Members are notified that one of our members David Mattacks sadly passed away on 4th December 2016.
I regret to inform you that this morning Sunday 4th December 2016 whilst an in-patient at ‘The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’ King’s Lynn and after a long illness bravely borne David Mattacks a long serving member and currently an Honorary Life member of the club sadly passed away. Our condolences go to Carole his partner of many years.
Due to his illness David had lately found it difficult to visit the club but, for those who knew him he will be sadly missed. David was a valuable Committee Member and served as Chairman for the years 2001 – 2002 and Vice Chairman for the period 2008 – 20011. He will always be remembered for his period as Chairman, when in conjunction with the late Sarah Hampson he diligently and efficiently oversaw the construction of the current Club House after the previous wooden building had been destroyed by arson. A debt the club will always owe him.
I will be in contact with you again as soon as I am made aware of the funeral arrangements.
HCC Hon. Secretary
Croquet Club Coffee Morning
Venue: Norfolk Lavender Restaurant
Date: Thursday 8th December 2016
Time: 10am – 12am
Do hope you are able to join us, it will be the start of the festive season.
Any queries contact Pat
Summary of the outcome of the AGM as per the order in which the Agenda items were discussed
1. Apologies were received from 20 members.
2. Minutes of the AGM of 31/10/2015 – agreed.
3. Minutes of the SGM of 02/03/2016 – agreed.
4. Officers Reports – received from Chairman and Secretary.
9. Employment of Cleaners – Committee authorised to investigate further and appoint cleaners on appropriate terms.
5. Statement of Accounts and Treasurer’s Report – agreed.
6. Rate of Subscriptions for 2017 – 15% increase agreed.
7. Election of Officers and Committee Members – agreed.
8. Appointment of Scrutineer – Alf Wells.
10. Any Other Business included:
- Thanks to Joyce Robins for running the ‘Hundred Club’.
- Presentation of trophies to Peter Brown (Butlin) & Su Debenham (Saturday ladder).
- Communication of information to members.
- Notification of the Wednesday morning Working Parties for out of season maintenance.
Hunstanton had brilliant win to beat Middlesbrough at a Major national competition the Secretary’s Shield Click here
Terry Kendal Cup – Saturday 24th September 2016, (The Final Tournament)
Each player played 5 handicapped games with the block winners proceeding into a semi-final play-off, with the best runner up of the blocks making up the number to 4. The winners of the blocks turned out to be Block ‘A’ Noel Gill, ‘B’ Sue Debenham and ‘C’ Pauline Donner. Determining the best runner up proved a bit of a problem due to so many being on equal wins. However, by looking at hoop difference and who beat whom the winner was declared to be Gwenda Mackenzie.
In the resulting Semi’s Su Debenham played an in form Pauline Donner but just managed to scrape home after an exciting 13th hoop finish. Whilst In form Noel Gill, played Gwenda Mackenzie and ran out the winner by 7 – 3.
The final match between Su and Noel turned out to be a gripping affair that kept the spectators on the edges of their seats. In a cat & mouse affair Su played a determined game to hold of Noel’s adventurist play to run out the overall winner by 7 – 5.
The trophy was presented to Su by Janet Kendal who thanked everyone present for such an enjoyable day.
Spencer Ell – 8-12 September 2016
See CA Website for report: https://www.croquet.org.uk/?p=press/news&NewsID=5727
2016 Annual General Meeting
Proposals by Members consistent with the Club Constitution for consideration at the AGM should be delivered to the Secretary by the 17th September 2016.
T.D. Sparks 3rd September 2016 Club Secretary
117th Four day Annual Tournament 27th -30th August
It was nice to see the low handicappers doing so well in the Egyptian and also to meet some new long bisquers (whose handicaps will probably get much lower before very long). Martin Kolbuszewski
Block A: 1. Duncan Hector 2. David Tutt
Block B: 1. Hugh Carlisle 2. Too difficult to calculate (see above)
Block C: 1. Su Stenhouse 2. Peter Whiting
Block D: 1. Martin Kolbuszews 2. Sarah Barley
Eygyptian handicap: 1. Terrey Sparks 2. Kevin Carter
(GC) Club Doubles – Thursday 25th August 2016
1. Pauline Donner/Noel Gill 6/6 2. Pat Baillie/Christine Thirtle-Watts 5/6 3. David Thirtle-Watts/Anne Gill 4/6 4. Myfanwy Dunford/Su Debenham 3/6 5. Roy Donner/Susan Boxell 2/6 6. Terrey Sparks/Martin Rollings 1/6 7. David Boxell/Moira Allen 0/7
I regret to inform you that Rita Miller a former member of the club for many years recently passed away in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital suffering a heart attack. Rita wife of Eric were both active members for many years and only left when Eric’s health started to deteriorate. Eric is currently in a Nursing Home in Swaffham.
Which mean both trophies go to the Northampton Club.
Green Shutters Handicap Singles – 7th July 2016
Green Shutters (Handicap) Doubles: – 4th August 2016
Twenty club members ranging from handicaps 2 to 14 who were paired up by topping and toeing entered this year’s Green Shutters Handicap Tournament. Split into two groups of five, each pair played their opposite number in 35 minute timed games by cross blocking.
After 5 games the winners of Block A were Pat Baillie (7) & Christine Thirtle-Watts (11) (Undefeated), who then played the block R/U Susan Boxell (11) & June Critcher (12) (4 Wins) which resulted in a win for Susan & June 5-4.
In Block B Chris Ward (6) & Noel Gill (12) ran out block winners with 4 wins. However, there was a tie for R/U between Pauline Donner (4) & Bob North (14) and Pat Dawson (7) & Moira Allen (12) both on 2 wins. Pauline and Bob having the better hoop difference played Chris & Noel in a block semi-final losing by 5-3.
The final between Chris/Noel and Susan/June proved to be a close affair which was won by Chris & Noel 4-3.
Beryl was a long standing member of the club having joined when she and her late husband Ron also a member, moved to the area in 1980. For those of you who remember Beryl together with Ron, their mission was to take all newcomers to the game under their wing and guide them through the intricacies of the game. However, since Ron passed away in the early 1990’s she had not been seen much at the club. I understand in later years this was because her walking had deteriorated.
Her funeral will be this coming Thursday 21st July at The Mintlyn Crematorium, King’s Lynn at 10.45am. I have not been notified whether or not there will be a reception afterwards but, no doubt if so, details will be notified at the service. Terrey Sparks Secretary Hunstanton Croquet Club
John Noble Wins the 2016 (GC) Open at Hunstanton, ‘The Hampson Memorial Salver’
Split into two groups of 6 the top two players of each played in Semi-Finals comprised of John Noble v Simon Carter & David Widdison v Roger Goldring. Interestingly with both games finishing, 7-4. The final watched by an appreciative home crowd proved to be an interesting and taut affair with David building a commanding 4-1 lead. However, seeing the game starting to slip away John suddenly upped his game and ran home the winner 7-4.
Hopefully, in the future the club can build on its first year success and this event will attract more numbers in the future.
Players left – right: John Reddish; John Noble; David Thirtle-Watts; Simon Carter; Les Heard: Terrey Sparks; Jayne Stevens; David Widdidon; Ross Bagni; David Boxell; Martin Hart; Roger Goldring:
Ross Bagni wins Hunstanton 2016 (GC) ‘B’ Series Tournament
Terrey Sparks (The Manager) presenting ‘The Storey Cup’ to Ross Bagni
The Club’s Annual GC ‘B’ Series event qualifier ‘The Storey Cup’ was this year staged on Saturday 2nd July and attracted 16 entries from throughout the United Kingdom. Split into blocks of 4, after 4 games by each competitor which were crossed blocked, the top two players of each group then played each other to determine a play-off place in the Semi-Finals. The four semi-finalists turned out to be Bryan Saddington (Hunstanton) v Michael Bilton (Richmond Park) and Ross Bagni (Leighton Linslade) v Chris Ward (Hunstanton) with Michael and Ross winning through to the final.
The final turned out to be an interesting game with Michael taking an early lead. However, Ross overcame a shaky start to overhaul Michael leading to an exciting 13th hoop win.
EACF GC Club Champions
The above event held last Sunday at the club is now published on the Federation site.Click here.
GC Club Level Singles Championships 16th June 2016
Bryan Saddinton (3rd Place) Jeff Race (Winner) Charles Ostler (2nd Place)
The standard of play was competitive and of a high standard, in fact right up to the final round of games the overall winner could have been any one of three players.
Is it a worm?
Hunstanton now progress onto the next round on 27th June at Leighton Linslade.
Hunstanton / Norfolk lose out in final game to Bedford, full report here
Secretarys Shield Sunday 29th May , Hunstanton V York . Match played at Nottingham Croquet Club.
Hunstanton Team. Bryan Saddington , Terrey Sparks , Charles Ostler , Peter Brown .
David and Hywel beat Terrey and Bryan plus 8, Charles beat Fiona plus 6, Pete beat Alison plus 13, Dave beat Terrey plus 26, Bryan beat Hywel plus 7,
Special General Meeting of 2 March 2016
Under AOB Members were reminded of forthcoming events:
- 16 March 2016 – A Coffee Morning, details to follow
- 1 April 2016 – A request for Members to help with hoop setting
- 2-3 April 2016 – A request for Members to help with Clubhouse cleaning, etc in preparation for the new season.
- David Boxell, Acting Secretary 03/03/2016