Aston Wade (Chawker's) has won the British Open Golf Croquet Championship, making him the British Champion in one of the two main croquet tournament disciplines. To put that in context, there were two former world croquet champions playing in the tournament, who between them had won the British Open Golf Croquet title every year for the last 20 years. Read more about the championship and his winning match here.
Croquet has been played at various times for over 60 years at Winchester. When I joined the staff in 2004 I set up croquet as a regular sport, giving regular coaching sessions, and arranging fixtures with several other schools. One of the highlights was coming second in the National Schools Finals in 2019, the last time they were held, when we were the highest-placed independent school.
Golf croquet is a variant of the game that is quicker to play than the full Association croquet game. It has become very popular, and is just as competitive.
Aston was a regular member of the Winchester College team before leaving last year. As well as his own astonishingly rapid progress as a player, aided by impeccable technique as well as temperament, he helped to inspire a group of players around him. Aston’s achievement in winning the British Open Golf Croquet Championship is truly remarkable. Aston has also been selected to represent England in the European Championships in August and we wish him every success.
In honour of Aston’s remarkable success, the school ran a Golf Croquet tournament on the last day of Cloister Time. 14 players took part in Warden’s Garden on a sunny Friday afternoon and the results were as follows: Winner: August Deeming (College), Runners-up: Will Hall (Kenny's), Konstantin Evdokimov (Trant's)
7th May 2021
In this year's Wykeham Journal, Professor Paul Elkington MBE (Old Wykehamist) highlights how his work on researching and treating patients with tuberculosis led to the creation of an entirely new type of respirator hood, which is now standard issue at Southampton Hospital and 16 other NHS trusts. Instead of patenting their design, Paul's team put it out on the internet for anyone to copy.
22nd January 2021
Despite a challenging 2020, progress on Winchester College's new state-of-the-art Sports Centre continues, as the school and local community look ahead to the opening in 2022.
25th May 2021
Despite the regular downpours, Furley's secured top spot at this year's inter-house school sports day, known as Athlā. A resident of Furley's and captain of athletics, Frankie Shropshire reports on a day of competition, teamwork and encouragement.
25th May 2021
Last weekend sixth form pupils led a 24 hour music festival, involving performers of all ages and raising over £5000 for charity. They entertained a small live audience as well as parents and friends, via a livestream of the entire event.
24th May 2021
Correspondent for this year's Wykeham Journal, Margaret Gilmore, talks to archaeologist Amy Bunce about the extraordinary mediaeval discovery beneath the school's old swimming pool.
28th April 2021
A boy in his final year has achieved a near-perfect score in the UK Chemistry Olympiad, and once again will represent his country in the international competition.