Mon 5th June, Moira  Report by Eileen

In the FEMCC and Ashby CC Veterans GC Tournament, fourteen players battled over seven rounds in cold, wet and windy weather. We call it “Flaming June”!

Terrey Sparks, of Hunstanton and Pinchbeck croquet clubs, was the winner with 6 wins.  Mike O’Brian of Ashby finished second with 5 wins and a net score of +16.

Every one appeared to enjoy the day, and four people have already booked for next year!

Thanks to Jenny Biggs for providing an excellent lunch and drinks etc. all day. Chris Mounfield and Janet Harker kindly assisted her in serving the lunchtime meal.  They also helped by recording the scores. This really helped the manager, Eileen Buxton, who was also playing in the Tournament.

Thank you to Derek Buxton for setting out the Lawns. I don’t know who tidied up after play but a big thank-you if it was you.  I was working out who had won.


Sat 27th May, Moira  Report by Derek

Four members entered the 2017 Ashby Anniversary Shield, just enough to allow it to be played. Lack of entries have meant a lapse in this internal 26-point AC event being contested since 2012.

Experienced players Tim King and Derek Buxton were joined by David Randall and Adam Wheatley playing in their first-ever tournament.  With four players giving three pairs of games, the tournament was able to be played in one day.


Round 1:
Derek Buxton (18) beat David Randall (20) +10t
Adam Wheatley (20) beat Tim King (4)     +13t

Round 2:
Derek beat Adam                                  +8
Tim beat David                                     +9

Round 3:
Tim beat Derek                                     +13
Adam beat David                                   +1t

The three-way tie between Tim, Adam and Derek was resolved by best mean score.

Final placings
1st  Tim King, who received the Anniversary Shield (first played for in 1995).
2nd  Adam Wheatley
3rd  Derek Buxton
4th  David Randall


Sat 20th May, Moira  Report by Ray

The five East Midlands clubs taking part had each played in this competition on at least one previous occasion, with the holders of the Bass Shield, Leicester, having won the trophy in each of the last four years. However, this year Leicester, without their number one player, David Bell, failed to secure a place in the play-off, finishing second to Ashby “B” (Martin, Richard T and Ray) in the morning block play. The other block was won by Ashby “A” (Christine, Mike and Tim).

In the afternoon, winning four games out of six was enough for Ashby “A” to secure the Bass Shield. Whilst several players finished the competition with four or five wins, there was just one who won all six games, so Chris Jackson (Long Eaton) took home the Coors Cup.

Despite varying amounts of rain throughout the day players appreciated the Moira courts which, thanks to Martin, were in very good condition.

Winner of the Bass Shield: Ashby “A”

Winner of the Coors Cup: Chris Jackson


Pendle & Craven, April 29th & 30th

Tim King won the Lancashire Open GC Championship for the second time (after a gap of nine years), with a victory in the final over the defending champion David Widdison.  The other Ashby representative Ray Mounfield reached the semi-finals.

Details (CA website)


Sun 23rd April

Eight people took part, arranged into two blocks of 4.  Derek beat Mick in the final to win the absent Gnome trophy which was still believed to be residing in Biggleswade!  The event raised £40 towards this year’s national One Ball charity Parkinson’s UK.

INTER-CLUB GC: Nottingham 2–5 Ashby

Sat 15th April

Ashby faced a tough test in the opening round of this year’s Inter-Club Golf Croquet national knockout competition, with a trip to local rivals Nottingham who were competing for the first time in this event.  The Ashby team of Will (-3), Rachel (-3), Mike (-1) and Tim (-1) won through 5–2, taking them through to the quarter-final stage where they will face either Camerton & Peasedown or Cheltenham.

Full results and detailed report by Tim on the CA website


Tues 14th March

Thanks to Lynda and George for running another excellent quiz.  Four teams competed, with CR² winning on 72½, just ahead of Where’s Mal? on 71.  Where’s Mal? did win the tough picture quiz, scoring 23/40.


After many weeks’ play, the top 5 places for 2016/2017 are as follows.

Christine Mounfield 197
Ray Mounfield 193
Eileen Buxton 176
Tim King 170
Mike O’Brian 164

Many thanks to all who turned out in varied weather conditions and to our visiting players from Long Eaton and Australia.


Sun 12th Feb

Nine people and a dog braved the cold and misty weather for our 5½ mile circular stroll starting at the croquet club and following a circular route via Short Heath, Swainspark Wood and Albert Village Lake, along paths and tracks that we had not covered on any of our previous winter walks.  Eileen and Ray joined us at the end of the walk for a welcome stop for tea and cake at the National Forest YHA café which had just opened that weekend for the start of the 2017 season.