2016 Slee Blackwell Croquet Challenge

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Graeme Biffen and Martyn Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt successfully defended their title with a back-to-back win in the Annual Slee Blackwell Croquet Challenge. Steve Horton and Marcia Dare of accountants Milsted Langdon finished runners-up.

This year the event was in aid of Changing Faces, a charity set up to help people suffering disfigurement www.changingfaces.org.uk. The charity was nominated by solicitor James McNally who works with victims of dog attacks, many of whom sustain serious facial disfigurement.

We were fortunate to hold this year’s competition on one of the warmest nights of the year. The paella (cooked to an authentic and secret recipe by our own Rachel Thain) was appreciated by the teams taking part, as was the equally authentic (and alcoholic) sangria.

Accountant John Coombs of Simpkins Edwards was victorious in the individual ‘Crazy Croquet’ competition, displaying a fine mastery of mallet and ball.

It was a fantastic opportunity to join with other members of the Taunton business community in having a bit of fun while raising money for a very worthy charity. We are already looking forward to the 2017 event.

Finally, a word of thanks to Stephen Custance-Baker and his team at Taunton Deane Croquet Club for providing such wonderful facilties, officiating the games and offering much needed coaching tips throughout.