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  • Nottingham wins Mary Rose trophy

    Nottingham won the delayed 2020 Mary Rose final 4-1. Congratulations to team captain Alex McIntyre along with Dave Gunn, Mike Hedge and Sophie McGlen.

    The final of the Mary Rose inter-club competition between High Wycombe and Nottingham had to be postponed because of tier 3 restrictions last October and was re-arranged for Sunday 11th April 2021. In biting cold weather, at the neutral venue of Wrest Park, Nottingham were in the lead at the end of the morning’s play. Heavy snow showers swept in and the temperature hovered at around 3 degrees but Sophie managed to finish her second round game in just 45 minutes and took Nottingham to the requisite 4 wins to take the trophy. The last 2 games were somewhat gratefully abandoned! 

    Formal report and detailed results below. 

    Four players dressed for the cold, under sultry skies, with Sophie kneeling at the front with a large silver trophy

    The winning team. L to R: Mike, Alex, Dave, & front, Sophie. (Photographer unknown)

     

    Formal report:

    Nottingham and High Wycombe played the belated 2020 Mary Rose final at Wrest Park on a sunny but fiercely cold Sunday last weekend.

    After a slow start, Dave Gunn & Alex McIntyre finally got going to beat Mike Porter & Chris Roberts and Mike Hedge beat Richard Peperell, whilst Sophie McGlen lost a close match against Keith Pound.

    After lunch, Sophie quickly extended the lead that her teammates had established in the morning, meaning that Nottingham needed one more win to secure victory. Alex had the innings at 4-back and peg and Dave was well up in his game when Mike closed out a three ball ending just as the snow flurries started in earnest. All agreed a quick retreat to the warmth of their cars was in order and the last two games were duly abandoned.

    Many thanks to George from Wrest Park for preparing the lawns and braving the cold!

     

    Dave Gunn (1) & Alex McIntyre (2.5) beat Mike Porter (0) & Chris Roberts (0) +3

    Sophie McGlen (3) lost to Keith Pound (2) -6

    Mike Hedge (2.5) beat Richard Peperell (3) +14

    Sophie McGlen (3) beat Richard Peperell (3) +24

    Mike Hedge (2.5) beat Keith Pound (2) +6

     

  • Croquet is truly for all

    A nice BBC video from a croquet club near Chichester. 

    Here at Nottingham we also endeavour to embrace and provide "Croquet for All". 

  • Sunny and early start to the season

    We decided to open the club for the 2021 season earlier than usual, on 29th March - the earliest date allowed for sports venues - and members seem delighted, especially as it's unseasonably warm and sunny. We are limited to just lawn 1 for the first two days (due to work on the oaks off the north boundaries of lawns 2-5 making the lawns unusable) and it is divided into half lawns. We expect to have 5 lawns in use by Wednesday with them all usable as half lawns or full lawns, and - all being well - 9 by late Summer.  

     

  • Tree work and impact on early season lawn usage

    Late news!

    The council have scheduled some arboricultural work on the oaks which overhang the northern parts of the east lawns, and which in late Summer and Autumn drop acorns and debris causing considerable nuisance for players and extra work for Charlie. The oaks have also become in our view potentially dangerous so we very much welcome this work, hoping and trusting it will resolve these problems.  

    Contractors will be working on the trees from 25th - 30th March, and during the work lawns 2-5 will be unavailable. Charlie will be catching up on postponed mowing and lawn work on 31st. Therefore our early start for the season will involve only lawn 1 until 3pm Wed 31st. We'd request only half-lawn bookings until the other lawns are available,  to allow as many members as possible to get an early start, because we know some of your are raring to go. 

    Please see lawn booking page for detail. 

  • Club reopening for 2021 season

    The government's roadmap out of lockdown allows outdoor sports venues to reopen from March 29th this year. We sense our members are missing their croquet, and since the lawns are ready and the weather forecast is good, we will start our 2021 season early, with lawns 1-5 and the east pavilion available from 9:00 a.m. on March 29th. We still have to observe hygiene and social distancing measures to keep everything we do within the letter and spirit of the law and as COVID-safe as possible. New COVID-19 rules will be shared soon, based on the guidance from the Croquet Association. (The main changes from the 3rd edition will concern the number of people allowed on a lawn, limitations on the use of indoor spaces (pavilions), and allowing members and visitors on site without prior booking with some provisos). For the first week or so, building work will still be taking place in the west pavilion so we will have access only to the east pavilion. 

    There are some changes to the lawn booking system and to the guidance for lawn use (appearing soon on the lawn booking page) including greater use of 28-yard (half) lawns for less formal play, to help us accommodate all our expected activity on the east lawns for the first part of the season. We hope and trust that we will soon have use of the new west lawns too. Grass growth is looking very promising but we must not jeopardise the long term quality of the fine turf by using them before they are robust enough for regular foot traffic, and creating a mudbath! The Spring growing season will be crucial. 

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