painting by Chris Score
Croquet at Rowley. Painting by Chris Score, 2020

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Welcome to Beverley and East Riding Croquet Club at Rowley Manor, one of the most beautiful locations of any club.

2023

Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting was held at Bishop Burton Village Hall on 18 October 2023. 12 members were present.

Two members of the Committee were stepping down from the Committee, treasurer Helen and website manager Mike. Angela, in her Chair's address, thanked both for their work for the club over the years. Both Mike and Helen were presented with a bottle of wine each as a gesture of the club's appreciation.

Angela also thanked Joe for his unstinting time and work spent on maintaining the lawns. Joe is stepping down as lawns manager. Maintaining the lawns is a very time consuming and involved job and it was suggested that members should be asked to commit to spending some time helping out as a joint effort, on what is the most essential job in the club.

To read more, visit our AGM & Club Policies page.

Sunny Singles

The Club Singles Competition has culminated in a win for Graham King. Helen writes, "Graham was a very worthy winner today and beat me soundly in the final of the full lawn doubles. Score was 26-12. It was a lovely sunny day. What more could we ask?" Well done to both for reaching the final, and congratulations to Graham for winning it.

Sweltering Doubles

Doubles 2023

The annual Club Doubles Tournament took place in blistering weather on September 6. Eight members had entered, who were paired so that each of the lowest-handicapped players was paired with one of the higher handicapped members. Each pair played the others in turn - three matches. It was a happy, relaxed occasion, embellished by sunshine and cake.

Helen and Ian and Jim and Angela won two matches each. Graham and Derek and Sally and Mike won one each. The final table depended not only on matches won, but also the number of hoops run. There was barely a whisker between 2nd, 3rd and 4th, but on hoops scored, the runaway winners were Helen and Ian.

So, congratulations to them and thanks to everyone who entered, and a special thanks to Helen who organised the day's proceedings. Sally is missing from the photo because she took it.

York's revenge

Sunday 20th August was a beautiful day for our return full lawn Match against York. It started to go wrong when only 3 members from York turned up to play, So Helen swiftly volunteered to relinquish her corner (Football World cup). The rest of team, Graham Jim and Alan, played manfully to a resounding defeat of 4 to 1. It was nevertheless a very enjoyable day.

Graham

Short Cup & Bowl 2023

Short Cup & Bowl

The sun was out, the birds were singing, the lawns had been newly mowed, there wasn’t a wormcast in sight, or any moles for that matter, when ten players turned up in their whites, to challenge the holders of the trophies. Debbie James was holder of the 2022 Singles Short Cup and John Swift the holder of the Singles Short Bowl for that year.

The players were split into two groups: low handicappers (that is handicaps 5 and below) competed for the Cup and high handicaps (that is 6 and above) competed for the Bowl. Each player played four rounds of croquet; each game had to be completed within 1 hr 15 minutes. Two games were played in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Short Cup & Bowl

The perennial question: What do I do next?

The results of the competition indicate it was a battle hard fought, it wasn’t a given. The 2023 trophies went to: Robin Edwards, who took the Cup, and Graham King, who secured the Bowl.

There were two relatively new players to the game of Association Croquet who deserve a mention, firstly, because they fearlessly entered the competition; and secondly, because they played extremely well. I am, of course, referring to Steve Killick and Terry Beckett. I might add that Terry, won three of his four games. There were no losers, as you can see from the faces shown in the group video, which was taken at the close of play; everyone was tired but buoyant, and the day was deemed to be a huge success.

So, a big thank goes to Debbie for facilitating the event and baking the cakes that kept everyone going. Thank you, Debbie. Also, a big thank you goes to Joe Neal who mowed the lawns in preparation for the event, and to Helen Griffiths, who removed the wormcasts from the lawns. Thank you to both.

Report and photos by Irene Morris

Short Lawn team finishes match season on a high

Our short lawn team, consisting of Ian, Helen, Graham & John had a resounding victory on Sunday, against Huddersfield, winning 9 games to 3. A fitting end to the season's matches. The weather remained fair for us which was a bonus after all that heavy rain. Well done everyone!

Helen

Summer lunch rises above the weather

Summer lunch

The Summer lunch took place on schedule and, despite wet-blanket weather forecasts, was a great success. Twenty members and guests dodged the showers to enjoy a tasty lunch in Rowley Manor and then the croquet players took part in an enjoyable mini croquet tournament. Thanks to Alan for devising that and to Sally for organising the whole event. And thanks to everyone for supporting the club by coming and bringing tombola prizes. Everybody drove home happy, windscreen wipers swishing as the rain returned.

Summer lunch

Clean sweep at York

On Sunday 16th July “Team Beverley” consisting of Graham, Debbie, Helen and Jim travelled to York for a match in the Yorkshire Federation League. The weather wasn’t too promising at first with a bit of rain and it was quite windy during the morning session of two doubles games which were both won by “Team Beverley”. After lunch the weather did brighten up quite a bit and the four singles games were all won again by “Team Beverley”.

So it was a very successful day which resulted in a six-nil win by Beverley.

Graham King

Keith Bremner

Keith Bremner

With great sadness we have to report the death of Keith Bremner. Keith was a member of the club for many years. A retired sociology lecturer, he was a gentle, kind man and a loyal servant of the club. In his later years he suffered increasingly from mobility problems, which restricted his playing. However, he served on the committee and continued as our chairman for a period even after he could no longer play. Well into his eighties, he developed Parkinson's disease and, a few years ago, moved to Lindum House Nursing Home, where he died peacefully on the 6th of June.

Keith Bremner

Keith enjoys the company of members at the 2015 Secretary's Lunch.

Keith Bremner

A tranquil game of croquet in the late afternoon sun in 2015

Federation Short Croquet Tournament

This year's Yorkshire Federation's Short Croquet Tournament took place at York on a glorious sunny Saturday in June. Five teams took part, two each from York and Beverley and one from Huddersfield.

It is always a delight to play on the superb lawns at York, but it has to be said that on this occasion the courts were perhaps too perfect. They were so fast that I lost count of the number of times I played what I thought was a finely controlled drive or roll, only to see the leading ball keep rolling and rolling into the distance, sometimes into the middle of the next lawn. It seemed more like playing curling than croquet.

However, some participants showed better control and much excellent croquet was enjoyed by everyone there. York Eboracum were the eventual winners and Alison Larard, also of York, took the award for the best individual performances of the day. Alison won all four of her matches. But congratulations to Robin and Ian who won three games each. For the record, our teams finished 3rd and 5th. Thanks are due to Debbie and Irene for organising the Beverley teams and driving us there and to the York members who staged the event as immaculately as they always do. And additional thanks to whoever baked the delicious cakes. Some pictures:

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York Eboracum receive their trophy.

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Alison was the best player on the day.

trophy winners 2022

Humbled in Huddersfield

A team of three, Irene, Ian and Graham, travelled to Huddersfield on Sunday 28th May for a full lawn contest where, it has to be admitted, we struggled to make any headway. The morning session of 1 doubles match (Graham and Ian)and 1 single ended in a 2 nil defeat by a narrow margin in the doubles, while Irene, in her debut appearance for the club team, was beaten by a more experienced player. In the afternoon session the doubles team of Ian and Irene were again narrowly beaten by Huddersfield whilst Graham scored the only win of the day, albeit after a Golden Hoop finish.

Nevertheless it was a very enjoyable day (a bit chilly at times) and a valuable learning experience for all and we are looking forward to the return match in June.

Graham King

Croquet in Cumbria

Four years ago, we hosted a visit from a group of members of Penrith and North Lakes Croquet Club. This year, they invited us to pay them a return visit. So at the beginning of May, four of our players braved the unseasonal weather for a trip to Cumbria where they were joined, delighfully, by Derek who ventured down from the frozen north.

trophy winners 2022

Debbie reports that they had a great time. The croquet was played on good lawns to the sounds and views of sheep on the fells behind.

"We (Helen, Graham, Joe, Derek and I) played a mixture of full and short, singles and doubles. The oppo were warm and welcoming to our party (excellent scones and millionaire's shortbread), and we had some testing match-ups. Over 2 days we played 26 games in total... and BERCC won 14-12."

So, well done to all involved in a close-fought contest of friendly rivalry. The party exend their thanks to Penrith for their warm welcome and to John Henderson for organising the games.

trophy winners 2022

Elspeth Johnson 1-Ball Trophy

one-ball comp

The 1-Ball annual event was hotly contested by all who took part. Ian won all of four games and took the shield on this occasion. Helen, the only female contestant, put up a fight and came second. The weather was kind to us. Rowley was beautiful in the sunshine. Alan, with his precise creative chart work, made it happen. A big thank you to all who took part or contributed to the event.

one-ball comp

Christmas lunch

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Photo by Helen Griffiths

Many thanks to Sally for organising the Christmas lunch which was held at The Bay Horse in Cherry Burton, on 14 December. A great time was had by all who were there. One highlight of the festivities was the presentation of the season's prizes. The photo shows some of the winners. From left to right, Terry Beckett won the Club Doubles Trophy along with Debbie James (not present, but pictured below receiving her awards from Sally). Graham King was winner of the One Ball Trophy. The Short Bowl was won by John Swift, whilst the club's premier competition, the Handicap Singles was won this year, in his last season with the club, by Chris Score. Other trophies were won by Annie Holmes - Most Improved Player, Debbie again - the Short Cup and Helen Griffiths, who achieved the highest attendance on club days.

trophy winners 2022

Photo by Sally Layton

Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting was held on Wednesday 19 October at Bishop Burton Village Hall. Thanks were expressed to Stanley, who stepped down from the role of Chair, and to Alan and Chris, who left the Committee. Chris is leaving the area. He has brought much to the club in his time here. We wish him well.

Thanks were also expressed to Joe for his work on the lawns during the season, especially for his efforts to persuade the moles to leave us alone.

Angela Stones was elected to be the new Chair, and at last we have a new secretary, Maureen Goodchild. Irene Morris also joined the committee.

Full details are here.

Painting: "Croquet at Rowley"

You can see a larger version of Chris Score's painting, shown at the top of this column, in the Gallery pages of our website. If you have a large screen, you may like to download this hi-res PDF to see it in all its glory.

 


U3A members enjoy a game of golf croquet

A summer Sunday at Rowley and a glimpse of the Croquet Summer Lunch party, who have emerged from the dining room to enjoy a croquet quiz on the top lawn.

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