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Sidmouth Croquet Club

Sidmouth Croquet Club

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2017 AGM Minutes



The Chairman (Peter Nelson) welcomed approximately 50 members to the meeting who then stood in silence to remember former members, Derek Pedder and Tony Philpott, who had died this year.

Apologies for Absence: were received from Roger Mills, Anne Holbeche, Rob and Liz Matthews, Helen and Graeme Pryor, Jane Babbage, Ken Prosser, Richard Croft, Roger Hendy, Brian and Jeanette Pollack and Maureen Thurlow.

Minutes of 2016 AGM: It was proposed that the minutes of the last AGM be accepted, by Richard Thurlow , seconded by Andrew Thomas, as a true record. These were duly signed by the Chairman.

Chairman’s Report: The chairman explained that, following feedback from previous AGMs, in lieu of individual committee member’s  reports , which could be repetitive, he had amalgamated them all into one summary.

Membership stands at 126 of which 18 are new members. The chairman thanked Colin Walls and helpers for training the new members.

He then summarised the finances report from the club AGM in July. Total income was £132,500 and expenditure £117,000. Croquet club subscriptions were £20,000 plus £1,500 was raised from match fees. Folk week parking is an important earner, so thanks were given to all those members who helped.

A report on social events followed including the Christmas and Spring lunches, the talk by Roger Hendy and other winter activities. The wine and buffet evening was postponed until September due to bad weather but as the replacement event was successful, the committee felt that two such events should be run in future in June and September. Special thanks were extended to Julie Sorrell for organising all these events.

Improvements to the mallet room and the introduction of new balls were mentioned and thanks given to Andrew Thomas for all his work.

The chairman then thanked Philip Harris for organising and managing internal tournaments.

Turning to the open tournaments, hosted by the club, he reported on the winners, many of whom were from this club. Many members also travelled to other open events and three were trophy winners. Four association and three golf teams competed in the SW Federation leagues. A summary of their results is available in the mallet room and hut three. The managers and their players were thanked. Gabby Macadam was thanked for organising the golf roll-ups.

The visit by some members to Carrickmines in Ireland was described. It was suggested that their team should visit Sidmouth next season.

The chairman explained the changes to the CA membership which mean that all members can become full members at no extra cost to them. The benefits were outlined. Members would have to agree to their details being held on the CA database. There will be a supplementary form with our renewal forms which members will be asked to complete.

Collection boxes were circulated for Julie Clayden and Colin Whitehall .

The committee were thanked for their work, especially Sue Dent who has done so much and is leaving the committee.

David Temple was congratulated on becoming President of the club.

Handicap Committee: Philip Harris outlined the role of the handicap committees in assessing players’ ability. Pam Bowra relayed information from Helen Pryor on the golf handicaps. Members who had made substantial progress in the season were congratulated.

Election of New Committee: The Chairman identified existing committee members available for re-election as himself, Penny Ball, Pam Bowra, Philip Harris, Julie Sorrell, Andrew Thomas, Paul Bradley and Richard Thurlow. Julie Horsley is nominated to be Open Tournament Secretary and Steve Pearson is also nominated to join the committee.The meeting agreed to vote en-bloc and the motion to elect the committee was proposed by John Williams and seconded by David Temple.  The vote in favour was unanimous and the named candidates were duly elected.

Presentation of Prizes:  the Chairman introduced, as Guest of Honour, Julie Horsley, to present the prizes. Philip Harris read out the winners and the trophies were presented to the season’s winners.

Philip Harris and Andrew Thomas were given gifts for their service to the club by the chairman.

Sue Dent thanked Philip and Marian Harris for their hard work in collecting and organising the engraving on the trophies. She then outlined some of Julie Horsley’s many achievements in organising prestigious tournaments before thanking her for presenting the trophies.

Notices:  Members were advised that tickets were on sale for the Christmas dinner at the Bedford. They were reminded of the winter activities already underway and some new ones that have been proposed : beach croquet and a walking group. A notice will be going round to members about these, the winter talk and teatime quiz when details have been finalised.

Philip Harris asked all trophy winners to sign the trophy book

Meeting Closed:  There being no other business the Chairman closed the meeting and invited members to enjoy the dinner.                            

Thursday Club Nights

Bar open every Thursday at 6pm
Food from 6:30 to 8:30

Croquet Club Facilities

The Croquet Club shares superb facilities with cricket and tennis as part of the Sidmouth Fortfield Sports Complex. Croquet was played in Victorian Sidmouth as early as 1900 as part of the original Sidmouth Cricket, Tennis, Croquet & Hockey Club. Members enjoy full clubhouse facilities with bar and in-house catering. The club has a friendly atmosphere and an ongoing social life including events such as dinners, demonstrations, illustrated talks, fun events, wine and buffet evenings and other activities. After a croquet session, it is good to be able to watch a top-class game of cricket over a well-earned drink! As well as hosting National Tournaments, the Croquet club holds its own competitions and is a member of the South West Federation League, competing at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels.

About the Club

Spectators are always welcome and members will be delighted to be asked to explain the finer points of the game. There are additional coaching opportunities throughout the summer for beginners and more advanced players.

All that is needed to play is a pair of flat soled shoes as the Club can provide mallets and other equipment. So please feel free to contact us and come along and come along to enjoy this super game in a very friendly atmosphere!


Keith Ross wins B Level

The CA B Level Open Tournament finished with a thrilling final in which Keith Ross, who travelled from France to be with us, just edged out Andrew Dutton to win by +4
Keith receives his trophy from David Temple with Julie Horsley
Keith receives his trophy from David Temple with Julie Horsley
The Players
The Players

Philip and Sue win at the Seniors

Philip Harris and Sue Rogers won the doubles on July 22nd 2018 at the National Seniors tournament held at Budleigh.
Philip Harris and Sue Rogers
Philip Harris and Sue Rogers

Short Croquet

Twenty short players took part in this fast-moving tournament in sunny weather. Philip Harris, Richard Thurlow, and Julie Horsley were among the front runners.
The Scene
The Scene

May Week Result!

Sidmouth players went to Budleigh May Week and came home with the silverware. Well done all!
Budleigh May Week Winners
Budleigh May Week Winners

Haste Cup goes to Jonathan Powe

Jonathan Powe went through the entire tournament without loss and dominated the final to emerge a worthy winner.

Sidmouth "A" Triumph

Sidmouth "A" Parkstone League team resoundingly won in the first match of the season, against Sidmouth "B". Perhaps it was the home advantage?

Charity Quiz Triumph

The croquet section won the charity quiz to everyone's surprise and gratification
The Winning Team
The Winning Team

Website Move

The website has been moved to a new hosting facility. Everything should be as it was, but in the event of any new problems being discovered, please contact Colin Walls

Thurlow Triumphs with One Ball

The annual Charity “One Ball” competition was played on Thursday April 19th, a dry day unusually for this year, and our first internal competition of the year. Penny Ball and Richard Thurlow scored 140 points in their first four games, and so were matched together in the final, which Richard just managed to win, giving him 150 points.

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