From the President

Dear All,

It has been a pleasure to see our new members assimilating so successful into the club. Please let me know if you have any concerns.

Brian arranged a visit by the Council staff member Parrish Evans. The topics discussed were: painting the club house, improving the position of the hand rail on the path down to the carpark, replacing destroyed signage, and erecting a big sign at the corner of Kelburn Parade and Salamanca Road. Eleven years ago when John and I were wanting to play croquet we were pleasantly surprised to find the Kelburn Croquet Club, so near to us. We had not been aware of its existence even though we had lived in Wellington most of our lives! We need a colourful interesting sign so people know we are here. Luckily we have an expert Comms person on board (Lesley) to direct us! 

We also discussed with Parrish ways to improve rubbish disposal and recycling around the lawns. Having several bins for separating rubbish at source would be a great improvement.

At the last committee meeting we discussed ways to learn the rules of croquet more thoroughly with the hope that a number of members will be keen to go the extra step and become referees. Expect more about this in the coming months. 

An introduction to Advantage Croquet has been delayed but we will try it in the New Year.

Our Christmas celebration is this coming Saturday 17 December. Please bring a plate of food to share, a present for the Secret Santa basket and some food for the Wellington City Mission Appeal. The programme for the day is GC croquet until 12.00 midday as usual, drinks served  from 12.00, then lunch from 12.30 pm, followed by Secret Santa. AC and GC croquet will be played in the afternoon.

I wish you all a happy Christmas and a joyful New Year. 

Kind regards

Mary Stevens

From the Club Captain 

Coming up soon

Let me know as soon as possible if you wish to be nominated for the GC Lower North Island Teams event in Hawera Sat 28 – Sun 29 January. Handicap ranges are: 3-5, 6-8, 9-16.

Between 27 and 30 December (inclusive) we may provide lawns for the overflow of the Wellington Open at Wellington Municipal. Club days will continue as usual but please do not walk across lawns being used for the Wellington Open or walk across in front of a player lining up a shot.


Best wishes to Kelburn players competing in the 2023 AC Women’s World Championships in Christchurch 7 to 14 January. At least three of our members will be playing in it.

Sun 15 January – entries close for club GC Silver Badge competition. Level play in the following handicap ranges 3-5, 6-8, 9-16. Contact me if you want to enter.  This competition will start once the club Don Reyland has concluded and will need to finish by 7 March. Winners play the representatives from other clubs on 18/19 March at Kelburn.

Mon 23 January twilight level doubles - Upton Cup. Enter by being at the club by 5.15 pm.  $5 per evening.  Random draw by manager for doubles partners and a different partner for each round.

Sun 29 January – Ricochet fun day at Plimmerton.  Entries close 23 January.

Mon 30 January – club Don Reyland competition finishes. The winner represents Kelburn at Plimmerton on 11 – 12 February.

Tues 31 January – entries close for club grades competition. Contact me if you wish to enter. Level play.  Handicap ranges:  0 -5, 6 – 8, 9 -11 and 12 -16.


Tues 14 and Wed 15 – twilight level doubles aggregate competition.  Be at the club by 4.45 pm for a 5.00 pm start.  Random draw by manager for doubles partners and a different partner for each round. The club provides refreshments after the competition

Sat 25 club handicap doubles Closing date to be advised. Either organise your own partner or ask the manager to find you one.

Sun 26 Croquet! Ole? at Plimmerton Different partner for each round. Entries close 20 Feb.

Interclub competitions

These have now concluded. Congratulations to our Wed GC team of David Robinson, Scott Wilson and Ron Rosenberg who won more games than their opponents.  Thank you to all those club members who took part and supported our club, and thank you to those who refereed at Kelburn: Alison Robinson, Caroline Townsend-Green, Barry Simpson, and Roger Hurnard.


Jane Norman

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Finally … 

Merry Christmas from your committee, including Jane Norman, Caroline Townsend-Green and Pádraig O'Connor, who were not available for this photo.

From left: Alison Robinson, Brian Black, Mary Egley, Pam Fuller, John Corsham, Pat Wiffin, Lisa Thompson, John Stevens, and Mary Stevens.