Sandy Bay Croquet Club

Monthly Communique

SBCC Committee Memos

June 2020

JUNE SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

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

May 2020

MAY SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

Once again, our May committee meeting was held online. Might it be the last one? Who knows?

1) Annual General Meeting None of our members have objected to the postponement of our AGM. As advised last month, the new date will be announced once we can all meet again. Meanwhile, I will circulate the club’s Annual Report on 16 May - the original date for the AGM - to keep you all up to date with the club’s progress in the last year. Given the present uncertainty, we have not yet produced a projected budget for the coming year, nor decided on a recommended membership subscription.

2) Lawns Our new greenkeeper - Alan Smith from Renov8 - has been doing a power of work on our lawns. If you happen to be passing by, have a look at them. They are already looking to be in great condition. C lawn is ready to play, once it has been mown back to length. Both A and B lawns will be ready by the end of May, possibly a little sooner.

3) Reopening The news from government is more promising, and we are hoping that the lockdown restrictions will ease enough for us to be able to commence restricted play from the end of next week. If so, we will open C lawn first, most likely implementing a roster system, with members able to sign up for a 2 hour slot up to a week ahead. We believe that we could allow up to 8 players on the lawn at once, provided social distancing is maintained and hygiene measures are followed. We will decide details when the new rules are clearer. Once A and B lawns are usable again, it is possible we could revert to normal playing times, under the same conditions. Until there is a considerable loosening of restrictions, the clubhouse will need to remain closed.

4) Thank yous Your committee has, on your behalf, thanked Andrew Norris for his work on our lawns over the past decade and more. We are also grateful to Anni Morgan who has donated a vacuum cleaner to the club.

That’s all from your committee for this month. Our meeting was probably the shortest on record - just half an hour. We are all hoping to see you on the lawns again soon. Meanwhile, please stay well and safe, everyone.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

April Memo

APRIL SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

These are strange times. Our April committee meeting could not be held by getting together in the clubhouse, so we have had to use Zoom to meet electronically!

1) Annual General Meeting We have been forced to postpone our AGM. The new date will be announced once the government removes restrictions on how many people may meet. It is likely to be 5 weeks after that, to allow time to get everything organized.

2) Lawns We have appointed a new greenkeeper: Alan Smith from Renov8. While the club is closed, he will be doing a full renovation of A and B lawns, and essential maintenance on C lawn for the next three months. We all look forward to this enforced resting of the lawns giving us a great playing surface in future.

3) Club Championships in both AC and GC have been suspended, part way through for AC.

4) Pennants The GC pennant season was, unfortunately, abandoned. At that time, SBCC were leading Divisions 1 and 3, and second in Division 2. Croquet Tasmania has decided that no results are to be recorded.

5) Croquet events All Tasmanian GC and AC competitions until the end of August 2020 have been cancelled. The Australian Gold Medal, Men's and Women's Singles and the Interstate Shield due to be held in northern Tasmania in September 2020 have all been postponed to a date to be announced.

6) New members We welcome Sally and Brian Chandler to the club, and we look forward to being able to get out on the lawns with them.

7) Reopening Day Sorry - I have no date for this yet. However, your committee has resolved to invite all members to a celebratory day when the club is permitted to reopen for normal activities. Keep your eyes peeled - and your diaries clear - for this event of the year!

Meanwhile, please stay well and safe, everyone.

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

March 2020

MARCH SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

1) Club Championships The signup sheets for the Club Championships in both AC and GC are on the Games noticeboard. We will have three divisions in both AC and GC, as well as the Men’s and Women’s AC handicap events. This year, the Rene Hortle for members who have been playing less than two years will be a GC event, and there will be a new GC handicap singles event. As you can see, there is at least one event that would suit every member of the Club, and we urge you to enter before 13 March (AC events) or 20 March (GC events).

2) Cleaning Please let me be blunt here. All clubs like ours rely on voluntary work from members. If members do not step up, then the club is forced to spend funds on paying for tasks to be done - funds which can only come from subscriptions. The only feedback I have heard from last month’s request for thoughts on cleaning is that some members are unwilling to clean the clubhouse once a year. Nobody has spoken up for a cleaning roster. The choice here is clear: either we spread the load for cleaning more evenly, or we raise the membership subscription so as to pay a cleaner. Similar remarks apply to gardening (our last gardening working bee was not well attended). Of course, there would be no need for a cleaning roster or a paid cleaner if members routinely cleaned up whenever they noticed a problem (refilled paper towel dispensers, emptied full bins, washed down surfaces, swept floors etc). Thank you to those who do help already. Again, I welcome feedback.

3) Twilight croquet continues until the last Wednesday before daylight saving ends - i.e. 1 April. Thank you to all members who are helping out. This event promotes our sport, and it looks likely to attract quite a few to join the club.

4) Inclusion Sandy Bay Croquet Club is an inclusive club. We welcome players of all abilities. In social play, draws for partners and opponents are random, and we are pleased members will cheerfully play with, or against, whoever the draw specifies.

5) Pennants The GC pennant season is more than half way completed. All our teams are performing well - as I type, SBCC leads Divisions 1 and 3, while our Div 2 team is in a very tight race, one match behind the leader.

6) Annual General Meeting The AGM is to be held on Saturday 16 May in the clubhouse. It will be preceded by a brief Special General Meeting starting at 2.00. Formal notification of the agendas for these meetings will be circulated in due course. However, I can foreshadow that the SGM will consider several changes to our Constitution. These will involve:

  • Splitting the club’s subscription fee from the TCA and ACA affiliation fees and levies. At present, these are included in your subscription, and hence somewhat invisible. From this year, we are required to pay these fees and levies for all members with playing rights.
  • Streamlining the process for joining the club, and making it easier to introduce new membership categories.
  • Allowing the Committee to appoint Life Members.
  • Some tidying up of the wording in a few places.

At the AGM, we will be electing a new Executive and Committee. Several vacancies will occur. Please consider whether you would like to serve the club on the committee, or if you know of another member who you think would do a good job.  

Tim Sprod, Secretary, Sandy Bay Croquet Club

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

February 2020

FEBRUARY SBCC COMMITTEE MEMO

1) Twilight croquet has been a great success on Wednesday evenings - so much so that we need a few more members to come along to lend a hand with new arrivals - you can also get in some croquet between helping out. We have had over 20 non-members attend in each of the three sessions so far. While the cost for non-members is $5, members are free. BYO food and drinks.

2) Cleaning Your club needs you! If you look at the voluntary cleaning sheet on the kitchen wall next time you are there, you will see that it is the same few members doing it every time. Your committee is considering putting all members on a fortnightly cleaning roster - each pair to get one fortnight a year. We welcome feedback.  

3) Lawn care We are hearing that cockchafers - who eat the roots of grass - are active around Hobart. If you see any evidence of any nasty insects in the lawns, please inform a committee member urgently.

4) Garden Working Bee We will have a working bee in the garden on Tuesday 18 February from 4.00 pm to cut back excessive growth. Please do come and bring garden implements. Many hands will make light work.

5) Croquet balls If you ever yearned to have a set of croquet balls of your very own, we have 5 sets for sale at $80 per set. Talk to Hugh Denny.

6) Coaching You may well have seen some of our new coaching initiatives. GC coaching has already started on Monday mornings. AC coaching will recommence in March. We are also planning clinics in both AC and GC - a time when you can bring issues to discuss and practice with one of our coaches. More details will follow.   

7) Membership categories and the joining process Your committee intends to simplify the process of joining the club, and to introduce some new types of membership, as foreshadowed in December’s Memo. This will require amendments to the Constitution, which will be put to the AGM, and circulated beforehand. If you want to know more, talk to Tim Sprod or Anna Majdanska.  

8) Pennants The GC pennant season has started, with all teams performing well so far.  

9) Annual General Meeting The AGM is to be held on Saturday 16 May in the clubhouse. Please put this date in your diary now. If you want to suggest any business to be considered at the AGM, talk to a committee member.

10) Events and lawn use Remember that lawn use for the fortnight ahead can be seen on the whiteboard outside the kitchen, and events for further ahead are written on the big calendar on the kitchen cupboard door. If you know of events coming up, please write them on this calendar.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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