Pauline Windle was awarded a Diploma for Services to Croquet in 2023.
The citation submitted by Sally Fazekas is reproduced below.
Pauline joined Swanage Croquet Club shortly after its formation 15 years ago. As with any fledgling club it needed a lot of work and enthusiasm, and that was what Pauline gave.
Among her numerous roles were Chairperson, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Clothing Organiser and Deputy Chairperson.
When visitors or new members came to play she would welcome them, take them out to play croquet where she encouraged people by recognising when they improved and praising their achievements. This made them feel at ease.
Our Croquet Club is a very sociable club and Pauline was always the first to offer help, and at one annual dinner she sang to entertain us all.
Last year the club lost its ground and we were homeless. Pauline stepped up to try and secure a new home. She researched and visited sites to ascertain their suitability and she attended every meeting (there were many).
During all these years Pauline has experienced poor health and often found it difficult to walk to the club, but she carried on taking part as usual with an upbeat attitude.
We are very lucky to a person like her, every club should have a Pauline.