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)

Macmillan Charity Collection/Christmas Meal

The charity collection for Macmillan Cancer Support (croquet’s national charity for 2020) in lieu of Christmas cards now stands at £67 from donations at the AGM and Christmas Meal. Many thanks for your generosity. If you haven’t yet donated and wish to do so, Richard can collect donations at the New Year’s Day croquet.
Update 01/01/20: Further donations of £10 on New Year’s Day brings the total collected so far to £77 (plus Gift Aid). This will be added to donations we collect at the forthcoming Charity One Ball tournament in early May.

Thank you to Julie for organising an excellent Christmas dinner at the Lakeside. If any of you have preferred dates (or dates to avoid) for next year’s Christmas dinner, please could you let Julie know at the New Year’s Day croquet or before the committee meeting on January 14th, so we can get a date booked in the calendar.