Archive for September 2021

Croquet in the city:

Following calls from members at the Schuman-Oval cricket event to hold a croquet sequel, permission was obtained from the mayor’s office for a band of croqueteers to gather on the well-tended lawns of Parc Pescatore.

Gently punted along by the chimes of the gothic chapel and dancing fountains framing the lawn, and with the melodic clink of champagne flutes, a charming game was played with interventions from the young, very young and slightly older alike.

Special thanks goes out to the Dedenbach family for bringing along the croquet gear, and to  Najat Skeate for bringing cake. 🙂

What a lovely scene in the park
Never too young to learn
Not easy with grass that long!

Text and photos: Rakesh Bhana

We don’t just like cricket, we love it !

With cricket at the Schuman-Oval becoming one of our steady summer fixtures, it was this year a warmly-welcomed opportunity for members of the Society, together with our traditional friendly rivals from the Oxford Society, with families and friends, to start emerging from the lockdowns of the coronavirus pandemic.

Partaking of Pimms, and enjoying the picnic

Thanks to some great preparation by Lisa Francis-Jennings, John Speed and Jos van Bommel, and with Apricot Wilson doing an excellent job with the Pimms, the drinks refreshed while the barbecue cooked to perfection.

While damp ground sadly prevented the playing of cricket, the players certainly did not return to their dressing rooms. Oh no! Rather they turned their skills to the seemingly gentle game of croquet which, thanks to Fanny Dedenbach, became the Match of the Day with calls for a sequel later in the summer.

Definitely the correct attire for Croquet!
The Schuman Farm – what a superb location

Thanks once again to Fiona and Adrian Wykes for hosting us at their beautiful home, the Schuman Farm, thanks to Fanny for bringing the croquet set, and thanks to everyone else who also pitched in to make this a very pleasant afternoon reminiscent of those warm summer days in Cambridge around the end of Easter Term.

Rakesh Bhana, with photographs from Apricot Wilson