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.

Pre-Season Working Parties

Just a reminder that we have some lawn working party sessions arranged for Sundays 8th, 15th and 22nd of March from 10am to 1pm, ahead of the new season. Any help on any or all of these dates would be much appreciated. Hope to see you there – please contact Martin if you need any more details.

Winter Socials Report

COUNTDOWN  Tues 21st Jan
Five Countdown stalwarts competed in another hard-fought battle.  The top two placings were the same as last year, but this time with Christine finishing as the winner and Eileen runner-up.

ANNUAL QUIZ  Tues 18th Feb
Despite some roads still being flooded in places in the wake of Storm Dennis making travel quite difficult, we had a good turnout of 16 for the quiz, arranged into five teams, with questions on everything from place name origins to advertising slogans.  The toughest round turned out to be the one on international football strips, but perhaps most worryingly the round on which most scored full marks was on mental disorders!  And in a major surprise, the Long Eaton ‘Clueless’ team beat Mick and Co in the board games round!  First place overall went to The Stumps (the Haytacks and friends), with the Black Sheep in 2nd and Clueless 3rd.

WINTER WALK  Sun 1st March
The weather couldn’t decide between winter and spring, with a rain shower at the start and then bright sunshine punctuated by a brief hail shower.  Seven of us enjoyed a circular walk of four miles around Calke Park and the Dimminsdale nature reserve, finishing with hot drinks and refreshments.

Winter Golf Croquet Leagues Results 2019/20

Report by Eileen

Twenty-three players joined in the Winter Sunday League and nineteen in the Winter Wednesday League. Here are the top ten scores from each league.

Winter Sunday League
Derek  205
Eileen 190
Jenny  181
Jane    174
Mike 163
Paul  163
Keith    154
Chris J. 153
Ray      152
Chris M. 138

Winter Wednesday League
Ray        200
Eileen    176
Jane      167
Keith      161
Maurice  150
Jenny     142
Joan 135
Lesley L. 117
Derek      116
Rupert     104

Anyone wanting their final scores can e-mail Eileen on Derek’s email address.

The winter season is now over. The main season starts on Sunday, March 29th 2020 at 2pm.

International Performance Development Squad

Jane Tewson has been invited by the GC Selectors to join the International Performance Development Squad, following her achievements last season. Paul has just completed his 2 year stint with the squad and they will be the first married  couple to have been selected.

Winter Socials 2020

Here are the dates of our winter social events.  All welcome including family, friends, visitors from other clubs etc.

Tues 21st January: COUNTDOWN at 7.30 pm. Our version of the popular TV game show, in the Moira Miners Welfare lounge.

Tues 18th February: ANNUAL QUIZ at 7.30 pm in the MMW Lounge.

Sun 1st March: WINTER WALK.  A leisurely afternoon stroll of around four miles with a tea stop.

Tues 14th April: BOARD GAMES EVENING with Mick

More details of each of these to follow nearer the time.

Also don’t forget the Croquet & Carvery Sunday and Winter Wednesday sessions continue (start time 11 am) up to and including February 26th, weather and lawn conditions permitting.

20 in ’20: Will and Judith win the New Year’s Day tournament

We had what is believed to be a record New Year’s Day turnout of 20 people on the first day of 2020. Tim devised a format so that pairings were arranged by handicaps, and each pair played three games, with two pairs sitting out at any one time.

After the three rounds, Will and Judith were the only pair with three wins so they were declared the winners with no need for a final. Runners-up were Arthur and Keith on two wins and a +7 hoop difference; Rachel & Lesley and Mike & Richard also finished with two wins.

Everyone else won one game: Jane & Eileen, Chris J & Martin, Chris M & Derek, Tim & Julie, Paul & Jenny and Ray & Heather.

As usual it was a fun competition and a nice social occasion to start off the year. Will and Judith were presented with the Dave Davis trophy.

New Year’s Day 2020
New Year’s Day 2020 (photo by Arthur)