A challenge arose when word had it that the multi-sport Epsom Sports Club might be interested in reviving the croquet element of its Social and Croquet Section.Nine local branches of the U3A were contacted. Four half day introductory coaching sessions were arranged for September attracting over 40 people in total, almost all of whom are now signed on for next season. The club is now running monthly winter croquet sessions to keep the pot boiling, the first of which took place in October with 20 players taking part.
It provides two courts marked out on the edges of the cricket field by a very supportive groundsman and another court is being sited using the two least used of the five grass tennis courts. The club has joined the SECF and is in the process of joining the CA.
Twelve members of the croquet section of the Shepperton
Bowling Club paid a visit to Woking to see how the game
should be played.
Of a number of grant applications outstanding at the end of last season, that from Cheyney was withdrawn, funds having been found from elsewhere while both Sydenham and Angmering published photographs of the successful conclusion of their new hut projects.
Surbiton has submitted a grant application to the CA Development Committee for the installation of a long planned irrigation system in time for the MacRobertson Shield Test matches next season. SECF has awarded a grant of £500 towards this project subject to the CA approving a grant and £150 towards the installation of four flag poles at Surbiton for use during their international tournaments.
Hurstpierpoint School in West Sussex has started a croquet club with coaching assistance from Daphne Gaitley and a SECF set of equipment re-deployed from Hampstead Heath which continues to enjoy the set provided by the CA New Club Fund.
The offer from the headmaster of Eton to fund the construction
of a croquet court, provides a glimmer of hope for the future.