Lincoln Castle was the delightful setting for the annual Lincoln Cup Golf Croquet doubles competition recently. The sun shone and the twelve teams competing were able to enjoy ideal weather. In addition to the competition, the aim of the weekend was to raise £500 nationally for Childline and 500 new croquet players at club level. The amount raised at Lincoln towards this national effort was £81.
Radio Lincolnshire had publicised the event in the morning and came to record the interviews with Nigel Harding, chairman of Woodhall Spa’s Croquet Club, and Patricia Duke-Cox, one of the founder members of the club. Both gave a little information about the different forms of the game of croquet and publicize the Childline Open day.
The competition for the Lincoln Cup had attracted its best ever number of entrants with players coming from around the East Midlands representing clubs from Ashby de la Zouch, Long Eaton, North Hykeham and Woodhall Spa. The 24 players were divided into two blocks, each having 5 games each of 20 minutes duration. Winners of each block played a final game. Watched by all the other contestants, nerves played their part when hoops were not run as easily as earlier in the day. The final outcome was that Woodhall Spa members, Pam Overton and Tony Whiley, won the competition with Long Eaton members Amanda and Nigel Hames-Keward coming second.