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Highlights of the 2014 AGM - by Clive_Hayton 04/04/2014 @ 18:48

Highlights from the AGM held on 15 March 2014

 

  • Liz Farrow was elected as the club’s new chairman.

  • Jonathan Isaacs stood down from the committee after many years’ excellent service as chairman and as a member of the committee.

  • David Gaitley also stood down from the committee and Roger Sutton joined the committee.

  • Jonathan and Chrissy Isaacs and David Gaitley were warmly thanked for all their work for the club.

  • The accounts showed a deficit for the year of £2,286 which was after expenditure on relaying lawn 8 (net of a grant of £4,000 from the CA) and the cost of a new gearbox for the mower which came to over £5,000 between them.

  • Income from the Academy was well up on the previous year. Other areas showing improvement were catering, bar and corporate. Subscriptions and tournament income were down. Expenditure other than on lawn 8 and the mower was steady.

  • 2014 should see good income from tournaments with the World Team Championships (AC tier 2.2) being held at the club in May plus the return of well attended tournaments – Seniors AC, Golf Open and the Challenge & Gilbey.

  • The lawn maintenance contract was tendered and new contractors (SJK) were appointed. SJK work with a number of croquet and other sports clubs and come well recommended. They will be using their own extensive range of equipment.

  • Member numbers rose from 134 to 144 in the year to December 2013 as new member recruitment produced a good number of new members.

  • Internal coaching was well-received and has contributed to an increased buzz around the club.

  • Volunteers are sought for assistance with catering and other tasks (contact Liz Farrow or Clive Hayton).

  • A major new initiative was announced to raise funds to completely renovate the lawns which have become compacted from over 100 years of use with a thick layer of thatch causing unevenness and poor drainage. The intention is to strip down and re-seed 3 to 4 lawns each winter to improve their drainage and evenness. A target of £50,000 has been set for the Lawn Improvement Fund whose steering group will be chaired by Jonathan Isaacs. Jonathan stated that the cost should not fall on members. The offer of a limited number of life memberships was proposed and agreed by the meeting. Further funds will be sought from grants from the CA, SECF and other bodies as well as other initiatives like car boot sales. Members were requested to contribute items to sell.


New Season for Croquet Academy starts - by John_Low 28/03/2014 @ 08:09

The new season of coaching under our Croquet Academy starts at the beginning of April so expect to find a number of lawns in use for this purpose.

The programme is available on the Academy website.


Alternate Strokes Doubles Day, March 2014 - by Jonathan_Isaacs 09/03/2014 @ 22:15

Alternate Strokes Doubles Day, March 2014

The weather for this event was excellent. We had wall to wall sunshine all day. The tournament was played over 4 rounds of 14pt handicap alternate stroke doubles. A 11/2 hour time limit was set for each game. 5 points was awarded for a win with a bonus point to the winner if the game was completed within the time limit. Each round was stopped at the end of 90 minutes and a draw was accepted awarding each team 2 points.
 
The new Handicap doubles bisque calculation was used and the results appear to suggest a better balance between low and high handicap players.
 
The event was won by Luc Berthouze and Liz Farrow with 3 wins.
 
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Results
 
 

 

 

Players

Combined H/C

Rd 1

Rd2

Rd3

Rd4

Total pts

Position

1

Gabrielle Higgins (-1.5) & Brian Havill (8)

1.5

5

2

0

6

13

5

2

Luc Berthouze (-0.5) & Liz Farrow (8)

3

6

2

6

6

20

1

3

Jack Davies (-1) & Chris Rolph (20)

4

0

0

0

0

0

12

4

John Davey (5) & Pauline Davey (4)

4.5

6

0

5

5

16

2=

5

Pat Jackson (7) & Richard Jackson (4)

5

5

0

0

5

10

6=

6

Alan Theobald (7) & Rex Davis(6)

7

0

0

0

5

5

9=

7

John Munt (16) & Tudor Jenkins (2)

7

0

0

5

0

5

9=

8

David Cook (4.5) & Steve Lewendon (12)

8

5

5

0

0

10

6=

9

Frances Low (6) & Isobel George (18)

11

5

5

5

0

15

4

10

Keith Slatter (18) & Jeff Rushby (6)

11

0

5

0

0

5

9=

11

Phil Dunk (10) & Margaret Pointing (20)

14

0

5

5

0

10

6=

12

Robin Wootton (14) & Janet Hoptroff (20)

18

0

5

5

6

16

2=

 


Golf Croquet Singles Competition 2nd March 2014 - by JohnLow 02/03/2014 @ 20:07

A day of mixed weather: a little rain to start then several hours dull but fair, ending with some cold wind and rain.  Still an enjoyable day's croquet.

 

The event was organised as a Swiss competition of 14 players.  Liz Farrow led through the early rounds but was narrowly beaten by Goran Norberg and Luc Berthouze with 6/7 wins each.  Goran was declared the winner, having earlier beaten Luc.  Given that Goran had come all the way from Sweden for a few days croquet, it seemed a fitting outcome!

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Results

      GC Level Singles 2nd March 2014                                  
Round 1 Wins after Wins before Round 2 Wins after Wins before Round 3 Wins after Wins before Round 4 Wins after Wins before Round 5 Wins after Wins before Round 6 Wins after Wins before Round 7 Wins after Place
Liz Farrow 1 1 Liz 2 2 Liz 3 3 Liz 4 4 Liz 4 4 Liz 5 5 Liz 5 4
Margaret Pointing 0 1 Roger 1 2 Mark 2 3 Goran 3 3 Luc 4 3 Daphne 3 4 Janet 5 3
Roger Sutton 1 1 Mark 2 2 Goran 3 2 Richard 2 3 Goran 4 4 Luc 5 5 Luc 6 2
Christopher Heath 0 1 Daphne 1 2 Richard 2 2 Mark 3 3 Mark 3 4 Janet 4 3 Keith 3 7=
David Gaitley 0 1 Goran 2 1 Roger 1 2 Luc 3 3 Janet 4 4 Goran 5 5 Goran 6 1
MARK HAMILTON 1 1 Luc 1 1 Daphne 2 2 Daphne 2 2 Richard 2 2 David 2 3 Daphne 3 7=
Daphne Gaitley 1 1 Richard 2 1 Luc 2 2 Janet 3 2 Daphne 3 2 Stella 3 3 Stella 4 5
Robin Wootton 9 0 Margaret 0 1 David 1 1 Roger 1 2 David 2 0 John (Mark) 0 2 Chris 2 10=
G�ran Norberg 1 0 Chris 0 1 Janet 2 1 David 2 2 Robin 2 2 Keith 3 3 Robin 4 6
Janet Hoptroff 0 0 David 1 1 Stella 1 1 Stella 1 1 Stella 2 2 Roger 2 2 David 2 10=
Luc Berthouze 1 0 Robin 0 0 Margaret 0 1 Chris 1 1 Chris 1 2 Richard 2 2 Roger 2 10=
Stella Russell 0 0 Janet 1 0 Chris 1 1 Robin 2 1 Keith 2 1 Chris 2 2 Richard 3 7=
Keith Webb 0 0 Stella 1 0 Robin 1 0 Margaret 0 1 Roger 2 2 Robin 3 0 Margaret 1 13
Richard Brooks 1 0 Keith 0 0 Keith 0 0 Keith 1 0 Margaret 0 0 Margaret 0 0 John (Mark) 0 14

 

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Order of Play

NAME       NAME
Liz Farrow 7   2 Margaret Pointing
Roger Sutton 7   3 Christopher Heath
David Gaitley 1   7 MARK HAMILTON
Daphne Gaitley 7   5 Robin Wootton
Goran Norberg 7   3 Janet Hoptroff
Luc Berthouze 7   2 Stella Russell
Keith Webb 3   7 Richard Brooks
         
Keith Webb 4   7 Stella Russell
Goran Norberg 7   4 Luc Berthouze
David Gaitley 7   4 Christopher Heath
Richard Brooks 7   0 Margaret Pointing
Liz Farrow 7   6 Roger Sutton
Daphne Gaitley 6   7 MaRK HAMILTON
Robin Wootton 5   7 Janet Hoptroff
         
Liz Farrow 7   5 MARK HAMILTON
Goran Norberg 7   5 Richard Brooks
Daphne Gaitley 7   5 Roger Sutton
David Gaitley 2   7 Luc Berthouze
Janet Hoptroff 7   1 Stella Russell
Margaret Pointing 1   7 Christopher Heath
Robin Wootton 7   4 Keith Webb
         
Margaret Pointing 0   7 Keith Webb
Robin Wootton 7   3 Christopher Heath
Janet Hoptroff 7   4 Roger Sutton
Stella Russell 4   7 David Gaitley
Daphne Gaitley 4   7 Luc Berthouze
Liz Farrow 7   4 Goran Norberg
Richard Brooks 5   7 MARK HAMILTON
         
Liz Farrow 1   7 Luc Berthouze
Mark Hamilton 4   7 Goran Norberg
Janet Hoptroff 7   6 Richard Brooks
Daphne Gaitley 7   2 David Gaitley
Robin Wootton 5   7 Stella Russell
Keith Webb 7   2 Christopher Heath
Roger Sutton 7   3 Margaret Pointing
         
Margaret Pointing 3   7 Robin Wootton
Richard Brooks 5   7 Christopher Heath
Keith Webb 7   0 Roger Sutton
Luc Berthouze 7   3 Janet Hoptroff
Liz Farrow 7   6 Daphne Gaitley
David Gaitley 3   7 Goran Norberg
Stella Russell 7   6 John Low
         
Goran Norberg 7   4 Daphne Gaitley
Liz Farrow 6   7 Janet Hoptroff
Luc Berthouze 7   4 Keith Webb
Stella Russell 7   6 Christopher Heath
Robin Wootton 7   5 David Gaitley
Margaret Pointing 6   3 John Low

 

 


GC Handicap Doubles 23rd February 2014 - by John_Low 24/02/2014 @ 17:51

The first tournment of 2014 was played on a dull and windy day, but NO RAIN!!

In fact, the sun came out towards the end of the afternoon which was a good finish to an excellent day.

 

The competition was played in a very loose Swiss format of 6 rounds and was won by Luc Berthouze and Dominic Nunns with 5 out of 6 wins.  Runners-up were Richard Brfooks and the Manager (standing in for a late withdrawal)

 

Sorry I forgot to take a photo of the winners!

 

Full results:

  Luc Berthouze & Dominic Nunns Sharon Theobald & Mark Hamilton Liz farrow & Janet Hoptroff Ian Cobbold & Jean Cobbold David Bartle Clive Hayton John Munt & Charles Corker John Low & Richard Brooks Pamela Hubbard & Mick Short Judy Sturrock & Jeremy St. John Pat Baker & David Jiggens Wins Block Position
Luc Berthouze & Dominic Nunns   Win 7-4 Win 6-4 4-7 Win 7-3 Win 7-2 Win 7-5       5 1
Sharon Theobald & Mark Hamilton 4-7   Win 7-5 Win 7-4 6-7   4-7 Win 7-2     3 5
Liz farrow & Janet Hoptroff 4-6 5-7   Win 7-6 Win 7-6     Win 7-2 Win 7-4   4 3
Ian Cobbold & Jean Cobbold Win 7-4   6-7   3-7       Win 7-5 Win 6-4 3 6
David Bartle Clive Hayton   Win 7-6 6-7 Win 7-3   Win 7-2       Win 6-4 4 4
John Munt & Charles Corker 2-7       2-7   Tie 6-6 4-7 Win 7-5 Win 6-5 2 7
John Low & Richard Brooks 5-7 Win 7-4       Tie 6-6   Win 7-3 Win 7-3 Win 7-5 4 2
Pamela Hubbard & Mick Short   2-7       Win 7-4 3-7   4-7 Tie 6-6 1 9
Judy Sturrock & Jeremy St. John     4-7 5-7   5-7 3-7 Win 7-4   Win 7-5 2 8
Pat Baker & David Jiggens       4-6 4-6   5-7 Tie 6-6 5-7   0 10

 

 


Death of John Constable - by Club_Secretary 21/02/2014 @ 19:05

It is with deep regret that I have to pass on the very sad news that John Constable, beloved husband of Chris, passed away last night.

Clive Hayton
Hon Secretary 

 

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John supporting Chris at one of their famous quizzes.


Quiz March 20th - by Webmaster 07/02/2014 @ 21:04

The Quiz is cancelled.


Website newsletter - by JohnLow 09/01/2014 @ 10:04

The newsletter subscription box has been removed from the website.  It was felt to be no longer useful as club communications have been re-organised and it was unlikely further website-based newsletters would be produced.

Virtually all subscribers have other connections to the club so they can expect to continue to receive communications from us.


10/10 Golf Croquet Competition 10th November - by John_Low 10/11/2013 @ 16:53

8 teams came for a day's play in pleasant if chilly sunshine today.  The event was won by Janet Hoptroff and Robin Wootton.

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Full results:

  Fiona & Hala Sami & Graham Alan & David Sharon & Stella Jean & Ian Janet & Robin Maggie & Keith Richard & Clive Wins Block Position
Fiona & Hala   4-5 2-7 2-7 T 5-5 4-7 T 6 – 6 1-7 0.9 8
Sami & Graham W 5-4   5-7 4-7 3-7 3-7 3-7 3-7 1 7
Alan & David W 7-2 W 7-5   T 6-6 W 6-5 5-7 T 5-5   3.9 4
Sharon & Stella W 7-2 W 7-4 T 6-6   4-5 W 4-3 6-7 W 6-5 4.45 2
Jean & Ian T 5-5 W 7-3 5-6 W 5-4   4-7 W 7-5 4-7 3.45 6
Janet & Robin W 7-4 W 7-3 W 7-5 3-4 W 7-4   5-7 W 7-3 5 1
Maggie & Keith T 6 – 6 W 7-3 T 5-5 W 7-6 5-7 W 7-5   3-6 3.9 4
Richard & Clive W 7-1 W 7-3   5-6 W 7-4 3-7 W 6-3   4 3

 


End of season Dinner - by John_Low 20/10/2013 @ 09:06

A great evening, excellent company, brilliant food!

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Thanks Chrissy and team.  

Lots of cups to present.

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Congratulations to all the winners - and thanks to Alan for the excellent organisation and presentation.

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Well done (?), the Official Club Runner-Up!

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A final few words for the Chairman.

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Photos of cups being presented to follow, hopefully.


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