Club Newsletter


Laura Haywood Shield

If those playing in this competition have not yet sent in their completed results sheets you have until Bank Holiday Monday (26th) to do so. I can then resolve who is eligible to play in the finals on 8th September.


Well after having to call off The Pat Hancocks charity tournament twice Ann and I have agreed we will abandon the tournament this season but have a collection at Roy’s social for the hospice, so please bring your money. Ann writes: – ‘The next Social Event is the BBQ/Garden Party which is to be held at Roy’s house (1 Park Avenue, Darley Dale) on Saturday 31st August starting at 5.30pm (Travelling towards Rowsley turn right just passed the Methodist Church and his bungalow is the first one on the left hand side of the next turning right – on the corner.) Donna and Roy will be getting all meat and for this there will be a charge of £5 per person on the day. Prior to that Ann will be contacting you to see who can come and to ask for donations for the buffet to accompany the BBQ. Also, you will be expected to bring along what you prefer to drink – Donna and Roy will provide the glasses! A raffle will be held – on this occasion all monies raised will be going to the hospice. Fingers crossed for a good, dry evening.’

Friendly matches

Colin writes – ‘Having had the original friendly fixture at St Elphins cancelled due to the weather it was a nice sunny evening when the revised meeting took place. Dealing with no lines to mark the outside of the court and manhole covers on the court to negotiate was quite fun and we had a very pleasant evening. Having played mixed teams to keep the social side going David & Margaret came out top scorers and played off for the bottle of wine which was won by David.’ Roy writes – ‘The return fixture with St. Elphins took place at Darley Dale on the hottest day of the July heatwave when temperatures topped 34 degrees. Despite the heat we played five rounds of Mingled Teams, each player playing four twenty minute games. Both Clubs introduced new faces into their teams but the result was the same, in that Margaret shared top slot with a total of 21 points with a member of the St. Elphin’s Team. Well done, everybody and thank you for the lovely selection of food which rounded off the afternoon in a pleasant sociable occasion. Our visit to Bakewell on Tuesday 6th August was postponed at short notice; ninety minutes before the match was due to start the Bakewell Organiser telephoned to say that the match would have to be postponed because there had been a thunder storm settled over Bakewell for the previous hour and there were no signs of it improving, whilst Darley Dale was enjoying a sunny afternoon. However our turn came soon after the phone call – so disappointment all round.’


Roy on behalf of the club has sent a Get Well Card to Alan Slater during his recent spell in hospital.

League – A Team

Colin writes: ‘We finally got under way with our League matches in July although the first one we had planned was called off by Nottingham A as they could not get a team together. Pouring rain on the day prior to our game with Branston B left the bottom of court 1 and the top of court 2 very squelchy and the ball was running very slowly. However the rain kept off in the morning and by lunchtime we had a very healthy 6-0 lead. Lunch must have had an effect on Colin as he started the afternoon by losing heavily in the singles game but then all came good and we ran out convincing 11-1 winners with Margaret and Louis winning all their singles games. By contrast the second match was on the very fast full size lawns at Nottingham against their B team and it took us the morning session to get used to this along with very competent clear out shots by all the Nottingham players. At lunch we were 5-1 down and hoping for a miracle. By the afternoon, however, things changed and we won the singles games 4-2 so that we lost overall 7-5. This time it was Colin who won all his singles games. Regular weekly games will now see us catch up the rest of the teams.

League – B Team Well the B team continued to lose in their away match against Ashby C on 15th July – this time 10:2. In our defence the flat full size courts were cut very fine. Hitting the ball with the same force as at the Whitworth it would sail past the more distant hoop. It took some getting use to but the day was enjoyable. We play again on 27th August at home to Torksey.


On the evening of Thursday 18th June, Donna arranged a taster session for her Canoe Club as a social event. Nineteen members turned up, including three youngsters, meaning all three courts and secondary balls were in action. Ann gave a spiel (repeatedly – as they arrived in dribs and drabs!), they had a quick practise, and then they went off with a coach for a game or two. Many thanks go to Ann, David, Frank and Margaret for volunteering their time for the evening. Everyone really enjoyed the game. Donna reports a couple of comments… “Didn’t realise Croquet was so vicious! Please thank the Croquet club for spending their time with us. They were a good crowd.” “The croquet was fun and our coach Margaret was a real gem, please thank her again. “ Nearly all the families took a leaflet so hopefully we may get a new member or two.

Future Events

14th August A Team League match against Branston A at home

17th August Whitworth event – Bloated Monkey Music festival

23rd/26th August Whitworth event – Family inflatable fun day

27th August B Team League Match against Torksey at 11:30 at home

28th August A Team League match against Ashby B, away

31st August Whitworth event – Brass band charity festival

31st August Garden Party at Roy’s place, Park Avenue

4th September B Team League match against Woodhall Spa B, away

8th September Laura Haywood Shield, finals at 2pm.

16th September B Team League Match against Long Eaton B at 11:30 at home

18th September A Team League match against North Hykeham, away

4th October Pie and Pea at The Grouse

9th October B Team League match against Louth, away

16th November Curry Evening at The Cottage, Two Dales

1st January 2020 Midday drinks at The Barrington

9th January New Year Lunch at Bakewell Golf Club

March Pub meal