Credit where credit is due. This photo shows a sample of the sort of work that goes on to keep HWCC facilities in good order. Don was painting one of the fence panels, while Richard is preparing to drill holes to make the security system announcements more audible. And Steve Morton (not in picture) rewired some of the system inside the clubhouse.
Thanks go to them and to all who work to keep things shipshape.
The first of the GC winter tournaments took place on Sunday 17 October. An 'all play all' event for people with current handicaps of 5 and above attracted six HWCC members (pictured below with organiser Chris Webbley). Everyone recorded at least one win in a day of friendly competition. But nobody could catch Kay who impressively went through the whole day unbeaten to lift a well-earned prize bottle of bubbly.
Although a level play tournament, the differences in handicap did not predetermine the final ranking. Nor the results in individual games, a majority of which went to 7-5 or 7-6.
A big thankyou goes to Richard, who calmly guided Chris through his first tournament in this format.
"Dear Relieved Member,
I hate to correct you, Ian, but your praise of all was spread a little far and didn't shine enough light on you and my second in command.
This is a resume of what I believed really happened.
1. Ian turned up at the club to find that the padlock wouldn't open.
2. Catherine and Ian took a panel off to enable entry for Cliff and the course attendees. Catherine also helped set up the course .
3. Ian phoned me but got Sharon, to whom he explained the problem. I overheard, thus disrupting my morning read in bed.
4. Sharon handed Ian over to me. I reassured him, from the comfort of my bed, that we would get the existing padlock cut off (Sharon's idea) and find a replacement padlock.
5. Sharon phoned Keith T and asked if he could cut the lock off. He said he could and he did.
6. Sharon phoned Raouf and explained that we needed a replacement padlock. He told her he already had one and would take it up before Cliff and Ian finished their course. Which he did.
7. Meanwhile I tried to recover my composure and continued to read my book.
8. Cliff and you spent a day coaching.
9. Eventually I got up and had breakfast before carrying on with my day as planned.
10. On hearing all this Richard took full credit as Chairman and thus responsible for all the above.
Thank you to all those who actually did something.
PS Your main point Ian was absolutely correct, What a club!
Feeling a little tired now what with all these goings on, must retire to bed early, as I've got some disrupted reading to catch up on..."
Harassed member at club gates at 8 o’clock in the morning, ready to set up for a Chiltern Academy course for 6 participants, starting at 09.30 am. Gate padlock will not open, despite the correct code being used in multiple attempts!
A special shout out for:
Sharon Clark, for sympathetically answering the cri-de coeur phone call so early in the morning.
Alan Clark, for picking up the baton to resolve the issue
Keith Toovey, for prompt arrival to cut off padlock to allow entry through the gate.
Raouf Allim, for the supply of a replacement padlock
Catherine Shore, for prompt response to assist in setting up the course, which was thus able to start on time.
What team - what a club of which to be very proud!
Thank you everyone!
Signed: Relieved member
PS. The replacement padlock has been set with same code as previous one - so no change!"
I particularly wanted to write to put on record my gratitude to you and your team for the cleanliness of the clubhouse when the Chiltern Academy used it over the weekend for a Becoming a Coach Course, led by Cliff Jones. We had 7 participants, plus Cliff and myself, so, with one of the larger tables down the middle and chairs on either side, we fitted comfortably, with a TV screen and whiteboard at the kitchen end.
I went up on Fri evening to prepare the clubhouse into “classroom mode’ and I was particularly struck at how things were well organised, clean, stocked and obviously looked after.
I fear we all take our clubhouse for granted at times, so it seems right to express this appreciation for the work of all your team in maintaining the clubhouse to the high standard that they do.
We are fortunate in having a defibrillator close by. Do your friends know where it is? And how to use it? It is worth making sure they do as they could save your (or someone else’s) life one day!
The defibrillator is in a box to the left hand side of the main door to the Hazlemere Memorial Hall (the large adjacent green “pavilion") through the gap in the hedge by the car park.
Instructions for how to use it will be on a sign in the clubhouse very soon. They have changed, by the way. Take a minute to read through them next time you're at the club. (Much better than having to work it out in a real emergency!)
Please spread the word!
2019: SCF GC Handicap League North -- 2nd place out of 9 clubs: HW Kestrels
2021: SCF GC Advantage (Handicap) League North -- 2nd place out of 9 clubs: HW Kites
Fine results in both years.
Now, for 2022 how do we get one of our HW teams to pip Phyllis Court to the top spot?!
Chris Webbley and Kay Vickery :-) :-)
For the last four years, High Wycombe has won the SCF Association Croquet B-level league. Going into the first weekend of September, we had won all three of our league matches and things were looking good for a fifth consecutive title, but sadly it was not to be.
September 4th saw the conclusion of the Oxford University-High Wycombe match: this match had originally been scheduled for July, but a late withdrawal meant that only two of the games had been completed, and the tie was poised at 1-1. Keith Pound travelled to Oxford for his game against Ian Plummer, but fell to a 26-7 defeat, meaning that we had lost the match 2-1.
This meant that the title was no longer in our hands – a victory at Hamptworth on Sunday would give us a chance to retain the trophy, but we would be relying on other results to go our way.
After the long drive down to Wiltshire, Mike Porter found himself up against an in-form Tim O’Donnell and quickly lost his match. While Richard Peperell scored a notable victory against Richard Dickson, Alan Clark was edged out by Chris Weedon and the team suffered another 2-1 defeat.
Many congratulations to Hamptworth, who are worthy league champions this year – we’ll be back to try to regain the crown in 2022!
... that doesn't mean the end of the chance to play some good croquet.
Waiting just around the corner are several series of one-day tournaments catering to both AC and GC players of all standards. Each day will stand alone and matches are being scheduled for weekdays and weekends to match people's other commitments. The various series will run from October through to the end of March, and we hope will offer the extra interest of meeting and playing against people from other clubs as well as familiar faces from HWCC.
Look out for emails coming soon.
Mike Porter (AC) and Chris Webbley (GC)
We have received this thankyou letter and certificate acknowledging the amazing support given to Wycombe Homeless Connection via the 24-Hour Croquet Marathon and asking us to publicise it to members.
Dear Mr Pepperell,
Thank you so much for the generous donation of £1858.50. Thank you for choosing Wycombe Homeless Connection as your charity to support as part of The Big Knock.
Because of you, we are able to keep helping people in our community who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
We are currently caring for over 40 people living in emergency accommodation who otherwise would be sleeping on the streets, helping them with everyday items like food and clothing, as well as working with them to find more secure, longer-term accommodation.
Our homelessness prevention hotline for people who are worried about losing their home is busy; we are receiving frequent requests for help from people who are ‘sofa-surfing’ or worried about keeping up with their rent. We are working to prevent more people becoming homeless every day.
And our Homeless Health project is in great demand. We work with people to make sure they are registered with a GP so they can get the healthcare they need, and vitally, are able to have the coronavirus vaccination.
People in our community are facing challenges that mean our services will be needed for the long term. So, thank you very much for your gift. You are the reason people are able to get the help they need at this very difficult time.
Yours sincerely, James Boultbee, Chief Executive Officer
Well done, everyone, in support of such a good local cause. Not forgetting the similar sum raised for club funds, of course.