Steve Marsh Wins Another Trophy!

Steve Marsh and Alan Reeves both played in the ‘0+ Cross-over Tournament’ at Chester over the weekend (the 4/5 August). There were 16 entrants for the three different golf croquet titles on offer: The Maggie Cowan prize, the Chester Bowl and the Chester Croquet Plate (which Steve won last year).
Steve said: “Playing conditions were very difficult (but the food was excellent!). Not only was the weather extremely hot, the four full-sized lawns, laid out side by side, all sloped downwards (the difference between the outer edge of lawn 4 and the outer edge of lawn 1 being one meter!). This, alongside the dryness of the ground and lack of grass, made the balls incredibly difficult to control and judge!”

Regardless of those hazards, Steve came away with the Chester Croquet Plate.

AGM and Start of Season

Bakewell Croquet Club held its AGM in The Friends’ Meeting House on March 7th. Outgoing chairman, Bill Robinson, reported on a successful season in 2017. Forty five members enjoyed a variety of events both on and off the lawns. Congratulations to Steve Marsh and Tim Spray winners of the Founders’ Cup and the Chairman’s Cup. Two teams played in the East Midlands League. Well done to the A team who finished half way up Division One. The B team (after some close matches) came bottom of Division Two.

Congratulations to Jean Peters our new Chairperson and thanks to Allen Flatman and Ann Riley who have agreed to continue as treasurer and secretary for the 2018 season. Many thanks also to retiring chairman Bill Robinson for his hard work over the past two years.

On March 14th Jean Peters welcomed members to the Annual Dinner at Bakewell Golf Club where an excellent meal was enjoyed by all.

Indoor Winter Croquet and Winter Walks followed by Pub lunches have kept members entertained over the colder months but they are looking forward to playing on the lawns again when the new season starts in April.

End of season summary: Ripon Visit, Club Tournament, Socials

Ripon Visit
Ripon Visit

Bakewell Croquet Club members visited Ripon Spa Hotel to mark the end of the 2017 season. Some good weather, close games of croquet and enjoyable meals ensured a successful few days.
The season has seen a variety of activities both on and off the croquet lawns. Two club tournaments, an open day and lots of club and league games have been enjoyed by our 40 members. The A team finished midway in their league but the B team ended at the bottom of theirs (plenty to play for next year!).

Club Tournament
Club Tournament

Members also enjoyed various social events including the annual meal at Bakewell Golf Club, a Barbecue at the home of David and Jean Peters and a social at the home of Tim and Anne Spray.

Sadly missed were Bob Furniss and Mike White. Though they are no longer with us their enthusiasm for croquet and the encouragement they gave to fellow players will continue to inspire us for many seasons to come.

2018 Results

Results will be added as each game is played through the season

A Team 2018

Date Home Team Away Team Score
15May Bakewell A  Sheffield U3A  8 – 4 Bakewell A Win
7 June Pinchbeck Bakewell A  8 – 4 Pinchbeck Win
13 June Bakewell A Nottingham A  10 – 2 Bakewell A Win
 4 July Long Eaton Park A Bakewell A  9 – 3   Long Eaton Park A Win
27 September Ashby A Bakewell A  7 – 5  Ashby A Win
10 October Bakewell A Leicester A  10 – 2 Bakewell A Win

B Team 2018

Date Home Team Away Team Score
 23 April Ashby C Bakewell B  6 – 6 The match was a draw
23 May Bakewell B Darley Dale B  10 – 2 Bakewell B Win
27 June Bakewell B Torksey   3 – 9 Torksey Win
7 August Bakewell B Branston District U3A  4 – 8  Branston U3A (B) Win
29 August Louth Bakewell B  3 – 9 Bakewell B Win
5 September North Hykeham Bakewell B  8 –  4 Nth Hykeham Win


Calendar 2018

Events in addition to our regular sessions for this year.

6 January 1st Winter Walk – The Crispin, Gt Longstone 10.30 or 12.15 for lunch
15 February 2nd Winter Walk – The Bull’s Head, Foolow 10.30 or 12.15 for lunch
7 March AGM
10 March FEMCC meeting
14 March Annual Dinner
9 April Committee Meeting
21 April Crispin Inn, Gt Longstone 12.30pm to celebrate Alan’s 80th birthday the  founder of Bakewell Croquet Club.  Followed by an informal buffet lunch
23 April B-team away league match vs Ashby C
30 April to 3 May Spring visit to the Ripon Spa Hotel
13 May National Croquet Day
15 May A-team home match vs Sheffield U3A
22 May Friendly match vs Sheffield U3A at Bakewell – Bakewell Win: Highest score for Sheffield U3A – Tony Hobson:  Highest score for Bakewell – Tim Spray:
23 May B-team home match vs Darley Dale B
26 May Club Tournament – Founders Cup
 7 June A-team away match vs Pinchbeck
13 June A-team home match vs Nottingham A
16 June Bakewell Bowls day (tbc)
23 June Oaksedge Barbeque
25 June Friendly match vs Sheffield U3A at Park Head
27 June B-team home match vs Torksey
 4 July A-team  away match vs Long Eaton A
14/15 July Penrith & North Lakes visit
16 July Committee meeting
25 July Friendly match vs Hathersage Bowling Club
30 July Brodsworth visit
 7 August B-team home match vs Branston B
15 August A-team away match vs Ashby A
19 August A-team home match vs Leicester A
25 August Club Tournament – Chairman’s Cup
29 August B-team away match vs Louth
 1 Sept (tbc) Tim & Anne’s Tea
5 September B-team away match vs North Hykeham
7 October (tbc) Hathersage Bowls day
Formal sessions end 30th September – followed by Winter indoor sessions and Winter walks

See RESULTS page for A-team and B-team matches as they are arranged.

Friendly and other ad hoc matches are also added as and when they are arranged