Ashby/Darley Dale GC friendly

Wednesday 3rd October, Moira   Report by Eileen

Eight members of Ashby Croquet Club’s “B” and “C” league teams hosted a friendly golf croquet event with members of Darley Dale Croquet Club.

We played seven rounds of thirty minutes duration the winner being the player with most hoops scored. The doubles partnerships were mixed so that everyone played with a different partner in each round. Sometimes with a player from their own club and sometimes with a player from the other club. This encouraged an opportunity for people to socialise with new acquaintances throughout the day.

Ashby players provided a lavish lunch for all to enjoy. Jenny liaised with Darley Dale prior to the event and was the manager on the day. Eileen produced the playing order.

Peter Richards was the winner with 42 hoops, Lesley Leitch had 41, Eileen had 40 and Carolle had 36. Margaret was the top Darley Dale player.

It appeared to be a great success and we hope to arrange other social days next year.

Rachel wins the 2018 Bottle Challenge

Sat 29th September, Moira   Report by Mike

Rachel and Ian both had six wins out of seven.
Rachel was the overall winner as she had the better hoop difference and also beat Ian 7-3 in their game.

Our guest player J-P Moberly, who was the highest ranked player, had five wins.

We have now had ten consecutive years of an Ashby player defeating the guest player.  Rachel has won three times and Will five times.

Mike and Rachel
Bottle Challenge competitors 2018



Christmas Meal, Lakeside, Wednesday 12th December – bookings ASAP please

The club’s Christmas Dinner will be at the Lakeside Bistro, Shortheath Water, Moira DE12 6BW on Wednesday 12th December.  Time 7pm for 7.30pm

We hope to see lots of club members there for what is always an enjoyable evening with excellent food at a friendly venue.

Cost per person: £27.50 for three courses, or £22.50 for two courses.

Menu link:

£10 deposit per person and meal choices to Lynda ASAP please (ideally by October 9th) so she can confirm numbers with Lakeside ASAP to confirm our booking.

Please send deposits and details of meal choices in a sealed envelope with your name(s), either to Jenny at the croquet club or post to Lynda Allen, 36 Ash Tree Road, Ashby de la Zouch LE65 2JH.  Please make cheques payable to “Lynda Allen”, not to the croquet club.

Any queries – please contact Lynda at or tel. 01530 587898.

Golf Croquet Knockout update

There are still a few matches to be played in the internal GC Knockout.  The winner of the quarter-final between Rupert and Jane will play Christine in the semi-final, and the winner of that semi-final will meet Tim in the final.  Tim beat Paul in the other semi-final.  Please try and get games completed ASAP.

Draw and results:  GC Knockout page.

East Midlands GC league: Richmond Park 9-3 Ashby B

Sat 15th September, Gainsborough

The Ashby B team – Derek, Richard S and Eileen – travelled to Richmond Park at Gainsborough for the ‘B’ team’s final Division 2 league match of the season. None of us had played there before, and although we were made very welcome, we finished on the wrong end of a 9-3 scoreline.  It could have been worse as we were 4-0 down after the first two rounds.

Woodhall Spa have finished top of the division, after winning all their matches.  It looks as if the runner-up spot will be now be between Richmond Park and Branston U3A A who meet tomorrow (Sunday 16th).

East Midlands GC league: Leicester 7-5 Ashby A

Tues 4th September, Leicester  Report by Arthur

The Ashby A team of Arthur, Mike and Martin suffered a narrow defeat at Leicester, with half the games going to the 13th hoop.

After four rounds Ashby trailed 4-5, but were only able to win one of the last round matches, all of which had 7-6 scorelines.

Leicester were represented by David Bell, Mark Buckley and Richard Whiting.

Looking at the league table today, we have 3.5 wins from 5 matches this year as do Leicester; if we beat Bakewell on 27th September then we can win the league provided that Leicester do not beat Bakewell by a bigger margin.

Jane eventually wins the Edgbaston B-Level GC

Tues 4th September, Edgbaston

After being runner up twice, a third place, and fourth place three times, Jane Tewson has eventually won the Edgbaston B Level tournament this year.  As a result, Jane has qualified for the national final at Camerton and Peasedown Croquet Club.

All-England Handicap AC Area Final

Ashby was the host club of one of the All-England Handicap AC area finals over the weekend of September 1st and 2nd.  Six players competed: two from Wrest Park, two from Nottingham, and two from Ashby including Richard Sanville who stood in at the very last minute for another player who failed to show up.  Mick arranged an all-play all competition, using all three lawns to avoid double-banking, and ensuring everyone played at least one game on each lawn.  In the end it was the two Wrest Park players David Woolley and Richard Keighley who both qualified for next weekend’s national final at their own home venue.  They both coped well with the varying conditions over the three lawns, each winning 4 games out of 5.  Many thanks to Mick for running the event and arranging perfect weather!