Visit by James Papageorgiou from Corfu Croquet Club 13th October 2019
Single court success
Caversham has has won the SCF single court GC league again this year retaining the trophy we first won last year. Well done to our team!
Members’ day held in glorious sunshine
Congratulations to our 2019 club competition winners:
Ann Hatchett and Peter Clee
GC Level for high handicappers
Golf croquet skills lead the way
On Saturday 22 June, the club organised a day for members to meet up and practice their golf croquet skills. Brian and Carol laid on a cunningly designed six-part “skills test”. With skills suitably enhanced, all 11 members who attended took part in one, two or three games. For added interest, we totalled the scores and named the overall best player : Liz Walker. Well done Liz, we hope you enjoy the winner’s box of chocs. Will runner-up John Walker be allowed to get his hands on these? The organisers’ reward was delivered by Katharine who commented “I have learnt so much from that, it was great!”.
Next event : short croquet on 6 July.
Croquet at Caversham Court
A team of willing volunteers from the club, led by Judy laid on a special fundraising competition at Caversham Court on Sunday 2 June. Many entrants were wielding a mallet for the first time but with a little expert tuition, even the youngest participant was running hoops like a pro. The afternoon culminated in a final played to a very high standard. As well as the photos below a short video of the event is available.
The SCF Armada Cup for AC handicap doubles was held at Hamptworth on 1st June. Amongst the entrants, there were three Caversham players – Claire, John and Peter. Claire was partnered by Joe representing Blewbury, while John and Peter formed another partnership. At the end of the day, John and Peter came away with the trophy which you see them clasping in the photo above.
Club competitions and league matches are now well underway. At time of writing, Caversham has played four GC league fixtures – and has achieved four wins! We hope the AC team has such good fortune when their games start. Three of our intrepid AC players competed in the Wessex shield, sadly without bringing it home this year. And following contacts made at the GC national C-level tournament last year, we were delighted to be invited to play a friendly match on the magnificent lawns at Ealing. This was memorable in many ways, not least the fine lunch and the way Carol hit the peg to win the tie-break at the end of the day.
National Croquet Day 2109
We were pleased to give a little taste of croquet to families enjoying a sunny Sunday in the park. As you can see from these photos, croquet is a sport that crosses the generations.
Derek Winslow “Club Engineer” 1993-2016
Derek’s Memorial Bench was unveiled by Dinah Winslow on 10th April.
This month’s bulletin is coming to you early to bring you exciting news on the erection of our equipment store. A small project team, led by Ben Hargreaves spent their Saturday puzzling over instructions as arcane as the AC rule book. But with British never-say-die spirit and plenty of tea the code was cracked. The result is a very sturdy little building, an asset that we hope will benefit all members for years to come.
February features hollow tining week evidenced by images below.
The lawn being unavailable for play, members were still able to get together at the AGM held at St Andrew’s Church Hall on the evening of 23rd January. Terry Marsh our outgoing Chair was able to describe a very successful year where Caversham CC looks to be in a strong position going forward.
We thank Terry for his willing service over 2018 and welcome into the hot seat (so to speak) new Chair Brian Jamieson. We’re also pleased to learn that the Grounds maintenance team will be strengthened by new volunteers Chris Greaves and Jim Woodhams, Chris also joining the committee. This extra help is especially welcome as the team will now be responsible for mowing throughout the summer. We thank Miriam Williams who is stepping down after many years of service as Golf Croquet committee representative and welcome in her place Liz Walker. Being the well run club that we are, one of Liz’s first tasks with Carol Jamieson will be to establish hut cleaning arrangements that are fair to all. Her second task will be to attend a seminar on the new GC rule changes!
On the playing front, we look forward to all our regular roll-up sessions starting up when the weather improves. During the summer, as well as the Walton and Winslow Cups, there is the promise of two new GC competitions for members. Another initiative in 2019 which we hope will prove popular is fortnightly weekend mini-tournaments/roll-ups alternating short croquet, one-ball and golf croquet. This will offer members an opportunity for some mildly competitive play in a friendly environment. Details will follow nearer the time with the first event planned for the May bank holiday.
The lawn is closed for recovery throughout December, but does that mean we have been downhearted? Not a bit of it for this is the season to be merry! Sandra Clee organised the T&F group’s annual Christmas dinner at the Caversham Rose on Tuesday 4th and Katharine Molyneux organised an inaugural Christmas dinner for the Friday morning GC group at the Packhorse on Friday 14th. Both events were well attended and photos may well be appearing soon.
We also received an invitation from the bowls club to enter two teams in their Christmas Quiz held on Saturday 15th at the bowls clubhouse. The evening also included a fantastic meal, a raffle and a competition for best Christmas dress which was won by Katharine in the guise of an elf. We were less successful with the quiz although the winning team did include Bob Eales who was wearing his bowls hat for the evening (as well as a fairly outrageous Christmas T-shirt).
Over on our side of the fence, progress on the new equipment shed is starting to be visible as you can see from the appearance of foundations in the photos below. Work on this project will continue in the coming months with completion planned for the start of next season.