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  • Chapmans back "down under"

    We have heard that Miranda and Paddy Chapman and family have arrived safely in New Zealand to begin the next chapter of their lives. We wish them well, and hope it may be au revoir, not adieu, as paths often cross and re-cross in the international croquet tournament circuit.

     

  • Omied Hallam and Elizabeth Shelton won the 2021 "Hallam Doubles" tournament.

    On the wet weekend of  6th and 7th of August, 10 doubles pairings of club members took part in the 2021 Hallam Doubles, named in memory of the late Brian Hallam. 

    The cricketers at Trent Bridge abandoned their test match due to rain, but Nottingham’s croquet stalwarts are made of sterner stuff, and continued in spite of conditions, sometimes playing under an umbrella held by their doubles partner. After four rounds of challenging play, the final turned out to involve three Hallams; Brian's sons Sanaa partnering his wife Philipine, and Omied partnering Elizabeth Shelton. 

    Omied and Elizabeth eventually prevailed in a tight and exciting (if wet) final. 

     

     

     

     

  • Cheshire cat event

    The second annual "Cheshire Cat" fun event organised by Mark Lansdale was held on Sunday 25th July. There was a tremdendous turnout of about 10 teams of four in fancy dress, and a series of informal croquet-like activities enjoyed by all present with great gusto. It is not clear to me which team won but I do know that everyone had a good time. Some photos below and more here .

     

  • Grand opening

    In a splendid event today, the club celebrated its new and updated facilities with a reception for donor organisations, partner organisations who use our facilities and others.  Lilian Greenwood MP formally declared the facilties open by cutting a ribbon across the front entrance to the newly refurbished west pavilion. Displays of the club's History, the Hoops 4 Health initiative and the redevelopment programme were on show in the west pavilion. All present were able to have a go at some croquet skills themslves, with club members supporting them. Two brand new marquees were in use for catering just east of the west lawns, and a splendid afternoon tea was served to all 80 or so present.

    The main aspects of the work being celebrated were the extension of the club's irrigation system to cover three disused bowling greens, the resurfacing, reseeding and nurturing of these greens to form four new croquet lawns and a half lawn, and the refurbishment of both pavilions. 

    Many thanks to all the volunteers who contributed to making this event such a success, to Lilian Greenwood for her support and appreciative speech,  and most of all to all who supported the projects financially and in other ways, including the individuals and organisations who provided funding. 

    A short video presentation about the renovation effort and the club's ethos and aspirations can be seen here.

    Photographs to follow.  

  • Andrew Beaumont wins GC double

    In a remarkable double, Andrew Beaumont won the Nottingham B-level GC tournament on Wednesday 14th July in a field of 20 many of whom were ostensibly stronger than him. His handicap was duly cut, but not in time to prevent him being elegible for playing in and winning the C-level tournament which took place the next day. 

    Congratulations to Andrew, and thanks to Cathy Turski who managed both tournaments. 

     

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