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.
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.