APRIL SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

1)  AGM The AGM will be held on Saturday 8 May from 10.00 am. Formal notice will be issued soon. All members are welcome to attend. Our new committee will be elected at the meeting. As Graham Keating will have completed four successful years as President and cannot stand again, we are looking for someone to take on this role. There will also be a vacancy on the committee. Suggestions as to who you think would be good in these roles are welcome - indeed, why not put yourself forward?

2) Signing in Our insurance requires that we keep records all who come to the club, so we require that you use our sign in book. Now, the government is making it mandatory to use the Check in TAS app on a smart phone from 1 May. They do not seem to have thought through that not everyone owns a suitable phone. If you do have such a phone, please use the app and sign the book. Otherwise, just sign the book as normal - but we do need everyone to use the book.

3) Try Association Croquet If you are a GC player, and are wondering about Association Croquet, we are interested in hearing from you. Given sufficient interest, we are exploring ways to introduce AC to GC players. Please contact me if you would like to be involved.

4) Social play times The Games subcommittee has drawn up a draft timetable for lawn allocation once we have all three courts in use again. The draft takes account of recent lawn usage and attempts to maximize everyone’s chances to play regularly. Since daylight saving has ended, afternoon play now starts at 1.00 (draw at 12.50). Lawns are available to all members before 10.00 and after 4.00, provided no special event is being held.

5) Perimeter lawn cutting The lawns around our courts need regular mowing. While Alan Smith maintains the courts themselves, we have a roster of volunteers for the perimeters. Injury concerns mean that we need several more members to join this roster, so the load does not fall on too few. Contact me if you could help out.

6) Club website The club has a section on the Croquet Tasmania website, which has recently been redesigned to be easier to use. Please check it out. A major addition has been a calendar to show lawn use. If you have any suggestions for further content, please contact me.

7) Club championships GC Club Championship winners and runners up. Division 1: Graham Keating from Yvonne Shaw. Division 2: Carol Hanigan from Chris Groves. Division 3: Shane Madden from Di Carington Smith. Rene Hortle: Vicky McDonald from Stuart Heathorn. AC Club Championships are now in progress.

8) Bob Bye’s memoirs Newly added to our library is a copy of Bob Bye’s just published memoirs. Fascinating reading!

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

MARCH SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

1) Lawns To maintain our lawns in good condition, Alan Smith from Renov8 does need to close them from time to time for essential work. All lawns will be closed for the afternoon of Saturday 13 March, and C lawn will close for a major renovation from Saturday 20 March, probably for 5 or 6 weeks. During this time, it may be a little more difficult to fit in all our playing commitments: thank you for your understanding.

2) Thank you for volunteering To all those members who have volunteered their time for events including the CT GC Open Singles (catering, hoop setting, managing, refereeing), staffing Twilight Croquet and the numerous outside hires, maintaining the gardens, grounds and buildings, and many other little tasks, the Committee extends heartfelt thanks.

3) Lawn watering and cutting Recently, someone turned off our lawn water supply at an outside stopcock, resulting in a failure of the overnight watering and, hence, water stress on the lawns. Fortunately, this was discovered in time and our lawns are looking great again. Members are reminded that regular mowing of the lawns is required both to provide a top quality playing surface and to maintain their health.

4) Twilight Croquet Members, Taste of Croquet holders and quite a few people from outside the club have greatly enjoyed participating. Such outreach events spread the word about our great sport and incidentally contribute to our finances.

5) Pennants and club championships To give a more competitive edge to your croquet, the club participates in interclub pennants and our internal Club Championships - all in both AC and GC. The AC pennant is about to finish, and the GC pennant is soon to start. In the GC Club Championships Division 2, Carol Hanigan won from runner up Chris Groves. In GC Division 3, a very hard fought contest came down to hoop 13 on the last game played. Shane Madden took it out, from Di Carington Smith and Liz Madden in third place. Congratulations all. Division 1 and the Rene Hortle event for beginners are still being played. AC Club Championships will be played in April.

6) Working with Vulnerable People Changes to regulations mean that the club needs to keep a register of members who hold this card - which we mainly require when working with school children. Six of your committee have. I would like to hear from any other members who hold the card.

7)  AGM The AGM is set for Saturday 8 May from 10.00 am. A new committee will be elected at the meeting, Please consider whether you might be interested in standing. If you want to know what’s involved talk to any committee member.

8) New members Alison Waters, David Waters, Kitty Courtney, Libby McMahon, Guna Ginneliya, Larainne Robertson, Terry Liggins, Virginia Vaughan Williams and Maggie McKerracher have been elected as new members. Welcome to the club! It is great to see membership numbers climbing again, towards the numbers we had a few years ago. 

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

FEBRUARY SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

1) Visitors to the club Please note that it is a government requirement that all visitors to the club must leave their name and contact details (phone or email is sufficient). As we already have contact details for members and Taste of Croquet holders, they need only sign in as normal.

2) Assistance Pool We are grateful to all those members who have volunteered to be in the Assistance Pool. We are seeing the benefits, with the duties for Twilight Croquet and our outside hires being spread widely. If you wish to add you name to the list, please contact me.

3) Lawn use for Croquet Tasmania events As you are probably aware, we make our lawns available for Croquet Tasmania events from time to time. At present, the AC Summer Pennant is using two lawns on a few days. Coming up are the GC Open Singles (12-14 February) and the AC Divisional Singles (26-28 March). Thank you for your understanding when this impacts on social play. Thanks also to all those who volunteer to help out at such events.

4) Twilight Croquet is on again on Wednesday evenings until the end of February, from 5.30 to 7.30. It is great to see members and Taste of Croquet holders and some people from outside the club there. Consider coming with some of your friends to introduce them to the game.

5) Golf Croquet advanced coaching Two sessions with Ian Bassett before and after Christmas were well attended and warmly appreciated. Further sessions with top GC players are being planned, so watch out for them.

6) Greg Bury visit The January visit to Hobart by Greg Bury, head of the ACA’s Croquet Academy, was cancelled due to a Covid scare in Queensland. This has now been rescheduled for mid March, when Greg will run sessions for players and for coaches. If you were going to be involved, more details will soon be available on the courses and days. The club would dearly like to have more qualified coaches in GC and AC. Contact me if this interests you.

7) Future capital works We are looking at some more significant works to maintain and improve our facilities. The clubhouse roof needs attention, the shade cloth on the shelter between B and C lawns needs securing and the taps around the club are old and in poor condition. We plan to install a practice lawn near C lawn. We are exploring options for funding a new gate and path by the Sandown Avenue bend, and for renewing our court line markings.

8)  AGM The AGM has been scheduled for Saturday 8 May from 10.00 am. A new committee will be elected at the meeting, Please consider whether you might be interested in standing. If you want to know what’s involved talk to any committee member.

9) New members Vicky McDonald and Christine Higgins have been elected as new members. Welcome to the club! 

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

1) Christmas event Very close now! It is next Tuesday 8 December, from 1.30, with afternoon tea around 3.00. This afternoon of novelty croquet, a written quiz and finger food will celebrate Christmas approaching, 100 years of the club being on this site, and provide an opportunity to welcome our new members from the past year. There will be a raffle for a meat tray donated by Bayside Meats in Lower Sandy Bay, so bring a few coins along.

2) Assistance Pool Thank you very much to all those members - about a third of the club - who have volunteered to be in the Assistance Pool, available to help with outside hirings and events like Twilight Croquet. By being able to spread the load, we can run these many events without the load falling too heavily on a few.

3) Lawns We have signed an agreement with Alan Smith of Renov8 to look after our lawns for the next three years. They are in great condition now, and we believe this agreement will provide longer term assurance that they will stay that way.

4) Twilight Croquet Your committee has decided to run this popular outreach event again on Wednesday evenings from 13 January until the end of February. It will run from 5.30 to 7.30. Members and Taste of Croquet holders will be free, while others will pay the $5 lawn fee. It’s a great opportunity to introduce your friends to the game.

5) Golf Croquet advanced coaching We will soon run a GC coaching course for more advanced players who wish to sharpen their skills and tactical thinking. More details will be available soon. This will add to the AC and GC coaching currently on for newer members.

6) Fire hazards For our safety, you may notice that we have installed new smoke detectors, a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket. Please be aware of where these are.

7) GC afternoon starting time Our survey revealed that there are equal numbers who like the later start during daylight savings, and who prefer the earlier time. We shall continue with the 1.30 start for this summer, and consider the matter at our AGM in May.

8)  Lawn etiquette A gentle reminder to members that good manners make good playing partners. For example, we should allow the striker to play their shot without the distraction of others walking across their line of play, talking, casting a shadow across the ball or similar. Etiquette is often just the exercise of empathy and common sense.

9) New members Stuart Heathorn and Summa McIntyre have been elected as new members. Welcome to the club!

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

1) Christmas event Tuesday 8 December, from 1.30, with afternoon tea around 3.00. This Christmas-themed afternoon of novelty croquet, a written quiz and finger food - please bring a plate - will celebrate Christmas approaching, 100 years of the club being on this site, and provide an opportunity to welcome all our new members. More details will be emailed out closer to the date.

2) Garden working bee We will have a blitz on the garden soon. Watch out for your opportunity to be involved.

3) Lawns Many members have been commenting on the improved condition of our lawns, thanks to Alan Smith and Renov8. We are looking to sign a longer term agreement with Alan.

4) Outside events Our U3A course finishes this coming Monday and has been a big success. We have a Healthy Hobart Come-and-Try on Sunday 22 November from 10.00 - 11.30. Bookings are coming in for outside hires in the pre-Christmas period - some during the day. Many thanks to those members who volunteer to make these outreach events so successful. All events should appear on the calendar in the kitchen - it is important that, if you are going to be using one or more of the lawns for any event other than normal social play, you enter it there, so we do not have clashes. As always, we apologise if normal social play is affected. Please note that there are opportunities to shift affected sessions, particularly to Thursday morning.

5) Junior croquet competition Croquet Tasmania is in discussions with the Department of Education about a junior croquet competition. It is likely we would coach students from several nearby schools and then they would compete with other schools. If you would like to be involved, see Garry Forward or me.

6) Club website Occasionally, I overhear comments that something on our website needs updating or changing. If you do notice anything like this, please send me an email. I can’t fix things when I am unaware of them.

7) Buddies for newbies. I am compiling a list of members who would be happy, from time to time, to assist a new member or someone who has taken out a Taste of Croquet package by mentoring them, giving some coaching and generally ensuring they find the club welcoming and accommodating. If you are happy to be on this list, please let me know. On a related matter, I hope all members are familiar with the modified new membership process (Taste of Croquet, cut-rate Novice membership etc - all forms for these are in a black folder on the President’s table) and are actively encouraging others to try our great sport and club.

8) Suggestions for the committee are welcome from all members. If you have any concerns, please talk to a committee member or fill out a suggestion form - also found in the black folder on the President’s table.

 Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

1) Playing Days All sessions remain the same except on Thursdays. Thursday morning is now available to all full members, to play whatever version of croquet they choose. We encourage members to get a group together and use this time. Thursday afternoons will now be for members of the Golf Croquet pennant teams. During daylight saving, afternoon GC sessions will start at 1.30 (draw at 1.20). The time between 12.30 and 1.30 is available for individual practice.

2) Our raffle raised $1408 for the club. Huge congratulations to Anni Morgan, who did the lion’s share of the organizing, and all who helped her or sold tickets.

3) Christmas event Due to pandemic uncertainty, we have decided on a more informal - and flexible - event this year. We are planning a Christmas-themed afternoon of novelty croquet with an afternoon tea and/or drinks. We shall also celebrate 100 years of the club being on this site, and welcome all our new members. Put the date in your diary: Tuesday 8 December, from 1.30. More details will follow closer to the date.

4) The Social sub-committee organizes events like the Christmas one. If you are interested in contributing to the club by joining it, please talk to Anna Majdanska.

5) Outside events The School Holiday program (41 children), and the Seniors Week Come-and-Try (6 adults) were both successful. The U3A course (24 participants) is creating a good deal of excitement, and we have a Healthy Hobart Come-and-Try in November. Bookings are coming in for outside hires in the pre-Christmas period. Many thanks to those members who volunteer to make these outreach events so successful. All events should appear on the calendar in the kitchen - it is important if you are organizing an event to enter it there, so we do not have clashes.

6) Club Championships Covid developments allowing, we are aiming at holding the GC club championships between 20 January and 10 February, and the AC events in April, next year.

7) Pennants The GC pennant has started and will finish on Thursday 26 November. We thank you for your understanding when social play is affected by home games.

8) Opening Day was a great success, with the Lord Mayor running the first hoop to start the new season. If you would like to have a socially-distanced photo from the event, please contact Alicia Groves.

9) Defibrillator. It is important that members are familiar with this equipment, kept in the kitchen. There is a DVD in the box for members to learn - or refresh on - how to use it. Feel free to borrow it. If there is interest, we could hold a screening in the clubhouse - tell me if you would like to attend.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

1) Opening Day Our Lord Mayor will be running the first hoop at the season’s Opening Day, on Saturday 12 September. Please arrive at the club at around 10.30, dressed in club colours of white and red if at all possible, and sign in. The formalities - including the raffle draw - will be at 11.00, followed by our traditional morning tea and optional social play. We have confirmed with the Department of Health that we can ask members to bring a plate for the morning tea, though the food will need to be served to members, and we will have to abide by the Covid-19 social distancing and hygiene rules. A request for offers to bring something for morning tea will be circulated soon.

2) The Tasmanian Women’s Open GC Champion for 2020 is our very own Yvonne Shaw. Congratulations, Yvonne!

3) Raffle tickets are still being sold up until the Opening Day, when the prizes will be drawn. Please ensure that any books (and money) you have are returned to the club by Friday 11 September, so that the stubs can be added to the pool.

4) Outreach events that are coming up include our School Holiday program (29 Sept - 2 Oct, 10.30 - 12.00), the Seniors Week Come-and-Try (Monday 12 October, 10.30 - 1.00), a Healthy Hobart Come-and-Try (Sunday 22 Nov, 10 - 11.30 and a U3A six week course (six weeks on Mondays, 3.30 - 5.30 from 5 October). Running these events requires some members to volunteer their services, so I ask you to consider what you can contribute and to contact me. We recognise these impact on social play. We try to minimise this, and thank you for your understanding when clashes are unavoidable. Note that all future events ought to be on the calendar in the kitchen and (when closer) on the Lawns whiteboard.

5) Pennants The AC pennant is underway, and will affect social play on four days (Thurs 10, Tues 15, Thurs 17 and Tues 22 September). The GC pennant will commence on Tues 13 October and finish on Thurs 26 November. Enter your name on the noticeboard if you want to be involved. Again, we thank you for your understanding when social play is affected.

6) New members Please remember that, after a free Come and Try session, prospective members can buy a Taste of Croquet package ($20 for one month, $50 for three). During this time, they can fill in an application for membership, supported by two members, to be considered by the committee. Taste and Application forms can be found in a folder on the President’s table. During social play, always ensure the Come and Try flag is flying.

7) Clubhouse supplies If you notice that we are running short of milk, please get another carton from the Newsagent, and add it to the Club’s tab. We do not seem to be using as much milk at present, so a litre carton is sufficient. Please try to get a carton with a long use by date.

8) Coaching. If you are an experienced player, please consider passing on your knowledge though becoming a qualified coach. Talk to me if you are interested.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

1) Committee responsibilities The following committee members are now responsible for these areas: Games - Yvonne Shaw; House - Anna Majdanska; Lawns and Handicaps - Graham Keating; Maintenance - Brian Stafford; Promotions - Alicia Groves; Garden - Anni Morgan; Coaching and Website - Tim Sprod. Of course, each of area does rely on input from other club members, so please pitch in where you can.  A big thank you to Carol Hanigan (House) and Anita Bayley (Garden) for their excellent previous work.

2) Opening Day and Clean Up Day Our Lord Mayor has accepted our invitation to run the first hoop at Opening Day, on Saturday 12 September from 10.30. To prepare the club after winter, we will be holding the annual Clean Up Day on Saturday 22 August. Please watch out for how you can help.

3) Raffle tickets are still being sold up until the Opening Day, when the prizes will be drawn. We value your efforts here. Our thanks to the local businesses who have offered prizes. Please support them as they have supported us.

4) Outreach events We need to increase our membership and broaden our appeal. Some events we are planning include a School Holiday program (29 Sept - 2 Oct, 10.30 - 12.00), a Healthy Hobart Come-and-Try (Sunday 22 Nov, 10 - 11.30) and possibly a U3A six week course (dates and times TBC). We recognise that these can impact on social play. We try to minimise this, and thank you for your understanding when clashes are unavoidable. Note that all future events ought to be on the calendar in the kitchen and (when closer) on the Lawns whiteboard.

5) Constitution and By-laws Following the amendments at the AGM, we are revising the club By-laws and modifying content on our website. If you notice anything that needs to be altered, please talk to me.

6) New members The club always needs to recruit new members. You can help: spread the word amongst friends and acquaintances, always ensure the Come and Try flag is out during social play, and become familiar with the new process for joining. After a free Come and Try session, prospective members can buy a Taste of Croquet package ($20 for one month, $50 for three). During this, they can fill in an application for membership, supported by two members, to be considered by the committee. Taste and Application forms can be found on the noticeboard.

7) Inclusive play Random draws ensure members can play with all other members at some time. “Tweaking” the draw ought to be minimal. Be aware that members may at any time practice on a lawn if it is not in use by social players, and choose not to be included in the draw.

8) Grant applications We are preparing applications for several grant programs, aimed at improving facilities at the club.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

1) Annual General Meeting A reminder that the deferred AGM will be held on Saturday 18 July at 2 pm in the clubhouse. The club’s Annual Report was emailed to members on 20 May. I urge you to refresh your memory of what it contained before the AGM. Before the meeting, I shall be circulating further information: an update to the Report on the outcomes of the Club Championship events; and details of all the matters to be voted on at the AGM. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we shall have to put a limit on the number of members in the clubroom of 24, with 6 in the kitchen area and further attendees under the covered area (with the gas heater). There will be a loudspeaker outside. A Forum will follow the AGM.

2) Club championships All the interrupted club championship events have now been completed, thanks to the initiative and hard work of Hugh Denny. Our champions and the runners up are:

Association Croquet
Club ChampionshipWinnerGraham Keating
Runner upBob Bye
Division BWinnerHugh Denny
Runner upBrian Stafford
Division CWinnerJane Hyland
Runner upHazel Maddox
Max McLean Men’s HandicapWinnerBrian Stafford
Runner upGraham Keating
Coralie Turner Women’s HandicapWinnerJane Hyland
Runner upRobyn Thomas
Golf Croquet
Club ChampionshipWinnerYvonne Shaw
Runner upHugh Denny
Division 2WinnerChris Groves
Runner upCarol Hanigan
Division 3WinnerMary Roscoe
Runner upShane Madden
Rene Hortle NoviceWinnerShane Madden
Runner upLiz Madden
Singles HandicapWinnerGraham Keating
Runner upYvonne Shaw

3) Lawns If you should happen to dent our lawn, please do your best to repair the lawn damage. A bucket of sand has been provided to assist in this.

4) Opening Day and Clean Up Day Our traditional Opening Day, to welcome in the new season, will be held at the club on Saturday 12 September from 10.30 (Covid-19 restrictions permitting).  As always, the Lord Mayor will be invited to run the first hoop. To prepare the club after winter, we will be holding the annual Clean Up Day on Saturday 22 August. More details on both to follow.

5) Raffle As our normal fund-raising activities have been restricted, the club will be holding a raffle, with tickets to be sold up until the Opening Day, when the prizes will be drawn. Our thanks to Anni Morgan, who has taken on the prime responsibility for this, and to the local businesses who are, as I write, offering prizes. They deserve our support in these tough times.

6) Mugs Last month, I requested members to ensure that their personal mugs have their name on them, with the year “20”. Only a few mugs have been so labelled. A notice will soon be in the kitchen to this effect, and a pen for doing it will be provided. After a reasonable time, we intend to gather and dispose of all unlabelled mugs.

7) Club mallets Our thanks to Garry Forward for taking on the task of refurbishing our club mallets, and for cutting down the shafts of some to make them suitable for use by youngsters. This will come in very handy for our School Holiday program, and for hires to schools - both of which spread knowledge of our game and help with our finances. Have a look in the club mallet shed to see the work in progress.

8) Coaching As we return to (near) normal, we are looking to get some formal coaching happening once the weather improves. In the meantime, I encourage less experienced players to ask a more experienced player, with (or against) whom they are drawn in social play, to give them advice on techniques and tactics when they see it as helpful. Learning from our peers is a powerful way to improve our game.

9) Covid-19 restrictions Under the government’s requirements, “Sporting and gym facilities must ensure there is at least one staff member or other authorised person present to supervise the premises at all times while it is being used”. The Committee has resolved that, in this context, all members are authorised persons.

10) Voluntary work Many factors put pressure on the club’s budget. With costs rising all the time and Covid-19 currently restricting our income, we now need more than ever that members who can, contribute “above and beyond”. Unfortunately, we have recently started to employ a cleaner again - once a fortnight - because our efforts to ask members to carry out some cleaning occasionally, and to record it on the sheet in the kitchen, saw the same few doing all the work. Once again, I urge all members to think of how they can give back to the club that gives us all so much pleasure.

11) Sponsorship The Sandy Bay Croquet Club gratefully acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Pam Corkhill from Knight Frank.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

Thank you to our sponsors:    MCMF, and Pam Corkhill at Knight Frank

Our June committee meeting was held in the clubhouse. Nice to be back!

1) Reopening As the government is moving to Stage 2 from this Friday 5 June, we will be able to revert to near normal play.  The maximum size of gatherings will increase to 20, so as we seldom have more than that number at the club at one time, then - provided social distancing is maintained and hygiene measures are followed - our normal social play sessions will be resumed. The clubhouse will be available, as will - from Tuesday 9 June - the kitchen. We need to maintain high standards of hygiene in the kitchen. All mugs, glasses, crockery and cutlery must be washed in hot, soapy water, and dried after use, and all surfaces cleansed.

Please be very aware that, while the threat of the pandemic in Tasmania has receded for now, the danger has not passed, and a renewed outbreak is possible. Our membership falls almost entirely into higher risk age groups, so we must remain careful.

2) Annual General Meeting Your committee has decided to hold the AGM on Saturday 18 July at 2 pm in the clubhouse, provided Stage Three of the Recovery goes ahead before that date. Formal notice will follow, together with the Constitutional amendments your committee will put to a vote. We urge you to consider who you might nominate for the committee, or whether you might be interested yourself.

Budgeting for the next year has been complicated by the effects of the enforced Covid-19 shutdown. We shall be circulating our thoughts on the recommended membership subscriptions for comment before the AGM.

3) Club championships The interrupted AC club championship events have resumed, and the never-started GC events will commence soon.

4) Lawns Alan Smith has both A and B lawns in great condition, with more improvement to come. C lawn is somewhat better than it was, and we are exploring ways in which to finance a full renovation there. Please remember to remove the dew from the lawns before playing. There is a machine to pick up leaves in the shed as well.

5) Promotion Our club needs to continue to attract new members, and to organise public events and external hires, to keep the club in good health. Your committee is considering ways to do this, including a Seniors Week Come and Try, a ‘Learn to Play Croquet’ multi-week course, a school holiday program in September/October, reaching out to businesses, organisations and schools to encourage them to have social croquet events here in the late afternoons or evenings, and applying for grants to assist with the costs of promoting the club. You can do your bit: talk up the joys of playing croquet and encourage anyone you know to come along to, or inquire about organizing, any of these types of events as appropriate. Word of mouth is often the best publicity. Talk to a committee member if you want to know more.

6) A century on this site It was one hundred years ago that the still young Sandy Bay Croquet Club moved from the Beach House lawns to our own site. Work commenced in September 1920, and your committee is considering a combined celebration and fundraiser to mark the event. Keep your eyes open for this.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

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