Sandy Bay Croquet Club

Monthly Communique

Monthly Communique

JULY SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

This memo covers points of interest from the July 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 August.

1) Lawns. We have decided to increase our expenditure on the lawns. Andrew Norris will be working on them more often. He would like to have fixed times for mowing, when members may be asked to shift to another lawn. Details will be announced in due course.

2) Club championship: GC C division will commence on Wednesday 1 August and continue on each of the following Wednesdays in August. The event is open to all those with a handicap of 10 or greater and to new members who have not yet been given a handicap. Entries are due by 20 July. See the notice on our noticeboard for more details.

3) Association Croquet Pennants. These start from Tuesday 18 September. If you are interested in playing AC pennant at any of the three division levels, please contact Peggy Roberts or myself. We will be modifying pennant times to fit better with social play.

4) Days of play. Thursday afternoon has been allocated (on a trial basis) to Golf Croquet players with a handicap of 10 or less, for singles play. All other times remain the same. Although the AC sessions will still have a division attached to them, all AC players are welcome at any AC session.

5) Flood. Thank you to all for your patience as vanity units, cupboards, vinyl and carpets are replaced. We have had a settlement for contents and will be buying replacements for damaged stuff over the next few weeks. We will soon have a new vacuum cleaner.

6) Shaded area beside clubhouse. Plans for three options to make this area more usable will be circulated to members soon. A Forum will then be held where interested members can give their feedback and ideas – details to follow.

7) Gluhwein Night. After the great success of last year’s offering, we will be repeating this popular evening on Thursday 26 July. Details to follow. Please put the date in your diary.

8) Gardening sub-committee. As Spring approaches, we are calling for volunteers to sit on the Gardening Sub-committee, which will meet occasionally to organize all things garden-related. If you are interested, please contact Ann Shaw.

9) Opening Day and Clean Up Day. The Opening Day for the new season will be Saturday 1 September. To prepare the club, a Clean Up Day will be held on Saturday 25 August – sprucing up the clubrooms and the gardens – followed by a BBQ for all helpers. Please put the dates in your diaries.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club                                                                               

JUNE SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

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 in July.

1) Lawns. We discussed our expenditure on the lawns. If we are to keep the lawns in the excellent condition we expect, we will need to increase our expenditure. The lawns are the heart of the club. Our plan is to withdraw C lawn for a major renovation (as just done to B lawn) in early March next year.

2) Golf Croquet. We decided that all golf croquet matches should start from the corner furthest from the clubhouse over the winter, so the present starting corners can recover. This means the positions of the blue and red topped hoops will change. The pattern of hoop order remains the same, only turned by 180°. Getting used to playing from a different corner is very useful when it comes to playing at other clubs.

3) Club championship: GC C division. As quite a number of interested members were away when the club championships were played, the golf croquet C division was postponed. Now we plan to run this soon. If you are interested in entering, talk to Hugh Denny.

4) Flood. Graham Keating has been dealing with the insurers. Our claims have been largely met, and work is being carried out as it can be scheduled. Thanks for the help so many of you gave, and thanks for your forbearance if future work – carpet laying, repairing cupboards and vanity units and the like – creates inconveniences around the club.

5) Shaded area beside clubhouse. We will be drawing up three possible plans for making this area more usable, which will be circulated to members. A meeting will then be held where interested members can give their feedback and ideas. Watch this space.

6) Try the ‘other’ croquet. As indicated earlier, 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 – the time will most likely be the afternoon of Thursday 5 July. We will also hold one for AC players to learn more about GC – date to be decided. Keep your eyes out for more details in due course.

7) Come and Try session. Plans are afoot for a session to introduce interested folk to croquet. We will probably publicise this through word of mouth, so if you know anyone you think might be interested, let a committee member know.

8) Opening Day. The Opening Day for the new season has been pencilled in for Saturday 1 September. More information in due course, but please put it in your diary.

9) Gate. We are exploring installing a self-closing gate opened with the club key, next to the vehicle gate at the C lawn end of the club. More members are needing to park around Sandown Ave, and this will make access easier

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

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

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