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.
The AGM held on Saturday morning 1st Feb in the Bowlers Pavilion was attended by a record fifty-two members. The second record of the day was at lunch time when over fifty enjoyed either Meat Balls or Chilli served with Jacket Potatoes followed by an assortment of crumbles and lce cream. Rainbow Whist led by Ken was played throughout the afternoon. I am sure everyone will agree that it was a busy but very enjoyable day and a delight to see so many members.
Another good turn out for our 2nd Bridge Day of the winter programme. Pam with her partner managed 2nd place while Penny, Ron and Audrey all competed for the highest minus score (booby), Ron and Audrey had no trouble in taking the booby prize as by coincident they took the same prize at the October Bridge day!! This event raised a grand sum of £611 . A mention of thanks must go to all of you involved in this very successful day – MANY THANKS TO YOU ALL
A very successful Christmas lunch was held at the Farleigh Golf Club on Friday 13th December. Just under seventy members and friends enjoyed a well cooked lunch, the pleasant surroundings and the friendly staff.
Sincere thanks to all of you who donated raffle prizes which bought in a profit of £156
Did you see our pretty Christmas tree decorated with croquet items on view at St Mary’s Church on Saturday 14th December? If not here it is in all its glory.
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.