Sadly, John became ill in November whilst he and Liz were on an African Safari and he died shortly after his return to the JR Hospital, Oxford, in January.
A Service of Thanksgiving is to be held at St Peter’s Church, Earley, on Friday February 23rd at 11.30am. All CCC Members are welcome to attend the Service and are invited to a reception afterwards at the Church Hall.
A Sporting Life.
John with his wife Liz, our Hon Secretary, loved playing croquet together and have been members of the club for the last 10 years. They have a son, two daughters and five grandchildren, all of whom he adored. He continued to enjoy family holidays: skiing, sailing, and horse riding and will be sadly missed by all of us on the lawn at Albert Road.
From Richard Carline. Croquet Academy Director of Coaching.
A visit to Caversham CC is always a pleasant experience and two days this autumn were no exception. I based the October and November coaching days on my Croquet Academy Workshop which is proving to be a very popular Course. The opening session which involved everybody being videoed from the front, side and behind when striking a ball. This was carried out with minimum fuss, but plenty of enthusiasm. The footage was played back through a TV monitor in the Clubhouse and gave everyone a chance to see themselves ‘in action’. Very few of us get an opportunity to see exactly what goes on when we play our strokes and being able to analyse these moments in both real time and slow motion can be very enlightening.
A Festive Christmas Lunch was enjoyed by 16 Club Members at The PackHorse, Mapledurham, last Friday Nov 24th.
Many thanks to Judy Reddy for organising it all and to John Wakeford for the photos (can you spot him in the mirror?!). This is the second year running that we have held the Annual Christmas Club Lunch here. Originally there had been 23 Members intending to join the festivities, so our commiserations go to those who were unable to come on the day.
At the Southern Croquet Federation’s AGM, on Thursday 16th November at Winchester Fitness and Racquets Club, Jane Probitts represented Caversham CC and was awarded two League Cups for this last season.
Other Members of the Caversham Croquet Club also at the Annual General Meeting were Charles and Pam Briggs and Brian and Carol Jamieson. Liz Walker sent apologies. She’s on a cruise!
Congratulations and a big thankyou to Jane for a Herculean effort on managing our 4 GC teams and arranging all the fixtures throughout the Season.
Brian Jamieson (right), Secretary of SCF, helps arrange the cups before Prizegiving.
Congratulations to Team Caversham D, who this year won the Single Court Clubs League – John Walker, Pam Briggs, Judy Reddy and Chris Barnard.
Congratulations again to Mike Parker who won the 10+ GC League. This was the first year of this League which has been designed to encourage higher handicap players to play some more competitive croquet.
Work continues on levelling out the hole left by the tree stump removal.Mike Parker wins 10+ Handicap Tournament at Blewbury on October 1st.
A Friendly Match against High Wycombe was played at Caversham on October 16th with Carol Hill, Tim Small, Jill Dibben and Mike Porter managing a 4 All draw on the day.
In an initiative to keep all the Club’s old records safe and to make sure future secretaries aren’t burdened with dozens of box files, Liz Walker with the help of Katherine Molyneux takes CCC Records for safe keeping and sorting to The Berkshire Royal Record Office – freeing up space in former Club Secretary John Wakeford’s garage and ensuring that what is relevant is preserved for posterity.
Christmas Lunch at the Packhorse Pub from 12.30 for 1pm on Friday 24th November.
Please let Judy Reddy know by Friday 28th Oct if you would like to attend, also give her your menu choices.
Elizabeth Walker has completed Safeguarding in Sport – a Certificate of Achievement from High Speed Training.
Croquet Association is set to become Croquet England from January 2024 and will be rebranding their website. Members of the CA will all become Associates of Croquet England.
GC Coaching Days with Richard Carline (from Southwick) and our own Tim Small have been arranged for 25th October and for 1st November. There were too many wanting to take up this great offer to fit us all into one day!
Our Winter lawn (slightly smaller than a full lawn) has been set up thanks to Brian Jamieson, John Walker and Tim Small and so Winter Rules now apply – no Jump shots!
A great performance from Gareth Hobby to secure him the runner-up position in the CA All England AC Handicap Finals at Chester last weekend of Sept 16/17th.
He gives an enthusiastic account of his most interesting game;
I was playing against Bryan Harral who has a handicap of -0.5. We’d played in Surbiton when I had two more bisques and had used them all to basically keep him off the lawn. This time, he had his tactics worked out. I put him in first, but found myself 11 hoops down before I’d even got my second ball into play – it was a pleasure to watch such controlled play as he took his ball round in a three-ball break.
I had no option but to burn bisques, used two and a half of them to set up a four ball break and then another three to take my first ball round to Rover. I then scattered the four balls to close to the four corners as my ‘leave’.
After Bryan narrowly missed his 40 yard hit-in, I then burnt more bisques, using a further three to again setup a four ball break. I was playing really well but needed all my remaining bisques to take my second ball to Rover, run the peel (as per the photos) and successfully peg both balls out.
Poor Bryan had played a perfect game, but still ended up losing by 15 hoops – it can be a cruel game.
Gareth sets up his first ever Rover peel and then puts it through to peg out both balls and win the match from 11 points down before playing his second shot!
Gareth (14H) won 4 out his 5 matches, as did the winner, but the match he lost was to the final winner Anne Alvey (12H). They each had an equal number, 30, of winning hoops. Gareth now comes down to a 12 Handicap. The 2 day final was played in a 5 round Swiss Format (first game a random draw, then winner played winner, loser played loser) 26 point games limited to 2.5 hours and full bisques from a base of 10 used.
Winners of the GC Doubles Competition. Will Watson and Anne Small. Will also won the Singles Competition.Point of Order. GC Singles Final. Will with Referee Brian Jamieson preventing a crushing defeat for Pam.
Many thanks to Brian Jamieson, recovering from recent surgery to his hand, for dedicating a whole day to being on the lawn – first to Referee the Final of our GC Singles Competition, during which Will learned a thing or two about crushes and double hits! – and then to doing an interview on Hospital Radio Reading about our links to the Southern Croquet Association, amongst other topics discussed.
Maurice and Graeme broadcasting and trying to keep in the shade outside our Clubhouse.
A friend gave me this old Croquet Association Handbook from 1949 so whilst the Broadcast was running a few of us tried to figure out the Rules for Robber Croquet. It is a version of what is better known as Pirates. I think this could be a fun game to include more people on the lawn at some our our event days. More anon!
Whilst Caversham gets busy with Reading Festival goers our Club Competitions have reached their final rounds with Pam Briggs due to play Will Watson in the GC Singles, Jane Probitts and Gareth Hobby to play Anne Small and Will Watson in the GC Doubles, and Charles Briggs to play Chris Barnard in the Winslow Cup.
Prizegiving will be at 3pm on Members Day but all Members are invited to come whenever they can during the day bringing with them whatever they need in order to enjoy a relaxing time both on and off the lawn.
Tim and Anne Small on their return from a successful Final Match for Caversham B Team against Aldermaston.
Jane Probitts, our GC Team Manager is pleased to report; “Success at Aldermaston … again!” All three of our single court teams won against Aldermaston and we’ve finished the season in the top 3 spots of the league. My thanks to Carol for gently guiding me through the season and most especially my appreciation to all our players who’ve done a fantastic job and hopefully enjoyed their games enough to have another go next year.”
And thanks to Jane too on her tireless efforts to keep all our GC Teams present and correct at each of this season’s many matches, both home and away.