The recently announced national lockdown from 5/11/2020 to 2/12/2020 inclusive requires venues for indoor and outdoor sports to be closed. Therefore our lawns must remain closed for play for this period. Lawn maintenance (which is so important for our long term custodianship of fine turf) can continue. For more details please see this news item.
Croquet was something of a lifeline to our members earlier in 2020 when other activities were impossible, so we hope to be able to offer some off season play when it is safe and legal to do so and subject to constraints imposed by weather, lawn maintenance activities and necessity to minimise wear and damage outside the grass growing season.
When play resumes, please follow the guidance below (which may by then have been updated).
General conditions for club play during COVID-19 pandemic
The club has adopted some temporary rules which can be found here: Rules during COVID-19 Epidemic. These rules must be observed for the safety, health and reassurance of all our members, to comply with the law and to avoid any kind of reputational damage. The rules refer to the lawn booking system which must be used to book lawns in advance. the system can be found here: Croquet Lawn Booking System. It can be used from desktop or laptop computers or tablets or any device which supports a web browser and has a screen large enough for you to see the content. Guidance notes have been circulated and can be downloaded here: Lawn booking system user guide.
Additional off season playing arrangements – until 9/4/2021
The committee recognises that some of our hardier members enjoy playing some croquet during the closed season, and will endeavour to make this possible when legally allowed subject to considerations of the long term condition of the lawns. All off season play is detrimental to turf quality for a variety of reasons: greater compaction of soil due to it being wetter and softer on average; extra wear particularly around hoops; grass more prone to fungal infestations due to less hours of sunlight and more hours of dew and damp. Historically there was no play out of season to allow the turf to recover, and in more recent history it was limited to one or two of the already rough former bowling greens. We have never had off season play on lawns 1 to 5, and these will be our only usable lawns for at least the first part of next season so - in consultation with Charlie who maintains these lawns - we will adopt a cautious approach and provide some access while minimising damage to the lawns and affording them a good opportunity to recover from the heavy use they have had in recent months.
The detail will be posted here at the time but will probably involve:
- only one or two lawns being open on any day, in a rotation;
- the use of half lawns to reduce wear around the full lawn hoop positions
- limits on the number of people per lawn
- no play in the morning when lawns are still wet with dew
- no play permitted when there is visible frost, snow or standing water on lawns
- groundsman empowered to close lawns for maintenance work, weather reasons or turf recovery
Please always check this page of the club website and the lawn booking system before making a journey, even if you have a booking. Rather than send emails whenever there is a change to availability, we will endeavour to announce it here. Off season bookings are never guaranteed as we are not permitted to play in certain weather conditions.
You must remain 2m apart at all times ; particular care must be taken when playing GC not to congregate around the hoop.
If you have been to the club and then become sick, have a positive covid test positive or have to self-isolate because someone in your household is unwell, then you must inform the club secretary Ellen Gee immediately.
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