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  • 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. 

     

  • Summer School coming up

    Our Summer School (for children aged 8-14) is coming up. No prior experience required but we also take children who have played before. If you would like to come, please get your parents or guardians to book you in. If you have children / grandhildren / relatives / friends of the relevant age range do please encourage them to consider it. 

     

     

     

  • Reg Bamford wins CA Open Singles Championship (AC)

    Reg Bamford again won the AC Open Singles Championship at Surbiton, beating long-standing rival Robert Fulford -3sxp, +25sxp, +24sxp, +19sxp. Nottingham member Paddy Chapman had been narrowly beaten in an exciting and tight-fought semi-final -4, +19sxp, +26sxp, -20, -16sxp. Alain Giraud, also of Nottingham, had been beaten by Bamford in the quarter-finals. 

    The extraordinary number of sextuple peels in the tournament (unimaginable a decade ago) reflects the very high calibre of the entry, improvements in capabilities of top players, the conditions at Surbiton and also the use of the super-advanced version of the game which makes it more worth attempting. 

    The Plate was won by Jamie Burch and the Z event by Joel Taylor. 

    Full results available here.

     

     

  • Rachel Gee wins Nottingham GC Championship

    Rachel Gee this weekend won the Nottingham Golf Croquet Championship after dropping only one game (to husband Will) in the cross block preliminary round and then winning all three matches in the knockout. 

    The 14 players in this high-calibre championship included 6 of the top ranked 20 in the country. After 7 rounds of block play the top 8 were drawn into a knockout. These included all 5 Nottingham members in the event: Richad Bilton, Euan Burridge, Ian Burridge, Rachel Gee and Will Gee, four of whom won semifinal places. Rachel Gee beat Euan Burridge 3-7, 7-4, 7-6 in the final.

    The Bowl was won by Lionel Tibble, and the plate by Morgan Case.

    Congratulations to Rachel for yet another fine victory.

    A fuller report and photos will be added here if forthcoming.  Full results can be found here

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