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SUMMER
WEDNESDAY COMPS.

 
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NW FED LEAGUE TABLES
A-Advanced
B-Advanced
Handicap
Midweek
Short
Level Play Golf

UK TIME
 
LAWNS CLOSED ON THURSDAY

FURTHER TO PREVIOUS NOTICE THE LAWNS WILL ONLY BE CLOSED ON THURSDAY FOR VERTI-DRAINING.

THEY WILL BE OPEN AS NORMAL ON FRIDAY.




LEO FLETCHER & DAVID HOLLAND ARE JOINT WINNERS OF THIS WEEK'S COMPETITION
 


=1st. Leo Fletchsre 98 pts.
=1st. David Holland 98 pts.

  3rd. Geoffrey Hunt 97 pts.

For the full table please click here






THE WINTER  WEDNESDAY
COMPETITION TOP TEN
AFTER WEEK 15
1
Peter Taylor
702 pts.
-
2
Geoffrey Hunt 685 pts.
+2
3
Andrew Thomson 673 pts.
-1
4
Graham Good
656 pts.
-1
5
Mike Shelmerdine 647 pts.
+3
6
John Lucas
645 pts.
-1
7
Adrian Apps
639 pts.
-2
8
Alan Mayne
636 pts.
-1
=9
Bob Hunter
619 pts.
+2
=9
Roger McCall
619 pts.
+3

CLUB INTERNAL COMPETITIONS 2016
The forms for entry into this year's club competitions will be sent out with the club Newletter in February and they must be returned by 11th March. A form has been pinned up on the notice board in the club house and a copy can be found by clicking here.
Message from the NW Croquet Federation Chairman Garry Wilson

 A belated Happy New Year to everyone! The new season is fast approaching and foremost in everyone’s mind must be the hope that the rain will stop and play will commence. I am sure that we all look for the coming season to be well organised, busy and enjoyable, and it is to these ends, I must ask you seriously to consider taking some of your time to help the Federation keep your croquet season, well organised, busy and enjoyable. There are a number of Officers who have served the Federation for some time and with distinction who would like to enjoy a well earned retirement. The Federation is, therefore, searching for replacements.

First, we require a League Manager to replace Tony Thomas, for whom this is unequivocally his last year in this office after many years of service. The new League Manager would require time with Tony to understand the software which is all Word and Excel, therefore knowledge of these products is desirable, even essential.

Secondly, and again to replace Tony Thomas, we need a Web Master to manage our internet presence. Knowledge of Word and Wordpress would be advantageous.

Thirdly, Liz Wilson wishes to retire as Secretary. This job requires the usual skills associated with being secretary of a sports club or charity. It also requires patience and diplomacy. There are two meetings per year for which agenda and minutes are required and ad hoc meetings amongst the committee as business necessitates (one only in the last 12 months). Business is conducted via email where possible.

Fourthly, after gallant and diplomatic service as our CA Representative over the period of constitutional upheaval in the CA, Peter Wilson wishes to retire. His position becomes vacant at the Spring Meeting. The Federation Representative will be required to attend meetings at the CA, acting on behalf of the Federation and report back to its members. The Federation Representative may also have the opportunity to be co-opted on to CA sub-committees and will be expected to participate as necessary.

Lastly, if I am returned as Chairman at the autumn AGM, it will be my last year in that role, as I am constitutionally bound to retire after three years and be unavailable for re-election. I hope to continue some work with the Federation in another role, if and when one becomes available which matches my skill set and if anyone wants me! Suffice to say, I would like members now to be considering taking on this role.

 Succession planning is everything. What do you get for taking on any of the above offices? On the down side, there is no payment and it takes up a little of your time, for a year or two, as you are not being asked to take on these roles forever. On the plus side, you get the thanks of those who appreciate what you are doing and the satisfaction of seeing a well run Federation providing a League and Tournament programme which is second to none in the UK. I hope that you or other members of your club will consider volunteering to help. I have sent this message to every club secretary and asked them to circulate this message to all of their members. If you require any further information or just a chat about any of the jobs, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07711-623311 or via email to garry.wilson@vodafoneemail.co.uk.

 Many thanks and kindest regards, Garry Wilson
WINTER COMPETITIONS
As at 9th February, the
points won/games played are as follows:
 

14 Point:
All play all (6 matches) before 28th February
Winner Runner-up
Group A
Carol Steinberg 9pts[6 games], Steve Reynolds 9[5], Rupert Webb 8[5], Andrew Thomson 7[5], Peter Mayne 7[6]Alan Mayne 3[6], John Wilkinson 6[6]

Group B 
Ken Cooper 9[6], John Haworth 8[3], Alison Court 8[3], Jo Pierpoint 4[5],  John Wastell 3[2], Barry McKenzie 2[4], Marjorie Aston 0[3]

Group C Adrian Apps 10[5], Andrew Kenyon 9[5], Graham Good 12[6], Chris Evans 8[6], Charles Harding 6[6], Carol Sinclair 3[6], Neil Thompson 2[4]


Group D Bob Hunter 9[4], Kay Martin 8[5], Richard Saul 7[3], John Leckie 4[5], Mike Shelmerdine 7[5], Leo Fletcher 2[2]


Group E
David Holland 15[6], Sue Lucas 10[6], Liz Webb 10[6], Roger McCall 12[5], Sheila Sandham 3[5]Tim McCoy 0[4], Anne Whalley 0[4]


18 Point:
All play all (5 matches) before 28th February
Winner
Group A Steve Reynolds 7[4], Ken Cooper 6[3], John Wastell 3[2], Jo Pierpoint 2[4], Graham Abraham 2[1, Carol Steinberg 0[2],
Group B Charles Harding 7[5], Kay Martin 5[2], Anne Whalley 5[4], Barry McKenzie 5[4], Andrew Kenyon 4[4], John Leckie 0[3]

Group C Roger McCall 12[5], John Haworth 6[4], Rupert Webb 5[4], David Holland 2[4], John Wilkinson 2[2],
Roger McCall
Group D Graham Good 12[5], Chris Evans 8[5], Liz Webb 8[5], Alan Mayne 6[5], Pauline Hennell 4[5], Carol Sinclair 2[5]
Graham Good
 
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4pt. finals: The winner of each block and the best three runners up to contest the quarter-finals in March.
18pt. finals: The winner of each block to contest the semi-finals in March.
 
14pt. quarter final draw will depend on which group the best 3 runners up come from;
18pt. semi-final draw is AvD  BvC. 
Quarter finals and semi finals can be played as soon as opponents are known.

The intention is to have both finals on Monday, 21st March, either side of a soup/sandwich lunch for all competitors, obviously subject to players being available.
2016 NW FEDERATION LEAGUE MATCHES
Players are encouraged, whatever their handicap, to make themselves available for selection to the league teams that Bowdon C.C. puts out in the NW Federation leagues. New club members are encouraged to get league experience by playing in the Short Croquet League. If you are keen to play for a league team then please sign the appropriate form/s on the pool table in the club house; anyone not able to get to the club may phone Alan Mayne and he will put your name down for you.
When filling in the forms, please do not select a particular team to play for unless it has already been agreed, as team captains will have to get together and pick players at appropriate levels of handicap for their needs. The teams in the league for 2016 are:
- Weekend Handicap teams: St.Mary's & Firs
- Midweek Handicap teams: Griffins & Earls
- Weekend Short Croquet team
- Handicap Golf Croquet team
- Level-Play Golf teams: Bandits & Sinners

THE 'YOUTH' CLUB


Oh no! The Summer Wednesday Comp. has finished and winter is here.
DON'T WORRY! The Youth Club has commenced and is on every Friday at the clubhouse, starting at 8pm. All members are very welcome: come along for a drink and a chat or to play cards or pool.
 
WINTER COMPETITIONS

THE DRAW HAS BEEN MADE FOR THE TWO WINTER COMPETITIONS, ONE IS A 14 POINT HANDICAP AND THE OTHER AN 18 POINT HANDICAP.

Please remember that there will be no lawns available until 11am each day.

14PT COMPETITION     
18PT COMPETITION

CANASTA


Canasta is played in the Clubhouse every Tuesday and Wednesday:
Tuesday - come at about 12 with your lunch and the Canasta will start around 1pm.
Wednesday - Canasta will start after the One-Ball has finished.

If you don't know how to play but would like to learn, please come along either day; those there will be very willing to give you instruction.
BRIDGE


Bridge is played on Monday evenings at 7pm, except on those days of a monthly committee meeting, i.e. 8th Feb. & 14th Mar.
All are welcome.

Welcome to Bowdon Croquet Club 2016...

...where croquet is played on most days of the year.

We are a thriving active club and welcome new members (see New Members section for an application form or just come and visit).

The club has room for four superb full size lawns maintained to a high standard providing first class playing facilities to all members.

A six-week beginners' coaching course is held every summer from May into June, at a cost of around £35.
Bowdon members who joined during the last year can also attend, if they so desire, free of charge.
 To book, or for more details, please contact Charles on 0161 980 6419. Coaching is also available free on a one-to-one basis at all times.

The 2016 croquet season runs from late March until October when three full size lawns and two short lawns are laid out.
Limited play is permitted during the winter months.

Bowdon hosts several Croquet Association tournaments and internationals each year.
In 2016 these are:

The May Handicap Weekend (April/May)
The June Advanced Weekend
The Solomon Trophy (June/July)

The Northern Week (July)
The North of England Championship (August)
The September 'B' Level Weekend

Spectators are welcome at all these events.

The club was founded in 1873 and has been located on the present site since 1911.
The club is affiliated to the Croquet Association and the North-West of England Federation.
 
 Contact Information
Hon. Secretary:   Brian Storey  Tel: 07703 537950
Club House:   Tel: 0161 929 1109
Page last update5th February 2016

Any comments or information to info@bowdoncroquet.co.uk