Eaton & Cringleford

Gwen, 93, is still loving the sporting life

Just Regional
May 1, 2024 3 mins read

A mild sunny day in February is the cue for Gwen Frazer to dust off her croquet mallet and head to the lawn for some pre-season practice.

Gwen, aged 93, has been a member of the Norwich Croquet Club in Eaton Park for more than 25 years, and still relishes the chance to meet up with friends and spend a couple of mornings a week during the summer to play croquet.


READY FOR ACTION: Gwen Frazer with Norwich Croquet Club chairman Peter Scott.

“It’s a great game for all ages” she says.  “It doesn’t require any great strength and, even if you slow down a bit physically you can more than make up for it with years of experience and cunning!”

The club has about 70 members and plays both the traditional, “Association” form of croquet as well as a more simplified and faster version called Golf. Gwen particularly enjoys golf croquet because the games are shorter and usually played as two teams of two so it’s a very sociable occasion. “A game usually takes about 30 or 40 minutes, and after that I’m ready for a sit down and a coffee while somebody else plays.”

Although a hardy few continue to play throughout the winter, most of the club’s activities take place between April and September with competitions and social events as well as regular casual sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Always a big fan of all sports, one of Gwen’s most cherished cricketing memories is of seeing the great Donald Bradman’s last innings for Australia at The Oval in 1948. But as the end of the summer looms, Gwen’s thoughts turn to her other great sporting love: The Canaries!  She has been a season ticket holder at Carrow Road since 1981, tackling the 88 steps to her seat in the River End, although these days she’s usually able to cadge a ride in the service lift.  She’s hopeful of seeing the team in the play-offs this year.

“Although when you’re a Norwich fan you learn to live in hope!” she says.

LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: Gwen Frazer hopes that Norwich City can reach the Premier League.

 

You don’t have to wait until you’re 93 to start playing croquet!

Norwich Croquet Club plays on enclosed lawns next to the model boating lake in Eaton Park, and new members of all ages are always welcome. 

Various ‘come and try’ sessions will be held during National Croquet Week – May 18-28.

The club can also host one-off social events for clubs or work groups. See the advertisement on Page 3.

For more information about the club or croquet in general contact Dawn Reddish  dreddish@btinternet.com

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