Sandy Bay Croquet Club

Monthly Communique

Monthly Communique

APRIL SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

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 next Committee meeting in June.

1) Annual General Meeting. Our AGM will be held at the Clubhouse on Saturday 5 May, starting at 2.00 in the afternoon. I will be sending out formal notification within a week. The AGM is a very important event in the life of the Club, and we urge all members to attend if they can. One item of business is to elect a new Committee: any member who is thinking about possibly standing for an Executive position, or as a general committee member is encouraged to talk to me or to another committee member. Nomination forms are on the noticeboard: nominations require proposing and seconding by full members. The three positions of handicappers are also open for nomination.

2) Forum. Following the AGM, we hold a member’s Forum, where matters that are not part of the formal AGM can be discussed. If you have any matters you feel the Club ought to discuss, please feel free to raise them at the Forum. While you may inform me in advance of these matters, it is not required.

3) New Members Welcome Party. This Friday! If you find you are suddenly able to come after all, please do attend. A reminder that existing members are asked to bring a plate and to pay $10: drinks are complementary.

4) Try Association Croquet. Once our club championships are completed and we have all lawns available, we will have a session for Golf Croquet players to learn a little more about Association Croquet – experiment with new skills and gain some experience of how the game is played. Keep your eyes out for more details in due course.

5) Lawn maintenance. Lawn B is still closed for essential maintenance. Once it is back in use, Andrew will be scarifying and coring lawns A and C.

6) New member. We welcome Jennifer Dignam to the club.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

MARCH SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

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 3 2018.

1) New Members Welcome Party. By now, all members should have received their invitation to this enjoyable annual event. A reminder to please add your name to the list in the clubhouse, or email your acceptance. This is one of the few events the club holds which enables everyone to meet members from all sections of the club, so don’t miss out.

2) Cleaning. Anna Majdanska has volunteered to do the cleaning in the club rooms until further notice – thanks, Anna! She does request that all members keep an eye out for any small tasks they can carry out as they arise – for example, replenishing paper towels or toilet rolls as they run out, washing up cups and glasses when used and so on. Judy Foster has donated a portable vacuum cleaner, which must be plugged in next to the filing cabinet when not being used. It offers a quick way to vacuum up small areas.

3) Trade table. There are some great bargains here. However, if items are not sold within three weeks, can we ask the owners to take them away, otherwise we will need to dispose of them. Please note that lost property is now stored under this table.

4) Closure of lawn B. Lawn B is now closed for essential maintenance. Please be aware that lawn availability will be tighter during this time. We will also be testing a new method of controlling the broadleaf weeds, which have proved very resilient, in a small patch near C lawn.

5) Association Croquet. Your committee is investigating a program to assist Golf Croquet players to explore Association Croquet: learn some new skills and try the more traditional version of the game. If you are interested, please talk to a committee member.

6) Mobile phone use. Please be considerate of other members in your use of mobile phones. Please set them to silent if you are expecting an important call, especially while on the lawns.

7) Library. Yvonne Shaw has donated quite a few new books to the Library. All members are welcome to borrow any book for a fee of 50c.

8) Annual General Meeting. Our AGM will be held on Saturday 5 May in the afternoon. You will receive formal notification in due course.

9) New member. We welcome Helen O’Conor to the club.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

FEBRUARY SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

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 6 2018.

1) Our garden working bee achieved a good deal around the gardens, even though the attendance was relatively low. Your committee is concerned that some members give a good deal of time to routine tasks in the club, while others have said that they would rather pay more fees and employ someone for the tasks. At present, the former pay the same membership as the latter. Your committee in considering a scheme where members can pay a levy instead of contributing in kind. We can see that there are potential problems with this (e.g. members who have contributed a lot in the past but are now more elderly), and encourage members to talk to one of the committee if they have thoughts about such a scheme. We also heartily thank all those whose voluntary work keeps the club ticking over so successfully.

2) Name badges. It is common for club members to wear a name badge at events where non-members are present, especially in competition. We are aware that many newer members have not had the opportunity to get a name badge. A form will be placed on our noticeboard where you can sign up to get one. The cost will be abut $11 (for a plain badge) or $15 (with an epoxy protective cover), depending on the number we order. Please print your name clearly on the form if you want one.

3) Keys. Members will have noticed that all doors around the club can now be opened with the same key. Please be aware, though, that some doors require the key to lock them.

4) Club championships. These will run from the middle of March, with entries closing 9 March. Information will be sent out mid to late February.

5) Closure of lawn B. We will be closing lawn B directly after the AC Singles divisional on 9-11 March, for essential maintenance. Please be aware that lawn availability will be tighter during this time. We are looking at a revised social play schedule during this time. If you want to have input, please talk to a committee member.

6) New Members Welcome Party. Planning is underway for this enjoyable annual event. We will circulate details as soon as they are decided.

7) Shaded area beside clubhouse. Your Committee is considering upgrading this area, which is presently often either a dust bowl or a mud bath. This would provide more pleasant conditions for watching games and an extended all weather area for social events. We have several suggestions and are exploring costs and benefits.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

JANUARY SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

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 6 2018.

1) Garden working bee. Please note that we will be holding another Garden Working Bee on Tuesday 23 January from 4 to 6 pm. All members are encouraged to take part. Please bring your own gardening tools. Inquiries to Ann Shaw or Jenny Parrott. Thank you to everyone who managed to assist at the December one, in the midst of the Christmas preparations.

2) Christmas lunch. The club’s Christmas lunch on Thursday 14 December was a roaring success. Carol Hanigan’s team provided a great spread, beautiful decorations and even fantastic weather. Thank you all – we are already looking forward to next year.

3) Entertainment book. We have been approached to see if we want to be involved in selling Entertainment Books as a fundraiser for the club. Please talk to Tim Sprod if you would be interested in coordinating this. I am told the work involved is quite light.

4) Events. The National Under 21 GC Championship will be held at SBCC on 20-22 January (along with the Tasmanian U12 championship). Practice time is set aside from 3-5 pm on Friday 19, so social GC will finish a little earlier then. The catering demands are light: talk to Carol Hanigan if you want to help out. We will also be hosting the GC Medals on 9-11 February, the AC Singles divisional on 9-11 March and the ACA GC Bronze Medal, presently scheduled for 18-20 May.

5) Adverse Conditions policy. Croquet Tasmania has revised its policy for play when conditions are potentially dangerous (heat, wind, rain, thunderstorms etc). A copy will be posted on the club noticeboard.

6) GC pennants. These are starting very soon. We wish our teams in all divisions – A, B1, B2 and C – good croquet and good luck!

7) Cleaner. Since our regular cleaner has retired, we are looking for someone else to do the job. If you know anyone who might be interested, please contact Carol Hanigan. In the meantime, we are very grateful to those members who have signed up on the Small Duties roster, and who are keeping the clubhouse in its usual lovely condition.

8) Coaching. Your committee is discussing how best to arrange for players who are interested in learning more about Association Croquet to do so in a social and supportive way. If you have ideas, or would like to be involved, please talk to Peggy Roberts, Jenny Parrott or Hugh Denny.

9) New Members Welcome Party. This enjoyable annual event is coming up soon – probably towards the end of February. Watch this space! Talk to Carol Hanigan if you are happy to help.

10) Congratulations. Our very own Callum Hyland is off to the 2018 Association Croquet World Championship in Wellington, New Zealand. We wish you all the best, and hope that all your croquet balls end up exactly where you want them, Callum!

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

DECEMBER SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

This memo covers points of interest from the December 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 January 9 2018.

1) Christmas lunch. All is set for the club’s Christmas lunch on Thursday 14 December, in our own clubhouse. Carol Hanigan’s team have been hard at work and it promises to be a very enjoyable occasion. If you are prepared to assist running the novelty croquet events after the lunch, please let Tim Sprod know.

2) Garden working bee. Please note that we will be holding a Garden Working Bee on Monday 18 December from 3 to 5 pm. All members are encouraged to take part. Please bring your own gardening tools. Inquiries to Ann Shaw or Jenny Parrott.

3) Keys. Some new keys to give access to the club are now available, for new members. The deposit is $6. Please talk to Hugh Denny if you would like to get one.

4) Events. The AC HiLo held at the SBCC on 24-26 November was very successful. The BBQ on Sunday 26 November attracted a large number of people, many of whom stayed on to see our own Callum Hyland and Deirdre Parker (KCC) defeat our Brian Stafford and Hugh Denny in the final. Well done to all players, and thank you to all those members who assisted.

5) AC pennants. As of the latest information available to me, our A team won their pennant by two matches, the B team is in a close tussle for second, and the C team is has finished third.

6) GC pennants. These start in late January. We have entered teams into all divisions: A, B1, B2 and C. Good luck to all players!

7) GC Coaching. Four sessions of coaching for new(ish) GC players have been held, with more to follow. It has been suggested that some coaching sessions for more experienced GC players might be arranged. If you would be interested, please contact Tim Sprod.

8) Lawn use. Members are reminded that they are entitled to play at any time on a lawn which is not in use for scheduled social play, or events such as pennants. Do pay attention to the Lawns Whiteboard outside the clubhouse, where bookings for the lawns are displayed, so that you are aware of times (e.g. for pennants or events) when normally available lawns have been booked out. If you are playing on a spare lawn while an event is on, please do your best not to disturb the players.

11) New members. Congratulations to Jeannie Hodge, Anthony Hodge and Jossi Jones on their election to the membership. Three other membership applications are in the pipeline: you can see the nominations on the noticeboard.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

NOVEMBER SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

This memo covers points of interest from the November 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 December 5 2017.

1) Christmas lunch. More details of the lunch on Thursday 14 December: the lunch will be fully catered, in our own clubhouse. The cost will be the same as last year. We’ll be asking you to indicate your attendance soon – watch the Noticeboard.  Come prepared for some novelty croquet!

2) Lawns. Members are warned that an intensive spraying program for pests and weeds will start this week. Please remember to wash your hands thoroughly after play.

3) Garden and lawn clippings. Many thanks to members who have been working on the garden – it looks a delight. Each time the lawns or surrounds are mown, we generate a pile of clippings that sits near the back gate. Any member should feel free to take as much as they want, to use for mulching or composting.

4) Events. The AC HiLo  will be held at the SBCC on 25-26 November (and possibly the Friday before). We will soon be asking for some help in running it. The BBQ on Sunday 26 November will be open to members for a small charge. Watch for more details in an email soon.

5) AC pennants. As of the latest information available to me, our A team has a very slim lead over New Town, the B team is in a close tussle for second with Eastern Shore, and the C team is in second place. Good luck for the remaining games!

6) GC pennants. These start in late January, but we will need to enter team lists in December. If you wish to play, watch out for a call of interest, or talk to Hugh Denny.

7) GC Coaching. The first session of the new coaching course was held last Monday, and will continue each Monday when Tim is available. He will email details of upcoming sessions.

8) Twilight Croquet. The first Sunday of each month during daylight saving, from 4 pm, we hold a twilight croquet session to which all members are invited, as well as members of other clubs. It’s a delightful time to play whichever game you can find a few others to join in, and is followed by a BBQ and drinks (bring your own everything). The next one is 3 December. Come along!

9) Mallets. Members are reminded that they can advertise unwanted mallets on our Noticeboard, or put up a “mallet wanted” notice.

10) Club uniforms. In the past, club members have bought club uniform shirts, especially for wearing in competitions. Due to low demand, it is difficult to access these anymore (unless a significant group of members get together to order some). An excellent alternative is to buy a club cloth badge and sew it onto a white top of your choice. The badges are available on the sign-in table for $10 each. We are also investigating getting more club name tags. Watch out for a call for orders.

11) New members. Congratulations to Angie McDermott on her election to the membership. Several other membership applications are in the pipeline. We always welcome new members, so don’t forget to talk to friends who might be interested, and encourage them to Come-and-Try.

Tim Sprod, Secretary 

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

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