• Irrigation installation started

    The installation of the irrigation system funded by the Places People Play Inspired Facilities grant got under way on Monday, 11th March, despite a blizzard soon after the contractors arrived.

    Charlie Paget, the groundsman employed by Nottingham City Council which maintains Highfields Park, came ready to dig the first sod ...

    ... and put a cheerful face on the conditions and the task ahead ....

    ... but the trench-cutting machinery soon arrived   ....

    ...and after blowing away the snow the line for the pipework was marked out and trenching could begin.



  • Croquet Association Millennium Award

    The Croquet Association has announced that we will be given its biennial Millennium Award.

    This award is for clubs with 5 or more lawns, and in the two years 2011 and 2012 we have:

    • taken on 3 bowling greens from the City Council, giving a total of 8 lawns
    • been able to offer year-round play for the first time
    • sunk a borehole to provide a source of water for the lawns
    • obtained funding to install an automatic watering system on its 5 original lawns
    • increased its membership and number of CA Associates
    • developed GC play at both club and tournament level to add to its strong showing at AC
    • continued to run a full programme of CA Calendar events
    • improved its website
    • contributed to the running of the CA and the East Midlands Federation

    The winning club receives an inscribed plaque and a cheque for £250, and holds the associated trophy for 2 years. The trophy will be presented at the CA AGM in October.

    The award is a testament to the many members who work so hard for the success of the club.  In particular a big vote of thanks should go to our GC & AC coaches/mentors who put in so much time and effort to help our our new starters each year.


  • Video and radio appearances by Omied Hallam

    This video, featuring Omied Hallam (our Chairman) at Nottingham and the indoor court at Soham for the match against East Anglia, was made by Tanya Jones for her degree. Feel free to point your friends at it, for a different image of croquet.

    Omied also be appeared, along with Dave Gunn and Rachel Rowe, as the "team of the week" on BBC Radio Nottingham's afternoon show on Friday 15th February at about 2.20pm.  Sadly, the "listen again" link is no longer available and we were refused permission to make a recording available on our website.

  • Grant Awarded for Irrigation System

    The Nottingham Croquet Club is delighted to have been awarded a grant of nearly £25K for its irrigation project, from Sport England's lottery-funded Inspired Facilties Fund, as part of its Places People Play London 2012 legacy programme. 

    The grant will enable us to install an automatic sprinkler system for the five permanent croquet lawns, fed from the borehole that was sunk last year.  Until now we have only had one manual watering point, which has severely restricted the amount of water that could be applied, resulting in the grass dying off in times of drought and maintenance being restricted.  The system will be programmed to apply the optimal amount of water overnight, thus reducing evaporation and disruption to play.

    It is hoped that the system can be installed before or during the early part of the season.

  • Indoor Match against East Anglian Federation

    Patricia Duke-Cox has submitted the following report.  The photo is by Duncan Hector.

    Six Nottingham members had a very early start to travel to the Ross Peers leisure centre at Soham on Sunday 9th December to play on the indoor mat. Warming up and practice started at 8.30 a.m. and the matches began at 9.00. This event was the first of what is hoped will be an annual one since the Nottingham club provided a trophy in the form of a rose bowl courtesy of team captain Omied Hallam.

    Nottingham teams were Sanaa and Omied Hallam, Brian Hallam and Bob Thompson, James Death and Patricia Duke-Cox. Doubles, 14-point games were played with 25 minutes being allowed for each team in each match. Their opponents were selected from experienced indoor players in the East Anglian Federation and comprised Jeff Race and Bryan Saddington, Mike Percival and Peter Allnutt, Duncan Hector and Peter Whiting.

    During the day some filming took place. However it was noticed that the camera was not always on the players, as it was observed that even the big clocks timing the games were filmed! It seemed a pity that James’ jump shot was missed.

    The experience was most enjoyable, but Nottingham members were beaten by a score line of 12.5 to 5.5 matches. Every team had at least one win, and only two games went to time.


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