Horsham croquet club turns 80

KALIMNA Park Croquet Club will celebrate its 80th birthday later this month.

Club publicity officer Jeanette Hawley said the Horsham-based club would host a luncheon on August 25 to mark the occasion.

Mrs Hawley said one of the club's founding members Clive Smith, now 91, would run the first hoop to open this year's season at noon.

"Clive is one of the original members, joining when the club was formed at the home of his parents in Natimuk Road in Horsham in 1932," she said.

"He played in the Victorian Country Week event in Melbourne in 1934, winning the D Grade singles handicap, and still plays with the club today."

Mrs Hawley said a roll call of past members, a brief history of the club and some light entertainment would follow the luncheon, at the adjacent Horsham City Bowling Club.

Memorabilia will also be on display.

Mrs Hawley said the club relocated to its current site, which is shared with the Horsham Scouts, in 1939.

"During the past 80 years the club members have worked together in fellowship, holding fundraisers, working bees as well as receiving help from the Horsham Rural City Council, community clubs and sponsors," she said.

"The club is very proud to have among its members, both past and present, players who have excelled in their achievements at local, national and international events."

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