Sadly we have learned that John affectionately known as Little John passed away just before Christmas. John was a member of the club for several years and retired from playing golf croquet just before he became 90
Congratulations to the following members who have celebrated their big Eight 0s in the last six months. Ann Allison and Beryl in November Ann MacDonald in January and Ian in February
A good gathering of twenty five members and friends travelled to Sinah Warren for a four day stay. Our first day (Monday 2nd March) the weather was just fine but on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday it hardly stopped raining causing some of the flower beds to be under water. Now the day we left (Friday 6th March) was another story, we awoke to a beautiful sunny day! We joined in a selection of activities each day which included quizzes, Tai Chi. Shuffle Board, Kurling, a visit the Hotel Kitchen, a trip Behind the Scenes at the Theatre, Bowls in the rain! Cross Words, Swimming and one or two had a massage. On the Thursday afternoon twenty of our group played Rainbow Whist which we set up at the back of the entertainment hall. There was plenty of entertainment to enjoy each evening finishing on the last evening with River Dance and a selection of Queen Music. So a good time was had by all.
Trains to London proved to be a problem on Monday 17th February for some members while for others their trains ran on time and were no trouble. Any way we all managed to be there for the start.The Apothecaries Hall is situated in Black Friars Lane and is the oldest surviving livery hall in the City of London. Janet P the archivist was our guide for the one and a half hour tour which included The Parlour, The Court Room and The Great Hall. These rooms were full of history which Janet presented to us with great knowledge. It was a thoroughly enjoyable one and a half hours and sorry when it ended.
We walked from London Bridge Station along the embankment to Rotherhithe on Thursday 5th December. The weather was kind to us and the company was even better. We walked as far as the Mayflower Public House before turning around to make our way back for lunch at another pub overlooking the Thames. Lunch over most of us walked back to London Bridge Station before catching our trains home.
On a damp and cold Nov 28th 17 of us visited the Biggin Hill Museum. Opened earlier this year this small but fascinating venue was a treat. The volunteers were knowledgeable and we had a couple of interesting talks. After a visit to the Chapel we headed off for a very good pub lunch at nearby Keston.
Our second visit to the British Legion at Limpsfield for a day of Skittles was on Wednesday 13th November. Because it was such fun last year we thought we would try it again and it did not disappoint. Several rounds were played throughout the day with the winners being Ineke and another.
The walk arranged for Friday 1st November was called off on the morning of the walk due to the bad weather. A great pity to miss out on the beautiful autumn colours for which Sheffield Park is famous.
The first Club Bridge Drive played over the winter was held at the Bowlers on Saturday19th October. It was a great success rising over £500 towards the running of the club. The only croquet members to win were Ron and Audrey who took the Booby Prize !!
Sunday 11th August saw us yet again at Southwick this time playing in the Golf Team Day Tournament. We were one of 22 teams who entered this event resulting in Purley Bury taking 11th place