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 It's time to change the guard, says outgoing Chairman

Big shake-up at Club AGM

THE OLD GUARD: Pictured, from, left are John Hague, Pauline Houseman, Pat Field, Richard Field, Jack Upsall, Andrew KInnear, Dawn Hey and John Feeny.

THE NEW GUARD: From left, Izzy Poyntz, Ann Hales, Trevor Wood, Jack Upsall, Kneale Kimber, Dawn Hey and John Feeny (Hilary Philpott not present).

Members of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club came together for an action-packed ‘Super Wednesday’ on Wednesday, September 18.

The day included an all-day programme of croquet progressive doubles, after which the AGM was held, to be followed by the annual supper and presentation of awards.

At the AGM  Richard Field, club founder and Chairman since 2007, explained that he and his wife, Pat, were stepping down as Chairman and Secretary because they felt it was time for a change. So this would mark the end of an era and mean the changing of the guard.

Three other members of the Committee also decided to stand down after long periods in office. 
They were John Hague (founder member and former Vice Chairman), Andrew Kinnear (Treasurer) and Pauline Houseman (founder member and Social Secretary).

Richard thanked those stepping down for their long and dedicated service, most dating back to its launch in 2007. All had given generously of their time to make ours one of the leading croquet clubs in Yorkshire.

Pauline Houseman, a founder member of the club who is also standing down from the Committee, makes a presentation to Richard and Pat.

Pauline Houseman, one of the founder members, then paid a warm tribute to Richard and Pat for their long service  and ‘'the years they had given freely of their time in the development of the club with integrity and enthusiasm’'.

‘'Their achievements are evident, moving from a time when members played on rough land and sat on upturned orange boxes, to today when we have excellent lawns, a fine clubhouse and compete all over the county in friendly and league matches’', she said.

Then, in recognition of all they had done '‘for our amazing club'’, and on behalf of the club she presented both Richard and Pat with Life Membership of the club.

In thanking the club, Richard said all the achievements made had only been possible due to the loyal support and hard work of the Committee and the backing of the membership.

The following appointments were made to the new Committee:  Jack Upsall (Chair), John Feeny (Vice Chair), Kneale Kimber (Treasurer),  Hilary Philpott (Secretary) Ann Hales (Social Secretary), Dawn Hey (U3A representative), with Izzy Poyntz and Trevor Wood also elected.

Jack Upsall, taking over the Chair, announced a number of innovations and aspirations for the club under its new Committee.

He said that the club would continue to enter two teams in the Yorkshire League. It would continue and perhaps expand the internal championships.

Jack said he hoped more players would take part in friendly and league matches and more would participate in Croquet Association events. He hoped more use could be made of the lawns

An irrigation system was still a high priority, and ways of financing this still required more deliberation and planning. It was agreed that club subscriptions should be increased as a starting point in raising the necessary funding.

The AGM was followed by the annual supper with a delicious meal enjoyed by 35 members.



Men's champion Trevor Wood receives cup.  

Ladies' champion Lesley Wood receives cup. 

The day ended with the presentation of awards. The winners were Trevor Wood (Men’s champion), Lesley Wood (Ladies champion) and Trevor Wood and Martin Bethel (the Progressive Doubles Championship).

LUNCH BREAK during the all day croquet doubles.


Izzy wins national C-Level title

Izzy Poyntz, a member of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club, has become this year's national Level-C Croquet Champion.

She won one of the regional Level-C tournaments at Bury and went on to win the event competing against the other 15 regional winners in the national final during a two day event at Cheltenham Croquet Club.

Izzy recently qualified as a Croquet Association Club Coach and has been assisting in      organising singles training for members of the Bishop Monkton Club this season.


Keeping it in the family!

Trevor and Simon
Izzy and Lesley

The sun smiled on proceedings as the Championship Singles Finals got under way, with Izzy Poyntz and Lesley Wood contesting the Ladies’ title, and Simon Horner and Trevor Wood the Mens’.  

Over on Lawn 2, a more light-hearted contest began between two scratch teams designated Letters and Numbers. After only a few minutes, the crash of the scoreboard signalled the arrival of an unexpected heavy squall, which halted play for a while and served to excuse whoever was on watering rota duty later. 

The first games in the main contests both ended at 7-3, with Izzy and Trevor taking the lead respectively. A tense second game for the men went all the way to the Golden Hoop, with Trevor ultimately claiming victory. 

Meanwhile the pendulum swung in the Ladies match, with Lesley taking the second game 7-2. At this point, the ‘spectators’ match was abandoned (perhaps to the relief of the Numbers team) in favour of watching the hard-fought final game, which Lesley finally won 7-4.

The spectators appreciated the very high standard of play in both matches, for which all the finalists are to be congratulated. 

Scores: Mens’ Trevor Wood beat Simon Horner 7-3, 7-6

Ladies’ Lesley Wood beat Izzy Poyntz  3-7, 7-2, 7-4


U3A meet for monthly challenge

Members of the club's U3A Section gather for an all day Members' Match Day on the last Friday of each month. This one was held on August 30. 


Sixteen compete for doubles title

Sixteen members, from both Village and U3A Sections, took part in an excellent day’s Progressive Doubles Championship to find this year's top doubles players.. Each contestant played six games, with changes of partners and, for the winning pair of each game, a change of lawn, which kept everyone busy. 

The weather was good after the stormy weather of earlier in the week, though a stiff breeze proved challenging at times. 

Trevor Wood and Martin Bethel topped the results table – well done to them both, and to all the competitors.


National Croquet Day

Sara MacPherson and Kneale Kimber, winners of the men's and ladies' sections of the progressive doubles, after receiving their prizes from Club Chairman Richard Field.

Wine and nibbles are enjoyed after the competition.

Clubs across the country were marking National croquet Day on Sunday.

The Bishop Monkton Croquet Club organised a progressive doubles competition which involved members from both the Village and U3A Sections.

The winners were Kneale Kimber (men's) and Sara MacPherson (ladies) who both won all of their matches.

Pauline and Richard Houseman organised the format of the competition which ran flawlessly.

The afternoon ended with wine and nibbles which were enjoyed by all.

Sara MacPherson was thanked for organising the splendid spread of food and Pat Field for the wine.


Guy Fawkes goes with a bang

Members of the Croquet Club came out of hibernation for their annual dinner at The Guy Fawkes Inn, Scotton. A good time was had by all.


An award for us all to share

Richard Field, Chairman of Bishop Monkton Croquet Club, receiving a Croquet Association Diploma for 'outstanding services to croquet' at the Association's annual meeting at the Hurlingham Club in London. The award is really one which should be shared by all members of the club who have given me such wonderful support over the past 11 years, says Richard.