The weather earlier in the Spring stopped play on several occasions, so we spent these mornings in the conservatory playing Rummikub and Mexican Train.
We are now pleased to see this sunny weather and are getting into our summer season. A few of the group are definitely improving, but some of us are simply inconsistent. However, we all enjoy the game, and we are a very close group.
We combined our Annual Trophy Contest this year with the Coronation celebrations. Everyone contributed to a finger buffet after the game, and then the trophies were presented to the winner by last year’s winner. Later in the year, for the first time in our six-year history, we will be playing for a Doubles Championship Trophy.
Due to the good weather, we managed to play each week, until the end of October, and we are now looking forward to the Spring. I don’t know whether I should report that we have learnt a few techniques, or that we have learnt few techniques; our main problem has been inconsistency! Now we are going to use our competitive spirit playing board games during the winter months.
We ended the season with a group meal at the Golf Club at the beginning of November but very sadly, since then, we have lost Tony Higham. We are going to miss him and all the snippets he provided from his mine of information.
It was difficult to get a picture of the whole group, due to holidays and appointments, but this is one of some of the team.
The Croquet group was formed on 20 Jun. We play on our garden court. We started with 6 members, most of whom were beginners, and have now grown to 12 over the past six weeks, during which time we have managed to play regularly because of this long heatwave; we have been grateful for the large willow tree in the garden, under which all of us are able to sit for our coffee breaks. We are a very friendly and supportive group, and spend quite a lot of time smiling and laughing at our own and others' "miss hits"
Members meet once a week at 10 am on Wednesday at our house. The group has proved to be very popular, and everyone is thoroughly enjoying it.
The group is closed to new members at present. We play for 2 hours which just about allows all members to complete a game.