Bishop Monkton club’s £1,000 cash boost to tackle flooding

Flood water on Bishop Monkton Croquet Club's lawn. (S)
Flood water on Bishop Monkton Croquet Club's lawn. (S)

A croquet club’s ambitious plans to tackle flooding problems on its lawns have been given a generous £1,000 funding boost.

Bishop Monkton Croquet Club was delighted to receive the money from Two Ridings Community Foundation’s Catalyst Fund – meaning the club is now well on its way to reaching the £16,750 required to eradicate flooding problems and fix damage caused by last year’s heavy rainfall.

“We are extremely grateful to the foundation for this generous gift,” said club chairman Richard Field. “It means the drainage element of the project is now assured. This should eliminate the regular reappearance of the ‘great lake’ which has haunted us this last season and which has ruined many clubs days and matches.”

In addition to the installation of new drains, the project involves bringing in 320 tons of top soil so the lawns can be levelled, seeded and brought up to a high standard.

The club has dedicated the £6,000 in its development fund to the project, and almost £3,000 has been donated by generous club members.

The club now hopes to raise an extra £2,000.