Sandy Bay Croquet Club

Monthly Communique

SBCC Committee Memos

December 2019

DECEMBER SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

1) Volunteering Your club needs you! There are many tasks around the club, and the club runs best when every member takes on some of this work, according to their abilities. We understand that some of the heavier tasks are not within the capabilities of all, but we have a wide range of expertise within our members, and some tasks are doable by virtually all members. Ask not what your club can do for you, but what you can do for your club! (apologies to JFK).

2) Christmas lunch was again a wonderful affair – delicious food, great company. Our sincere thanks to Carol Hanigan and her merry band of helpers.

3) Twilight croquet There will be a break over the Christmas period following this Thursday’s session, restarting 22 January on Wednesdays until the end of daylight saving. Members are most welcome – BYO friends and relations, food and drinks. The cost for non-members will be $5.

4) Roof on shade area Chris Groves has done a marvelous job here, with a little help from others. Many further small jobs around the club have been completed by Brian Stafford and others. Our thanks to Chris, Brian and all who have assisted.

5) Thursday mornings will now be open to all versions of croquet, including Ricochet. Come along and play whichever code you choose.

6) Flag We have bought a stunning new club flag to replace the rather tattered, faded old one. It’s on display in the clubhouse – have a look next time you’re there. Thanks, Anni Morgan, for arranging it.  

7) Recruitment and membership categories Your committee is discussing whether to make some significant changes here. Possibilities include simplifying the joining process: abolishing the joining fee; setting a lower fee for first year; a longer period for Come and Try; and/or deleting the need to go through the committee. Possibly new membership categories include Junior (for school students); Family (parents and children); and/or Couple. Our intention is to make joining simpler and more attractive. If any member has thoughts or suggestions, please contact Tim Sprod.

8) Pennants The AC pennant has finished, with both teams performing creditably. Our intra-club GC pennant was won by the Red team, and enjoyed by all. SBCC will be entering teams in all three Divisions of the GC pennant, beginning in January.

9) Watering The timings of the watering systems will be changed to bring them in line with the recently announced Stage 1 restrictions.

10) Lawns The recent unpredictable weather has played havoc with Andrew Norris’s plans for fertilising and grooming the lawns. He will be able to do these when the weather is kinder, but we may not be able to give as much notice as we would like.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

November 2019

NOVEMBER SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

1) Christmas lunch will be held at the Club on Tuesday 3 December – cost: $40. If you will be attending this wonderful whole club occasion, please sign up on the list now on the noticeboard. There will be seating for those who want it. Drinks and food are included.

2) Twilight croquet continues on Thursday evenings, from 5 until 7. We will have a break over the Christmas period and then run through from January until the end of daylight saving. Members are most welcome – BYO food and drinks. Also please invite any friends or relations who might be interested in croquet to come with you. The cost for non-members is $10 and includes a sausage in bread. If they decide to join after at least three twilight sessions, our joining fee will be waived. For catering purposes, please contact Anni Morgan or Alicia Groves if you know a non-member is coming.

3) Roofing of the shade area Chris Groves and helpers have this in hand. It should be completed before the Christmas Lunch, so we will be able to handle all weathers.

4) Ricochet is still scheduled for Thursday mornings. Now the weather is improving, we would love to see more members there – a great chance to meet those who play the other code of croquet from you.

5) Lawns Could GC players please start games from the far corners for the time being, to let the usual starting corners recover. It is also good brain training to work out the order of the hoops! Andrew will be continuing the work of rolling, grooming and fertilising the lawns, as well as applying weed control and insecticides – apologies for any inconvenience here. They will be watered more heavily in the warmer weather.

6) Donations of mallets. We are still looking for spare, no longer used mallets to add to the club mallet collection, so if you have one please bring it in.

7) Coaching A coaching subcommittee has been set up, and we are planning to start regular coaching sessions in both AC and GC. If you have any requests, or would like to take part, please talk to Tim Sprod, the convenor.

8) Pennants Our AC teams have two more matches to go. There was a very exciting finish to our A division team’s recent match with runaway leaders Kingston CC: they all but snatched victory, with games and hoops both tied. Our intra-club GC pennant is half way through and running well.

9) GC Medals A big thank you to all those who assisted with our catering.

10) Bookings As Christmas approaches, so does our busy time of the year for outside bookings. Apologies if bookings impact on play. These bookings bring in welcome funds to the club, as well as advertising our game.    

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

October 2019

OCTOBER SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

1) Name badges. When playing away from SBCC, or when we have visitors, it is customary for members to wear a SBCC name badge. The time has come to order new ones for members who do not already have one. They will cost about $15. If you would like to order one, please send an email to me.

2) Membership. Having a natural turnover of members, we need to recruit new ones to keep the club viable. Please encourage friends and relations to give croquet a go. A good opportunity is our Seniors Week session next Tuesday 15 October from 2pm.

3) Twilight croquet We have decided to run Twilight Croquet sessions on Thursday evenings from 17 October, from 5.00 (play commencing 5.30) to 7.30, aiming to attract younger folk – workers or schoolchildren – to try our great game, and possibly join the club. Cost is $10 and includes a sausage. Please let friends and relations know! If you want to assist, please contact Anni Morgan or Alicia Groves.

4) Allocation of sessions There have been some minor updates to social play sessions, which will appear on the Noticeboard and the website. Don’t forget the Ricochet session running on Thursday mornings – all welcome!

5) Christmas lunch. The date for the club’s hugely enjoyable Christmas Lunch has been set as Tuesday 3 December.

6) Lawns Following the coring of the lawns, Andrew will roll, groom and fertilise them, then replace bare patches. With the approach of summer, we will be watering them more heavily. Keeping our lawns in good condition requires constant work, and we appreciate the understanding of members when such work impacts on play.

7) Donations of mallets. If you have an unused mallet, or know of one, the club would appreciate donations. Some mallet handles will be shortened for use by schoolchildren.

8) AC Pennants Our teams in A and B divisions are well into the pennant season. Unfortunately, quite a few closely fought matches seem to have just fallen to the opposition. We wish the teams luck in turning that around as the season progresses.

9) Intra-club GC pennant The first round, involving four teams, is to be played tomorrow (Thursday 10 October). Good luck to all involved.

10) GC Medals at the SBCC 25 – 27 October. Thanks to those who have offered catering assistance – though some more are still needed.

11) Bookings As Christmas approaches, so does the busy time of the year for outside bookings. Club members are needed to assist: please look out for opportunities. Apologies if bookings impact on play – we try to avoid this when possible. These bookings bring in welcome funds to the club, as well as advertising our game.    

12) School holiday program Congratulations to Garry Forward and helpers for a very successful program. There were many very enthusiastic youngsters on our lawns.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

September 2019

 SEPTEMBER SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

1) OPENING DAY:  Was a great success with Councilor Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds running the 1st hoop. Hugh presented her with a copy of ‘Teapots and Traditions’. This book is now in the reading room at the City Council Building. Anna warmly welcomed everyone to access this room at any time.

2) MAINTENANCE DAY: Thanks to all attended or completed a job before the day. We will at some stage need to do more maintenance to the lower boards of the building.

3) LAWNS: Ongoing maintenance to keep the lawns up to scratch with spraying for moss and weeds. The lawns will be cored on 12th September with grooming of the lawns to follow soon after. A & B lawns will have spots around the hoops plugged asap and tree roots are to be removed from the east side of A lawn.

4) PHONE: following on from a members suggestion we are investigating an alternate solution to the club phone.

5) SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM:  Garry is running a junior program for 7-15 yoa from 10.30am till 12.00pm Tuesday 1st October – Friday 4th October. Please spread the word about this program.

6) PROMOTIONS:  (a) Anni is busy putting up the promotional flyers for ‘Come and Try Croquet’ around Sandy Bay.                                                                                                             (b) Our Facebook page is up and running so don’t forget to like and follow the page. The more exposure we get the more members we will attract.

7) SPONSORSHIP MCMF: don’t forget to pick up a cap and sunscreen provided by Murdoch Clarke Mortgage Fund from the clubrooms.

8) NEW MEMBERS: We welcome two new Members to the Club: Colin Foster and Graham Hyland                                                  

Alicia Groves, Acting Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

August 2019

 AUGUST 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) and name badge. Bring a plate for morning tea. The Hobart City Lord Mayor councilor Anna Reynolds will run the 1st hoop.

2) Annual Clean-up Day. In preparation for the Opening Day, we will hold our Annual Cleanup Day on Saturday 24 August from 10.00 am. The task list is on the notice board and as there are plenty of tasks, both large and small, so please do lend a hand. Tasks can be completed before the 24th if it suits you better. A BBQ lunch will be provided.

3) TCA GC Mixed Doubles played at SBCC July 19-21 was very successful with 34 participants. Thanks to all who assisted in catering the event and other general duties over the weekend.

4) Ricochet has been run as a regular session on Thursday mornings with both AC and GC players playing together. Not very many have taken up this opportunity so a decision as to whether we keep this going will be made soon. Thanks to Peggy and Hazel for the coaching

5) Gluhwein Evening another successful and enjoyable club event with $335 raised. Thanks to everyone who attended or made a donation to the evening

6) AC Pennant SBCC is entering a Div A Team in this event

8) Roofing the outdoor area will commence in September. Please contact Chris Groves if you are able to assist.

9) School Holiday Program We are investigating holding a school holiday program during SEPTEMBER. So if you know any young people that may be interested do please let them know how wonderful croquet is. Talk to Garry Forward for more information

10) Marketing We are devising marketing brochures to put up around the Sandy Bay area and sent to the media.  So watch out for them in September – and coming soon (hopefully) will be twilight croquet

11) Telephone The committee has again discussed the telephone situation because of concern from a few members. The phone cost is now over $500 p.a. plus we are obliged to connect to the NBN at more cost and we are therefore very unlikely to keep the phone line. FYI: There have been only 2 outward calls made in the past 16 months and when an event is on at SBCC the organizer supplies their mobile number to the participants so there is always a contact person,                                                  

Alicia Groves, Acting Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

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

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

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

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