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November 2020

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE                                     SUE WELLS acting Chair

Not everything is cancelled… But a lot is for the next 4 weeks!

It’s hard to think that 2020 is coming to a close – this time last year we were advertising the Christmas Carols and planning Christmas Parties.

The clubhouse will remain closed during the lockdown and all section activity will be cancelled according to the government guidelines.

Please note that Sue will be having a rest from the Acting Chair position after the AGM, and that Ken Homewood will be taking over for the next couple of months.  We welcome new volunteers and hope that someone may step up to the Chair position in the coming year.

The management committee hopes all members have a safe and healthy November, and will welcome everyone back at the earliest opportunity when we re-open.


Since we could not meet in the clubhouse, Ember Sports Club held it’s AGM on Tuesday 3rd November, 2020 using the internet. The meeting was attended by nearly 30 members, making it quorate.  The minutes of last year’s AGM, the accounts, the officer reports for 2019-2020 were approved.  The committee was re-elected and Dave Evans was welcomed as assistant treasurer.  The amended club rules had been circulated prior to the meeting and were approved.  These have now been loaded to the web site, and will be connected to the membership software next year.


The bar must close for the next 4 weeks.

200 Club Draw Results                                                                             MALCOLM BAIRD

The lucky winners in this month’s draw were as follows:

1st prize of £100        Val Chicken  Well who is a (c)lucky girl then?

2nd prize of £50         Sue Knox

3rd prize of £20          Karen Miller

Congratulations to you all and thanks to everyone for your support which has proved to be extra welcome this difficult year.


SOCIAL                                                                                                         JANE MARTIN

We do hope that you’re all keeping well and staying safe.

  We will let you know, in due course, when we will be able to hold any events in the clubhouse.   With best wishes from your Social Team
BOWLS                                                                                      KEN HOMEWOOD

Diary Dates:

AGM                           TBA

INDOOR MATCH    Cambridge Park Sunday March 14th, 2021 – TBC

2020 AGM

You will have received my “E” mail with the AGM reports on last season. I also suggested that if there are any questions or items that you would have raised at the AGM please “E” mail them to Ann Gregg, Secretary, ( and we will discuss them at committee and take any appropriate action.

Sadly, there is no sign of being able to set a firm date for the AGM which at best will be early next year, but we will keep you informed.

Ann has asked that I include the following comment she received from Wendy Beaney: –

I would like to thank the Committee for all their work during this difficult season.  

I think special mention should be made of the splendid work Ken has done in enabling many of us to enjoy 4 or 5 days a week bowling with our fellow members & even organising 2 competitions. This was a lifeline to many of us & thoroughly enjoyable & also we were kept safe. Mike Cutts has also been fantastic keeping the Green in tip top shape, & thank you to him for all his hard work over the last years – we will all miss him, but he deserves his retirement.

On behalf of the committee and myself I would like to say that we are flattered by the comment and we in turn appreciate the support we received from everyone during the season.


The entry dates for both the county and area competitions have, not surprisingly, been delayed, but if you are interested in entering contact Linda Pillman ( or 01932 961293) who will be submitting our entries at the appropriate time.


Ember’s game at Mole Valley on Saturday November 14th, 2020, has definitely been cancelled.

Our match at Cambridge Park is set for Sunday March 14th, 2021. Adam will be in touch with Cambridge Park nearer the time


Winter work on the green continues and our thanks go to all those who are involved. This work sets the foundation for the standard of next summer’s green


THE EMBER PLAYERS                                                         STEVE INFIELD                               


TENNIS                                                                                                     SUE WELLS


Subject to the government and LTA guidelines, our tennis courts must close until December 2nd.  The courts are now locked and the booking system has been closed.   The clubhouse will also remain closed.  Be assured that we will open the courts and booking system just as soon as we are allowed to play again.  Please do not try and book any courts until you are notified you may do so.


We continue to welcome new members to the club.  This is great news, and we hope you all enjoy your time at Ember.  When we go back, please remember to book courts to play and keep a record of your opponents for track and trace purposes.  In normal times, the mix-ins are a great way to meet other members and there is a free drills session on Thursday evenings for all members.  Just remember to register for these sessions in the book on the verandah and to hand sanitise and keep socially distanced.  We aim to re-start these after the current 4 week lockdown (subject to LTA guidelines).


The Drills sessions and ALL mix-in sessions, and Team practices are cancelled for the next 4 weeks.  Subject to LTA guidelines, we will restart these as soon as possible

We are planning to set up a daytime drills session in January.  Several members have indicated they are interested – this is most likely going to be between 1 and 2pm on a Tuesday.  The session will consist of 1 hour of drills with Rob, and then the option to play on for an hour with other attendees (but not the coach).  If you are interested in this session and have not been in touch please let Sue know (  There will be a cost for this session, but we hope to be able to keep it low, and allow attendance to be flexible.  More news nearer the time.


Please remember we must NOT use the floodlights on Sundays and bank holidays.  Also we are supposed to only have lights on when people are playing, so please do not put in too many tokens for your booking.


Sorry we had to close all the courts one day in October – we had to get the maintenance done on a dry day with no rain forecast for 24 hours.  That proved difficult and resulted in the cancellation of one maintenance session and the combination of others, closing all courts for a morning.  We do try and avoid this happening, but please bear with us if the weather disrupts our careful plans.  However the courts have now been cleaned and new sand / clay put down – thanks to our volunteers too.  They look fantastic!


The annual club tournament is in mid flow.  We will restart this once we get back to tennis and allow time for matches to catch up.   We will arrange the finals when we have some certainty over when we can open.  In the meantime please let us know any outstanding results.  Thanks to Steve Baird for all his hard work in organising this tournament and keeping track of your results.

Stay safe, Keep Healthy and See you in December


CROQUET                                                                       SIMON CHARRINGTON

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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