New hoops have been installed and we have delivery of new sets of croquet balls and a centre peg. This has come via a grant secured by Barrie.
The lawns have been sprayed for moss and in a first treatment we sprayed individual weeds. A second application will take place.
Mike Percival has made up some barriers to separate out the two lawns. This is for safety and convenience. It means that balls are not flying about between lawns and hard hitters can shoot without fear of hitting somebody on the adjacent lawn.
A first aid kit has been ordered. if there are injuries or health incidents of any kind, please log these into the 'health book' and state what you have removed from the first aid kit.
The programme of internal events has been developed and is available on the website and in the club house. Please register in the diary if you want to play in the events. We will not be chasing players for these events this year, so if there are insufficient entrants we can cancel the event.
Grass cutting will start in early April after the first 'greening' has occurred.
YET AGAIN, dirty cups have been left in the clubhouse. WOULD MEMBERS CLEAN UP AFTER USING THE CLUBHOUSE.
The hoops have been reset for two lawns. However, the grass is very damp and thus quite fragile so please take care not to dent the lawns or damage them with the mallet.
A team has repaired one of the benches in the club hut, which was found broken. The lock on the pump room is also repaired. The areas at the edges of the lawn have been sprayed to restrict worm castes that have been problematic since last September. A new grid to cover the hose 'pit' has been constructed and fitted.
The good news is that this year with the lack of sufficient interest in friendlies and other matches there is an opportunity to introduce 'garden croquet' - another very sociable form of the game. Maggie and Serge have volunteered to lead this initiative and we will be visited by a player who successfully runs lots of garden croquet at his own club (Bygrave). Serge will circulate an email to invite anyone who wants to come along and learn the rules when the visitor is here.
The big majority of members are not available to play against other clubs, thus for this year any friendlies or tournaments involving other clubs will not be organised by the club. There would be no reason why individuals cannot organise their own events with other clubs, but would due notice be given and the playing days of Wednesday, Friday and Saturday be avoided. Those wishing to play in contact with other clubs are Sharon, Mollie, PaulH, Elaine and DavidC, so please liaise with any of these members if going ahead with plans for friendlies/tournaments (especially DavidC - who has responsibility for play and coaching).
A team successfully repaired the roof, with help from Dr Ron and his bag of 'special' condiments.
** The clubhouse has again been left is a mess with unwashed cups and dishes on the working top. PLEASE would members do the decent thing and at least clean up after themselves.
Due to water ingress through the roof (after wind damage), the mallets have been moved to the pump room for storage.
PaulH, DavidC and Mike sprayed the lawn against chafers and also included a nitrogenous feed. For a few days after this, would members please be aware to wash their hands after play.
A New Year's Day Pirates Tournament was held as a means of blowing away any lingering festive cobwebs. Nine hardy souls turned out on a dry and fairly mild afternoon for the first croquet of the year. The play was over two rounds of 25 minutes each under "Thurston Rules", with a break between for some much appreciated refreshments. Second place went to Ron (Parker) who came out on top in a keenly fought battle with Paul, the same 8 points changing hands several times, while the overall winner of the tournament was Barrie.