Extracted from the Club’s March Newsletter:
Written by SIMON CHARRINGTON
croquet: Tuesday 3rd March at 7.30pm –
do come along – & All ESC members welcome.
social: Friday 27th March
7.30pm in the clubhouse – bring a dish, Geraldine will be in touch to
co-ordinate. All being well, season
starts Sunday 30 March at 2pm for first AC rollup.
Barbeques – Sundays: 17th May, 14th June; 19th July; 16th August; and 20th September. In the usual way we’ll be
looking for volunteers to run these.
sessions: the committee is working on details of dates, format, marketing and
publicity. Further information will
follow in due course.
Ember Players’ production at Walton Playhouse is scheduled for 10th (and possibly 9th) to 12thDecember (and matinee on the
Saturday). We will need volunteers to
run the bar for the performances so do, please, mark the dates in your diaries.
SECF AC ‘B’
League (handicap): entry made, dates to
be arranged and advised in due course
Tournament at Southwick: entry made, 9th / 10th May. We have received
confirmations of availability from four members but need one more for the
Sunday plus reserves in case of unforeseen circumstances, and competition to
put our best foot forward! While the
SECF encourage clubs to draft in players from other clubs should they find
themselves short of a full team for the day, it would be far preferable to field
a team fully from within ECC.
AELTC GC friendly: 6th June (home)
go away! Winter mowing has been monthly
rather than weekly. Periodic swooshing
has continued and the new drains at the south east corner have been installed:
huge thanks to Steve, Roger S and Roger D for their sterling work on
samples have been taken and the results are back. These show that the soil is in pretty good
condition. The advice, looking forward,
is that we should consider aerating (tine/slit) to a regular programme, use an
alternative moss treatment with less iron content and more effective
application and coverage, and reduce the sand content by encouraging natural
organic processes and no longer applying annual top dressing. Cost-wise this involves pluses and minuses
which we’ll be working through and making decisions. Ultimately, we have to fit
the recommendations to our circumstances of little money, existing stock, but
plenty of willingness to do right by the lawn.
parties for lawn, grounds and buildings maintenance: please keep an eye on your emails for appeals
for help in the next few weeks, which may, necessarily, have to be at shortish
the small lawn is operational, on dry days, with holes set for the hoops, and
almost visible boundary lines. Please
use the correct hoops and the Barlow balls.
One-ball is a good format to try, and is good for developing and honing
skills in positioning in front of hoops, long hit-ins and long hoop running.
South East Croquet Federation – AGM
Steve and I
attended the AGM and proudly received the SECF B League trophy for 2019. https://www.embersportsclub.org.uk/2020/02/23/croquet-b-league-2019-trophy-presentation/
our hands on this trophy we were able to check for sure that this is, indeed,
the second time we have won it. Sure
enough! There we are, engraved ‘2009
Ember CC’, so exactly ten years ago! Must be cause for a celebration.
itself went through the due processes.
We found it informative as regards the formal croquet structures,
organisation and governance, and the relationship of the SEFC with the CA. The Motions in the Agenda were debated and
mostly either rejected or withdrawn.
afterwards provided a good opportunity for networking with members from other
clubs and we made new croquet contacts and friends, and we shared
experience. The possibility of some
mutual coaching days was mooted, i.e. predominantly GC clubs wanting AC
coaching from us, and we wanting GC coaching from them.
All in all,
it was a good event.