Croquet Newsletter May 2020

CROQUET                                                       SIMON CHARRINGTON

Diary dates

As I set out to write this month’s news, I have a blank sheet of paper in front of me, and a fairly blank idea of what to put on it!  So, firstly, here is a picture of our lovely croquet lawn and sports club in the background

Thank you to Roger D and Roger S who, with me, form the interim mowing team.  At the moment the lawn is being mown once a week with the six-blade cartridge.  We are ready to step this up to the full season routine of twice-weekly ten-blade cutting as soon as club reopening for play is in sight.  Thanks must go to Barry for maintaining the grounds around the lawns and also, re the whole club generally, to the many ESC members who, safely, do all kinds of individual jobs behind the scenes even when (or especially when) the club is otherwise closed.

Thank you also to all who have recently renewed their croquet subscriptions for this year.  It is great to have your support in keeping the club maintained, lockdown or not.  As time moves on, we are, by definition, moving ever closer to the start of the season.  Meanwhile we wait patiently.

Our next croquet section committee meeting is scheduled for 18th May, probably via ‘zoom’, though we shall bring this meeting forward should the national social distancing/isolation policies and requirements ease significantly before then.  Please do share any thoughts or ideas you may have in relation to the new season, through any member of the committee – Geraldine, Steve, Roger S, David, Bob and me.  We would love to hear from you.  This might be in relation to club competitions in the truncated season, or to suitably distanced social activities (has anyone tried the Brookwood online croquet suggested by the CA, or their ‘indefinite free trial’? ) or, looking further ahead to the autumn and winter, to keeping the small lawn open for roll-ups and ‘mini’ competition.  All ideas welcome.

Best wishes to you all, & stay safe.

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