August Newsletter

100 Club
We would still welcome more members to the “100 Club”.
It’s only a fiver a month, with the chance of winning something in return!
It just requires a standing order into the club’s bank account (Cheltenham Croquet Club, sort code 40-17-53, account number 21367544) payable on 21
st of the month – though for this month only this first payment is extended to 31st August. Then let David Magee know ( or 01452 700353).

Voting for CA Council
You will no doubt have received an email from Ian Vincent inviting you to take part in the election of members for the new Croquet Association (CA) Council. The email included two pdf attachments; a ballot paper and statements from the five candidates. There are five candidates for the three vacancies to be filled, these will represent the South West. Please take the trouble to vote – we have a member of our club standing for election, Klim Seabright. Klim is the only candidate from the northern part of the Federation. He has strong credentials for this role as set out in his manifesto – see the CA website, and see also the latest Cygnet which has been circulated recently by email.
This will be the first opportunity for all croquet players who have taken up standard membership to vote in a Council election.

Membership Secretary
Michael James has decided to retire from his current role as Membership Secretary, a role that he has filled for the last seven years. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Michael for all of his hard work. However, we need to find a successor. The vision is that a new person will “shadow” Michael until the end of this club year, taking over after the AGM. We are actively seeking a volunteer to take over from Michael, please contact him should you be interested in filling this essential role ( Further details will be sent out by email.
Club 150th Anniversary Celebrations
A date for your 2020 diary!
Next year the Club will celebrate its’ 150th year anniversary. Plans are being made for two days of events and activities. The Committee have agreed the first date , which will be Saturday May 30th. This will be the day to show the public what croquet is about with demonstrations from some of the top players. Plus a variety of stalls, refreshments and the history of the Club on display. It’s an ambitious project, so will need lots of support and willing helpers. YOU can start by making sure you are available on that date. Before the end of the season more details will be available so everyone can see where they can contribute.
If you would like to be a member of the working party please contact Pat Francis, Eileen Magee or Naomi Whitehead.

The GC Class Singles
, scheduled to take place on 11th & 12th September, has been cancelled owing to the small number of people wishing to take part.
GC level play ‘C’ series Barter Trophy was played out on a glorious sunny 10th of July. The field of players was largely from Cheltenham, but we also had two visitors from Broadwas and Dowlish Wake.
The final between Ray and Libby could have gone either way, finishing 7-6 to Ray, who having not dropped a game, was a deserved winner of this year’s Barter trophy and will now play in the finals at Cheltenham in September.
Barwell Salvers - no formal report has been received so far, but I understand that the Barwell Salvers were won by Wendy Wu and Penny Crowe.
Weekend Roll-Ups
Only one weekend remains for the Weekend Roll-Ups:
AC:- 14
th September, 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
GC:- 15
th September, 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
All members are welcome. If you would like to join in, please come along to play and enjoy tea. We look forward to seeing you.
There are plans afoot to extend the weekend roll-ups into October and November, with a review of extending them further into the winter. Watch this space.

Festival Week
Festival Week took place over the week Monday 22nd July through to Saturday 27th July, with a number of competitions. The weather was almost too good for croquet, with the temperature above 25C for three days and a high of 30C on Tuesday. The winners were as follows:
AC Handicap Doubles: Carol Cowlishaw and Andrew Hope
AC Alternate Stroke Doubles: Julia Lowery and Peter Petrie
GC Doubles: Janet Loftus and Mike Russ
GC Singles: A Class Ivor Brand
B Class Jeffrey Faulkner
C Class Naomi Whitehead
AC Singles: A Class Nick Saxton
B Class Gerald Wynn
C Class Jim Blenkinsop
D Class Nigel Knee
E Class John Gilden (fame at last!)
The One Ball event was cancelled due to the small entry.
The week was rounded off by a splendid and highly enjoyable “Italian Evening” organised by Helen Blenkinsop with much help from Sarah Hayes. Helen (assisted by Jim and their daughter) provided a supper of lasagne and salad, followed by a delicious ice-cream dessert. A resounding profit of £280 was made. Well done Helen et al.

Lawn Speed
David Magee has produced a note responding to concerns that have been expressed to him about the speed of the lawns. This is a full response that will be circulated as an attachment to a separate email.
Put very simply (it needs to be for me), the grass took a bit of a hammering during the long hot summer last year. David’s first priority has been to allow the grass to recover, but he will soon be taking steps to improve the lawn speed.
See on Lawns Page

Team Results
Only a trickle of new results to report, with the full results to date on the following pages.
The AC match in the Intermediate League (North) played on 10
th August was closely fought, won 4 – 3 by Cheltenham.
Cheltenham played Worcester Norton on 13
th August in the GC Handicap League (NW), but unfortunately came second with a score of 9 – 11.

South West Federation 2019

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Volunteers Needed
As you know, the Club could not operate without the willing help of a veritable army of members who voluntarily carry out tasks to enable the smooth running of the Club. Naomi, with the help of David Magee, has generated a list of activities that need help from Club members over the next month or so. These are listed on the notice board next to the bar. Please take a look, and if you could help in any way, please put your name against one (or more) of the activities. Thank you.

John Gilden
th August 2019

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