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5/8/2000 William Ormerod by Stephen Mulliner in the Croquet Gazette
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5/8/2000 William Ormerod by Keith Southern
In 2005 the late Roy Smith started an initiative to establish Swanage Croquet Club. On discovering that a former England international lived nearby, in Corfe Castle, he quickly enrolled William's assistance which was willingly given. William helped find initial equipment and provided coaching to the early membership. Without the efforts of Roy and William, both of whom worked tirelessly to get croquet off the ground in Swanage, the Club would probably not exist today and members would not be experiencing hours of friendship and pleasure each summer.
In the years since then he continued to give his time and knowledge unstintingly to all members, whatever their level of ability; his patience and regular encouragement were truly exemplary. He was also a source of seemingly endless anecdotes about the people he had met during his croquet career. In the years before Swanage decided to enter the SWF League competitions William used his broad spread of contacts in other clubs to organise a yearly tour to other parts of the south of England for club members; these were enjoyable social events as well as serious competition. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Club's League team, both home and away; loud cries of 'Come on Swanage' could often be heard. Even when his health began to limit the number of games he could play, he continued to put in regular appearances at the ground to enjoy the company of his friends. He played his final game on Wednesday July 29th. The Club will miss him tremendously.
Away from the Swanage Club I had the pleasure for several years of being involved with William's participation in the Dorset team in the annual GC Inter-Counties competitions. The journeys to Southwick, although often problematic on the roads, were never dull due to William's consummate conversational ability, not just on the subject of croquet but also on a whole range of life experiences from his medical background. One incident I recall from these competitions was the unusual sight of William in a hurry. Although widely regarded as never being hasty, on that occasion I saw him move with unaccustomed rapidity almost to the point of running! The reason was that he was a hoop behind with the time limit approaching and, in those days in that competition, that involved a hard stop with no extra turns available. Just a pity no video evidence exists!
2/8/2000 William Ormerod
See Croquet Association report on William Ormerod here
31/7/2020 William Ormerod
It is with the greatest sadness that I have to tell you that our beloved William died this morning. Without William along with Roy Smith, both of whom worked tirelessly to get croquet off the ground in Swanage, our Club would probably not exist today and we would not be experiencing the hours of friendship and pleasure that they have gifted to us each summer. William who, in his youth represented Britain on the international croquet stage, gave his time and knowledge unstintingly to all of us, and was a source of seemingly endless anecdotes about the people he had met during his croquet career. William played his final game this Wednesday, 29th July. We are going to miss him so much. Pauline Windle
21/12/2019 Cygnet newsletter December 2019 - View here
17/12/2019 Letter received from Clare Gallie at Lewis Manning Hospice following our donation (see below)
I am sorry for this direct email, however David and Paddy Rideal from our local Lewis-Manning Hospice Care fundraising group have recently advised me of the fabulous gift of over £240 that was presented to them at your Croquet Club AGM recently.
I wanted to write to you to offer my sincere thanks for your generosity and kindness in thinking of the work that we are doing to help local people with life limiting illness in the area. I also understand that you have chosen our Hospice again to be the charity for your club to support over the coming year – thank you so very much once again. The new Hospice services that we are launching at Swanage Hospital in the New Year are going to cost in the region of £60k per year to fund and your support in helping us to raise this money is very much appreciated.
I do hope that we have the opportunity to meet up in the coming year, but in the meantime have a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2020.
10/12/2019 AGM elects Greg Vaughn as new Chairman
12/9/2019 Cygnet newsletter September 2019 - view here
5/9/2019 Commiserations to the the team following their (very close) defeat by St Agnes in the semifinal of the hanicap competition.
3/9/2019 Congratulations to Peter Madge and Jackie Temple for winning the Bob Oliver Pairs competition and to Laura McGuire for winning the nearest to the post competition.
25/7/2019 Swanage wins handicap League match against East Dorset 16.5 - 3.5
With this result Swanage wins all 5 league matches and moves to the semifinal against St Agnes
18/7/2019 Swanage wins handicap League match against Dowlish Wake 16 - 4
3/7/2019 Tim Hughes wins High Handicap challenge at East Dorset Croquet Club. Bruno Charron was second. Very well done to both. For a photo click here
11/6/2019 Swanage wins handicap League match against Sidmouth 13.5 - 6.5
6/6/2019 Swanage wins handicap League match against Budleigh Salterton 18 - 2
17/5/2019 Swanage wins handicap League match against Kingston Maurwood 13.5 - 4.5.
2/5/2019 Cygnet newsletter April 2019 - view here
2/4/2019 First days play for the new season. Because of the damp conditions the next day's play will be 9 April
1/3/2019 Cygnet newsletter February 2019 - view here