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Bury CC visit to Cober Hill 2019

Another great weekend at Cober Hill. 26 members and 3 regular guests attended.
As usual the hotel facilities and food were great.
Yet again Sue B did a fine job keeping us all watered and fed.
Jean H worked her wizardry and somehow managed to create a schedule and keep us all in check.
David controlled the proceedings and ensured the schedule was adhered to.
Margaret and Ken Eccles did an excellent quiz on the first night which included mystery tastings (eek).

As usual the final night's entertainment, the Olympics, arranged by Jean H & David B, turned out to be a laugh with team
'Superstars' (Lynne, Alan, Pat and Bernard) winning and taking home the gongs.
Alan, Barbara Y and Ken A also won the accolade of managing to 'splat the rat' (no mean feat).
Worthy winners of the croquet were:
Pam and Richard (two of our guests) for the Golf and
Barbara Y and Derek for the Association.

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Caesars v Bowden Firs @ Bowden 19th May

Caesars lost 4-3 against Bowdon Firs.
Tony Phillips & David Leach won the doubles +1/ot, but lost the afternoon singles.
Vi Richards had 2 close games, losing both by 2.
Ken Jones had 2 good games, winning both, +3 & +4 against large numbers of bisques.

Report Tony Phillips

Bury CC visit to Cober Hill 2019

CA B Level Golf Tournament Saturday 18th May @ Pendle Richard and David Leach took part in Pendle Croquet Club's qualifying event for the B Level Tournament.
There were 10 competitors split into two groups of five. Both Richard and David made it through to the Semi Finals.
Richard won his but lost in the final. David lost his to the eventual winner.

National Croquet Day 12th May @ WP

Brilliant turnout for National Croquet Day on Sunday 12th May.
We had 40+ visitors many of whom were interested and left their details
The day was as good as it gets weatherwise and the refreshments and Bric-a-Brack made some money too!
Many thanks to all members who helped make this a fantastic and sucessful day.
We raised the princely sum of £70 on refreshments!!

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A/C Handicap NW League Bury Peelers v Bowdon Firs Sat 11th May @ WP

Peelers:- Paul Kenworthy 1.5, Ken Anderton 6, Margaret Anderton 11, Margaret Eccles 14
Bowdon:- John Lucas 3, Chris Evans 10, Lorna Frost 11, Sue Lucas 20
On a bright sunny day at Whitehead Park albeit with a cool breeze Bury Peelers took on Bowdon Firs. The lawns had been mown on Friday and the hoops moved and reset. The lawns played very well allowing long hit ins, accurate hoop approaches and although not superfast it was fast enough to undertake most rush and roll shots without gigantic effort.

The morning doubles was Ken and Margaret Anderton v Lorna and Sue. Despite only having half a bisque to their opponents 7.5 they pegged out to win +8. Paul pegged off Chris's ball for a 3 ball ending with Paul pegging out to win +8. Margaret Eccles also pegged out against John Lucas for a superb win +18.

In the afternoon Paul pegged out to beat John +8. Ken pegged out to beat Chris +10. Margaret A lost to an on form Lorna -18 and Margaret E had a tight ending to eventually loose -2 on time to Sue.

Bowdon were very complementary of the lawns and the facilities. The facilities would be ideal for putting on a proper buffet lunch but instead we all sat with pulling out miserable soggy sandwiches from our butty boxes. The number of pegged out games reflects the excellent playing conditions as the hoops were not easy but set tight!

Bury Peelers 5 Bowdon Firs 2

Report Paul Kenworthy

Millenium Short Tournament Sat 11th May @ Fylde

Barbara Young and Tony Phillips travelled to Fylde on Saturday 11 May to join competitors from 3 other Clubs in the NW Federation Millennium Short competition. Play was arranged in two blocks of four comprising one player from each club. Tony won all 3 of his games and qualified for the final. Barbara won 2 out of 3 losing only to an impressive young player relatively new to the game, James Thomas from Llanfairfechan and Chester. He had several of his 7 bisques still standing at the end of each game all of which he won. He therefore played Tony in the final where again he used his bisques to good effect although this time he did need to use them all to peg out. Tony unfortunately never took croquet but James was a worthy winner and had his handicap cut to 5 (still rather generous!). Beware any Bury teams who meet him in a league match!

Report Barbara Young

Croquet Golf Doubles 2019 7th May @ WP

Cloudy conditions but thankfully no rain.
Under the supervision of Jean H and David B the day went well.
After battling through five rounds each the semi-finalist pairs were Gill Freely with Phil Nuttall matched against Roy Spencer and Derek Deadman.
Vi Richards and Jean Oldfield played against John Cassell and John Gilmartin.
Both matches went to the golden hoop with Roy & Derek and the two Johns winning through to the final.
Ironically enough, this set up a final of all the Whitehead Park ground staff – just saying!
The final was won by Roy & Derek and the runners up were the two Johns, third place went to Vi & Jean pushing Gill & Phil to fourth.
Many thanks to Jean and David for their organisation.


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Caesars v Chester @ Chester 28th April

The morning doubles was lost on golden hoop and Tony Phillips won his afternoon singles after both players had chances.
Chester played a high handicap player who won twice, his afternoon game in 3 turns, with 4 bisques left in the ground.
Unfortunately, Chester were just too strong for us.
Final result Chester 6 Caesars 1
Report Tony Phillips

Open Day for Bury Hospice @ CP 27th April

Dispite trying conditions we battled against the elements to put on a great day for Bury Hospice at our annual fundraising open day. We were honoured to have The Mayor of Bury Mrs Jane Black and her husband join us.
Nicola Ainsworth, from Bury Hospice, also kindly came to support us on the day as she has supported us leading up to the event.
Most club members braved the conditions to put on a super show.
Many thanks to all.
The final amount raised for this great cause was £600.41p

Hospice Open Day CP

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Midweek League Bury v Chester @ WP 25th April

Chester Team
John Dawson 2.5
David Boyd 5
Robin Tasker 7
Sarah Andrew 22

Bury Team
Roger Schofield 3
Ken Anderton 6
Margaret Eccles 14
Vi Richards 18

Ken and Margaret made quick work of John and Sarah winning +16 in short time. Roger made a slow start but took the lead when David's bisques were gone to peg out +8 in the time turn. Unfortunately it went the other way round for Vi and Robin. Robin passing Vi when her bisques ran out to win +9 on time. Bury 2 Chester 1 at half time.

It did not go as well in the afternoon. Neither Roger nor Ken could get going and both squandered their bisques. Roger had not roqueted a ball except by using is half bisque until the thunder storm. By then he was 21 points behind but he did make 2 scoring turns after the storm but lost -10. Ken held on a bit longer but David had upped his game and so Ken also lost, -16. The women were doing a lot better and Bury could hold out hope. Robin who had played well all day looked like he might come back against Margaret's well established lead but it was too little too late and Margaret won +7. Vi was also going well and was keeping level on points with Sarah till near the end when the 4 extra bisques and 30 years extra experience told and Sarah pulled away for Vi to loose -4 on time.

Ken & Margaret beat John & Sarah +16
Roger beat David +8
Robin beat Vi +9
John beat Roger +10
David beat Ken +16
Margaret beat Robin +7
Sarah beat Vi +4

Report Roger Schofield

Golf Level Play Bury Monarchs v Bury Sovereigns @ WP 24th April

The score line in this local derby doesn't tell the full story.
All matches were very close but the end result was Monarchs beat Sovereigns 14 - 4.


Paul Rigge and Liz Wilson were on Radio Lancashire TALKING SPORT on Thursday 11th April
Follow this link to hear the interview which is available until 20th May 8pm


John has erected a new clock in the WP main room

Federation(Millennium) Level Play Golf 17th April @ Whitehead Park

In lovely weather 14 players from 5 clubs played in this event.
The handicaps ranged from -3 to 7 and play was in 2 blocks followed by semi-finals, play-off and final.
There were several very close matches and some surprise results in the block play, including games seesawing
between players. Among the most notable were Richard Leach (hcp 7) beat Colin Irwin (hcp -1) 7-5 and
Keith Woodward ( hcp 5) beat Paul Rigge (hcp-2). David Walters (hcp -3) was the only player to win all his block games.

The semi- finals were David W against Colin I and Paul against Libby Dixon.
David and Colin fought a close match with David winning on the Golden Hoop.
Paul beat Libby 7-0 but not without a fight from her.

In the playoffs Colin beat Libby 7-1 but she still played determinedly.
The final between David and Paul started with Paul pushing hard but soon was overtaken by David. The match ended at
hoop 10 when a shot of Paul’s didn’t go to plan and with David having 2 balls near the hoop and Paul’s far off, Paul
conceded the hoop, and the match to David.

An enjoyable day was had by all, and from me a very big thank you to all who helped in any way.

Report Jean Hargreaves

Paul Kenworthy wins his class in the NW Fed Millennium Advanced AC Tournament 13/14 April 2019 at Bowdon

Bowdon hosted the NWF Millennium Advanced Tournament 13/14th April.
Fourteen players entered the tournament representing Bowdon, Bury, Chester, Fylde, Liverpool and Pendle.
The tournament was split into two classes – A and B – depending on individual handicaps.
Andrew Winn (Bowdon) won the A Class event beating Ken Cooper (Bowdon) in what turned out to be the final.
Paul Kenworthy (Bury) won the B Class on count back after a 3-way tie.

Caesars V Peelers @ WP Sun 14th April

On an extremely cold and windy day the morning matches went in favour of Ceasars 2 - 1.
The afternoon singles matches were evenly contested with both sides winning 2 each.

However the final result was Caesars narrowly beating Peelers 4 -3.

Star performers of the day were Chris and Anne Alvey who won both of their games.
Special mention has to be made of Chris who quickly despatched Phil with a faultless display.

Playing for Caesars Tony Phillips, Ken Jones, Chris Alver and Anne Alvey - captain Chris Alvey
Playing for Peelers Malcolm Daines, Ken Anderton, Phil Nuttall and Margaret Anderton - captain Phil Nuttall


Bury Hosted the Federation CTC (Coach the Coach) Coaching day on 13th April at Whitehead Park. Eleven Federation members attended the full day course as their first step to attaining a CA Club Coach award and to be officially recognised as coaches when teaching at their clubs. They came from Westmoreland, Crake Valley, Bury, Bowdon, Southport & Fylde Croquet Clubs to a place that presented superbly – the grass had been freshly mown & looked so good it could have been mistaken for an artificial surface. The course was laid-on by two CA examining coaches (also Federation members) in response to a request received by the federation coaching officer.
Lunch and refreshments were provided by Jean Hargreaves.
A second day, already fully subscribed is scheduled for next month for another dozen fed members.
Report Paul Rigge

Bury South V Bury North @ WP Sun 7th April

On a sunny but chilly day Bury South played a hard fought match against Bury North.
Bury South eventually came out as winners by 10 games to 8.

Playing for Bury South, John Gilmartin, Ken Eccles, Helena Nuttall and Roy Spencer - captain Margaret Eccles
Playing for Bury North, Margaret Leach, Diane Fitton, Gill Freely and Sue Hardman - captain David Leach.

Alternate Stroke Doubles Sat 6th April @ CRAKE

Sixteen players from the NW Federation gathered at Crake Valley Croquet Club for this annual tournament.
Play was organised into two seeded blocks of 4 pairs on an all play all basis. The block winners went
through to the final with an additional game to decide 3rd and 4th places.

Barbara Young and Margaret Eccles decisively won Block 2, Simon Robins and David Cornes, (Crake) won Block 1.
The two couples then played each other with Barbara and Margaret unfortunately being defeated to take 2nd place.
Third place went to John Henderson and Robin Swindells both from Penrith.
Overall tournament winners were Gary Wilson (Pendle) and Steve Skelton (Keswick).

A Blooming Sight to Behold! WP 29th March

Thank you to the gardening gang at WP what a glorious display, you are doing a fantastic job!

Culcheth Visit WP 26th March

Lovely day was had by all.
Outdoors singles: Alistair (Culcheth)
Low Handicap: John G and Ken E
Mid Handicap: Vi and Richard L
High Handicap: Janet G and Carol (Culcheth)
Indoors: Catherine P (Culcheth)

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WP Clean Up Sunday 24th March

23 members came along to help get WP spruced up for the new season.
Everybody threw themselves into the work and the place looks great inside and out.
Paul K was shattered by the end of the day from measuring and setting 54 hoops with Ken A.
Shiela did a wonderful job scrubbing the bences - what a star!
Roy went technical with his power wash and so did Ken E with his power window cleaner.
The sun came out to play and shone on us all day.

Pinup girl

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Pat Carter's 80th Birthday Celebration @ WP 23rd March

Long standing member, Pat Carter celebrated her 80th birthday by having family and friends at Whitehead Park.
Her family put on a lovely afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes.
Everyone participated in the musical quiz and bingo, trophies and prizes abounded.
For once Pat had a cake made for her and following in the path of her cakes, it was fantastic.
Happy birthday Pat and a big thank you to you and your family from all your croquet friends at Bury.


Cutting the Cake, such a shame to spoil it!

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Personalised Badges 50p

We have aquired some plastic badges which can be personalised with your name.
These will be handy for away matches and Southport.
Each is 50p.
Please contact Helena if you would like one.


Coronation Park Clean Up Sunday 10th March

Despite the wet and windy weather, including snow and sleet, a hardy band of members arrived to give
the club house a spruce up and prepare it for the 2019 season.
Many thanks to all those who came especially as staying in warm and snuggle would have been a greater calling!!
Next clean up session is at Whitehead Park Sunday 24th March - BET YOU CAN'T WAIT!!

Annual Bury Dinner 8th March

For the second year running, we held our dinner at Breightmet Golf Club. Everyone commented that it
was yet again a fabulous meal and like last year everyone was entertained by our excellent singer John Ritchie.

It was lovely to see our friends from Culcheth CC joining us yet again.

The raffle had some great prizes and we also held an auction. Both the raffle and the auction went really well.
We even had email auction bids coming in from people who could not attend the dinner and a couple of
items were battled over with plenty of 'friendly' bids and counter bids ensuing (it was just like a real aution)!!
The auction items were offered at extra low prices but due to the wonderful generosity of our members we raised
a handsome amount.

Trophies from 2018 were presented to our triumphant winners.

On the night from the raffle, aution and sales of dinner tickets, we raised £473.52
Thank you to all those who contributed raffle prizes and to Sue Hardman for the lovely table displays.

Somebody is enjoying himself

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CP Paint Party 24th February  
Well what a great turnout we had for this!
Not only did we have 14 members but the sun joined in as well!
Everyone turned up bright and early and knuckled down to the task.

Some painting was done in all rooms:

* Kitchen complete makeover plus Paul has done a fabulous job on the ceiling.
* Main room was mainly ok but we spruced up patches on ceiling and some flaky paint.
* In the equipment room we painted above and under the counter where the trollies are stored and the corner behind the trestle tables was wire brushed and painted.
* The Ladies was mainly ok but the corner behind the sink was wire brushed, filled and painted plus the ceiling joint on the cistern wall was filled and painted.
* The gents loo ceiling was painted.
* The changing room was left as it looked ok.

Outside the shutters and the double main door were re-painted dark green.
We may need a second coat on these but already it has made a vast difference – see photos.

It was so impressive how everyone just got on with what needed doing and didn’t shy away from
messy jobs.
Thanks so much to all who came.

Whilst the house sprucing was in progress, the poor lawns team, although doing a grand job,
struggled whilst doing the mowing as the lawn mower seemed to have different ideas!
Heroes one and all!


Quiz Night 23rd February  
What a great turnout for the annual quiz.

We had 50+ members with family and friends.

Anne and Chris Alvey did the usual splendid job of not only organising the quiz
questions but also the wonderful food – meat & potato pie plus cheese & onion pie.
The quiz was competitive and the food was delicious!

The evening culminated in a raffle and football card.
Both of which contributed to the brilliant grand total of:

Many thanks go to Anne and Chris but also to everyone who helped by laying out
tables and chairs, dishing out the food and clearing up after the event.


Visit of Councillor Roy Walker to Bury Croquet Club
Whitehead Park 19th February  
On Tuesday afternoon, February 19th, we were delighted to welcome to Whitehead, Councillor Roy Walker, one of the Bury Councillors elected to represent Church Ward, in which Whitehead Park resides.

Roy was given the whistle-stop tour of our facilities and expressed surprise at how many members were present outside the croquet season, playing croquet, boules, and snooker and doing a jigsaw. We told him that the only activity that was missing was the card school in the kitchen corner!

He was duly impressed with the facilities now, remembering the bowls club facilities there in the past. He inspected the work that John has done to prepare for the pouring of concrete on Friday morning to give us a base for the new shed and he confirmed that he would arrange to reimburse the club for the cost of obtaining planning permission for the shed from a small discretionary fund he is allocated by the Council for charitable causes. Over a cup of tea he re-discovered that he and our chair person,Barbara had known one another together with Geoff, including from Barbara's working days (That's paid work, rather than all the unpaid work she does now!)

Roy has been a councillor in Bury for 38 years and in Stockport before that! As our local councillor we told him that we would keep in touch with him and keep him up to date with our activities and progress.


Bury WP hosts the ‘North West Federation Croquet Matters’ Seminar 12 JAN  
Presenter was David Gunn National Development Officer from the CA.

David, kindly came to present a concept for helping croquet clubs to analyse their current club situation
and to provide on-line tools to help them move forward to where they want to be in the future.

Most clubs, be them bowling, croquet, rugby etc., tend to meander from year to year, trying their best
to do what they think is right but not necessarily stopping to ensure that the direction is the best one
for e.g. raising money, obtaining and keeping members happy, recruiting volunteers and guiding them on their
duties, obtaining funding & publicity, keeping financials etc.

The concept presented by David was to use a piece of software offered by SPORT ENGLAND. It is a general
piece of software which can be used by any type of sport not just croquet. What it essentially does is to
ask the club questions and guides it through to reach realistic answers and goals. Having decided on the goals,
these can then be formulated into a plan which can help drive the club forward.

After doing the analysis and setting the goals, there are tool which can help direct the club to helpful information
to achieve them.

Committee is meeting Monday 14/1/19 so this will be discussed.

Thanks go to David Gunn for the presentation, Bury Colleagues for providing potato pie & refreshments for lunch
and the following NW clubs for attending: Bury, Pendle, Fylde, Chester, Llanfairfechan, Crake, Bowden and Southport.

Tenpin Bowling 7th Jan Bury  
Great night at Tenpin Bowling in Bury.
Barbara Young organised it as usual and we all enjoyed it tremendously.

There were four teams one playing 2 games each with the other three teams playing 3 games. Each team had a winner and then there was an overall winner for the night.

2 Game Match: Jean Hargreaves, Margaret Anderton, Judith Gaskell & Graham Gaskell
Winner: Margaret Anderton with total of 201 and an average of 100.5.

3 Game Match 1: David Leach, Richard Leach, Margaret Leach, Ken Eccles & Ken Anderton
Winner: Ken Anderton with total of 367 and an average of 125.3

3 Game Match 2: Helena Nuttall, Alan Driver, Lynne Driver & Phil Nuttall
Winner: Alan Driver with total of 394 and an average of 131.3

3 Game Match 3: Paul Kenworthy, Derek Deadman, Barbara Young & Richard Harvey
Winner: Paul Kenworth with total of 290 and an average of 96.6

OVERALL WINNER: ALAN DRIVER with a magnificent 394 total and average of 131.3
Well done Alan who took over the limelight from his wife Lynne who was our star last year!!

This event made £30.30 for the club!! Well done Barbara.


Tenpin Bowling 7th Jan 18:45
Barbara Young is organising a bowling competion on Wed 7th Jan. If you would like to attend please let Barbara know.

BOULES arrives at BURY WP  
Following an idea from David B and the creation of a court by John G we now have a boules
court at Whitehead Park!! Boules, or Petanque as it is sometimes called, is the game loved
by the French, but played all over the world. Our court is shown in the pictures (link below)
with boules courtesy of David L. It is to full international size and will accommodate one
game at each end. So, as a member of Bury Croquet Club you can play boules as well -singles, doubles or triples.
see the 'BOULES RULES' tab for further details

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