Sat 15 May
Awful drizzly weather but we ploughed on regardless. A good sized entry of 14
with Cliff winning the eponymous plant (a pink) for the first time with 4/4 wins.
Weds 12 May
Assn league match v Pinchbeck (away)
The intrepid Downham Allstars visited the lovely lawn and garden of Pinchbeck for a very close tussle.
Playing in his first match, Colin did well as a doubles partner to Jonathan and Bryan. We won the
morning's two games but lost the afternoon's. A 2-2 draw was a fair result.
Below: Bryan, Jonathan, Colin, Peter Hanley, Mike Bowser, Gordon Mills
Weds 5 May
Golf league match v Letchworth
The first of our league matches. A bit chilly at times but the rain held off. Letchworth were a good team, winning 9-1,
but Gill D, Nick and Ruth played well. Tea in the sunshine in front of the clubhouse. Lovely! (Below : the players...
Ruth, Stuart, Sheila, Gill, Nick and Sue).
Sat 17 April 2021
Kathleen Butters Trophy
Our opening event will be this One Ball tournament, part of a national series raising funds this year for the British Heart Foundation.
What a lovely day’s croquet on Saturday!
Ten of us battling away for the Kathleen Butters Trophy in the warm sunshine at Stow. After six games there were two players with five wins, Don and Colin, neither of whom had played the other. The contest was resolved with a thrilling shootout for Hoop 1, clinched by Colin. He (much to his surprise), as well as taking home the lovely painting of the clubhouse, will be off to play in the national finals at Surbiton on 9 May.
Well played everyone!
Saturday 12 September 2020
A good entry of five in this end of season tournament - Martyn, Lucy, Colin, Noelene and Roger.
A full day's play in lovely warm September sunshine with Roger the eventual winner.
Wednesday 9 September
A very enjoyable friendly away v Pinchbeck on their lovely lawn.
Jonathan, Ian and Catherine Storey playing host Mike Bowser,
Terrey Sparks and Patricia Duke- Cox. A draw was a fair result.
Sunday 30 August
Postponed from the the Saturday when it poured, a good contest between Ian Storey, Ian Thompson,
Don and Jonathan with the latter winning all three of his games and the trophy.
Saturday 8 August
Ian T, Don, Jonathan and Bryan battled away with the latter emerging victorious...again.
Three clear wins. Well played all!
Tuesday 28 July
First session of coaching, delivered by Ian Storey and Jonathan. Nine attendees enjoyed brushing up their skills.
More to follow next week.
Sunday 26 July
An excellent day’s croquet for this Golf Doubles postponed from a rainy Saturday.
Fourteen entrants with two pairs - Nan and Judy, Roger and Noelene- each with three wins. They played the decider
with the latter pair the winners.
Tuesday 21 July
Stow Pan Final
Don and Ian had a hard fought battle for the Pan with the latter winning +10. Well played both.
Ian is presented with the nifty utensil (which he decides against taking home).
Sat 18 July
Kathleen Butters Trophy
Our first tournament run along normal lines. This is a One Ball event. Eleven entrants (though nine play but
that gives us some spectators, including Jeane who drove down specially from Southwell).
We all have a very enjoyable day’s play. Bryan and Steve end up with five wins each
but as the former beat the latter, Bryan Saddington is the inaugural winner.
Don Butters presents the trophy to a very happy Bryan.
The gathered players and spectators.
Tuesday 7 July
Well, we discovered that it takes quite a while to complete a tournament in this way. We finally have a winner after seven weeks.
Congratulations to Anne Gill.
Sat 13 June
We have seven entrants for this Association tournament and will try a different format with two blocks of similar handicap level.
Thursday 21 May
We launch our first tournament today, following the new guidelines. Golf singles with ten entrants.
It will be a knockout with a three way final. Players book a lawn for their match and report back with the result.
It will be interesting to see how it runs.
Wednesday 13 May
Great news! We can start playing croquet again...carefully. We have joined the EACF electronic court booking system to ensure
safe social distancing. The main lawn looks lovely, still rather slow as the grass is so lush. We will play on the smaller lawn as
the grass height is slowly taken down on Lawn One.
Saturday 9 May
Some rather overdue whitelining of the lawns. Mustn’t leave it for a month. The previous lines (which were relatively straight)
are barely visible and thus their replacements are a little wobbly.
Monday 27 April
Don and Johnny apply fertiliser to the lawn (which has had a sprinkler on because of some brown patches - all gone now ).
Perfect timing for the rain which descends in copious amounts on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The grass grows well and lots of good work has gone into the new lawn from Don and Johnny, mowing with the rotary mower, rolling
and applying fertiliser. Jonathan began general mowing in early April and set out the hoops. Jeff brought over a white lining machine
and set out our new boundaries (no more old rope....) and Jonathan seems to have learned how to produce a straightish line....but of
course at present we have to wait......
Tuesday 19 November
Club lunch at the Hare Arms, presenting trophies and giving the good news of the new lawn. Well attended and enjoyed by all at our long table
in the Coach House.
Saturday 14 September
Further topsoil spreading. When this is completed Johnny and Don scatter the seed and then the compost on top. Just in time for some rainier
days in mid to late September. Perfect timing. Green shoots begin to appear by the end of the month.
Thursday 12 September
The compost arrives. A much smaller pile of around 3 tons. More topsoil spreading.
Mon 9/Tues 10 September
We begin to unload the topsoil. Don drives the tractor, Johnny (who looks after the cricket ground) is on the heap in the trailer, doling it out and
then Jonathan, Roger and Charles Ostler (who has kindly come over from Lincs to help) assist him, spreading the topsoil with large rakes.
Monday 2 September.
The club tournaments were telescoped into a tight schedule so that we could finish the season early in order to relay the main lawn.
28 tons of topsoil were due to arrive from British Sugar (at Wissington) today. In the event they came a day later (blaming a communication
breakdown). No problem. Justin sprayed the lawn with weedkiller.
Sunday 1 September
Egyptian. Don, David and Jonathan play for the shapely statuette with Don having two good wins to take the day.
The same trio have played one another for the Stow Vase in the course of the season with Jonathan the eventual winner.
Saturday 31 August
Hipgrave Shield. Our Association tournament for higher handicaps in which Nick and Gill K, Celia and Gill D compete with the latter a clear winner
for the third consecutive time. Well played all!
Weds 21 August
Watlington Wednesday Club. Our regular visitors return for their yearly competitive bash of Golf Doubles followed as always by delicious tea and
cake at Church Farm.
Tuesday 20 August
Wisbech and March Rotary. In what is becoming an annual treat the two clubs meet to eat and drink beneath the cedar tree and play a bit of croquet.
Lots of fun for all and congratulations to the wonderful caterers.
Sunday 18 August
Champagne. Don and Jonathan have a hard fought match which could have gone either way. Jonathan takes the bottle.
Monday 22 July
Tina and her sister Barbara, visiting from Australia where she belongs to the local croquet club, pop in to Stow for a game.
Saturday 6 July
Barrett Pot. Six of us competing in this Golf Doubles competition polishing off all the matches well in time to get home to watch England Women
in the World Cup 3rd place play off(they lost). Don and Cliff prove victorious beating Nick and Gill and Jonathan and Celia. Great fun.
Sunday 26 May
Stow Pan. Making a tournament weekend of play at Stow, David, Don and Jonathan play for our founding trophy, the giant pan. Jonathan has two
very close wins after an enjoyable day’s play.
Saturday 25 May
Peggy’s Plant. Our opening tournament of the season. Golf croquet singles in which Don, Cliff, David and Jonathan compete for the eponymous pot
and accompanying plant. A good, close day’s play with David and Jonathan each finishing with two wins. As the former beat the latter, David takes
Thursday 16 May
A second visit by the Cambridge University team for a warm up session with a group of players from around East Anglia before their Varsity match
Weds 15 May
Duncan Hector brings his laser levelling kit over and we assess the ups and downs of the lawn. The first stage of levelling/reseeding work which will
happen in September.
Saturday 6 April
Season opens. A pleasant gathering over tasty home made food and the occasional glass.
Friday 16 November
A good crowd of us gathered in the Coach House at the Hare for lunch and the presentation of trophies, marking the club’s 30th year.
Sunday 7 October
Champagne tournament and Laying up do
Don, Celia and Jonathan competed in pleasant sunshine (in contrast to the preceding, planned day’s weather)
for the eponymous bottle with Jonathan the winner.
Godfrey, Gill, Cliff, Jan, Jonathan , Celia and Don gathered for a tasty shared meal in the late afternoon,
as visitors to Apple Day strolled by, celebrating 30 years of DCC.
Sat 29 September
Friendly v Histon (home)
A multitude of games, mixing and matching players - Association, One ball, Golf and Pirates - slotted around coffee,
lunch in the pub (photo below) and a scrumptious Stow tea.
Sat 15 September
Very close finish with Jonathan, Don and David each with two wins. David the overall winner by virtue of points gained.
Sat 1 September
A close contest between Celia, Roger and Gill, narrowly won by the latter (who won last year) after a Hemmings shootout..
Sat 28 July
Friendly v Histon (away)
Gill and Jonathan had an enjoyable day’s croquet on Histon’s lawns on the cricket outfield, cracks in the ground after the dry spell.
Tasty lunch in the nearby pub.
Sat 21 July
Glorious weather for croquet in the morning on our parched lawns (that haven’t needed mowing for weeks) followed by the normal
scrummy meal in front of the clubhouse enjoyed by Val, Celia, Chris, Lesley, Godfrey, Gill and Jonathan.
Tues 17 July
The second annual visit of March and Wisbech Rotary Clubs. Quick fire games of Golf interspersed with splendid refreshments
provided by Val and Celia underneath the cedar tree.
Sat 30 June
Barrett Pot. We split into four pairs of high/low handicap. A good contest with David and Nick the clear winners.
Sat 16 June
Stow Pan. Hard fought with David the final winner.
Fri 1 June
A very effective Come and Try it in the afternoon, as part of Downham Festival. Eight participants. One couple from Connecticut
- our furthest flung visitors!
Sat 26 May
Peggy’s Plant. Good competition which was well won by Judy.
Tuesday 8 May
Coaching on Tuesday evenings through May and early June.
Sun 15 April
A visit by Ruth from Ealing Croquet Club, interested in seeing a Bradshaw Buggy and our half size mallets
who stopped for a quick game of golf.
Sat 7 April
A fine start to the season with of course a splendid meal and chat in the sunshine.
Friday 16 March
...the first cut is the deepest. Mowing begins. Doesn’t look too bad.
Sat 17 October 2017
Laying up do. An enjoyable farewell over food and drink to a fine season’s play. Raise your glasses everyone!
Sat 2 September 2017 A good entry for this year's Hipgrave Shield. Celia, Roger, Val, Gill D and Gill K advised by Ken and Jonathan
with Gill Dobson the eventual winner.
Sat 22 July Barbecue Croquet. Intermittent cooling showers notwithstanding, a fine time had by all with Golf in the morning
followed by the barbie - dodging in and out as the rain came down. A good turnout of 16 sharing food and drink and occasionally damp banter.
The winner....looking purposeful .
Peggy's Plant. Our opening tournamenSingles Sat 27 May 2017. Peggy's Plant. Golf, fiercely contested with handicap play for the first time.
In the end a walkover for Don with four straight wins thus prising the trophy from Ken
(the holder for the past two years).
15 May 2017 EACF v Cambridge University. The students came for a warm up before the Varsity match
in June. A splendid time had by all with play
interspersed with suitable refreshment (topped off by Kathleen's scones and cream).
1 April 2017
. A new season opens, in slightly chilly fashion, with a friendly buffet in the clubhouse after setting out the lawns. The new Ransome is
proving an excellent investment.
n1 October 2016 Laying up do
After another lovely season with lots of new members...and a new mower, the presentation of trophies.
Don receives the Stow Pan (Ken in the background) and Ken is presented with Peggy's Plant.
1 July 2016
Lions v Rotary evening. Twenty or so came along for a friendly evening's banter and rivalry, pausing beneath the cedar to dodge a shower, with the Rotarians runaway winners.
25 June 2016
Good use made of a sunny morning before the heavens opened in the afternoon. (What a wet summer we are having). Despite his doubts about entering Don was a worthy winner, proving that life begins at 80.
18 June 2016
Five intrepid competitors on a chilly but dry morning in this singles Golf tournament. David a close runner up to Ken who retained the trophy and will receive the eponymous plant.
4 June 2016
Match v Norwich.
A close tussle with the final game ending in a draw which gave Norwich a 4-3 win. Enjoyed by all.
2 April 2016
The season opens with a brisk knock and a tasty lunch in the sun.
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Saturday 3 October Laying up do
What a lovely day to conclude an excellent season. Some fun games of Barbecue croquet and Pirates followed by a splendid buffet in the afternoon sunshine.
Sunday 27 September. Egyptian
Ken, Steve and Jonathan made a day of it in the Indian Summer sunshine with a lunch break in the pub. With no winning score higher than +3 some excellent tussles down to the last minute, each game going to time. Jonathan retained the trophy.
Saturday 26 September Match v Norwich
Some close games with Norwich finishing 3-1 ahead.
Sunday 6 September. Hipgrave Shield
Colin, Judy and Tony had some very close games with the latter, playing in his first tournament, the eventual winner.
Saturday 5 September Match v Peterborough
Valiant effort by the team but we lost 4-0. Ah well...it's the taking part...
It has been a lovely summer but occasionally the weather breaks...Colin and Dawn take cover.
Sunday 23 August Match v Hunstanton
This was the fourth of our Association league matches this season and the first at home. The previous three saw the same 1-3 result away to Peterborough, Norwich and Hunstanton. We managed to break the sequence with an exciting 2-2 draw. Play was interrupted by a torrential downpour in the afternoon when we sensibly adjourned for tea, warming up and drying off in the clubhouse with a welcome cup.
Wednesday 19 August West Norfolk Male Carers' Group
Half a dozen chaps had a break from their domestic caring duties to spend an afternoon playing croquet. General verdict was that it was good fun.
Sunday 16 August Champagne
A close, well fought match between Steve and Jonathan, observed by Judy (who provided very pleasant refreshment breaks) with Jonathan finally taking it by a narrow margin. Perfect weather for a glass or two of Prosecco interspersed with croquet.
Sunday 9 August. Friendly with Histon
An enjoyable blend of six versions of the game (including Barbecue Croquet) mixing and matching with our visitors. Each game interspersed with the all important break for Pimms.
25 July 2015 Summer Barbecue
A splendid time had by all with a game of "Barbecue Croquet" specially devised for the occasion followed by an excellent meal.
22 July 2015
Watlington Wednesday Club paid their annual visit and enjoyed a competitive afternoon's play, dodging light showers.
Enjoying a glass of Pimms on a Club Night
Sunday 5 July. Barrett Pot
A very close contest between two family teams. Sisters in law Nan and Judy played Steve and daughter Scarlett (in her first match). A nail biting Golf Doubles finish decided on the 13th hoop with Steve and Scarlett the worthy winners.
Sunday 21 June. Peggy's Plant
Hotly fought singles Golf with two new members, Ken and Tony, taking part in their first tournament at Stow. Tony is new to the game but played valiantly. Don and Jonathan won some, lost some. Ken swept the board to take the trophy and will receive the eponymous plant at the laying up do.
Sunday 10 May Stow Pan
A lovely day for our opening tournament of the season. First round hotly contested between Don and Steve with the latter just clinching it by 2 on time. Steve was clearly warmed up for his game with Jonathan as he played some immaculate turns including an all round break and polished off his opponent in 37 minutes, thus retaining the trophy.
Some Springtime Visitors.
Sat 4 April 2015
A stalwart group gathered for an hour or so's play in distinctly chilly and damp conditions before retreating for something to eat. Ah well...it will get warmer.