Sandy Bay Croquet Club

Monthly Communique

SBCC Committee Memos

July 2019

JULY SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

1) Opening Day. The date for the Opening Day – the start of the new 2019-20 season, has been set for Saturday 31 August. All members are warmly invited to attend from 10.30 on, preferably wearing club uniform, or club colours (red and white). The Hobart Lord Mayor is being invited to perform the official opening.

2) Annual Cleanup Day. In preparation for the Opening Day, we will hold our Annual Cleanup Day on Saturday 24 August from 10.00 am. There are plenty of tasks, both large and small, so please do lend a hand. A BBQ lunch will be provided.

3) TCA GC Mixed Doubles will be played at SBCC July 19-21. The top division will involve many of the State’s best players in level games, and the second division will be a handicap event. All our lawns will be required for this event over the three days. We will be asking for volunteers to assist with catering in due course.

4) Ricochet After our trial session of this version of croquet, we have scheduled a regular session, on Thursday mornings. AC and GC players are invited give it a go: it is a great opportunity for aficionados of both codes to play together.  

5) Timing GC social games To facilitate fitting three games into each social session, we will try timing games, with a limit of 70 minutes. We will endeavour to ensure members who have had a game cut short play with primary colours next time.

6) AC Pennant Members who are interested in playing pennant in the new season should talk to Brian Stafford or Graham Keating.

7) Sponsorship. The club has signed a sponsorship agreement with MCMF. In return for the sponsorship, the club will be displaying MCMF materials on the fence, in the clubhouse and on our publications.

8) Roofing the outdoor area A working bee, probably in August, will complete the job of making our outdoor area comfortable in all weathers.  

9) Fungal growth and the dew rollers Leaving the dew on the lawns can encourage fungal growth, and we ask all members to clear the lawns before play.

10) Club championships We are considering holding the club championships at different times for AC and GC. The events would be held while the pennants for the other code are being played (i.e. GC before Christmas, AC after).

11) Phone As our club landline phone is virtually never used, and as most members have a mobile phone, your committee has decided to disconnect the landline.   

12) New member We welcome Shane Madden to the club. The club will always be open to new members. Do please keep telling your friends, family and acquaintances how wonderful croquet is!

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

June 2019

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 confirmed at the next Committee meeting in July.

1) New committee responsibilities.

Games: Hugh Denny, Garry Forward

House, Social and Welfare: Carol Hanigan, Anna Majdanska

Lawn and Maintenance: Graham Keating, Brian Stafford

Garden: Anita Bayley

Promotions: Anni Morgan, Alicia Groves

Coaching, Website: Tim Sprod

2) New members We welcome Robyn Thomas, Charlie Davis and Rowena Sands to the club. The club has room for more new members. Your word of mouth is the most effective way for the club to attract them. Don’t be shy: keep telling your friends and acquaintances how great croquet is!

3) Quiz Night Fundraiser This most enjoyable evening raised over $600 for the club. Many thanks to Cecelia Stevenson, Rosemary McCulloch and others for the excellent organization and challenging questions.  

4) Kingston CC 19 hoop competition. This long weekend, Kingston are holding their annual GC 19 hoop competition. Some of Australia’s best croquet players have entered (and some of SBCC’s best too). It will be a great opportunity to see top level croquet, including World Champion Robert Fletcher. The Final is on Monday afternoon.

5) Club championships The final club championship event – GC Open – went to Graham Keating from runner up Bob Bye. Congratulations, Graham and Bob.      

6) TCA GC Mixed Doubles will be played at SBCC July 19-21. The top division will involve many of the State’s best players in level games, but the second division will be a handicap event. This gives all players a good chance at winning, and we encourage all members to consider entering.

7) Ricochet After a very successful and enjoyable trial of this version of croquet, we are seriously considering scheduling a regular session, probably Thursday mornings. Ricochet is accessible to both AC and GC players, and it is a great opportunity for aficionados of both codes to play together.  

8) Roofing the outdoor area A working bee, probably in August, will complete the job of making our outdoor area comfortable in all weathers.  

9) Dew rollers Brian Stafford has constructed a light weight means of removing dew from the lawns in the mornings. Leaving the dew can encourage fungal growth, and we ask all members to clear the lawns before play.

10) Locking up It is vital that the last member to leave the club ensures that all urns, kettles and heaters are unplugged and all doors and gates are locked. Note that locking the kitchen requires a key. The safety and security of the club affects us all.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

April 2019

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 confirmed at the next Committee meeting in June.

1) Annual General Meeting The Sandy Bay Croquet Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 9 May. It will be preceded by a Special General Meeting at 2pm, at which two amendments to the Constitution will be voted on: one to increase the maximum Presidential term from 2 to 4 years, and the other to allow our Treasurer to pay bills by electronic bank transfer. The AGM is followed by a Members Forum, where you can ask questions of, and offer advice to, the new Committee. In the next week or so, I shall issue a formal notice covering these events, as well as a call for nominations for the new Committee. There will be vacancies for the Vice President role, as well as at least three general committee members. If you want to know more about these positions, please talk to a member of the committee.

2) New members We welcome Liz Madden to the club. The club has room for more new members. Your word of mouth is the most effective way for the club to attract new members. Don’t be shy: keep telling your friends and acquaintances how great croquet is!

3) Quiz Night Fundraiser Keep the evening of Wednesday 1 May from 7.15 free! Join together with other members, or friends outside the club, to form tables of four. The cost will be $10 per head – more details to follow soon. Many thanks to Cecelia Stevenson for both the suggestion and for organizational input.  

4) Lawns. C lawn has not been closed for maintenance work, due to Andrew Norris’ work load. On the morning of Thursday 11 April, we will be pumping air into the lawns, so all will be closed, but they should be available in the afternoon.

5) TCA GC pennants As the pennant season comes to a close, SBCC teams have done well – but not quite got there. In both divisions 2 and 4, all clubs finished on equal number of matches won, so the winner was decided by net games. Unfortunately SBCC lost out to ESCC and KCC respectively. In division 3, the pennant went to the winner of the last game between SBCC and KCC. We went down by only a few hoops. Division 1 lost their final match – once more against KCC – by a single hoop, and hence just missed winning the pennant.            

6) Garden There will be a working bee on Friday April 26 at 3.00pm to “put the garden to bed” for the Winter, involving light pruning & weeding. Please support this if you can.

7) Club championships Both the AC and the GC club championship events are being played at the moment. With the exception of the GC A grade, all will be completed before the AGM. Congratulations to all who are taking part!

8) Ricochet. We will be introducing members to this version of croquet on the morning of 30 May. Ricochet shares features with both AC and GC, and promises to be a lot of fun.  

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

March 2019

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 confirmed at the next Committee meeting in April.

1) Annual General Meeting The Sandy Bay Croquet Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 9 May. It will be preceded by a Special General Meeting at 2pm, at which two amendments to the Constitution will be voted on: one to increase the maximum Presidential term from 2 to 4 years, and the other to allow our Treasurer to pay bills by electronic bank transfer. The AGM is followed by a Members Forum, where you can ask questions of, and offer advice to, the new Committee. In due course, I shall issue a formal notice covering these events, as well as a call for nominations for the new Committee. There are likely to be vacancies for the Vice President role, as well as at least three general committee members. If you want to know more about these positions, please talk to a member of the committee.

2) New members We welcome Margaret Bleasel to the club. The club has room for more new members. Your word of mouth is the most effective way for the club to attract new members. Don’t be shy: keep telling your friends and acquaintances how great croquet is!                                              

3) Fundraising A number of members have commented to members of the Committee that we ought to hold more fundraisers. We would be delighted to hear suggestions from members, especially if accompanied by offers to assist in organizing them.

4) Lawns. On Thursday 7 March, C lawn will be closed for maintenance work. All lawns will be closed Tuesday 12 March all day for work. On Thursday 11 April, we will be pumping air into the lawns – see http://air2g2.com/uncategorized/concept-behind-air2g2-324/ if you want to know more about this process.

5) TCA AC Divisional Championships event A big thank you to all who helped make this a success. 

6) Garden Thank you to Ann Heywood from donating three lavender plants, and to Chandler’s Nursery from donating two plants (and Helen Sparrow for arranging this). 

7) Associate membership. Members are reminded that the club has a category of Associate membership, open to members who have been a full member for at least three years. Such members are entitled to play one session a week plus Saturday afternoons, for half fees – though without voting rights.

8) Membership fees. Your committee continues to discuss the fee to recommend to the AGM. We are unanimously opposed to introducing lawn fees for members. On other fee related matters, however, the committee welcomes input from members.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

February 2019

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 confirmed at the next Committee meeting in March.

1) New members The club has room for new members, to keep the membership numbers up (and fee increases down). The most effective way for the club to attract new members is through word of mouth of present members. Please do encourage any of your friends and acquaintances who express interest to come and try croquet.      

2) AC Divisional Championships event is to be held here from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 February. No social play on those days, but please note the need for volunteers to help with refreshments, or to provide cakes/slices for sale. Sign up on the noticeboard.

3) Ricochet We will introduce members to this version of croquet on Thursday mornings from early May. In Ricochet, players take turns as in GC. However, when a ball is roqueted, the player gets two further shots. The first is played from where their striker’s ball comes to rest. They can hit their ball near another ball and then roquet it to get two more shots, and can use each ball once before making a hoop. 

4) Visitors. On Thursday 7 March, a group of about 10 GC players from the South West Rocks CC, NSW will be playing at the club. The next day, four members of Woolgoolga CC, NSW, will be joining in our normal GC social play. On both days, we invite members to play with the visitors, and to make them welcome.

5) Max McLean Handicap, and Rene Hortle Novice, club events Over recent years, these events have attracted fewer entries. If you have any ideas for how the conditions for the events may be altered to attract more entries, please talk to Peggy Roberts.

6) External booking. On Thursday 21 February from 4.15 – 6.30 pm, we have a booking for 30 – 40 players. Half lawns will be set up directly after GC social play.

7) Weekend play. We are proposing to ‘test the waters’ to see if there is interest, from those who are unable to play croquet during the week, in learning the game on a weekend course, and continuing on to play regularly on the weekend. If successful, this may lead to consideration of a new associate membership category.

8) Garden Working Bee Thank you for those who came and did such good work.  

9) Christmas lunch. Your committee invites feedback on last year’s Christmas lunch, and ideas for this year. Should we again have it catered for in the clubhouse, or would you like a change? If the latter, what suggestions do you have?

10) Quadway hoops Our new hoops are about to arrive and will soon be in use.

11) Membership fees. Your committee continues to discuss the fee to recommend to the AGM. Our Treasurer has drawn up draft budget for the next year. After running a deficit this year, we will need to increase fees, or membership (or both). The committee welcomes input from members.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

January 2019 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 confirmed at the next Committee meeting in February.

1) A Garden Working Bee will be held next Wednesday, 16 February from 4pm (straight after GC social play). The garden is looking a treat, but there has been a lot of growth over the summer. Many hands make light work!                                             

2) New GC rules information State Director of GC Refereeing, Graeme Denehey, will run an information session on the changes at the club on Tuesday 15 January at 1pm, before GC social play commences. All members are invited to attend. The presentation involves a PowerPoint. We are looking for volunteers to bring a laptop along, so each table can look at it. If you can, please let Hugh Denny or me know.

3) Christmas lunch. A big thank you to all those involved in running the very enjoyable Christmas Lunch, and to Mary and Julian Roscoe for donating a large table for the excellent new outdoor area, which so many members enjoyed at the lunch. Your committee is looking at providing a LaserLite roof next year to make this area even more useful in all weathers.

4) Lawns. Our lawns are looking good, and the improvement will continue with further work. The fairy rings are responding to treatment, and the weeds are to be sprayed in two weeks. We shall inform members of exactly which day when decided. C lawn will be withdrawn later in the year for intensive work.

5) AC Divisional Championships will be held here from Friday 15 – Monday 18 February. All our lawns will be required, so there will be no social play on those days (Monday may be available depending on number of entries). It will be a great opportunity to see top players in action, so come along. We will soon ask for volunteers to help with refreshments, or to provide cakes/slices for sale.    

6) External bookings. Many thanks to the members who volunteer to help run these. In December, they raised over $1000 for the club money, and introduced many to our great game.

7) Working Associate membership. To build on the interest the corporate hires generate, and to encourage younger members, your committee is considering a new category of associate membership. This would allow those in full time work to play on weekends. If you wish to comment on the idea, talk to me.

8) South West Rocks CC Ten GC players will visit us on the afternoon of 7 March. Members are invited to play with them. I am sure we will all make them welcome.

9) Membership fees. Your committee is discussing the fee to recommend to the AGM. We have had some big expenditure items lately – some expected and some not. SBCC remains the cheapest club in Hobart by a considerable margin, and is great value at less than a dollar a day. The committee welcomes input from members.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

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