R.I.P. Carol Lewis

 

It is with great sadness, Southport & Birkdale announce Carol Lewis has passed away.  Carol has been a stalwart member at Southport for 35 years and has taught many members to play Croquet.  Carol joined the club in 1981 and has made an immense contribution to Croquet in Southport.  Her passing is a massive blow to everyone who knew her and our Croquet Club.

Carol has been on the Southport committee many times over the years taking on many roles and making valuable contributions to the club at every level.  She was an outstanding, clever and determined player who was respected wherever she played, especially in many tournaments across the UK and at one stage was honoured by being selected for an England team.

She was a stalwart member of many Southport league teams and over the years has encouraged many players into competitive Croquet.  As a Coach, Carol was outstanding, and has probably had an influence on just about everyone in the Southport Club.  Whether a Beginner or an experienced player, Carol gave her time and patience willingly.

Always cheerful, always ready to help, always able to use ‘common sense’ when problems arose, Carol was respected by everyone who knew her.  She will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.

Carol was known throughout the Federation as an excellent player at both league and tournament events.  We send our condolences to Brian and the rest of her family at this difficult time.  The funeral will take place on Friday 26th January at 2pm at Southport Crematorium.  Family flowers only.  Donations to Cancer Research appreciated.  If attending please wear at least one coloured item.

R.I.P. Carol Lewis

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WEBSITE WORKING AGAIN

After a couple of weeks downtime the site is now fully functional again

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SOUTHPORT & BIRKDALE CROQUET CLUB 2017 AGM

The AGM will take place Friday 24th November starting at 7:30pm ( please come early to get a seat )     the venue is as it has been for the last few years in Emmanuel Church Hall on Cambridge Road, Southport

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September Advanced Tournament CANCELLED

unfortunately the September Advanced Tournament has had to be cancelled due to waterlogged lawns.

the forecast for the weekend is favourable but rain is forecast on both nights prior to Saturday which would be enough to hold up play.

 

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B Level Advanced Croquet League……….Chester v Southport

Southport played its final B Level Advanced league match of the season at Chester

A team travelled to Chester but due to lack of players because of illness, was forced to play an under practised team

Southport lost the single match in the morning played by Alan Pidcock and also the doubles played by Barbara Haslam and Ray Lowe

Still a chance of winning the match in the afternoon singles matches.

Ray Lowe and Alan Pidcock won theirs but Barbara was unable to keep hold of an early lead losing by a couple of points when time was called.

Southport finished the season  mid table

 

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Handicap Croquet League Bowdon v Southport

The handicap croquet team suffered their first defeat of the season against Bowdon Firs on Sunday. The team were at home, however the players missed the influence of their Captain John Haslam, and his wife Barbara Haslam, an experienced player, who are away on holiday.  The team battled hard, however were outgunned by an inform Bowdon who won the match 4 – 0.  Southport remain top of the league, and with three matches left they can still go on to win it.

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Level Play Golf League Southport v Westmorland

Southport’s Level Play Golf team went to Westmorland midweek, and with all players performing well they enjoyed a good result wining 12 – 6.

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B LEVEL ADVANCED CROQUET LEAGUE          BURY v SOUTHPORT

 

 

A team of 3 Southport players travelled to Bury to play their penultimate match of the season.

All players found that the wet conditions and the long grass made for a very difficult game with most not able to hit the ball the length of the lawn

At lunch the score was level with Alan Pidcocks surprise loss against a higher handicapped player, while Don Williamson and Ray Lowe won their doubles game by a single point.

After lunch when the lawns started to dry out and a normal game of croquet could be played Don Williamson had to retire due to having injured his back in the morning play.  Alan Pidcock returned to his usual steady play and won his game followed shortly by Ray Lowe’s win over the Bury captain to make the result 3-2 to Southport.

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Level Play Golf Croquet v Chester

here was a midweek win for Southport’s Level Play Golf team, in another closely fought battle with Chester Chariots at Victoria Park.  The team responded well to a strong Chester team, and Captain Don Williamson was very pleased with the performance of newcomer Peter Williams playing his first match in the Southport team.  Peter won 2 of his games, with Don Williamson and Terry Dunbar winning 4 each.  They went on to win the match 10 – 8, which is a great result for the team.

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Southport Handicap Croquet v Pendle

A hard fought victory against Pendle at Victoria Park on Saturday for Southport’s Handicap Croquet Team keeps them at the top of the North West Federation League.  The morning brought sunshine and the players’ responded well, with John Haslam and Gail Moors winning their doubles match +8.  John Mawdsley won a closely fought battle +2 and Barbara Haslam won her match +5 giving them a 3 – 0 lead at lunch.

The afternoon brought rain and dampened Southport’s domination. Losing three games Pendle brought it back to 3 – 3, and it was all down to the last game. Gail Moors showed grit and determination to ensure the victory winning +5 and winning the match for Southport.  Captain John Haslam was pleased with his players, they have not lost a match, and he believes they have the character to go on to win the title.

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