1992/93 Annual Report of the
Hastings Croquet Club Committee
The 1992/93 season has been a memorable one for its bad weather. Despite that a full complement of activities was completed although the number of members attending Club days was sometimes a little small.
From May to October we ran our five monthly tournaments with the usual month’s break for lawn maintenance in August. These tournaments are popular and attract sponsorship which greatly assists our financial state.
Our other fund-raising activities have been in the form of a cake stall Trash & Treasure day. monthly sales tables (latterly Bring & Buy), and Lotto.
Membership has grown encouragingly during the year and we welcome our new friends to the Club. Special days were organised in June and April for new members to get to know each other. An Open Day in October attracted additional interest.
Our Life Members were increased to three when Jessie Hunter joined Ernie Williams and Lotchen Ritchie – whose 90th Birthday we celebrated last month.
Coaching was given to all new members by our dedicated coaching panel and additional coaching was provided to other members when requested.
The Christmas Party was held at the Windsor Lodge this season and many members spoke highly of the new arrangements.
A new noticeboard, shelf and curtained cupboard were installed inside the main door.
The Number two lawns along McLeod Street are progressing and a mini-pavilion has been erected there.
Each month since November the Club has hosted up to ten young people who are starting their croquet careers in neighbouring Clubs.
Win Crawley reports: My year as Captain has been a busy one and I am most grateful to committee and members who have helped in many ways. To the members who played in the inter-club games, to the Referees, Umpires and coaches, to those who supplied tea etc., and to Bill Harrison who saw to it that our lawns were kept in wonderful order throughout this past season – thank you.
Congratulations to all our members who have done extremely well in Croquet Council fixtures such as Invitation events, Arthur Ross Memorial Event and at the NZ National Event. Also Silver Badge competitors.
I have enjoyed working with our President, David Curtis and thank him for his support. Also Janet Hulena, our Vice-Captain; I have enjoyed working with her and I am sure that she will do very well as Captain. A Captain’s job is not always an easy One and my very best wiches [wishes] go to you – Janet.
The Committee would like to thank all members who have contributed generously to the work of the Club. In particular it would like to single out two members for special mention: Bill Harrison, who has been Greenkeeper for over seven years and Dulcie Fuller who, as Prospective Members Secretary for three seasons has nurtured our new members so faithfully. Both are standing down this year.
David W. Curtis