TASTER SESSIONS: HELP NEEDED
Here are the details of our forthcoming taster sessions for
outside groups – all help welcome. If
you are willing to assist at any of these taster sessions, please add your
name to the list on the notice board or let Derek know.
Mon 19th June Ivanhoe
Taster Session 6.30pm
Wed 21st June Ashby
Trefoil Taster 6.30pm
July Swadlincote RT
Lodge Taster 6.30pm
Monday 10th July Packington
Men’s Club Taster 6.30pm
Wed 12th July OOGUF
Taster Session 6.30pm
Mon 17th July Burton
Club Taster 6.30pm
Wed 19th July
Swadlincote Round Table Taster
Sat 22nd July Jowett
Car Club Experience 12.00
Wed 2nd Aug Ashby
Twinning Taster 6.30pm
VISITING PLAYER TERREY SPARKS WINS VETERANS GC Mon 5th June, Moira Report by Eileen
In the FEMCC and Ashby CC
Veterans GC Tournament, fourteen players battled over seven rounds in cold,
wet and windy weather. We call it “Flaming June”!
Terrey Sparks, of Hunstanton and Pinchbeck
croquet clubs, was the winner with 6 wins.
Mike O’Brian of Ashby finished second with 5 wins and a net score of
Every one appeared to enjoy the day, and four
people have already booked for next year!
Thanks to Jenny Biggs for providing an excellent
lunch and drinks etc. all day. Chris Mounfield and Janet Harker kindly
assisted her in serving the lunchtime meal.
They also helped by recording the scores. This really helped the
manager, Eileen Buxton, who was also playing in the Tournament.
Thank you to Derek Buxton for setting out the
Lawns. I don’t know who tidied up after play but a big thank-you if it was
you. I was working out who had won.
EAST MIDLANDS GC LEAGUE: Nottingham A 11–1 Ashby B Sat 20th May
The newly-promoted Ashby B team had a tough introduction to the
top division of the East Midlands league when they lost 1–11 at Nottingham to
a strong home side.
TIM WINS THE ASHBY ANNIVERSARY SHIELD Sat 27th May, Moira Report by Derek
Four members entered the 2017 Ashby Anniversary Shield, just
enough to allow it to be played. Lack of entries have meant a lapse in this
internal 26-point AC event being contested since 2012.
Experienced players Tim King and Derek Buxton
were joined by David Randall and Adam Wheatley playing in their first-ever
tournament. With four players giving
three pairs of games, the tournament was able to be played in one day.
Derek Buxton (18) beat David Randall (20) +10t
Adam Wheatley (20) beat Tim King (4) +13t
Derek beat Adam +8
Tim beat David +9
Tim beat Derek +13
Adam beat David +1t
The three-way tie between Tim, Adam and Derek was
resolved by best mean score.
King, who received the Anniversary Shield (first played for in 1995).
ASHBY REGAIN THE BASS SHIELD FROM LEICESTER
Sat 20th May, Moira Report
The five East Midlands clubs taking part had each played in this
competition on at least one previous occasion, with the holders of the Bass
Shield, Leicester, having won the trophy in each of the last four years.
However, this year Leicester, without their number one player, David Bell,
failed to secure a place in the play-off, finishing second to Ashby “B”
(Martin, Richard T and Ray) in the morning block play. The other block was
won by Ashby “A” (Christine, Mike and Tim).
afternoon, winning four games out of six was enough for Ashby “A” to secure
the Bass Shield. Whilst several players finished the competition with four or
five wins, there was just one who won all six games, so Chris Jackson (Long
Eaton) took home the Coors Cup.
amounts of rain throughout the day players appreciated the Moira courts
which, thanks to Martin, were in very good condition.
Winner of the
Bass Shield: Ashby “A”
Winner of the
Coors Cup: Chris Jackson
Photos and full
team line-ups on the Coors Cup/Bass Shield page.
ASHBY ‘A’ GC FIXTURES
The Ashby ‘A’ fixtures have been announced for the East Midlands
Golf Croquet League:
Bakewell A v Ashby A – Tuesday 6th June 11am start – now re-arranged for Wed 14th June.
Ashby A v Ashby
B – Sunday 9th July - start time 11am
Ashby A – Saturday 12th August
Ashby A v
Leicester A – Saturday 2nd September
Ashby A v
Nottingham A – Saturday 16th September
Long Eaton A v Ashby A – to be arranged
TIM WINS THE LANCASHIRE GC OPEN Pendle & Craven, April
29th & 30th
Tim King won the Lancashire Open GC Championship for the second
time (after a gap of nine years), with a victory in the final over the
defending champion David Widdison. The
other Ashby representative Ray Mounfield reached the semi-finals.
Details (CA website)
DEREK WINS THE CHARITY ONE-BALL CROQUET AT MOIRA Sun 23rd April
Eight people took part, arranged into two blocks of 4. Derek beat Mick in the final to win the
absent Gnome trophy which was still believed to be residing in
Biggleswade! The event raised £40
towards this year’s national One Ball charity Parkinson’s UK.
INTER-CLUB GC: Nottingham 2–5 Ashby Sat 15th April
Ashby faced a tough test in the opening round of this year’s
Inter-Club Golf Croquet national knockout competition, with a trip to local
rivals Nottingham who were competing for the first time in this event. The Ashby team of Will (-3), Rachel (-3),
Mike (-1) and Tim (-1) won through 5–2, taking them through to the
quarter-final stage where they will face either Camerton & Peasedown or
Full results and detailed report by Tim on the CA website
ASHBY ‘B’ FIXTURES
Here are the Ashby B-team’s 2017 fixtures in the
East Midlands GC league:
Nottingham A v
Ashby B Saturday May 20th Away match
Ashby B v Bakewell A Sunday June 25th Home match
Ashby A v Ashby B Sunday July 9th
Ashby B v Pinchbeck Wednesday July 26th Home match
Ashby B v Long Eaton A Saturday August 26th Home match
Leicester A v Ashby B Sunday September 17th Away match
ANNUAL QUIZ Tues 14th March
Thanks to Lynda and George for running another
excellent quiz. Four teams competed,
with CR² winning on 72½, just ahead of Where’s Mal? on 71. Where’s Mal? did win the tough picture
quiz, scoring 23/40.
CROQUET & CARVERY: FINAL RESULTS
After many weeks’ play, the top 5 places for
2016/2017 are as follows.
Tim King 170
Mike O'Brian 164
Many thanks to
all who turned out in varied weather conditions and to our visiting players
from Long Eaton and Australia.
LAWNS CLOSED FROM March 1st to 25th
The lawns are currently closed
for maintenance, re-opening for the new season on Sunday 26th March.
START OF SEASON
The new croquet season starts on Sunday 26th March (Mothering Sunday) with a Croquet & Social from 2pm onwards – please note the later start time than previously
COORS CUP & BASS SHIELD UPDATE
Saturday 20th May
Entries are invited from East Midlands club teams
for the Coors Cup and Bass Shield
GC competition to be held at Moira on Saturday
20th May 2017. The entry fee is
the same as last year: £21 for a team of three. Maximum 6 teams. A reminder
that clubs must be members of or affiliated to the Croquet Association if
they wish to play in East Midlands Federation events such as this one.
Details (Coors Cup & Bass Shield page)
UPDATE 20/02/17: We already have 5 team entries, from Ashby,
Leicester, Darley Dale, Long Eaton and Bakewell. Just one team place remaining.
WINTER WALK Sun 12th Feb
Nine people and a dog braved the cold and misty
weather for our 5½ mile circular stroll starting at the croquet club and
following a circular route via Short Heath, Swainspark Wood and Albert
Village Lake, along paths and tracks that we had not covered on any of our
previous winter walks. Eileen and Ray
joined us at the end of the walk for a welcome stop for tea and cake at the
National Forest YHA café which had just opened that weekend for the start of
the 2017 season.
We were sorry to hear that Liz Christian, one of
our newer club members, died at the end of January after a bravely-fought
illness. Liz’s funeral was at Holy
Trinity Church, Ashby on Friday 10th February.
SHEENA WINS “COUNTDOWN” Tues 24th Jan
Eleven took part in this year’s contest including
some latecomers from the Trustees meeting who arrived just in time for the
second heat. We had three newcomers
Janet, Lesley E and Carolle who all made it through to the final. Ray and Eileen were in the lead for most of
the final but in the end they had to settle for joint second place, having
being pipped at the post on the final conundrum by Sheena who was making her
first Countdown appearance for ten years!
CROQUET & CARVERY LATEST TOTALS Sun 22nd
Here are the latest totals from the Croquet &
Carvery winter Sunday tournament which includes includes the results up to
and including January 22nd.
Ray 148, Christine 147, Tim 132, Mike 120, Eileen 116, Derek 112, Julie 99,
Jenny 94, Martin 94, Arthur 73, Rupert 71, Judith 50, George 47, Janet 40,
Lynda 37, Richard 30, Lesley 21.
Guests from Long Eaton: Howard 39, Joan 38, Chris 32, Jane 31, Paul 11.
BLOOD BIKE VISIT ON NEW YEAR’S DAY Sun 1st
One of the Blood Bike riders and bike dropped in
to the club during our New Year’s Day tournament to accept our Christmas
charity donation to Leicestershire &
Rutland Blood Bikes. Thanks to
all for turning out on such a cold and wet day. In the tournament itself, Rachel and George
were the winners, and Tim and Lynda the runners-up.
Paul, the Blood Bikes representative, receives our cheque from Lynda