Pendle & Craven Croquet Club


About Both Club & Members.. 

Mid-Week AC League - June 13th

Pendle 6 - Bowdon 1
Pendle; Robin Delves, Paul Dowdall, Libby Dixon, Andrew Webb.
Bowdon Earls; John Lucas, Andrew Thomson, John Haworth, Keith Brewster.

Unbelievably, given that most clubs are submerged under rain water to the east of us, play started and was played all day in the dry.

U3A Visit - 12th June

Another dull day (weather-wise). Eleven of U3A attended for an afternoon of Single GC games, some played f ive in the time available!
Graham & John W had to share the Jelly Babies...both unbeaten.

Pendle Advanced Tournament - 8/9th Jun

In the three weeks leading up to this, the manager and tournament secretary had tried to find more entries to raise the number above 9 but none were found. This small odd number produced a very difficult management task of awarding three trophies across a handicap range of over 15 steps among very few players in 1.75 days of variable weather.

To mitigate the difficulties the manager did not play and opted for one American Block with two sub American Blocks within.
(In order to keep Omeid busy on Sunday after lunch the manager did play him and Omeid achieved a Platinum break award in that game +26SXT , this game was within the tournament.)
We started Saturday in light rain with the courts playing easy but each outlined with its own peculiar mess of chaotic white line and string boundaries being sometimes shared, sometime not.
The new hoops were extreemly well set by Paul who had spent hours preparing them. At lunch the North boundary of court 4 became squelchy and was unusable. We followed that with a good meal at the Jade Palace.
Sunday's weather was beautiful. Play progressed but from a management point of view the result of two key games brought about the worst case scenario in all three events. This meant that two more rounds were mandatory and during the afternoon a three way tie break was resolved in case it would be needed.
This was a three player game of one ball, using the rules set out on the Oxford site in the document written by Kevin Carter. Richard Huxley won that but in the end, the tie break was not required.
A key moment was when Clive beat Omeid and then went on to win two more games establishing him as the winner. As a consequence, Omied then took the Chris Clarke from Richard's hands.
Finally with Clive holding the Openshaw, Steve's two wins in the sub block gave him a popular win in the Jeremy Dyer.
Thanks to Libby for catering, Robert for the cheese board and Will for spectating come rain or shine and the other players: Paul Rigge, Lee Hartley, Richard Huxley, Dennis Scarr & Liz Wilson
The Openshaw trophy remains at the club and needs engraving per the note I have left with it.
The other two trophies were taken by the winners.

David Openshaw - Clive Goode
Chris Clark - Omeid Hallam
Jeremy Dyer - Steve Skelton.

Omeid - Platinum. Handicap Change: Clive from 0 to -0.5
Report; Peter Wilson


GC Level League - June 6th

Pendle 6 - Crake 12
Pendle; Libby Dixon (3), Keith Terry (3) and Karen Bamforth (10)
Crake; David Llyod (3), David Cornes (4) and Frank Sharps(6)

The result does not reflect the close nature of many of the games within the match.
Of the 18 games played 8 games went to the golden hoop and 4 games to the 12 hoop. If luck had been on our side the result could have been a draw.
This match saw Karen step in to the team for the first time. Karen played extremely well and received praise from the opponents who said they would not like to give her bisques in a handicap game. Two of her games were lost on the golden hoop against David Llyod and David Cornes many index points ahead of her and years of more experience.

A big thank you to all the Pendle club members who provided help in setting up the lawns.

AC W/E Hcp - June 2nd

Pendle 2 - Chester 5
Pendle; Andrew Webb, Robert Essler, Paul Dowdall, Catherine Parnell

Giving away 62 Bisques!
A difficult match for Pendle facing at least 1 bandit if not 2 !! Robert and Catherine won the Doubles after quite a tough match and Paul won his singles in the morning while Andrew lost 0-26 against an 18 handicap in 11/4 hours having only played 2 shots!
In the afternoon Robert led the way winning his singles while we lost all the other Singles (inc Paul losing -18 against the same ‘bandit’ in under 2 hours).
I decided to raise the issue of too high handicaps on two of Chester players with the official body. The result was that one of Chester players had his handicap reduced to 14 with the agreement of Chester. I do feel this issue should be raised by clubs when it's applicable without feeling ‘guilty’ about it.

U3A Visit - 5th June

Nine of U3A attended today. An afternoon of Single GC games, some played five in the time available!
Mike got the Fruit Gums...

U3A Visit - 29nd May

Six members of U3A attended today, one of the group requested at the tea break could they do a different format to the games. On the suggestion of moving to playing Games of singles most were enthusiastic. Two games of singles then proceed and was enjoyed by all.
The group have requested that can we do this again next week.
Lesley was the winner this week of the Fruit Gums...

AC Inter-Counties 25-28th May

See how Paul R (Lancashire) & Robert (Yorkshire) faired at this year's counties.

Visit Croquetscores... for the scores.
Visit CA Site... for the Report.

Pendle Vs Crake (hcp AC) - 26th May

Pendle 5 - Crake 1

Pendle; Andrew Webb, Paul Dowdall, Robin Delves , Libby Dixon.

After torrential rain which saw most lawns with many deep puddles, it was decided to get the bow wave out of moth balls. After clearing Lawn 5 the days play was able to go ahead.
Robin and Libby winning the Doubles, Paul winning both Singles, Robin and Libby winning their respective singles and Andrew losing one and winning the other.
Robin again proving that age is no handicap at croquet!!

The photo shows the PCCC chairman and league captain bow waving lawn 5 so we could play today’s league match against Crake..


B Level League - May 25th

Pendle 4 - Bowdon 1
Pendle; Andrew, Webb, Peter Wilson and Paul Dowdall.

A good victory with Paul getting 2 excellent wins including winning the Doubles with Peter.
Andrew won both his singles games and Peter lost his singles.

U3A Visit - 22nd May

Fourteen U3A Members, best turn-out yet.
Another winner this week - Margaret... first time she's won a game left alone all four!

Murphy Shield Vs Durham - May 19th.

Pendle 2 - Durham 5

Pendle; Libby Dixon(3), Keith Terry(3), Paul Dowdall(3), Will Drake(6)
Durham; Peter Tymms, Nigel Martin, Dave Parsons and George Cansino

Everyone played their best but they were too good on the day. The Durham team were very complimentary about the condition of the lawns, very envious about our facilities and praised us on the afternoon tea we provided.
Nigel Martin's Report;
After a pleasant drive across the Yorkshire Moors, the Durham team arrived to a warm welcome from the Pendle and Craven Club
In the morning, Durham won the doubles and one of the two singles to leave the score at 2-1 at lunch. The afternoon singles went to Durham 3-1, to leave the final score as 5-2 to Durham. While all the matches were completed in two games, competition was nonetheless tight with more than half of the games going to hoop 12 or 13.
The day was rounded off with some excellent hospitality from the Pendle Club in the form of afternoon tea for all.

Lancashire Round of National 'B' Level Series - 18th May

Will Drake presenting the trophy to Roger I’Anson ( Ripon) winner.
Second photo Abdul manager, Will Drake, Roger I’Anson winner and Richard Leach (Bury) runner up.


Visit Croquetscores... all scores.

Womens Development Squad - 15th May

Our Libby travelled down to CA HQ today to undergo a full day coaching at the hands of Hayes & Kibble...

Both codes of the game were available, by election every hour but most attendees selected AC to concentrate upon. Mindfulness was also covered over lunch.

U3A Visit - 15th May

Eleven U3A Members (now regulars) slapped on the sun-cream this time and chracked on.
Different winner this week - Syd, picked up the Jelly Babies.

Midweek AC League - 14th May.

Pendle 5 - Bury 2

Pendle; Garry Wilson, Robin Delves, Paul Dowdall & Andrew Webb..
Bury; Tony Phillips(3), Ken Jones(4.5), Barbara Young(6) & Margaret Eccles(14).

Robin Reports;
By superlative play from Andrew & Garry, assisted by Paul D & Myself, a comparatively strong Bury team were succumbed.
Even though Andrew forgot to use his bisque, Tony was comfortably overcome, whilst Garry returned to form, Garry beating both Ken & Barbara.
Paul D lost to Tony but beat Ken. I was a minor contributor to a win, with Andrew in the doubles versus Barbara & Margaret, but Margaret was the victor against me in the afternoon.

Thanks, in the main, to Libby, for her mowing & cleaning efforts, and to Garry, Peter & Paul D for setting the hoops and Flags and posts which indicated which lawn was which and corner pegs... White lining was attended to by me.
All in all, on a perfect summer day, the whole ground, bar the entrance path area, looked as good as ever I've seen it, and we welcomed Tyneside & Chester teams to play their Secretary's shield match on Courts 1 & 2, which was won narrowly by Chester.

Compliments abounded from members of all three visiting teams regarding the greatly improved quality of the playing conditions which we had provided compared with those which had prevailed on previous visits.
All members of our club who have contributed so generously of their time, so that such compliments may be justifiably made, should be proud in the knowledge that their efforts have been rewarded by praise.

Pendle 'B' Level Tournament - 11/12th May


On the weekend of National Croquet Day, Pendle hosted a tournament where players came from far & wide not only to give any potential visitors something to watch, but to contest the trophy in their own right – many of whom only play in leagues as part of a team, so it was interesting, since any error would cost them dearly.
The weekend was bathed in bright sunshine and blessed with clear blue sky.
After a 5 round swizz, three players finished on 4/5, but on who-beat-who; Member and Pendle Chair, Andrew Webb was the winner..


U3A Visit - 8th May

Eleven U3A Members (some the same as last week) again braved the elements to sample Croquet. The anticipated numbers didn’t materialise - well those who ‘did’ turn up didn’t really think that there would be any play, but play there was! No rain fell and four shortened GC games were contested.
Three Games, tea break followed by another game all with different partners this time resulted in joint winners - Gail (again) & Mike... Mike left before photo-op, so will catch him next week.


Longman Cup Vs Tyneside - May 5th.

Pendle 3 - Tyneside 4

Pendle; Robin Delves(12), Paul Dowdall(6), Catherine Parnell(8) & Garry Wilson(9).
Tyneside; David Millener(7), Derek Johnson(12), Andrew Carpenter(12) & Nora Burbidge(16)

Bugger... we were still in touch at lunch - trailing 2-1 having only taken the doubles but with only Robin & Catherine supplying wins, the day went against us.

Cath & Robin beat David & Nora +1t
Gary lost to Derek -4
Paul lost to Andrew -9

Paul lost to David -7
Cath beat Derek +8t
Garry lost to Andrew -6
Robin beat Nora +6t  

Social Play - May 4th.

Members Roger Schofield, Peter Wilson and Liz Wilson met up with Alan Clark from High Wickham who was on holiday in the area.
With handicaps ranging from ½ to 3 an all play all Advanced session was planned. As it turned out the weather was pretty chilly and so the stumps were pulled after two games and a few one ball games. Alan Clark beat Peter Wilson (failed tpo) and lost to Roger Schofield. Liz lost to Roger Schofield and beat Peter.
A good time was had by all with all sorts of crazy moves attempted. The most amazing happening of the day was Liz and Alan’s visit to the Bakery costing £7.20 for two bacon and two tuna with salad butties! Alan’s face was a picture - It seems to be a lot cheaper ooop North!

U3A Visit- 1st May

Eleven U3A Members decended into our club to (hopefully) enjoy their first taste of Croquet. All five courts were in service as nine members mixed with the visitors to play in a mini progressive doubles Golf Croquet tournament.
Two Games, tea break followed by another two game all with different partners lead to a single winner - Gail.


Murphy Shield Vs Ripon Spa - Apr 25th.

Pendle 6 - Ripon Spa 1

Pendle; Libby Dixon(3), Keith Terry(3), Paul Dowdall(3), Garry Wilson(6)
Ripon Spa; Maggie Cowman(2), Roger l'Anson(3), Brent Gill(5), Sue l'Anson(8)

The day was forecast to be cold, wet and windy. However the teams were able to play in relative good conditions of only some light rain which did have the effect of slowing up the fast lawns. After such warm conditions of the Easter holiday most found it a little chilly at times.

In the morning the doubles were won by Pendle but not until the first two games went to 7/6 each side. The singles were one apiece therefore Pendle went into lunch with a 2/1 lead.

The afternoons play was played in occasional bright sunshine and threatening heavy rain clouds which had players rushing for waterproofs. After one short spell of rain those that had bothered to put on waterproofs were taking them off due to being too hot.

Afternoon tea was served at the end of play with Pendle carrying the day by 6 games to 1.

(PD triggered to GC Hcp 2 during the day - his AC hcp is improving too, now 6)

John Beech Easter Tournament - 19th/22nd Apr

Earby basked in four days of 100% blue sky and 24C – to be fair, so did the entire country for the whole Easter Weekend. Despite the weather being as forecast, no late entries were received to play in this friendly (either Hcp or Adv) AC format tournament. Indeed some of the entered were only available for the first two days... that’s expected over a *family* Bank Holiday, it just needs management flexibility, and this tournament is geared to offer exactly that – so it is a pity to report, that only nine entered this year.

In line with previous years of low entries, luxurious single banking was enjoyed for all rounds, as well as the more traditional food fare being offered – Hot Cross Buns for all on Good Friday & choccy Eggs on Sunday.
By Monday Lunchtime the calculations had been done with the following overall results;
John Beech Handicap Trophy – Paul Rigge
Peter Dowdall Cup (adv) – Paul Rigge.
Under 10 Handicap Trophy – Lee Hartley
10 & Over Handicap Trophy – Kevin Wright
Fastest Game – Lee Hartley (71mins Vs Betty Bates)
Most Games – not awarded.



BBC Interview - 11th Apr

Members Paul & Liz were interviewed by Scott Wallis on his "Talking Sport" show - a show that avoids discussing Football, Cricket, Rugby or any of the other 'mainline' pursuits and gives air-time to 'minor' less popular sports like ours.
Unlike most journalists, he treated us refreshingly seriously and allowed us to explain our passion.


IPDG Development Squad Weekend - Apr 6/7th.

Our Libby is on the rise...

Full report.

Handicap League - Apr 6th.

Fylde 3 - Pendle 4

Pendle had a good first win of the season after a tight game at Fylde. We were giving away a large number of bisques overall.
In the morning Robert and Catherine lost the doubles after a hard scrap, while Paul D managed an heroic win on a golden hoop against the mighty Peter Wilson. Andrew won a narrow victory against Catherine Bass.
In the afternoon singles, Robert won on golden hoop to Peter Wilson, (after another tough match) while Andrew lost to Ian Theakstone and Paul lost to Philip Bass, but Catherine Parnell redeemed Pendle by beating her namesake.

Well done team and long may the winning streak continue.

Indoor Sport - 26th Feb

The social aspect of the club was strongly evident this evening as twelve members & partners block-booked the Matrix Superbowl in Skipton for a double session of Ten Pin Bowling (Matrix Bowling). Huge thanks to Petra at Matrix for ensuring that we all had fun – what a great find, just us there, bowling across three lanes, a Bar not 10 paces from the lanes and food (Burgers, Dogs & Chips) readily available.

All committed to repeating this activity again, soon.
Being Croquet players and thus competitive by nature, it *does* matter who won/lost but I don’t have the final results in yet so I can't report but I suspect it was "Vegas Wilson".

Golf Ladder Starts - 14th Feb

Today saw 6 members turn out for a “fabulous”day of Croquet. With warm weather and sunshine it felt like April/May. The group decided to play the Golf Croquet Ladder; with a few changes. ( apologies to Mr Hand) . Nine games were played and Keith Terry is at the moment top of the Ladder with 120 points.
Robert arrived after lunch and mowed the lawns with the John Deer...They look fabulous.

The club all wish Will a successful surgery on Wednesday - There will be no chance for us once his cataracts are fixed. He already has the nick name “dead eye Dick” for his ability to run hoops from amazing distances.

Club Presentation Dinner - 25th Jan

Back to the Alma - great venue, given our own function room and menu for the occasion, greatly appreciated. huge thanks to the hotel management! Sixteen members turned out for an enjoyable evening. Good food, good conversation and lovely company. Thanks to Peter for his wonderful organisation.



Pendle is getting ready for the new season. Thanks to Keith for all his hard work (what have you done over the winter).

Club Practice Afternoon - 21st Jan

Libby (of course) pulled as many members together as she could for a knock in the winter 'sunshine' - really think the gloves give away the real temp!

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