In this issue

  • Welcome to new members
  • Lawn closure for winter maintenance
  • Upcoming AGM 11 May
  • Increased CNZ and WCA levies
  • WCC consultation on 2024-34 Long Term Plan now open
  • 2023/24 club prize-giving, with photos
  • Odd spot - Nowra Croquet Club, 4-min video
  • Links to news and newsletters

Welcome to our new members

A very warm welcome to our new members: Chris and Pat Thorn, and Nini and Wayne Wooff. 

Lawn closure for winter maintenance

It was good of the Wellington City Council to let us know we could continue to play another few days in fine weather, as their contractors were not going to start immediately on lawn maintenance … and, as you saw in our earlier short update, have even mown and freshly marked the lawns.

A few of you have taken advantage of the extension. 

Lawns must be cleared immediately as soon as the contractors are ready to start. We will keep you updated. Watch our Calendar page as well for club open times.

Upcoming AGM 11 May

The Club's Annual General Meeting will be held at the clubhouse on 11 May. A formal advice of meeting, and the meeting papers, will be circulated to all members in early May and posted on our website. All are encouraged to attend, but only current financial members are entitled to vote, as per the Club's Constitution.

CNZ and WCA levies for 2024/25

We have been advised of the proposed Croquet New Zealand and Wellington Croquet Association levies for 2024/25.

CNZ levies will rise to $55 per member, up from $52. WCA levies will remain unchanged at $10 per member. 

WCC consultation on long-term plan open

Wellington City Council's public consultation on the 2024-34 Long Term Plan is now open for you to have your say, and closes on midnight 12 May. 

The Council urges Wellingtonians to Visit the website to find out more and make a submission.

Key proposals include:

  • Water: How much should we spend on fixing the pipes?
  • Waste: Do we introduce Council wheelie bins for rubbish and organics to reduce landfill waste?
  • Investments and insurance: Do we sell our airport shares to help manage insurance and investment risk?

Other proposed changes include introducing parking fees in suburban centre shopping precincts and for motorcycle parking in the central city, closing Khandallah Pool, and selling Wadestown Community Centre.

The following online meetings/webinars are being held:

Prizegiving 2023/24

Our annual prizegiving was held at the clubhouse on Saturday 13 April for the 2023/24 season. Happily, most of the season's winners were able to be present to accept their trophies, with the exception of Callum McKinnon who couldn't be there on the day.

Congratulations to all winners, and thanks to all participants for providing challenging and enjoyable competition.

Golf Croquet Open Championship

  • Ingram winner: Jim Brough
  • Campbell runner-up: Ian Stuart

Golf Croquet Plate (10+)

  • Whitcombe Tray winner: Lily de Groen
  • Runner-up: Stephanie O'Connor

Golf Croquet Grade Singles Premier Grade -6 to 2

  • Winner: Callum McKinnon

Golf Croquet Open Handicap Singles

  • Harper Tray winner: Pádraig O'Connor

Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles

  • Entree Dish winners: David Robinson and Janice Gibb
  • Sandwich Tray runners-up: Denise and Dougal Ongley

Golf Croquet Twilight Aggregate Doubles

  • Posy Bowl winner: Callum McKinnon
  • Runners-up: Jim Brough and Dave Egley (second equal)

Golf Croquet Monday Twilight 2023

  • Beverley Upton Memorial Tray winner: Jim Brough
  • Nancy McDonald Life Member Tray runner-up: Dave Egley

Golf Croquet Monday Twilight 2024

  • Upton Cup winner: David Robinson
  • Gloria Biggs Memorial runner-up: Dave Egley

Summer Ladder

  • Life Member's Brooch GC Advantage winner: Scott Wilson

Best First Year Player

  • Ilsley Cup: Lily de Groen

Best Second Year Player

  • Todd Candlestick: Janice Gibb

Most Improved Player

  • Lady Johnston Cup: jointly awarded to Denise Ongley, Pádraig O'Connor and Callum McKinnon

Services to the Club

  • Crump Claret Jug: Jocelyn Brandon

In addition, WCA Silver Badges were presented to Pádraig O'Connor and Colette Mackenzie.

Odd spot

Attached is a link to a 4-minute video news item by ABC News, Australia, about the Nowra Croquet Club, called “Croquet: a nasty game for nice people". Who wouldn't want to call in to Nowra for a game with these nice people, after seeing this video?

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