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)
9th August 2021
Congratulations to Brandon Chan who came 3rd worldwide in the independent open category at the International Economics Olympiad this summer.
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.
12th October 2021
Studium returns to Winchester with a programme of horizon-expanding lectures by high-profile speakers.
29th September 2021
Winchester College has today announced the launch of a dedicated bursary for Sixth Form pupils from the state sector, known as The Wykeham Award.
14th September 2021
Inspired by the College’s Vision for the 21st Century which announced a greater prioritisation of entrepreneurship and innovation, we are delighted to announce the launch of Makyth Ventures.