3rd July due to the courts grass being too long. Alternate dates are being investigated. Their next match is away on 24th July at Nottingham
  • Team A Report
    Our first game of the season was to Derby on a wet and windy day. Their courts are shared with a Bowling Green so they were flat and very well maintained. This gave the home players a distinct advantage as they were skilled at rolling balls up to or into the hoops and
    giving us no opportunity to score. By lunch we were 2-4 behind and although things improved in the afternoon and we shared the singles games, the overall result was a loss by 5-7.
    Next up was a trip to Sheffield where we had been previously for Friendly fixtures.
    Again the glorious sun and heat of the beginning of the week had given way to wind and rain during the morning session but we did better in the doubles games this time and ended up level at 3-3 by lunch. With a fighting flourish we also shared the singles games after lunch and came away satisfied with a 6 – 6 draw in the match.
  • Lawnmower
    The clubs lawnmower was purchased second-hand a number of years ago. Unfortunately it broke down last week and is taking sometime to repair due to spare parts having to be manufactured as they are no longer commercially available. The committee are actively applying for grants to enable us to purchase a replacement.