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Newsletter No. 5 - Oct 2004

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We have had a successful first complete summer season at Fowey Community College. Croquet has been played and enjoyed on Monday and Tuesdays and the Social Programme has been appreciated by many members, with visits to Plymouth Croquet Club, an evening Summer Party at the College in June, Tea and Croquet in the beautiful garden at Ready Money belonging to Stephen and Margaret Read, also in June, and finally, in September, to play Croquet at Pencarrow where we created two lawns in an idyllic setting.

The Committee met on Monday September 27th with the exception of Richard Tuxford (College Representative). Richard has undergone Spinal Surgery recently and will not be back at work for some time yet. We have sent him a card with our wishes for his full recovery. The main topics discussed at the meeting were:

1. The fact that as the playing area is now being used for Rugby we will now have to stop playing
Croquet at the College for this season.

2. Grant for buying equipment, This was unfortunately unsuccessful. Our thanks to Bill Price for spending many hours preparing this bid. Rosemary is now looking into the prospect of buying the equipment currently on loan from the South West Federation at a "knock down" price.

3. The playing area. It was agreed that the facility of using the Pavilion is indeed a great asset for the Club and very much appreciated. However, we all felt that the actual playing area on the cricket pitch outfield leaves much to be desired. We have had a number of letters from members expressing the same sentiments. We will write soon to the College asking them if there is any remedy to this situation. Would it be possible to mow the Croquet Area regularly twice a week, also mow it to a lower level as appropriate for Croquet? Is there any other area that could be devoted to

Croquet exclusively? There is growing national interest in Croquet, which is now a growth sport in the UK. Could it be included in the College Sports Curriculum? The Croquet Association would certainly be of help with this suggestion. Croquet is an attractive game for young players who appreciate a fairly quiet "thinking" sport. Could Cornwall lead the way with this nationally as it has done in many other areas of activity?

Have members any ideas re possible other sites?

4. There are photos available from Rosemary of the group who went to Pencarrow in return for a small donation to club funds. These have been donated by Stephen Read.

5. Our Programme ahead.

PEGGING OUT PARTY on Monday 8th November at 12 noon in the Pavilion at Fowey Community College. Ploughman's Lunch at £3, with drinks for a small extra charge. Guests are most welcome. Please use the tear off slip on your printed newsletter below and return to Janet Howard by Saturday November 5th as an idea of numbers is required.

Pre CHRISTMAS DINNER at the Fowey Hotel on Friday December 10th. There is now a waiting list for this, but you could always register an interest with Sylvia in case anyone has to drop out.

The next COMMITTEE MEETING is scheduled for Monday January 17th at 1pm. Please send any items for discussion to Reg in good time.

Our AGM. will be in March 2005 on date yet to be arranged.

Stop Press!!

Croquet through the winter months!

During our closed season we are cordially invited to use the facilities at Porthpean by kind invitation of Cornwall Croquet Club. Any member wishing to continue with the game (floodlights may even be provided) should contact any of the following: -

Tony Backhouse
(chairman Cornwall Croquet Club)   01726 71564

Nigel Grant (secretary Cornwall Croquet Club)  01726 66534

Rosemary Bradshaw   01726832034

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