Bakewell Croquet Club member Steve Marsh entered a recent National Level Play Golf Croquet competition. It was a two-day event hosted by Chester Croquet Club, on the weekend 5th/ 6th August. There were twelve players from all over the country taking part with two trophies at stake.
The MAGGIE COWMAN trophy was won by Garry Greenwood of Chester Croquet Club and the CHESTER BOWL was won by Steve Marsh of Bakewell Croquet Club. Steve was presented with the trophy along with a bottle of wine.
Some of the club players that enjoyed the visit to play on the lawns of Snitterton Hall. A lovely sunny day, in the beautiful setting of the gardens of an Elizabethan Manor House with views of the Derbyshire countryside – perfect!
There was a good attendance at the 12th Annual General Meeting of Bakewell Croquet Club at The Friends’ Meeting House on March 8th.
Chairman, Bill Robinson reported that 2016 had been a successful year for the club. Two teams played in The East Midlands Federation League. The A team finished in the middle of Division 1 and the B team came top of Division 3 earning the club’s first silverware and a move to Division 2.
We also hold two club tournaments each year. Congratulations to Peter Blackburn who won the May tournament ( Founder’s Cup) and to Tim Spray winner of the August event (Chairman’s Cup).
By coming second in a Preliminary Heat competition at Ashby, Bakewell Croquet Club player Steve Marsh qualified for entry and played in the B-Level National Finals.
The finals took place at Budleigh Salterton on 8th/9th October with sixteen players coming from all over the UK each playing fifteen games over the two days. They have nine perfect lawns at Budleigh Salterton – being likened to a billiard table in smoothness! ‘The best I have ever played on’ quoted Steve!
At the end of the first day Steve was in the lead, though eventually coming third by winning 10 of his 15 games.
The winner was Paul Gunn (handicap 1), the runner-up was Richard Bilton (handicap 2) and third was Steve (handicap 4).
Congratulations to Steve for doing so well in his first National Golf Croquet competition.
Bakewell croquet club has now begun a new playing season, with lots of events organized as well as league matches and friendly games with other clubs, see our calendar for 2016 for the details. The courts are located in the recreation ground , in front of the cricket pavilion, see here.
Playing sessions are … Monday- 2-4 , Thursday 2-4 , (association croquet 6 p m Thursday) and Saturday 10-12 a.m. Any one interested is welcome to come along and have a go .
The club’s annual dinner was held on 16 th March at Bakewell golf club and much enjoyed by all. Our tea lady Mrs Billie Reeves has hung up her pinny and in appreciation of her 10 years of hard work was presented with a tea cosy embellished with croquet motifs.
National croquet day is to be held on Sunday 6th. June. Bakewell croquet club is taking part in this event, so if you have ever wondered what this game of skill and tactics is all about please come along and talk to the members who will be happy to explain and demonstrate. Hope to see you there!
It will soon be time to hang up our mallets as far as outdoor play goes, but we can look forward to indoor croquet and socialising at Fitism (formerly Born 2 MOVE ), still with the same management of Matt and Sarah and still providing delicious, healthy soup and rolls .
This year members have been using the cricket pavilion for tea and biscuit breaks also entertaining visiting clubs when playing league matches.
We have greatly appreciated the new tables, chairs and kitchen, provided by the football club.
A charity event was held at Ashford cricket club for Bakewell Rotary club, who have asked if we can do the same again next year, I’m sure we can.
Fifteen members visited Brodsworth hall to play on their lawns, there was also a trip to Snitterton Hall, both were thoroughly enjoyed.
A group of about twelve members are off next month to Ripon Spa Hotel for a few days of croquet, sightseeing and socialising .
Membership has grown to forty members.
Last year’s 10th anniversary dinner held at Bakewell golf club was such a success that we have booked for next year to mark our 11th.
There is to be a walk in January followed by lunch at a local hostelry.