Croquet News

September 2020

From scorching heat to dowsing rain the lawns are in pretty good shape as the close season approaches and we race to get those competition matches played.  There is certainly all to play for in the Open Singles, so do get those games arranged with a view to the final being played on or before Sunday 20th September. 

The highlight of the month was our friendly match versus Surbiton CC, the inaugural Mike Lambert Memorial Trophy, reported here: https://www.embersportsclub.org.uk/2020/08/18/mike-lambert-memorial-trophy-v-surbiton-17-august-2020/  Well played to All, and thank you to Steve Edney for his excellent portrait of Mike, and also to our magnificent hosts at Surbiton.  Our 6 – 3 victory belied the closeness of the match, with two of the nine games going to just a one point difference, in our favour.  Mike was surely looking down on us and chuckling.

The committee are in the process of updating the ECC COVID-19 precaution measures in line with updates from the CA.  These will be issued shortly.  The main changes, all subject to continuing to maintain essential social distancing, are: double-banking is permitted on the main lawn (providing there are no more than six players on the lawn); and a review of the total number of people who can be at the club at any one time. 

It would be nice, if we can make it work, to have had at least one third-Sunday-of-the-month social barbeque, or picnic, at the club before the season closes.    If it happens, the date would be Sunday 20th September.  We’ll keep you posted by email.

We shall soon need to start our late-summer and autumn programme of maintenance tasks.  Thank you, in anticipation, to those who are able to help and, indeed, who have helped throughout the summer to keep everything in order.

Best wishes to you all, and stay safe,

Simon

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