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  • Welcome to new members and learners

    There seems to be an outstanding level of interest this year from people new to croquet. Following on from the well attended Open Days, we have a first Learn to Play course, now in its seventh week, with most of the participants choosing to join the club. A second course was extended to accomodate up to 24 players and is filled and in its third week. We also held a "Croquet Experience Weekend" which is primarily intended as an enjoyable and sociable weekend of learning croquet skills and playing some games with no expectation (but of course an option) to take it further. Nearly all of the 11 attendees have chosen to join us. 

    A huge welcome to all who have joined and to those on our courses who may choose to join us. We hope and trust that all our members will make you feel welcome,

    Some photos below from the Croquet Experience weekend where your roving photographer was let loose for a while. 

     

  • Parking during tennis event

    From 5th to 13th June, the high profile Viking Open Tennis event (including players such as Venus Williams and Andy Murray) will be taking place at the Tennis Centre across the road from the club, and there will be temporary parking for this within the hockey centre. We are informed that tennis spectators will be directed to the temporary (chargeable) parking and that croquet and hockey users should be directed to the free parking. However it is unclear if there will be sufficient space allocated. We recommend that members and visitors to our B level tournament and Women’s Open GC Championship allow extra time to find parking. If there is none in our normal places, then at weekends parking places are available for public use on the university campus. There is usually space on Jubilee Avenue or in the area behind the psychology building (#29 on this map https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sharedresources/documents/up-2020-2021-map.pdf ) and there is then a pleasant 5-10 minute walk along the lakeside to get to the club. It is unclear whether visitors to the tennis event will use these spaces too.

    These arrangements may possibly continue until 20th June while a "Trophy" tennis event is on. 

    Parking in front of the emergency access gates just in front of the gates to the hockey club is strictly prohibited during this period.

     

  • The Peel Memorial tournament

    Nottingham Croquet Club again hosted this four day Croquet Association Tournament from Thurs 20th to Sun 23rd May. The report below and most of the photos are supplied by Bob Thompson who managed the tournament. With thanks to all whose voluntary effort made this such a great event. 

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    A rescheduled 2021 Memorial Peels Tournament got under way on Thursday 20th May at Highfields Park, Nottingham under grey skies and windy conditions. 

    After the 2020 event had been postponed due to the Covid pandemic, this years Peels were held with Covid restrictions in place. Further club restrictions meant that there were only five lawns available, the 'bowling green' lawns having been dug up and seeded last September, next year there should be four additional lawns. 

    This is the first CA Tournament to be held at Nottingham since both the refurbished West and East pavilions had reopened. 

    This years tournament seemed to be plagued by numerous withdrawals in the weeks prior to the event and even two withdrawals on the opening morning, before a ball had been hit. 

    Visitors were welcomed from Kington Langley, Edinburgh, Downham and Eardisley.

     

    Eleven couples contested the mixed doubles knockout.

    Semi-finals:    I. Vincent + Diana Plant +8T beat O. Hallam + Phillipine Hallam

                         R. Watson + Debbie Watson +4T beat B. Thompson + Irmgard Finnigan

    Final:             R. Watson + Debbie Watson +10T beat I. Vincent + Diana Plant

     

    Seven Ladies contested the Ladies Singles.

    Semi-finals:    Phillipine Hallam (h/c 16+11T beat Viv Staley (h/c 11)

                         Cathy Turski (h/c 18+10T  beat Debbie Watson (h/c14)

    Final:             Cathy Turski +2T beat Phillipine Hallam

     

    Fourteen Men contested the Mens Singles

    Semi - finals:  A. McIntyre (h/c 2.5+17 beat M. Beacon (h/c 2.5)

                          R. Watson (h/c 7+26 beat M. Hedge (h/c 2.5)

    Final:              Roger Watson +26 beat A. McIntyre

     

    Silver Merit Awards were attained by Mike Hedge and Roger Watson. After winning two of the fabulous Peels trophies, it was no surprise when the Tournament Handicapper, Ian Vincent cut Roger Watsons handicap to 4.

     

    Many thanks to Nicky Newberry and her team of caterers for keeping providing excellent lunches and teas.

    Diana Plant organised an evening Thai takeaway meal from a local restaurant on Saturday evening for fifteen. It was just a pity that this coincided with the best weather of the four days when there were clear skies and the sun shining and no wind! 

    It had been noted that this years tournament had endured the worst weather that Nottingham had offered whilst hosting the Peels. Hopefully, this is an one-off and we can look forward to the sun on your back once more at the Peels.

     

  • Successful Open Days and first Learn to Play course

    We hosted two very succesful Open Days this weekend, with over 50 members of the public trying the game for the first time on Saturday and almost as many on Sunday, despite discouraging weather forecasts. The response was terrific and we have so much interest in learning to play that we may have to expand our second Learn to Play course to accomodate more beginners. Many thanks to David and Janet Brydon for hosting this and to the team of volunteer helpers from the membership. 

    This morning was also the fifth session of our first Learn to Play course. Derek and Viv report an eceptionally  high level of enthusiasm, attendance  and engagement, with course partiicpants also exchanging thoughts during the week using a WhatsApp group. Many thanks to them and their team also. 

     

  • Sat 8th May club social doubles cancelled

    Due to the heavy overnight rain which is ongoing and forecast to continue all day, and following a hasty email consultation by David Brydon, the consensus is that this afternoon's club social doubles afternoon will be cancelled. However David does plan to attend for the benefit of any who haven't seen the emails or who want to play in spite of the rain. Three of the five booked lawns have been released for general club booking.

    For any members who don't wish to brave the elements but would miss their Saturday afternon croquet fix, we wholeheartedly recommend Paddy Chapman's coaching website: CroquetDev.

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