Mike Porter had a great AC season in 2019. He won both the AC Level Singles, being victorious in every match, and also the AC Handicap Singles. He was unable to be at the Annual Dinner to receive his prizes -- in the days when we could all sit next to one another, remember?! -- but our Chairman found a way to present the 'Resting Mallets' Level trophy while still observing correct social distance protocol.
Congratulations to Mike for his playing achievements and well done both for some ... may I say ... lateral thinking.
As a matter of interest, we consumed £477 worth of water over the past 2 months of dry weather. That's half our normal annual water consumption (£1000 per year).
It’s getting near to our next Open Day, on Saturday 4th July from 10.30 to 5. This is great chance to invite your friends and family to come and try the game. Everyone is welcome.
One thing that the last few months have shown is that croquet is a great antidote to the lockdown and the stresses of the pandemic. A fun game outdoors, stimulating to mind and body, and where you can easily social distance while still enjoying socialising. You know this, of course, so why not think of someone to introduce to the sport you enjoy?
A few practicalities, that may help to answer questions that you or your friends may have. We will be observing the 2 metre social distancing rule throughout, and chairs for people to relax will be suitably spaced. All equipment including mallets will have been washed at the start of the day and each mallet will be cleaned before being used by another person. As you know, our loo and washbasin tap are touch-free, and cleaning materials will also be available there. Because the day takes place outdoors, face coverings are not required, though if anyone would feel more comfortable wearing one, that would be fine.
For reasons of hygiene, there will be no catering on the day, but people are most welcome to bring their own food and drink to enjoy.
Experience has shown that recruiting friends and family is the most effective way to recruit new members, and recruitment is an important part of maintaining the health of our club. So please do invite people you think might be interested to the event and help us build up the membership.
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As you will know Duncan has been waging war on the moss infesting our lawns with tremendous gusto. He has been scarifying and raking with great energy, and we are seeing the benefits. We now have mostly small scattered persistent patches. We would like to invite members, where possible, to support Duncan in this project by removing small patches in the lawn, if you happen to be standing around waiting for other people to play shots. A small tool such as a golf divot repair tool is suitable for this purpose – see attached photos for a step by step approach. You can see the immense satisfaction this can bring to the successful moss remover.
Duncan has ordered some divot tools, but in the meantime I know a lot of people have them anyway.
Don't let the moss grow under your feet!
PS. I will be donating a bottle of wine for the best photo of a happy moss remover.
If you saw the hard work going on at the sprinklers the other day, you may have wondered what was being done and why.
There are no fewer than 18 sprinkler heads. Many of them were put a bit far away from the lawn when the lawns were laid, and many have sunk in the ground by up to a couple of inches. This means that not all of the sprinkled water clears the surrounding grass, which causes puddling around the sprinkler and of course delivering less water on to the lawns.
Each operation always requires digging a big hole, adjusting the level as necessary, then relaying the turf as tidily as possible. Sometimes a further plumbing job is required so that the sprinkler can be moved closer to the lawn. Sometimes a further electrical job is also required.
All to keep our lawns looking good, staying healthy and playing well.
Our Club was "busy busy" today.
8 am: a full coaching day was being set up. Under the direction of our head coach Ian Shore, HW is probably the first club in the country to host formal coaching - ahead of the established Academies. (Well done Ian !).
During the day: maintenance proceeded in parallel, with Jethro Reeve recruited for an hour or so to assist with the vital work of raising the sprinkler heads to help keep the lawns in top condition. (Well done Duncan, Jethro and master plumber Richard!)
5pm: members started arriving to play following the coaching session.
8pm: People still enjoying playing on a warm summer's evening. (Well done, all!)