Caversham club treasurer Brian Jamieson has been re-elected for a fourth and final year as secretary of the Southern Croquet Federation.
Brian was returned unopposed at the annual general meeting of the SCF at Winchester, at which the Blewbury player Peter Allan was elected as the new chairman.
Also representing Caversham at the agm was our putative new secretary for 2023, Liz Walker.
Liz — who had the pleasure of receiving the Single Court League trophy on our behalf — was impressed by the federation’s organisation. “We are lucky that the committee put in so much time on our behalf,” she said.
There could be three Caversham teams in the SCF Single Court League in 2023.
The club made a polite inquiry about the possibility of this and it seems that the League are likely to agree.
It would give more of our members the opportunity to play competitive GC in a League which we have dominated for five years.
If we do field three sides then the club committee may soon be looking for suggestions about how we might re-brand Caversham with some esoteric team names rather then simply calling ourselves A, B and C.
Any ideas? It has been suggested we could use Reading’s beer, bulbs and biscuits heritage. Caversham Digestives anyone? Or Caversham Crackers? Caversham Custard Creams? The possibilities are endless…
Stella Kendall was the first player back on the lawn when Albert Road re-opened after the annual maintenance programme.
And she was the first Caversham member to sport PURPLE hair as she played, as seen on the right in her GC match against Pam Briggs.
Stella had her hair dyed — after having it cropped short — to raise awareness of her fund-raising activities for the Alan Morement Memorial Fund, a charity which supports research into bile duct cancer, an illness which led to the death of her husband.
Members will next week be able to study updated plans for the proposed new croquet lawns at Caversham Park.
Developers Beechcroft are staging a public exhibition of their latest proposals at the former BBC headquarters.
The development includes tennis courts and bowls greens as well as croquet lawns — about which a Caversham CC sub-committee, led by Mike Kay, has been advising them ahead of our club’s possible move there some time in the future.
The exhibition will take place at the iconic former manor house on Thursday, December 8th, between 2pm and 8pm.
A Beechcroft spokesman said: “In response to the feedback arising from consultation on their current planning and listed building applications, Beechcroft have undertaken a significant refresh of their proposals in order to respond positively to the comments received by the local community, key stakeholders, statutory consultees and the local planning authority.”
Our chairman Charles Briggs has confirmed that he will take up the developers’ offer of a private meeting to guide us through the latest plans. He said: “We need to make sure we are fully briefed going forward.”
Work started yesterday on the annual maintenance of the Albert Road lawn and that means there will be no croquet in Caversham for about six weeks.
Operatives from the Salisbury-based company Lawntech began with the scarifying and, as our picture (left) shows, had soon taken off the top surface.
Now, with he lawn closed, some ladies (and gents) who are regulars at the club’s Tuesday afternoon GC roll-up sessions plan to meet up at the Herb Farm in Sonning Common (https://www.herbfarm.co.uk/) at precisely the same time that they usually play.
They will moan about the lack of croquet —and put the world to rights — while enjoying their coffee and each other’s company.
So why not join them at 2pm on Tuesdays. All members are very welcome. There’s no need to book — just turn up!
Other members will be embarking on a series of walks in South Oxfordshire during the shutdown. Details from firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s a pic (right) of some chums enjoying the first walk in the Checkendon area.
Congratulations to Caversham’s Charles Briggs for finishing fifth in the All-England GC Championship final at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire, yesterday.
Charles — playing off +8 — won eight of his 13 games spread over the weekend and three of his defeats were at the ‘golden hoop’.
Our committee chairman survived a punishing schedule of two days of play from 9.30am to 7pm with just a 15-minute break for lunch.
He said: “The lowest handicap player, Jason Carley, was playing off -3 and I managed to defeat him 7-3. The highest handicapper played off +10 and I managed to lose to him 7-4! My handicap card briefly peaked at 1350, which is a trigger point, but finished at 1320.”
The All-England title was won for the second year in a row by the former Caversham member Roger Goldring, now representing Phyllis Court.