Croquet Section appears in Thames Ditton Today

Following on from our Sport England CEF grant success and the article in the Surrey Advertiser in July, the club is featured this month in the Autumn edition of Thames Ditton Today See page 13.  One or two enquiries are starting to come through from this, which is encouraging.

Other activities this month (as reported in the Club Newsletter):

Ember Croquet AGM:  Friday 30th October, 7.30pm, via ‘zoom’ (tech permitting and with as much business as possible covered via email beforehand).  Further details will follow in the next couple of weeks.

This month’s news

No sooner had our updating of eased COVID regulations been completed than these tightened up again.  This rendered the hoped-for 20th September get-together unviable.  This, sadly, is a sign of the times in this stop / go season.

The roll-ups / sessions-to-six have continued to run, with regular attenders Tom, Hugh, Steve, Roger S, Simon and, sometimes, Pat partnering for good team combinations resulting in some closely fought, and always fun, competitive games.

Autumn / winter play

Owing to the delayed start to the season the main lawn will be kept open for play for as long as the weather permits into October. 

The small lawn, and roll-ups / sessions-to-six, will remain open throughout the autumn and winter months. 

Indoor croquet sessions:  given the experience of evolving COVID regulations, a decision has yet to be made on whether we can go ahead with these this winter, usually the second Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm, from November through to March.

Autumn Work

Meanwhile, the most has been made of a few days of late-September fine weather for autumn lawn work and equipment, machine and buildings repair and maintenance.  We have verticut, scarified (x3), sprayed liquid iron for moss control and selectively over-seeded on both lawns; and, when there is next a break in the weather, we’ll aerate with the new cartridge and put down ‘Purity’ soil conditioner.  Many thanks to Steve, Roger S, Roger D, Simon, and Pat for putting in the shifts throughout the year, and to Hugh and Geraldine for mowing and tending the flowerbeds respectively.

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