Derek Bell Jones had a lucky escape from a falling branch last Friday, 25 September. He was playing against Nigel Worthington on Lawn 2 and was sitting next to the public footpath enjoying the late summer sunshine on a rather windy morning while his opponent had the innings. He heard a creaking, breaking sound and quickly moved away as a branch from a nearby tree came crashing down over the fence. One of the unexpected perils of playing croquet on a windy day. True to form, Derek emerged as unperturbed as ever.