04 January - Allim is selected for the International Performance Development Squad 2019-20
Raouf Allim received notification today that he has been selected for a converted place in the GC International Performance Development Squad (IPDS) for 2019-20.
This is a worthy recognition of Raouf's rapid improvement at GC over the past year in which he was an integral part of our club team that achieved our 'best ever result' in finishing runners-up in the National Inter-Club Championship last season.
The IPDS meets physically for two coaching weekends each season when tuition and mentoring will on-hand from members if the England Elite Squad.
Raouf is the third Phyllis Court member to win IPDS recognitions after Chris Roberts (2016-17) and Roger Goldring (2017-18).
02 January - Monty Taylor has died
Sad news - Former Phyllis Court Croquet member Monty Taylor passed away before Christmas but the news has only just reached me.
In his latter years, Monty served on the on the Main Club Council, and for a few years was the officer with liaison duties for the Croquet Club (or Section as we were then known).
Monty is survived by his wife Sue, herself also a former Croquet member - Our condolences to her and their family.
Update (5 Jan) - A Memorial Service will take place in Maidenhead on 15 January.
09 January - Court 1 to open for play next Tuesday (15 January)
Croquet will resume at Phyllis Court a week today - on Tuesday 15 January - when Court 1 will be open for play.
Obviously this is dependent on the weather between now and then, along with my ability to get the hoops in place the day before, but that is the plan!
I am struggling to get the new computer booking system set-up for our purpose (needing staff assistance) but I hope to achieve that this week, after which I will write again hopefully with some instructions as to how to use it!
For the time being, please do not attempt to book a court because you efforts will probably get over-written in the season setting-up process.
For the next few days, the arrangement will have to be: NO BOOKINGS but just turn-up and mix-in with who ever else you find present, taking a turn sitting out if need be.
15 January - Court 1 is open for play
I sited the hoops yeasterday, and all are off-set away from the pavilion by approx. two feet in an effort to preserve the summer positions from ware.
Whites are not necessary dress for warmth please do not venture onto the grass until any frost has thawed and have fun!
For the time being, court usage rules are as detailed in last weeks news post below please (no private bookings yet).
15 January - We host 'Croquet Matters' workshop for SCF clubs
As Phyllis Court winter play got off to a good start with members playing on this first morning (and afternoon), representatives of six Southern Croquet Federation gathered in our Thames Room for a clubs improvement workshop called 'Croquet Matters'.
Central to the workshop was the Sport England computer based self-assessment too 'Croquet Matters' which encourages clubs to look closely at what they do well and less well.
The SCF's Development Officer Barry Dench led the workshop which was attended by Raghu Iyer and Roger Goldring (for Phyllis Court); Frances Colman and Chris Roberts (today representing the Federation) and Richard Peperell, Raouf Allim (representing High Wycombe) amongst others.
Impressed by the process, our club committee will make time to apply it to Phyllis Court Croquet in the coming months, and I will report in the findings in due course.
20 January - Helena and Mike Fensome compete in Florida tournament
Here are two photos from the USA National Croquet Centre NCC) in Florida that have been supplied by Helena Fensome, who together with husband Mike, played in a tournament there last week.
Helena reports:"The NCC is just amazing with twelve courts and a 'pro-shop'!
The building you see in the (top) photo is the clubhouse which is just for croquet. They do have corporate events and weddings here as well but no other sport - just croquet!
In the tournament Mike and I got to the quarter-finals in doubles and I qualified in the singles but was knocked out 5-7 in the first round.
20 January -Please come to our Pre-Season Meeting - THIS THURSDAY (24th) 1030 for 1100
REMINDER - I do hope that you all have this in your diaries, as this will be our first get together of the year and it will be lovely to see you all.
This is just a meeting and so you may wish to consider your own lunch arrangements for afterwards.
- FREE tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival important up-date: the Jammy Dodgers have been bought!
- FREE raffle One attendee will get free membership for 2019 - but you will have to be in the room to be in the draw!
- Are there any new tournaments?
- Are there courses and other opportunities to up your game? (hint yes there are)
- Who are the international visitors coming to play you this spring?
- What about the World Championships in Sussex?
Membership renewals - Please help our committee volunteer Membership Secretary and Treasurer by renewing your membership promptly. Delays just cause our lovely people more work having to chase those that dilly-dally.
A really easy option will be to renew in person at the pre-season meeting simply bring £15 cash! Smile