President’s Annual Report
Ladies, and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present the fifty sixth Annual Report of the Hastings Croquet Club.
Firstly, I would like to mention the maintenance and treatment of the lawns. A large amount of soil was shifted, and spread on the lawns, the sowing of seed, the chemical treatment to kill the grass grub, all entailed considerable work done by Mr. Spargo and also members. Last June it was necessary to purchase a new mower for $716 less $100 trade in.
Owing to the considerable build up of lawn clippings, and the flies and smell that resulted, a decision was made by the committee for Hopper Services to supply us with a bin to be emptied every fortnight. Which seems to be working satisfactorily.
During last winter we had a successful fund raising drive in the form of card afternoons, and a grocery raffle, run by Mrs. Lena Lambert, which raised over $200, with 2nd prize of half a lamb donated by Mr. Tom Quayle. Also we had a successful Trash and Treasure Sale which brought in over $300. My thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the fundraising. Other donations from the Eastern & Central Savings Bank, plus sponsorship by Broadbank of a tournament on the 6th March, – a half-day of golf croquet for the beginners, and on the 7th March a full day of progressive croquet, followed by buffet tea and prizegiving.
Owing to the wet weather, we were only able to have one twilight croquet evening.
We had a membership drive, which was most successful in having 15 new members and also 2 rejoining the club. I would like to thank Mrs. Lena Lambert for the time and effort she put into coaching our new members, and I am sure they have benefited by it. After the coaching lessons ceased, we had a draw on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30 to 3 o’clock with club members helping the juniors, then after afternoon tea, another draw for play in our own grades.
Three of our members have been away to tournaments. In November Mr. John Prince in the President’s Invitation in Gisborne and Mr. Ru Davis in the Junior President’s Invitation in Hamilton, and in February, Mrs. Jessie Hunter competed in Rotorua Tournament. In March, we had a very successful H. B. Centennial Tournament, with the Headquarters in Hastings, and managed by Mrs. Joan Kenning.
It started off with a social hour on Sunday to welcome players, and visitors. On Monday, the tournament opening was attended by Mr. David Butcher, our Member of Parliament, and Councillor Dot Thom, who presented the club with a Shield of the Hastings City Council Coat of Arms. Congratulations to John Prince for winning the Open Championship and to Jessie Hunter for winning the C Grade Championship.