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