Our next winter social: COUNTDOWN Tuesday 21st January 7.30 pm Back for the 19th year, this is our own version of the popular TV game show, with the usual mix of Letters, Numbers and Conundrums. Prizes for the winners. Cost £3.00 per person including a raffle. Start time 7.30 pm in the Lounge at Moira Miners Welfare. Please bring a pen, paper and clipboard if possible. Friends, family, and visitors from other clubs welcome! No need to book in advance, just turn up on the night.
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.
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.
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.
Our Player of the Year award, as voted by the club Committee and announced at the AGM, has been awarded to Jane Tewson. Jane has enjoyed an exceptional year in 2019, winning three of the national B-Level series of GC tournaments including our own tournament at Moira. As a result of her success, Jane’s GC handicap has seen a substantial reduction over the last few months which means she will no longer be eligible for B-Level competitions in 2020.
A reminder that the croquet club AGM is on Tuesday 19th November at 7.30pm in the Lounge at Moira Miners Welfare club. Arthur has emailed the Agenda, previous minutes and other documents to club members; please let him know if you have not received a copy.
If you have won something during the year – then please bring it along to the AGM.
bring along examples of local magazines that you receive, which we might be
able to use for publicity for the club.
Don’t forget to bring your menu choices and full payment for the Christmas Meal for Julie if you have not already done so.
The winter season started on Sunday 10th November. Martin reports that our usual start by the war memorial was enhanced by a large turn out of local scouts; there was a crowd rather than the usual few to pay our respects. The weather was glorious for croquet, and the seven players competed in the normal three games. Jenny is in the lead with a score of 21.
Martin would like to encourage a few more to take part please, weather permitting obviously! The start time is 11.00 am each Sunday.
If you would like a Sunday carvery lunch after croquet, could you please organise that yourselves by phoning the restaurant at Conkers Waterside: 01283 551722 by 9.45am on the Sunday morning and add your name to the Croquet Club booking at 1.30 pm. The six regulars (Jenny, Derek, Eileen, Ray, Chris, Martin) will usually be dining then.
Also don’t forget the Winter Wednesday sessions which also start at 11.00 am.
Arthur emailed the details to club members on October 5th, but here’s a reminder of the details. The Ashby Croquet Club Christmas Dinner will be held at the Lakeside Bistro in Moira on Tuesday 10th December at 7.30pm. Cost £27.50 per head (3 courses) or £22.50 (2 courses). Link to menu here
Julie is organising things this year. If you would like to go to the Christmas Meal, please contact Julie ASAP if you haven’t already done so. She would like full payment (cheques payable to Julie Boulton) and menu choices by the time of the Ashby CC AGM on Tuesday 19th November please.