Club news 2017

Dave in Yorkshire/Durham squad

Dave Widdison played in the Yorkshire/Durham squad in the Inter-Counties Tournment in August. The team finished third.

The team photo (above) also shows Richard Bilton and John Paul Mobberly. David Crawford also
played but is not in the picture.


Club hosts inaugural singles tournament

JANE BAILEY, from the Ben Rhydding Croquet Club, receives the cup from Yorkshire Croquet Federation Chairman Anna Giraud as winner of the inaugural Yorkshire Federation Grade C Singles Tournament hosted by the Bishop Monkton Club on Wednesday, June 21.

Players from other Yorkshire clubs joined us to play in the inaugural Yorkshire Federation Grade C Singles Tournament hosted by the Bishop Monkton Club on Wednesday, June 21.

Players competed in two pools leading to a final in which Jane Bailey (Ben Rhydding CC) beat Patrick Davey (Bishop Monkton CC) 7-1.

The cup was presented to Jane by Anne Giraud, Chairman of the Yorkshire Croquet Federation.

Special thanks to to Andrea Widdison who expertly organised the event, and to Ted Flexman who attended as referee.

A Yorkshire Feeration Doubles Tournament will be hosted by the club on Tuesday, September 12.  Two places are still available. Anyone wishing to take part should contact Andrea.


It's our 10th anniversary!

Ten years ago the club started  playing on a rough pasture with members sitting on orange boxes using borrowed mallets and balls.    

Sunday, June 4, was National Croquet Day and Bishop Monkton Croquet Club used the day to celebrate its own10th anniversary.

The club has come a long way since 2007 when it was first decided to form a club in the village, holding its first session in a villager's back garden.

The anniversary day got off to a great start with a fun  programme of special events, including a novel obstacle course and croquet archery devised by Trevor and Lesley Wood. Winners were Ann Hales and Pauline Houseman.

In the afternoon it  was back to more traditional croquet with progressive doubles being played across three lawns. The eventual winners were Trevor Wood (men’s) and Christine Feeny (ladies).

The day ended with the cutting of the anniversary cake, which was shared by the members to the accompaniment of bubbly.

Club Chairman Richard Field reminded members of how far the club had come in 10 years, starting playing on a rough pasture with virtually no facilities and today enjoying a lovely ground with fine lawns and a well-equipped clubhouse.

The quality of play, he said, had improved immeasurably over the years with the club now competing in two Yorkshire Leagues, and being champions of the Level Play League. One of the club’s players, David Widdison, now also played for England.

Richard had special thanks for Lesley and Trevor Wood who had spent innumerable hours devising
and preparing excellent novelty challenges for the day, and who also organised the well-supported progressive doubles event.

Among those present on Sunday were a number of those who were present when the club was launched 10 years ago. They included Richard and Pat Field, John Hague, John and Christine Feeny and Simon Horner. Alan Ebbutt was also present at the launch but unfortunately missed Sunday’s event.

Club members pictured outside their clubhouse during 10th anniversary celebrations.


Dave comes close to glory in Spain


Bishop Monkton Club player David Widdison has been representing England  in the European Championships in Spain.
Andrea, his wife, has sent this report on his achievements there:
'Dave was seeded 12  in the tournament and  5 in the English contingent because of his world ranking. There were 32 entrants in four blocks of eight. In his block was the current champion Jose Riva.  His block had players from Finland, Czech Rep, Norway, Spain, Latvia and Ireland. Two games were played against each player. 
Dave beat Jose on the first game and lost the 2nd 6/7. It seemed to be the pattern .... Dave lost four games 6/7 which meant that he didn't qualify for the main knockout. instead he qualified for the Plate event.  In the Plate he beat Martin French (England 3 seed), 7/0, 7/6 and players from Switzerland 
and  Norway before losing in the semi-final ( best of three games) to another Norwegian  6/7 in the final game'.
Well done, Dave!

Exciting plans annnounced for new season 


Some 30 members and partners attended the club's annual dinner held this year at The Guy Fawkes Inn, Scotton at the end of January. 

For those who hadn't patronised the Guy Fawkes before they were in for a gatronomic treat (and some proved their staying power by having a desert even after two delicious and filling first courses!) 

Interrupting a steady intake of food and wine, Club Chairman Richard Field risked the wrath of the company by breaking in with some news about next season.  

He said that the club had decided to host two new ground-breaking Yorkshire Tournaments which would  be the first time we had undertaken anything of this kind. He also said the club would also be entering a team in the national Murphy Shield competition this year.

He also gave details of other exciting innovations, including an opportunity for members to try out Association croquet, a plan to offer more coaching, the promise of more social  events and a revised  internal competition and plans to organise more friendlies. It was also hoped we could progress our plans to install a new  irrigation system.

Richard then presented cups to the past season's winners. The men's and ladies trophies went to the Widdison household, with Dave and Andrea being congratulated on their double success.The mixed doubles cup was presented to Simon Horner and Izzy Poyntz. Simon was extending to his existing array of cups adding to Zillah's silver cleaning workload, but for Izzy this was the first time she had won a club trophy, and she won a special round of applause.

Another round of applause went to members of the club's Level Play team for winning trhe Yorkshire Federation League in 2016. The large shield is to be held by each member of the team for a month - a nice idea thought up by organiser Andrea Widdison.

Members were reminded that it was now only 10 weeks until the new season starts which should be one which will have something to please everyone, whether national champion or beginner.

Ladies' Champion
Andrea Widdison

      Mixed Doubles Champions
Simon Horner & Izzy Poyntz

Men's Champion

David Widdison