Croquet Newsletter November 2020

Diary dates

Ember Croquet AGM:  NB Change of date, now Monday 16th November, 7.30pm via zoom or MSTeams.  If you haven’t received David’s email with the formal notice and agenda attached, do, please, get in touch with him .

It will be great if you are able to attend the meeting, not only to hear the business and to ensure a quorum but also it would be lovely to see you all.  Video-conferencing details will be sent out next week, including the opportunity for a test run in advance of the meeting.


A few games have been played in October and we have been pleased to welcome prospective new members as well as our opponents from the match v Surbiton earlier in the season. 

The main lawn closed on 1 November and, owing to the latest Covid Lockdown, the small lawn is now also closed for play until, all being well, 2 December when it will re-open for winter play and practice.

There will be maintenance work done as necessary, and which is permissible, over the next two or three weeks to complete the autumn lawn work and close down the irrigation system.

Winter Play and Practice – as soon as easing of Lockdown permits

Small Lawn – members will have seen the information sent out by email about play and practice on the small lawn, including arrangements for keeping in touch at short notice to share weather prospects, playing conditions and individual availability.  I’ll re-send this information when we are nearer to easing of Lockdown.

N.B. to existing ESC members of other ESC sections it may be of interest to see what the cost would be of adding Croquet to your existing ESC membership. Proportionate scales for new members joining part-way through the year, and for the winter season are published on the ESC website / Croquet section / Membership tab .  If you’re curious about the sport, would like a reason to get outdoors this winter and fancy making a start in the quieter months ahead of the main summer season, do get in touch .  See, also, page 13 of the autumn edition of Thames Ditton Today

Indoor Croquet – This is on hold for the time being while Covid restrictions apply.  We shall be in touch about dates and arrangements as soon as the situation improves.

New Member – We’re very pleased to welcome Christine Evans.  We’re looking forward to starting play again soon and to introducing Christine to more of the ESC and Croquet family here.

At this time of year we’d usually be gathering a rota for running the bar for the Ember Players’ winter production.  Sadly, as we know, the performing arts have been particularly badly hit by the pandemic restrictions, so let us spare a thought for our drama section friends and wish them well for a creative return before too long.

Keep well, All, and Stay Safe


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