It has been clear for many years that the CA has been unable to recognise fully all the contributions made to croquet in the domain by its members. There is a very big gap between the criteria for a CA Diploma and those for a Council Medal. To fill that gulf Council has now approved a recommendation for a second CA Major Award. The Bernard Neal Award for exceptional services to croquet is for contributions considered to be substantially greater than those qualifying for a CA Diploma but do not rank as high as the truly exceptional services required for a Council Medal. It is not purely an award for long service.
Details about how to nominate a member for a CA Major Award are published on the awards policy page.
This year Peter Death and John Grimshaw will receive Bernard Neal Awards at the CA AGM.
Peter Death has made outstanding contributions over very many years both at the Nottingham club and nationally on the CA Council, culminating in his wise counsel as CA Hon Treasurer from 2014 to 2020.
The Award to John Grimshaw, from Kington Langley club, recognizes his over 40-year unstinting commitment to the development of croquet in the South West region.
Full citations will be published when the Awards are presented at the CA AGM, which we hope will be held at Hurlingham in the autumn.