Richard Clark and John Hobbs awarded Honorary Life Membership and AGM report
Richard Clark and John Hobbs were awarded Honorary Life Membership and presented with glass awards because of their long-term contributions to the club as past-Chairman, Coaches and many other things at our AGM, held in Frant on Saturday 22nd February.
The main items covered were:
- with 22 new members in 2019 our club membership increased to a record of 73 (including one corporate member)
- we ran 4 Introductory Course with 30 participants
- 34 people came for National Croquet Day
- our part of the Simon Carter Golf Croquet World Championship ran well, giving us a financial surplus rather than the budgeted loss, many due to our local sponsors AV Trinity, Thomson Snell & Passmore and Wells Associates plus a grant from Royal Tunbridge Wells Together. As part of this we managed to refurbish our lawn furniture and gain some new flags.
- We should draw a veil over our participation in SECF events
- congratulations to Barney Lewis on reaching the final of the Croquet Association’s All England Handicap competition.
- we had a surplus of about £2,000 and a number of suggestions for using this were discussed, including redecorating the clubhouse and possibly acquiring a defribilator
- badgers were attacking the lawns, and were being repelled, but with difficulty
- the lawns would likely shut for autumn maintenance during the week of 14th September (for up to 8 weeks?)
- we would be running some new AC 14-point tournaments and a trial GC Mixed Doubles in addition to our regular ones
- subscriptions remain the same, but green fees were increased
- Nigel Barton retired from the Committee, following his move to Seaford, but Chris Barham had been co-opted in his place. All the Committee were re-elected.
Richard Clark was club chairman in 2005-6 and the main driver behind the lawn relaying and Equipment Store building projects, raising some £40,000 including £26,000 in grants. This was recognised by the club being awarded the CA’s Aps Heley award for the second time. He followed this by renegotiating our lease, giving us a safe home until 2028. In addition he provided much coaching over a long period of time. He was awarded the Croquet Association Diploma in 2007.
John Hobbs was club chairman from 2001-2004, being a member of the committee for 16 years. He’s been well known as a mallet maker for many years, but sadly has had to retire from this. He’s provided many mallets to members and the club at very favourable rates. He’s used his wood-working skills on the Equipment Store (there’s a photo on our website) and also provided much coaching to the club over a long time. He was awarded the Croquet Association Diploma in 2006.