Revised Opening Restrictions from Monday 1st June

In light of the change to government restrictions applicable from 1st June, the CA has issued new guidance on what is acceptable in terms of croquet:

In short, we can now have 4 players on a lawn, for either double banked singles games or for one doubles game of either AC or GC. The other conditions below remain in place. We do not have enough lawn capacity to allow open club sessions at present.

Please continue to use the Croquet Booking site described in the 13th May news item. You will now see two sessions available for each lawn, a primary lawn and a secondary lawn. Some tips on how to use this new flexibility:

1) If you want to play doubles then please book both the primary and secondary parts of the same lawn – eg as two singles pairs.

2) Do not try to double bank with a different format of game – the booking system will discourage or prevent you from doing so anyway.

3) Try to book contiguous time slots if they work for you – ie try not to leave short gaps between your booking and the adjacent one in time.

4) If you fancy a game but don’t have an opponent then book a lawn with your name with a note saying looking for opponent.

5) If you see a lawn booked for watering or maintenance, please don’t try to double bank a game on it.

6) Now the complex bit. Lawn 2 can be split in two ways. It is marked out as half lawns so as to allow AC coaching, practice for beginners and one-ball games. So Lawn 2 primary can be either the full lawn with primary balls or the half nearest the shelter. Lawn 2 secondary can be either the full lawn with secondary balls or the half furthest from the shelter. If you want to book lawn 2 primary as a half lawn please mark it for AC (green) and put a note on the booking that it is for a half lawn. Then someone booking lawn 2 secondary will know that they are getting a half lawn.

Ashby Croquet Club Limited Opening from 13th May

From Wednesday 13th May, the Government has written that people will be allowed to take unlimited exercise, and be able to play sports with members of their own households or one other person. Details on the website linked here:

 The CA advice allows only one singles game per lawn:

This is likely to put pressure on lawn space, and a lawn booking system will be needed given that there can only be a maximum of 6 players. So we now have an Ashby section on, and it is populated with all the adult playing members other than Distant ones, or ones with duplicate email addresses (eg Arthur is in the list but Judith is not). The site is here:

You can use your username (first initial followed by surname – Arthur’s is arowe), or your email address. If you do not have access and need it, please contact Arthur. Please change your password. To do this, click on ‘Users’ when you will see your details. Click on your name and you will be presented with two boxes to change your password. Passwords must contain upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters, as in the default sent by email.

You will be presented with a calendar and just need to click on your preferred start time. The default session length is 3 hours, but you can alter that in the pop-up box. You can choose AC or GC, or Maintenance.

You should generally book a session with an identified opponent. There will not be any club sessions as such. Please use the membership list circulated by email to contact potential opponents. If you wish to practice, please only book on the day, and post contact details with the booking so someone can challenge you to play if the lawns are full.

So following the updated advice from the CA, the following are what we should be doing:

1) Maximum lawn capacity will be 2 players per lawn (ie 1 singles game).

2) Members should bring their own chairs to the club.

3) Members should wear their own gloves to handle club equipment (and/or their feet in the case of balls).

4) The open shelter cannot be used by more than two people.

5) The adjacent closed shelter should not be occupied.

6) Given the limited usable shelter, fine weather or hardy players will be needed!

Enjoy your croquet!

Ashby Croquet Club closed until at least 14th April

Following the government’s announcement on Monday 23rd March, the club will remain closed until at least 14th April (3 weeks from 23rd March). If restrictions are eased either then or at a later time, some limited croquet may be possible, but we will need to control the number of members at the club at any one time. Details of how this will work will be posted if / when it looks like we will be able to open the club at all.

Ashby Croquet Club and Covid-19

The Ashby Croquet Club committee met on Tuesday 17 March and discussed the current situation with Covid-19.

The committee noted the following:

  • this is a fast-moving situation and all club members should look out for each other in this difficult time;
  • Moira Miners’ Welfare Sports & Social Club will not be open for the foreseeable future but there is no plan to prevent access to the car park for bona fide key holders;
  • the Marlborough Rovers and Moira Car Boot Sale will not be operating until further notice;
  • the CA has formed a task force to monitor the situation and interpret Government advice in the context of croquet;
  • the CA website includes up-to-date information on the output from the task force.

The committee agreed the following:

  • the club courts remain closed for winter maintenance until 29 March at the earliest and club members will receive an e-mail message to confirm when the groundsman is happy for the courts to open;
  • Ashby Croquet Club will run NO competitive croquet (including the Coors & Bass Shield), NO club croquet (including Sunday afternoon, Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning and Thursday evening), NO coaching (including taster sessions) and NO social gatherings until at least the end of May 2020;
  • the club will remain accessible to all bona fide key holders but they should note that, at all times, its members should follow Government guidance on social distancing;
  • the club Radar key will not be available and club members are not to use the disabled loo attached to the Sports & Social Club;
  • members will be able to use the male and female loos for which the club holds keys;
  • club members are not to bring members of the public to use any of the club facilities until further notice (in particular, the club’s Public Liability Insurance will potentially not be effective at this time);
  • to attempt to provide hand sanitiser for use by members when they are at the club but members should bring their own supply of sanitiser and soap to be sure that these are available for personal use;
  • the club will stop organising any form of communal catering for the foreseeable future (members are responsible for bringing any food or drink they wish to consume if they go to the club);
  • to appoint Tim King, Arthur Rowe and Mick Haytack as a steering group to monitor the situation and to advise the rest of the committee and wider club membership if any change in approach is necessary.

Before the courts open for the start of the season, we will confirm how we are going to control numbers at the club so as to allow everyone to practice appropriate social distancing.

The committee is next due to meet on 5 May but will change this plan if circumstances so require.

In brighter news, the committee was extremely grateful for the hard work in the past two weeks put in by working parties and, in particular, by Julie Boulton’s husband, Rob, who made sterling efforts to trim the hedges for us.

End of 2018-19 Winter Play Season

Martin has decided that there will be no more winter play this season at Ashby due to the lawn conditions.

Many thanks to all who have participated this winter.

The main season starts on Sunday 31st March.

National Forest GC Championship Format

(Venue: Ashby Croquet Club, Moira, on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019)

Revised format – updated 15/05/19:

  1. The entries from the highest ranked 16 players will be accepted if oversubscribed at the allocation date (18th May).
  2. Assuming a full entry of 16 players and favourable weather conditions, the format will consist of two blocks of eight, with each player playing everyone else in their block and the top two from each block progressing to the semi-final. In the event of two players being tied on number of game wins, qualification places will be decided by playoffs if time allows.
  3. The semi-final and final will be best of three games, whilst the remaining 6 players from each block will be divided into two groups of 3 based on their block position. There will therefore be two plate competitions, one where the 3-5 ranked players play their opposite numbers from the other block, and similarly the 6-8 ranked players play their opposite numbers from the other block. The 3rd/4th playoff will be a single 13 point game.
  4. Time limits will not be used unless weather jeopardises the schedule, or AMD in the case of games severely impacting the schedule of play.

National Forest GC Championship page

Rachel and Will in Melbourne

Arthur and Judith took Rachel to Birmingham Airport on 8th January for the long flight to Melbourne; Will had flown out on the 3rd, and has now finished his first week at work. Today they have been playing croquet at Brunswick croquet club, as a respite from looking for somewhere to live more permanently that airbnb places.