Tuesday saw a cheery group of 18 people from Tangent (part of the Round Table family) arrive at the club for an evening of sociable croquet. Mark Higgins had made all the necessary preparations including recruiting a team of Jane Gloster, Sharon Clark, Ed Olhausen and Chris Webbley to run the actual event. After a rather nervous day watching the weather forecast, the team were relieved that it stayed dry while the half lawns were set up before our guests were met and greeted by their lawn hosts.
Some of the Tangent members had played before and indeed had visited High Wycombe before. So the amount of basic training required was fairly limited before people could get their first doubles game underway. The atmosphere was rather like a rollup: friendly and sociable with a touch of competitive spirit! Pairs moved between different opponents over the three games, with points awarded for a win (3), draw (2) and loss (1).
With 10 minutes to go before departure, two pairs had each scored eight points and a playoff came into force. Watched by all their friends, the four players each had one chance to hit a ball as near the centre peg as possible from the starting corner. The result was by no means a walkover, with three shots reaching a broadly similar distance from the peg.
After presentation of a prize to the winners and a consolation prize to the least successful team, and warm thanks to HWCC for the event, the group departed to continue the rest of the evening together.
It was a pleasure to run this evening for such a delightful group. Apart from the £200 brought in to club funds, it was good to see people with limited experience of croquet having a good go, whatever their age. Truly, a bit of Croquet for All.
Well done, Mark, for all your work to set this up.
Chris, Jane, Sharon and Ed.