The Nottingham Croquet Club is delighted that its President, Ian Vincent, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for Services to Croquet in the New Year Honours List.
Ian joined the club, which has played on lawns in Nottingham’s Highfields Park since 1929, in 1977, after moving to the City to take up a post at the Cripps Computing Centre in the University.
He was elected as the club’s Hon. Secretary the following year and served for 38 years, until becoming its President in 2016. He was also active in the national Croquet Association for many years, particularly in the development of the Laws and Rules of the sport, and was elected as one of its Vice-Presidents last year.
Ian said that he was “very pleased to accept this honour in recognition of the exceptional voluntary service given by members of the Nottingham Croquet Club over the years I have played there, during which it has developed into the thriving organisation it is today.
The club has some 200 members, with an active junior section, and hosts visits by local social groups, and health and community organisations.
It hosted the national Open Championships for the first time this year, and has staged test matches and Women’s and U21 international events in recent years.
None of this would have been possible without the effort of its many volunteers and support from the Nottingham City Council and the national Croquet Association, which becomes a charity, Croquet England, from 1st January, 2024.”