Sandy Bay Croquet Club

Monthly Communique

Monthly Communique

OCTOBER SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

This memo covers points of interest from the October Committee Meeting to keep you informed. The full minutes will be lodged in the clubhouse “Minutes Folder” once they have been passed at the next Committee meeting on November 7 2017.

1) Christmas lunch. Put Thursday 14 December in your diaries now. We have decided to break with tradition, and hold the lunch in our own clubhouse. Carol Hanigan is heading an able committee to organise the lunch. If you have suggestions, or want to help, please contact Carol at chanigan@internode.on.net.

2) B lawn. A decision has been made by our Lawns subcommittee not to close B lawn until 8 March. In the meantime, there will be ongoing work on the lawns regarding weeds, holes, pests, fertilising, mowing etc which may result in brief interruptions to their use.

3) Events. The SBCC will be hosting a number of events this season, including the AC Bronze Medal on October 13-15, the AC HiLo on 25-26 November and the Australian Under 21 GC Championships on 20-22 January. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to assist as they arise. If you know of any youngsters who would be interested in learning croquet, and possibly playing in the championships, please put them in touch with the club.

4) GC Intra-club pennant. This will start on Friday week, 13 October, and run for five weeks. On those Fridays, there will be little opportunity for  GC social play in the afternoon.

5) Club Championships. We have decided to hold the AC and GC Club Championships concurrently in March. Watch this space for details as they develop.

6) Coaching. We are holding a Seniors Week Come-and-Try on Sunday 22 October (1.30 – 3.00 – tell your friends about it!). You don’t have to be a Senior to attend.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

SEPTEMBER SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

This memo covers points of interest from the September Committee Meeting to keep you informed. The full minutes will be lodged in the clubhouse “Minutes Folder” once they have been passed at the next Committee meeting on October 3rd 2017.

1) Leaving members. A number of our members have, for various reasons, chosen to resign from the club. We would like to acknowledge the contributions to the club of all of them, particularly  Robin Scharaschkin, Ian & Lizzie Bassett, and Doreen Briant.

2) State GC team has just returned from completing in Brisbane. Congratulations for their efforts to SBCC members Graham Keating (c), Hugh Denny, Yvonne Shaw, Lizzie Bassett and Ian Bassett.

3) Signing in. Members are reminded that it is necessary that they sign the attendance book whenever they are at the club, for whatever reason. This is a condition of our insurance. Visitors should also sign in.

4) Pennants. AC pennants are starting next week, and GC pennants will be played in the new year. The draws for all divisions of both codes are on the Games Noticeboard and on the club website. All the best to all participants!

The Games Committee is proceeding with plans to organize an Intra-Club GC pennant for before Christmas. We are also exploring holding the GC Club Championships in the latter part of this year. Watch this space for details as they develop.

5) Coaching. Peggy Roberts and Jenny Parrott are developing a coaching program that will take into account the needs of AC players, GC players and those GC players wishing to learn more about AC. After the Seniors Week Come-and-Try on Sunday 22 October (1.30 – 3.00 – tell your friends about it!), there will be a six week course for newcomers to croquet.

If you have borrowed any of the coaching books or materials from the shelf in the clubhouse, please return them at your convenience. We remind members that they are welcome to borrow these, but should write their name and date in the book provided when they do.

6) House. A big thank you to all those who helped with the very successful Gluhwein and Opening Day events. We especially thank Sally Keating for her generous donation for the Season Opening Day, and Amy Groves Bosworth (houseofaem@bigpond.com) for her photography and album of Season Opening Day, which you can peruse in the clubhouse. If you want any of the photos, please contact Amy.

7) Lawns and Maintenance. We discussed plans to improve the state of our lawns. B lawn will be withdrawn during November-December, and again in March, for concentrated work. A similar program for C lawn will take place late 2018/early 2019. Greenkeeper Andrew Norris will be trying a new means of dealing with the persistent and difficult weeds growing especially in C lawn.

GC players are requested to be aware of the wear on the starting corner, especially on B lawn, and to play their initial shots from a meter or so away from the corner for the time being. To give this corner a rest, we may soon choose to reverse the courts, and start from the far corner.

A new lawn sub-committee has been formed, consisting of Callum Hyland, Hugh Denny, Andrew Norris, Jenny Parrott and Graham Keating. Please approach one of them if you have concerns.

8) Garden. Thank you to those members who have been working hard on the garden and surrounds. The new wooden barriers will make it easier to protect the lawns from mulch. Members will notice new plantings, pruning and general maintenance. Many rocks have been cleared and put near the back gate. If any member would like some for their own garden, please feel free to take them – and perhaps make a small donation to the Club.

Once the garden is in tip-top condition, we will be asking members to volunteers to look after a small section of it.

Our petrol mower for mowing the edges has finally given up the ghost. If any member has an unused, reliable petrol mower they wish to dispose of, please talk to one of the committee.

9) New members. We welcome Anita Bayley, Christine McDougall and Sandra Osbourne, who have all been elected as full members of the club.

10) Website. Please be aware that the club’s website has now been moved to within the Croquet Tasmania website. If you have the site bookmarked, the link will be redirected to the site automatically. The direct URL is http://croquettas.com/croquet-tasmania/venues/sandy-bay-croquet-club/. Alternatively, you can access it by scrolling to the bottom of any CT website page, and clicking on Sandy Bay. Comments are welcome: please direct them to webmaster Tim Sprod. If you want anything placed on the website, Tim is the person to talk to.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

August 2017

This memo covers some points of interest from the August Committee meeting to help keep you informed. The full minutes will be lodged in the clubhouse “Minutes Folder” once they have been passed at the next Committee meeting on 12 September 2017.

  • Top of the list is The Season Opening Day for 2017. Just a reminder it has been set for Saturday 26 August. Schedule: Members are asked to arrive at 1030 with the official opening by Alderman Jeff Briscoe at 1100. Then morning tea followed by Games on 6 small lawns. Members please bring a plate & wear club colours if possible. If you don’t have red & white, don’t worry, come along anyhow & be part of the fun.
  • Clean Up Day 19 August: This is our day for preparing the clubhouse & grounds for the new season. Start time is 1000. A “List of Duties” is on the board to allow members to allocate themselves a task if they are unable to attend on the day. This list will soon be circulated so you can have a look at what needs doing. Remember: There will be a barbeque lunch to keep us all going.
  • Intra Club GC Pennant: The club is considering introducing a SBCC internal GC Pennant competition. This would involve 6 teams of 4. Each team member would play 1 singles & 2 doubles games on each of the 5 weeks of competition. To be held possibly on Wednesday afternoons. Members are asked to express initial interest by replying to the Secretary by email.
  • Garden news: A Green Bin has been ordered from HCC. The Installation of garden edges is continuing. Garden work is to be included for Clean Up Day 19 August.Members please contact Ann Shaw if you would be happy to take responsibility for a section of the garden.
  • House: A new Urn has been bought & the old unsafe urns removed.
  • Vale Noel Barrett: It is with sadness that we mark the passing of our much loved & valued member Noel Barrett. Noel died on Sunday 23 July. To Ricki, his wife, we extend condolences on behalf of all our members.
  • Website: Webmaster report emailed from Tim Sprod: The SBCC website has been shifted successfully to the Croquet Tasmania site.
  • Membership Renewals: Just a reminder that our membership fees need to be paid by 31 August.
  • A big THANK YOU to two of our members: Kaye Denny for organizing the fabulous Gluhwein Evening & Helen Sparrow for clearing & replanting the Hydrangea bed. Thank you both!!
  • Finally there will be no lawns available for play this Sunday 6 August. The lawns will be in use for the GC Classic Competition. Members are very welcome to come along & watch our State GC Team in action.

Enjoy your winter croquet

Ann

Ann Shaw, Acting Secretary SBCC

July 2017

This memo covers some points of interest from the July Committee meeting to help keep you informed.

The full minutes will be lodged in the clubhouse “Minutes Folder” once they have been passed at the next Committee meeting on 1 August 2017

  • AC Australian Championships: Held over 12 days earlier this year, these events were not only a great success but, wonderful news, SBCC has been advised that we have a surplus of approx $3000 as a result of our hosting activities. Well done everyone involved.
  • Membership renewal notices: Our Treasurer, Hugh Denny, has advised that these are to be sent out later this month.
  • Games Committee: Membership of the Games committee will be finalised when Jenny Parrot, our Games convenor, returns in mid August.
  • Garden news: – Sleepers are currently being installed between sheds A & B as a trial. The Committee has given approval for materials to be purchased for the other 2 lawns as required.
  • We are trying to ascertain whether the Club is eligible for a garden bin (given that the premises are not residential). Stay tuned on this.
  • Coaching: It is hoped that GC training will recommence on Monday mornings from mid August.
  • Seniors Week: There will be a “Come & Try” again this year at SBCC on 22 October 1330-1500.  This has been a great opportunity for us to attract new members in the past.
  • The Season Opening Day for 2017 has been set for Saturday 26 August. Schedule: Members are asked to arrive at 1030 with the official opening by the Lord Mayor at 1100. Morning tea followed by Games on 6 small lawns. Members please bring a plate & wear club colours if possible. If you don’t have red & white, don’t worry come along anyhow & be part of the fun.
  • Clean up day is Saturday 19 August to prepare for the Opening Day. Start at 1000. A “List of Duties” is on the board to allow members to allocate themselves a task if they are unable to attend on the day. There will be a barbeque lunch to keep us all going.
  • A Gluhwein Evening is to be held at the clubhouse on 27 July. Kaye Denny is organising this winter get together. A great chance to celebrate Mid Winter. Details & RSVP on the notice board.
  • Club Sponsorship: The Committee has approved travelling expenses of $150 each for SBCC members of the State team travelling to Queensland in August/September. Congratulations to our SBCC State representatives: Graham Keating (Captain), Yvonne Shaw, Hugh Denny, Ian Bassett & Lizzie Bassett. We wish you all the very best of luck!
  • Pending Issues: Our President, Graham Keating, is investigating the possibility of reverse cycling air conditioning & simplifying the keying of the clubhouse.
  • Finally the club welcomes our newest member Margot Siegloff whose membership was approved by the committee at the July meeting.  Welcome Margot!

Ann Shaw Acting Secretary SBCC

JUNE 2017

This memo covers points of interest from the June Committee meeting to keep you informed.

The full minutes will be lodged in the clubhouse “Minutes Folder” once they have been passed at the next Committee meeting on July 4th 2017.

1) Committee responsibilities.

Games/Coaching: Jenny Parrott and Peggy Roberts

House/Social: Carol Hanigan and Anna Majdanska

Lawns/Maintenance: Callum Hyland

Promotions: Yvonne Shaw

Garden: Jenny Parrott and Ann Shaw

Website: Tim Sprod

2) Croquet Tasmania Annual General Meeting. The new calendar for TCA and other events should be confirmed soon. The events to be held at Sandy Bay are AC HiLo Doubles (25-26 Nov); AC Open Doubles (16-18 Feb); AC Divisions Singles (9-11 March); ACA GC Bronze (4-6 May) – and possibly the GC Classic (6 August). AC pennants will be played before Christmas, and GC probably from late January.

TCA affiliation fees for 2017-8 will be $46 per member, consisting of TCA ($7), Travel fund ($14) and ACA ($25).

The State GC team was announced. Sandy Bay have five members in the team. Our warm congratulations to Graham Keating (c), Hugh Denny, Yvonne Shaw, Lizzie Bassett and Ian Bassett.

3) Social play times These will largely stay the same as in the past year, with the possibility of some minor tweaking once Spring comes. Our new Games Subcommittee will decide.

4) Lawns. As indicated at the Forum after the AGM, we are likely to be one lawn short in November/December and March/April, for refurbishment. We are considering specifying three social play sessions at this time (the third in the late afternoon) to maximize lawn availability for members.

5) Coaching We are considering how best to increase the opportunities for members to receive coaching.

6) Garden: We discussed the cost of professional gardening work, and the needs of the garden. It is likely that we will be asking members to take part in garden working bees to help keep them in good condition, and to keep the costs to the Club down.

7) Website  The Sandy Bay CC website will soon be moving: to be hosted by the Croquet Tasmania website. As soon as this happens, we will send you details of how to access it.

8) Respect and inclusivity  The Committee believes that all members of the Club should always be shown due respect for the choices they make about their playing involvement in the Club. While, of course, members will hold different views about many croquet-related matters, and they are perfectly at liberty to express their own preferences, we ask that they are careful to avoid comments which might be seen as derogatory of the views or choices of other members.

Tim

Tim Sprod

Secretary                                                                                       

Sandy Bay Croquet Club

 

APRIL 2017

This memo covers points of interest from the April Committee meeting to keep you informed.

The full minutes will be lodged in the clubhouse “Minutes Folder” once they have been passed at the first Committee meeting after the AGM on May 13th 2017.

1) Annual General Meeting  Our AGM will be held on Saturday 13 May 2017 and all members are invited to attend. The formal notice will be issued soon. The AGM will be followed by a Forum to discuss club matters of interest to all members. If you have any matters you feel ought to be discussed in either the AGM or the Forum, you need to contact me well in advance of the meeting, so they can be placed on the agenda. Several of our committee are stepping down and the positions of President, Coaching Coordinator, Games Committee Coordinator and a general committee member will be vacant. If you may be willing to stand for the committee, please discuss this with a committee member.

2) AC Nationals thank you  I pass on to all members an email received from Ian Smith, who was Tournament Manager for the recent Australian Association Croquet Championships:

“Now the dust has settled I have time to thank all those who gave so freely of their time and energy to help make the Nationals such a success. Could I ask you please to pass on to your membership in general the thanks of Croquet Tasmania and of me personally as TM for giving up their social play for the duration of the Nationals. I know it is a condition of membership but all the same it is a sacrifice. The number of members of your club who committed to helping in so many ways is enormous and I can only hope to know a few, so please thank them all also”. The SBCC committee echoes these thanks to all members who contributed in any way, including providing food and drinks, managing the Sandy Bay and Taroona venues, setting hoops by torchlight, refereeing games, ferrying players between venues in the Eire Cup and so on. Copious feedback confirms that our venues, and hospitality of the Sandy Bay Croquet Club, were greatly appreciated by competitors.

3) Vale Dorothy Wettenhall  Our last surviving life member has passed away peacefully on March 16 near her family in Melbourne. A member since 1986, she played for the State Association Team in 1990. Dorothy served the club as committee member and President (2000-2002), and croquet in Tasmania as President of the TCA for three years, Examining Referee (2000-2002) and State Director of Coaching (2006-2008). She was awarded life membership of the SBCC at the 2008 AGM, along with fellow coach and referee, Majorie Hill.

4) Games  The last few weeks have been an extremely busy time for our club, with three Australian AC events, and the Australian GC Open Singles. We congratulate our own Callum Hyland, who won the ACA AC Silver Medal, behind Gold Medal winner Stephen Forster of Victoria, and reached the semi finals of ACA Men’s Open, where he played eventual winner (and world champion) Robert Fletcher of Victoria. In a best of three match, Callum won the first game, but was defeated in the next two.  In the Eire Cup, the Tasmanian team (with strong SBCC representation) beat Western Australia, and had several close losses to other states.

In the Tasmanian GC Open, SBCC’s Bob Bye defeated Tim Parker of KCC in Division 1. Well done, Bob. In the Golf Croquet Pennants, our Division A team finished runners up to KCC, after narrowly losing a tight contest in the last match. Our Division B (White) and Division C teams both won their pennants.

AC and GC club championships are being played as I write. May all competitors enjoy their matches. It has been another successful year – congratulations to all who participated.

5) Lawns: The new mower has already needed a replacement blade. Members are strongly urged to remove any debris they see on the lawns, as this will help keep the mower blades in top condition.

6) Croquet Tasmania AGM  Sandy Bay CC will be hosting the Croquet Tasmania AGM on Saturday 27 May 2017, and the North versus South Challenge on Sunday 28 May.

Tim Sprod

Secretary   Sandy Bay Croquet Club

 

MARCH 2017

This memo covers points of interest from the March Committee meeting to keep you informed.

The full minutes will be lodged in the clubhouse “Minutes Folder” once they have been passed at the next Committee meeting on April 10th 2017.

1) Games

SBCC will be hosting the Golf Croquet Open Singles on 1 – 3 April. While we will be asking for some help here, it will not be nearly as big a job as hosting our parts of the AC Nationals. Planning for this big task is well under way. Don’t forget that you can sign up to do your little bit on the sheets on the Club Noticeboard.

2) As I write, our A and C Division Golf Croquet pennant teams are preparing for their last matches. Both are against Kingston, and in both cases the winner will take the flag. Good luck! In B Division, Sandy Bay White has already tied up the flag, while Sandy Bay Red finished a creditable fifth.

3) Our club championships, GC and AC, will be played from April 4 and finished by May 5.  There are 10 events. The entry forms are on the Games notice board – please sign up for any events you wish to enter before 24 March.  This season, the parameters have been widened in AC Division B, the Max McLean Handicap and the Coralie Turner Handicap, to make them more accessible to more members. Members, these are YOUR Championships, and we encourage everyone who is able to participate.

4) House: The new members cocktail party was a great success, with over 30 attending. Thanks to Carol Hanigan and her willing team of workers for a job well done!

5) Lawns: The lawns will be mowed more often over the next week or so, to prepare for the AC Nationals. Your patience is appreciated. Ian Bassett will be resetting the hoops on Sunday 12 March in the afternoon. We request that those playing on the Monday and Tuesday mornings do not remove the hoops after finishing, and that the hoops are only removed using the lifter at the end of the day. If you are setting hoops, please note they must go in the correct holes (they are numbered), with the maker’s name facing the clubhouse. The carrots should not be hammered in to ground level. If you are not sure what to do, please ask someone more experienced.

6) Garden: Our garden irrigation system has some problems, which are currently being looked at. Unfortunately, some plants have died. We will be looking for volunteers to take responsibility for checking a section of the garden in future. Talk to Ann Shaw if you are interested.

7) Budget and membership fees Our Treasurer, Hugh Denny, presented the committee with a projected budget, and a recommendation that the membership fees for 2017-18 be increased to $300 ($150 for associates and students). Membership fees have not been increased since 2008-9, while our expenses have risen. As we do not charge members lawn fees, comparison with other clubs show our membership will still be very good value.

8) Annual General Meeting Our AGM will be held in May. If you have any matters you feel ought to be discussed there, please talk to a committee member. Several of our committee will be stepping down. If you may be willing to stand for the committee, please discuss this with one of us. Your committee has been discussing ways to help draw the whole membership together more. If you have ideas about this, please share them. In this regard, we urge members to be thoughtful of courtesy when discussing the merits of the various forms of croquet with other members.

Tim Sprod

Secretary  Sandy Bay Croquet Club

FEBRUARY 2017

This memo covers points of interest from the February Committee meeting to keep you informed.

The full minutes will be lodged in the clubhouse “Minutes Folder” once they have been passed at the next Committee meeting on March 6th 2017.

1) The final of the recent AC Tasmanian Open at SBCC featured Callum Hyland from SBCC playing David Wise from Norwood CC, South Australia.  Callum Hyland won in two, and his triple peel in the first game was judged as perfect by a highly critical referee! The standard of croquet throughout was very high, and enjoyed by the spectators.

2) Congratulations to our AC Divisions A and C teams, who have both won pennant flags.  Division B won five games out of eight, and hope to do better next season. Golf croquet pennants continues from February 14 to March 9, so hopefully we will have more flags to come.

3) Games All club championships, GC and AC, will be played from April 4 and finished by May 5.  The games sub committee are currently working on the entry forms, which should be on the notice board in early March.  This season, the parameters have been widened in AC Division B, the Max McLean Handicap and the Coralie Turner Handicap. Hopefully, this will encourage more members to participate.

4) A reminder that we will be one of the Tasmanian clubs hosting the AC Nationals from 15 – 16 March. There will be plenty of tasks associated with this, so please do look out for ways in which you can assist, be they large or small.

5) House: The new members cocktail party is on 25 February, 6.00 – 7.30. You will have received an invitation. If you have not yet added your acceptance, please do so by 20 February.

6) Lawns: C Lawn is now open again. This means there will always be at least one lawn available for social play.

7) New members: Robin Badenach, Elizabeth Speare, Kieran Murphy and Helen Sparrow have been elected as new full members of the Club. Welcome to you all! We will also be voting on another two new members once their applications have been on the noticeboard for the required time.

Tim Sprod,

Secretary

JANUARY 2017

This memo covers points of interest from the January Committee meeting to keep you informed.

The full minutes will be lodged in the clubhouse “Minutes Folder” once they have been passed at the next Committee meeting on February 13th 2017.

1) The committee wish to clarify the rights of any full member to attend any session, and the rights of those for whom the session has been allocated to play according to the session’s specifications. A motion was passed “To allow any full member to play in any session on any day, but to emphasise that, when doing the session draw, preference will be given to players whose code/division session it is. No such player will be required to play someone outside that code/division unless they agree to”.

2) As mentioned last month, the club has encountered two large, unanticipated expenditures recently: repairs to our watering system and the purchase of a new mower. Members are to be reminded that the Club is in a strong financial position despite these unforeseen expenses, thanks to sound financial management by past committees.

3) Games

Don’t forget that we are hosting the AC Tasmanian Open from 13 – 16 January 2017. There will be a BBQ lunch on the Monday, and all members are encouraged to attend (cost: $10) – as well as to support the players.

4) House: The new members cocktail party will soon be scheduled for a day in February. Keep your eyes peeled for more details of this ever popular function.

5) Lawns: You probably noticed that C Lawn has not been closed. This is due to the difficulty in accessing the necessary top dressing. It will probably be top dressed sometime before March.

We have been having a problem with birds throwing pine bark onto the lawns, which can damage the blades of our new mower. Members are requested to look out for bits of pine bark and other debris on the lawns, and to throw any pieces they see onto the garden.

6) Twilight croquet: Our first Twilight Croquet session will be held on a Sunday evening towards the end of January. Watch out for details as they are decided.

7) New members: Chris Groves was elected as a new full member of the Club. Welcome, Chris! We will also be voting on another two new members once their applications have been on the noticeboard for the required time.

Tim Sprod,

Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

 

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