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31/08/2020
Charity One-Ball Heat – Happy Campers Compete for the Butlin Cup

The Charity One-Ball heat, which had been postponed from the spring, was rescheduled in time to send a qualifier to the National Final at Surbiton on September 20th.

Ten competitors were greeted by unexpected sunshine, and a merciful moderation in the fierce winds of the previous days. Nine Ealing members were joined by Kevin Carter, making his first visit to ECC, the 56th club he has played at, according to his database! It was a great pleasure to have Kevin with us – he has organised this competition for many years, raising tens of thousands of pounds in the process. He rarely gets a chance to play in the event himself, as he is usually managing.

The players found inventive ways to sport green clothing, the house colour of this year’s designated charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, for whom more than £100 was raised on the day.

Simon Tuke emerged the winner, with six victories out of six, helped by some good fortune in the first couple of games. Tony Elliott, Carole McCloughlin and Celeste Gee all won four out of five. Celeste deserves special mention; she and her her husband Ed have only recently joined the club, and her results were extremely impressive. Unfortunately Ed was less fortunate, failing to register a win, but gaining some valuable experience.

Kevin and Ed were the other players to complete six games.

Thanks also to the GC players who braved a foray into the world of AC.

A rummage through the store cupboard in the clubhouse unearthed the magnificent 3 1/2 inch-high Butlin Cup, which Kevin presented to Simon, together with a jar of his home-made Blackcurrant Jam that he had kindly brought along as a prize. As Simon pointed out, an appropriate reward given the jamminess of some of his wins.

Many thanks to everyone for competing in such a friendly spirit, and helping each other out with unfamiliar points of law on the lawns.

Do think about entering this event next year, whatever your croquet orientation. As well as being good fun, it raises money for an excellent cause.

 

 

History of croquet

Games in which a ball had to be knocked around a course of hoops or obstacles with a mallet were popular in seventeenth and eighteenth-century France. One of them, “Paille Maille”, was introduced to London, where it was played on open ground near St. James’s Palace – later becoming known as Pall Mall. It is to these roots that many croquet historians look when trying to explain the origins of the game.

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History of ECC

Croquet has been played in Lammas Park, albeit not continuously, since the early years of the twentieth century.Since the opening of the park in 1883, Ealing Council has promoted sporting activities. By 1907, in addition to the usual avenues of trees, flower beds and a tea chalet, there were two bowling greens and a cricket pitch with shelters for the players.

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