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.

Jane is Ashby’s Player of the Year

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.

Ashby Croquet Club AGM

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.

Please 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.

Start of Winter Season

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.

ACC Christmas Dinner: Tuesday 10th December

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.

Coors Cup/Bass Shield 2020: now fully booked

We have had an overwhelming response to next year’s Coors Cup/Bass Shield tournament on Saturday 16th May – all six team places have been booked within days of the details being sent to East Midlands clubs. The six clubs competing will be Darley Dale, Long Eaton, Bakewell, Ashby, Torksey, and Leicester. Any further entries will go on to a reserve list.

End of main season; Work parties

Sunday, October 27th, is the last day of the main croquet season.  The clocks will already have gone back so players may wish to start at about 2pm before the early darkness descends.

Martin is looking for help with working parties on Sunday and Wednesday mornings from Oct 27th to Nov 6th, starting about 10am weather permitting – all help welcome.

The lawns will be closed to players from October 28th to November 9th, before the start of the winter season on Sunday November 10th (Weds and Sun from 11am to 1pm weather permitting).

Mike wins the internal GC Singles knockout

Sun 20th Oct, Moira Report by Richard

Mike beat Tim 5-7, 7-5, 7-5.

Tim was aiming for his fifth consecutive title in the GC singles knockout (the Moira Quaich) and started well, winning 7-5 in the first game, but Mike came back to win both the second and third games on the twelfth hoop. The small crowd (three, increasing to four for the closing stages) were treated to some high quality shots from both players.

Full results

Arthur and Judith win the internal GC Doubles knockout

Tues 15th Oct, Moira Report by Arthur

Mick & Heather and Judith & Arthur played the last game of the GC doubles final (Judith & Arthur had won the first 7-3 and lost the second 6-7 on 30th September). It was finely balanced at 3-3 but after some serendipity at hoops 7 and 9 and a great fight back by Heather & Mick, the Rowes eventually emerged as 7-5 winners in the final game.

I have no idea where the ‘March Mallet’ trophy is though. I have had very few replies from my email asking people to ‘fess up what they have in the way of trophies!