Diploma honour for Sidmouth Croquet Club duo David and Nancy

Sidmouth Croquet Club duo David and Nancy Temple have been awarded the Croquet Association Diploma which is handed out in recognition of services to the sport, writes Chris Donovan.

In the specific case of David and Nancy, the award comes in recognition of the pair’s many and varied contributions to the club’s development.

The diplomas were presented at the Croquet Association annual general meeting held recently.

David and Nancy Temple retired to Sidmouth, took up croquet and proceeded to get heavily involved in all aspects of the game and the club over many years.

They worked tirelessly, on and off the committee, developing the sport in Sidmouth and were instrumental in building the club’s membership to practical capacity.

Sidmouth Croquet Club duo David and Nancy Temple, inset, have been awarded the Croquet Association Diploma.

Sidmouth Croquet Club duo David and Nancy Temple, inset, have been awarded the Croquet Association Diploma.

They were particularly keen to support and mentor new members and always willing to coach developing players.

Overall, they helped to make Sidmouth a welcoming, recognised croquet venue at home and abroad.

David was committee chairman for several years and represented the section on the General Management Committee [GMC] of this large, multisport club.

His opinion was always sought and he is recognised as a man who ‘get things done’.

He masterminded the fundraising for the irrigation system which is still talked about by the GMC.

No wonder that he is now the overall club president!

Nancy, became a proficient player and then took-up tournament management.

She managed the open B Level event for several years with an excellent balance of strictness, good humour and flexibility.

She also ran internal competitions and, as social secretary, maintained a busy social calendar; ensuring the club ‘worked’ for all.

They were both club handicappers and reliable SWF league players.

Both played in the intermediate team, captained by Nancy and David turned-out for the advanced league.

In all aspects the Temples participated; from provision of teas to shelter repair to construction of the ‘coffee cart’.

David and Nancy – a most effective team. Always willing to assist with sound advice and practical, hands-on help, from which the club has greatly benefitted.

Long overdue, David and Nancy well merit Croquet Association Diploma recognition.

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