From the President

Dear All,

With our AGM coming up on Saturday 4 June, this year's committee met for the last time last Thursday. It has been a harmonious and efficient group who got on with the job with no fuss.

This meeting was to be the last attended by Kathleen Coleridge who has served 17 uninterrupted years, has been a constant source of knowledge and has contributed in so many ways to the life of the club. Even more importantly, Kathleen has been a member for more than 20 years and we look forward to celebrating her service at the AGM when, with the support of the committee, I will be moving that she be elected a life member.

Lesley Meadows is also stepping back from the committee but has pledged to continue her exciting new developments with our comms, including these newsletters. Jocelyn Brandon is also retiring but intends to continue to be proactive in the catering and gardening areas. Thank you to Kathleen, Jocelyn and Lesley, and to all the rest of the committee who are standing for re-election.

Sadly, we farewell Kathy Ingram, a long-standing member who has resigned. Kathy was a willing helper for corporate functions and donated the Ingram Trophy for GC play.

Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Colin Menzies, David Robinson won the most silverware at prizegiving this year, including most improved player, although unfortunately he was away at a tournament up the Kapiti coast on the day.  Although its not usual to award the Crump Claret Jug for service to the club to a committee member, Lesley Meadows was a  deserving recipient.

Nine members laboured in the border garden recently and made a visible difference. They all enjoyed the crusty-topped feijoa cake with whipped cream for afternoon tea. Another time, a few more men to share the heavy lifting would be great.

Many of us will be looking forward to the start of winter play on Tuesday 24 May. Hopefully the work that the WCC grounds staff has done will lead to better quality grass growth.

Warm regards

Mary Stevens

From the Club Captain 

Welcome new members

We are very pleased to welcome as new members Susie Poole and Philip May and their daughters Eleni and Alseia, whom you may have seen in past weeks when they were taking advantage of the introductory offer.

Changes to GC rules

The 6th edition of GC Rules has been approved and these come into effect in New Zealand on 1 June. The Match Committee is preparing a summary of the changes for you.

Club calendar to be updated

Some of the regional events are still being finalised. We will update the club calendar on the website when this has happened.

Kind regards

Jane Norman

Reminder - AGM 4 June

Please join us for our AGM on Saturday 4 June at 10 am. Coffee and tea will be served from 9.30 am and club play will be available after the meeting.

The agenda and reports will be emailed to financial members a week before the meeting. Please let me know if there are any items of business you wish to raise.

The nominations for officers and committees are shown below.

John Stevens
04 4766247 or 03 5256070

Mary Stevens

Club Captain 
Jane Norman

Lisa Thompson

John Stevens

Caroline Townsend Green

Brian Black
John Corsham
Mary Egley
Pam Fuller
Pádraig O’Connor
Alison Robinson
Pat Wiffen

Match Committee  
Club Captain - ex officio
Secretary - ex officio
John Corsham
Marion McInnes
Pádraig O’Connor

Winter play

Winter play will be open to Kelburn members on the winter timetable from Tuesday 24 May, on a reduced number of lawns. 

There is a fee for winter play to cover WCC maintenance of the lawns used. As costs have increased, there will be a motion to the AGM that winter fees be set at $60 per person.

If you wish, you may pay the $60 amount now into the KMCC bank account, providing your name in the details fields. Otherwise, winter players will be invoiced.

Kelburn Municipal Croquet Club bank account: 03-0518-0184916-00

Club calendar on the website

The information below was correct at time of writing, but events and dates may change. Please check the club Calendar on our website for the latest information -



  • Winter play
  • 4 Jun KMCC AGM
  • 11 Jun WCA AGM


  • Winter play
  • Players’ Meeting and midwinter lunch
Check Calendar on our website -

Name badges available - orders by 6 June

We have lightweight resin-coated plastic name badges available to order. They are 70 mm by 25 mm in size, and there is an option of a pin fastener or a magnet backing. The price is $15 each. They must be ordered in bulk to make it viable for the manufacturer. We are taking orders now until 6 June for the next production run.

If you would like a name badge, email Lesley Meadows at the club's email address,, saying whether you would like a magnet or pin fixing. Please send your order by 5 pm Monday 6 June.

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Finally … 

Looking forward to the start of winter croquet on 24 May. Hopefully it won't be quite as chilly as the conditions in this 2005 photo by the US Antarctic team from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).