Pre-Season Working Parties

Just a reminder that we have some lawn working party sessions arranged for Sundays 8th, 15th and 22nd of March from 10am to 1pm, ahead of the new season. Any help on any or all of these dates would be much appreciated. Hope to see you there – please contact Martin if you need any more details.

Winter Socials Report

COUNTDOWN  Tues 21st Jan
Five Countdown stalwarts competed in another hard-fought battle.  The top two placings were the same as last year, but this time with Christine finishing as the winner and Eileen runner-up.

ANNUAL QUIZ  Tues 18th Feb
Despite some roads still being flooded in places in the wake of Storm Dennis making travel quite difficult, we had a good turnout of 16 for the quiz, arranged into five teams, with questions on everything from place name origins to advertising slogans.  The toughest round turned out to be the one on international football strips, but perhaps most worryingly the round on which most scored full marks was on mental disorders!  And in a major surprise, the Long Eaton ‘Clueless’ team beat Mick and Co in the board games round!  First place overall went to The Stumps (the Haytacks and friends), with the Black Sheep in 2nd and Clueless 3rd.

WINTER WALK  Sun 1st March
The weather couldn’t decide between winter and spring, with a rain shower at the start and then bright sunshine punctuated by a brief hail shower.  Seven of us enjoyed a circular walk of four miles around Calke Park and the Dimminsdale nature reserve, finishing with hot drinks and refreshments.

Winter Golf Croquet Leagues Results 2019/20

Report by Eileen

Twenty-three players joined in the Winter Sunday League and nineteen in the Winter Wednesday League. Here are the top ten scores from each league.

Winter Sunday League
Derek  205
Eileen 190
Jenny  181
Jane    174
Mike 163
Paul  163
Keith    154
Chris J. 153
Ray      152
Chris M. 138

Winter Wednesday League
Ray        200
Eileen    176
Jane      167
Keith      161
Maurice  150
Jenny     142
Joan 135
Lesley L. 117
Derek      116
Rupert     104

Anyone wanting their final scores can e-mail Eileen on Derek’s email address.

The winter season is now over. The main season starts on Sunday, March 29th 2020 at 2pm.

International Performance Development Squad

Jane Tewson has been invited by the GC Selectors to join the International Performance Development Squad, following her achievements last season. Paul has just completed his 2 year stint with the squad and they will be the first married  couple to have been selected.

Winter Socials 2020

Here are the dates of our winter social events.  All welcome including family, friends, visitors from other clubs etc.

Tues 21st January: COUNTDOWN at 7.30 pm. Our version of the popular TV game show, in the Moira Miners Welfare lounge.

Tues 18th February: ANNUAL QUIZ at 7.30 pm in the MMW Lounge.

Sun 1st March: WINTER WALK.  A leisurely afternoon stroll of around four miles with a tea stop.

Tues 14th April: BOARD GAMES EVENING with Mick

More details of each of these to follow nearer the time.

Also don’t forget the Croquet & Carvery Sunday and Winter Wednesday sessions continue (start time 11 am) up to and including February 26th, weather and lawn conditions permitting.

20 in ’20: Will and Judith win the New Year’s Day tournament

We had what is believed to be a record New Year’s Day turnout of 20 people on the first day of 2020. Tim devised a format so that pairings were arranged by handicaps, and each pair played three games, with two pairs sitting out at any one time.

After the three rounds, Will and Judith were the only pair with three wins so they were declared the winners with no need for a final. Runners-up were Arthur and Keith on two wins and a +7 hoop difference; Rachel & Lesley and Mike & Richard also finished with two wins.

Everyone else won one game: Jane & Eileen, Chris J & Martin, Chris M & Derek, Tim & Julie, Paul & Jenny and Ray & Heather.

As usual it was a fun competition and a nice social occasion to start off the year. Will and Judith were presented with the Dave Davis trophy.

New Year’s Day 2020
New Year’s Day 2020 (photo by Arthur)

Macmillan Charity Collection/Christmas Meal

The charity collection for Macmillan Cancer Support (croquet’s national charity for 2020) in lieu of Christmas cards now stands at £67 from donations at the AGM and Christmas Meal. Many thanks for your generosity. If you haven’t yet donated and wish to do so, Richard can collect donations at the New Year’s Day croquet.
Update 01/01/20: Further donations of £10 on New Year’s Day brings the total collected so far to £77 (plus Gift Aid). This will be added to donations we collect at the forthcoming Charity One Ball tournament in early May.

Thank you to Julie for organising an excellent Christmas dinner at the Lakeside. If any of you have preferred dates (or dates to avoid) for next year’s Christmas dinner, please could you let Julie know at the New Year’s Day croquet or before the committee meeting on January 14th, so we can get a date booked in the calendar.

Winter Sunday scores

Here’s an update of the total Winter Sunday scores up to and including December 8th:

Derek 90
Ray 88
Jenny 79
Chris M 77
Eileen 77
Martin 66
Adam 50
Jane 41
Mike 40
Paul 37
Tim 37
Keith (Long Eaton) 32
Joan (Long Eaton) 27
Julie 20
Chris J (Long Eaton) 19
Richard S 16
Peter 11

The final Sunday session before Christmas is on December 15th, resuming on January 5th. Players are welcome to join the league at any time – just turn up by 11am.

Christmas Charity Collection

As has been customary in previous years, we are organising a charity collection at the club’s Christmas Meal on Tuesday 10th December, in lieu of exchanging Christmas cards. Our Christmas charity this year is Macmillan Cancer Support, which will also be croquet’s national charity for 2020. Any donations collected at our Christmas meal will be added to the entry donations from next year’s One Ball Croquet charity club heat, and then sent to the charity as one payment, Gift-Aided where possible. Thanks in advance for your support – we have already collected £20 in donations at the AGM.