Highfields Park was officially re-opened on 31st August after a £4.8M restoration project, largely funded by the Heritage and Big Lottery Funds. The formal speeches were followed by a community open day, for which the club opened its lawns, along with other outdoor games, boating on the lake and a jazz band. As the photo shows, it was a glorious day and well supported. Many thanks to the club members who helped entertain the visitors.
You may have seen the new 'Croquet for All' banner outside the club, which is part of an initiative by the club to try and broaden the appeal of
croquet to a wider cross-section of the local population Thanks to members Will Gee, Michael Finnigan, Alexi Ringrose and Ferzana Shan for being the
models and David Brydon for organising the photo shoot.
This initiative has been embraced by the Pakistan Forum, who sent their President, Vice-president and another member to the club during the Annual
Week to have a look round. They have invited the club to their Independence Day celebrations on 25th August and 11 members will be sitting down to a 5
course meal of traditional Pakistani food, as well as promoting the game to several hundred guests.
Earlier on the same day club Chairman Beatrice McGlen will be doing an interview on Radio Dawn with presenter Ferzana Shan who has been a member of
the club for the last 3 years. Radio Dawn is a local station targeting the Muslim population in Nottingham.
The 90th Anniversary of the club's first meeting took place on Monday 13th August 2018, it just happened to be the first day of the Annual Tournament. Over 60 members and visitors attended the celebrations. Many thanks to Beatrice, Sophie, Irmgard and Peggy for preparing many gourmet delights and Ian Vincent for the toast.
Southport Super B and B level Tournament Posted on July 22, 2018 by Ray Lowe
Southport Super B and B Level Tournament 21/22 July 2018
Sixteen players from across the land assembled under grey Southport skies for this annual tournament. The recent rain was a gift from above for the parched lawns after the recent hit spell, which had now regained their green colour. The Super B was an ‘all play all’ format whilst the B Level was played as a ‘Swiss’ format. The players forming two very competitive events managed by John Haslam. Competitors: Super B – Martin Beacon (2 Nottingham); Kevin Carter (o Surbiton); Andy Dibbon (o Surbiton); Edward Dymock (2.5 Surbiton); Michael Finnigan (3 Nottingham); Clive Goode (0.5 Nottingham); Derek Knight (1.5 Beverley); Beatrice McGlen (0 Nottingham);
B Level – Jim Allcock (5 Crake); Graham Good (7 Bowdon); David Lloyd (4.5 Crake); Sophie McGlenn (9 Nottingham); Alan Pidcock (3 Southport); Michael Steer (5 Bowdon); Sylvia Steer (6 Bowdon); Don Williamson (3 Southport).
The Super B was won by Beatrice Mc Glen from Nottingham with the Runner Up being Clive Goode also from Nottingham. Beatrice also had a handicap reduction to -0.5.
Rachel Gee reports that 20 players gathered at Nottingham to compete this year's Golf Croquet Championshipplayed on Sat/Sun 14-15th July in conditions almost 10 degrees warmer than the previous year! After a gruelling day on Saturday, Richard Bilton and Ian Burridge had topped their blocks, neither dropping a game. Good performances from Mark Daley and Peter Dowd placed them second in their blocks, whilst Rachel Gee came fourth in her block, setting up a quarter final with Ian. Rachel eventually won against Ian in three games, all of which were characterised by carefully considered shots. Rachel then went on to beat Peter Dowd in three games in her semi-final. On the other side of the draw, a formidably in-form Richard had quickly overpowered Tim King and then Mark Daley to secure his place in the final. Richard continued his good form and solid hoop running to clinch his first Ascot Cup qualifier, becoming the first player to win the Nottingham Golf Croquet Championship without losing a single game.