• Club partial reopening for members

    Good news from Nottingham Croquet Club - partial re-opening for booked play

    Following the closure of the club for the first part of the 2020 season due to government restrictions on movement arising from the coronavirus epidemic, we are very pleased to announce that as a result of the recent relaxations of the "lockdown" rules, we are now able to re-open our lawns - albeit in a rather limited way - for pre-arranged singles games between members. 

    Sadly we are not at this time able to run open days, matches, tournaments or coaching events, nor to welcome new members, visitors or spectators. We look forward in due course to being able to resume those activities too.

    Before you all start dusting the cobwebs off your mallets and finding those shoes you know you had last year, there are some strict rules that you must read, which have been sent by email and are copied below. Please follow these rules – it looks a lot of reading but most of them are common sense and they are required to comply with the Government’s and the CA’s guidelines, along with some of our own local rules to keep everyone safe.

    The club is strictly members only under these temporary restrictions and only players (no spectators) should go to the club.  We now have an online lawn booking system which must be used – no-one is permitted to turn up and play without booking. A guide to using the booking system has been sent to members by email and is available via the new "Lawn booking" menu item, which also contains a link to the system. Your username and password will be sent by email on Friday morning. If you do not receive a username and password, check your spam or junk box first. If it is not there it probably means you have not paid your subscription yet this year.

    There will be a lot of members wishing to get out in the sunshine and play, so please be considerate to your fellow members when making bookings. You will only be able to make one booking a day and there is a maximum time limit of 3 hours.

    Finally, for those of you who will not be able or willing to venture out yet, we have not forgotten you and look forward very much to when we can all meet again in much more normal circumstances.

    Take care everyone and look after yourselves.


    Nottingham Croquet Club

    Additional local rules for play during the covid-19 crisis. Issued May 12th 2020

    Following UK government restrictions due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the club has been closed for the first part of this season. Government announcements on Sunday 10th May provide a partial relaxation of the restrictions on activity in public spaces, including certain outdoor non-team sports, which will allow us to partially re-open the club for play with some very specific constraints.

    The committee has considered the Government advice and that of the Croquet Association, and believes play at the club can be resumed from Saturday 16th May 2020 subject to a range of limitations and protocols explained below. These limitations and protocols are intended to keep our activities legal and responsible and to keep everyone safe.  The pavilion will be equipped with extra supplies to support the more stringent cleansing measures now required.

    A: Access and Booking

    1. First and foremost, do not come to the club if you or someone in your household are experiencing any symptoms of a cold or flu, in particular a cough or high temperature. Use the NHS website or helpline and seek advice. For your own protection, follow government advice about self-isolation and shielding if you are, or are living with, someone in one of the vulnerable groups.
    2. Only members who have paid at least an interim subscription this season are permitted to play.
    3. You must have booked a lawn on the club’s new online booking system ( before you arrive at the club. If you do not have access to a computer or are having any difficulty using the system then you can book by contacting Rob Edlin-White or Beatrice McGlen, at least a day in advance. Guidance for use of the online system is provided on the club website.
    4. When booking, please have consideration for those members who are working. If you are available during the day on weekdays please book these slots first. As usual, to prevent excessive wear, please don’t book lawn 1 if alternatives are available.
    5. So that Charlie can work safely, no bookings will be allowed when the lawns are marked for maintenance.
    6. Only two people are permitted on each lawn unless you all belong to one household. The name of every person playing must be on the booking.
    7. Guests, visitors and spectators are not allowed. The park is open to the public but please close gates where possible to discourage onlookers.

    B: Preparation

    1. Please arrive and depart as close to your booking time as possible. Do not stay at the club to socialise.
    2. Our normal car park is closed and locked. The car parks by the Djanogly Lakeside pavilion (5 minutes’ walk east of the club) are recommended. After 4:30 and at weekends the university parking is unrestricted. The layby remains for deliveries and blue badge holders only. There may be one or two places in the entrance to the hockey club but these should be used only by those who cannot walk as far as the Lakeside, and entrances must not be blocked. Bicycle racks are provided by the main gate.
    3. Bring your own mallet. If you leave your mallet at the club it should be clearly labelled with your name (not just initials). If you do not own a mallet then you can select a club mallet and clearly label this with your name on a band around the shaft. Do not use a mallet with someone else’s name on it.
    4. Bring your own chair if possible. 
    5. Arrive dressed for the game if at all possible. If you need to change footwear, do it outside.
    6. If you wish to eat and drink, please bring your own supplies and consume them outside.
    7. There will be no clips or bisques. Bring paper and pen to note clip positions, or counters for bisques. There will also be no corner flags or corner pegs.

    C: Arrival and setup

    1. All required equipment will be stored in the East (“croquet”) pavilion. The padlock has the same 4 digit code as last year – please ask if you don’t know it. There should be no need to access the West (“bowls”) pavilion.
    2. The park staff may have left the normal gate to the East lawns locked, to discourage unwelcome visitors, in which case use the side gate. The code for the padlock is as above.
    3. The pavilion is to be used only for hand washing, equipment storage, and any necessary toilet usage, not for socialising, eating, changing, cooking, using the bar or lockers, sheltering from weather etc
    4. On entering the pavilion please wash your hands and then use one of the wipes on the manager’s table to clean the padlock, door handles and anything else you have touched, then wash your hands again.
    5. Fill a bucket with soapy water using washing up liquid and take it with a cloth and the trolley to your lawn. Clean the balls, hoops and peg using the cloth and soapy water. There will be no corner flags, corner pegs, bisques or clips.
    6. Set up your lawn then wash your hands again. When setting up or taking in the equipment, only one player should touch any hoop, ball or centre peg.
    7. If you need to use a club chair, clean it thoroughly before and after use. Prefer the park benches or hut benches where available, or bring your own camping seat. Seats should not be shared.
    8. Avoid using the toilets if possible. If you use them, wash your hands before and after, and also sanitise anything you have touched (flush handle etc).

    D: Play

    1. During play, and at all times, remain always at least 2 metres from your opponent (and anyone else). Observe the Government’s social distancing guidelines assiduously, including when going to and from the lawn. Consequently, do not shake hands before or after a game.
    2. Use your feet rather than hands to position balls where you can do with sufficient precision. Use pen and paper or counters instead of clips and bisques.
    3. Players should be their own referees and acknowledge faults and errors if they occur.
    4. The stop boards may not all be put out yet. If you regularly hit the ball hard then please book one of the bowls lawns (6-8). If you anticipate a ball going off a boundary where it may go missing, please ask your opponent to try to stop it by foot or mallet. If you do lose a ball then immediately mark where you think you lost it and if you cannot then find it please let the club secretary know with a detailed description of where you last saw it.
    5. Do not move stop boards; if your backswing is hampered by one, if necessary agree a minimally sufficient ball movement with your opponent.

    E: After play

    1. After play, use the cloth and bucket of soapy water to clean everything that you have touched i.e. all the balls, hoop tops, peg and trolley handles before returning the trolley to the pavilion. Wash your hands again before leaving.
    2. Take all rubbish and personal belongings home with you. Do not leave it in the pavilion or in any indoor or outdoor bins.
    3. If you start to feel unwell with a cough and/or temperature or if you have a positive covid-19 test at any time after playing at the club please let the club secretary, Ellen Gee, know immediately for contact tracing purposes.
  • Club closure due to corona-virus epidemic

    On Sunday 10th May 2020, the UK government announced some impending limited relaxations of the restrictions which currently prevent people from engaging in sports other than private exercise. The relaxations are said to affect specific outdoor sports including golf, angling and tennis, and will provide very limited access from Wednesday 13th May, restricted to games involving members of just one household. The committee is assessing the implications for our club with a view to putting safeguards in place to support a possible partial reopening.  In the meantime the club remains closed.

  • Nottingham Croquet Club – extension of closure period

    An update from the Committee.

    Following the government update issued on Thursday 16/4/2020 announcing a 3-week extension of the national “lockdown” period to reduce the spread of the corona-virus epidemic, Nottingham Croquet Club will remain closed for all on site activities until  Thursday 7th May, after which it will be reviewed in the light of government advice at the time. 


    Lawn maintenance is continuing so as to enable resumption of play when conditions and legislation allow.


    Following the successful negotiation of a 35-year lease, the club continues to plan for a thriving future.  Look out for further news by email and on the members-only section of the website in the near future.

    These are very difficult times for everyone. Please look after yourselves and each other. We hope you will also continue to support the club in whatever way you can. A friendly telephone call can make a big difference in a boring day.


    We very much look forward to being able to play the game we all love again,  before too long we hope.

  • Nottingham Croquet Club temporarily closed

    An update from the Committee.

    Following government guidance issued on Monday 23/3/2020 on required measures to reduce the spread of the corona-virus, Nottingham Croquet Club will be closed for all on site activities with immediate effect, for an initial period of 3 weeks, after which it will be reviewed in the light of government advice at the time. We hope the programme of lawn maintenance will be continued as fully as possible but some staff redeployment may compromise this.

    The AGM will proceed in a "virtual" basis as previously notified. All AGM papers will be sent out to members on Thursday (26/3/2020) so you will have plenty of croquet reading to keep you amused.

    These are very difficult times for everyone. Please look after yourselves and each other. A friendly telephone call can make a big difference in a boring day.

    Hoping this will be over swiftly and we can soon meet again on the lawns.

  • Club arrangements during corona-virus crisis

    With so much uncertainty at present and the announcement made by the Government on 16th March, the club committee has taken some decisions about how the club will operate over the next few weeks. This is, of course, subject to change if Government advice changes.

    The club will be open and members are encouraged to use it for important fresh air and exercise at a time when other activity may be restricted, so long as they are well and so long as they avoid being in close proximity as far as possible. You are asked to wash your hands immediately on arrival, using the basins and driers in the changing rooms and not the sink or towels in the kitchen. If you are using club mallets you may wish to bring some wipes or a cloth to wipe the shaft before and after use. The kitchen will be open but you must wash cups and anything else you have used before and after use and leave the kitchen spotless. Milk will not be regularly supplied, so please bring your own.  Lawns 6 & 7 are currently available for play.

    The club spring clean is scheduled for Tuesday 24th March from 2pm (Update - this is now postponed) and setting out the stop boards on Tuesday 31st March at 2pm (this is also postponed). If you are fit, well and willing to come along then please let Beatrice know by the day before. If you are at all worried then do not feel guilty if you would rather stay away. 

    The final bridge session on 24th March is cancelled.

    The handicappers’ course, coaches’ lunch and coach qualification course, which were all due to be held Mar 28th-31st, are cancelled.

    The AGM is scheduled for 4th April. After discussing various ways of ensuring members’ participation, the committee is proposing that instead of holding a meeting, we send all the reports, nominations and discussion papers out to members either by e-mail, or by post to those members without e-mail, and will ask for comments and questions to be sent back within three days. These will then be circulated to everyone and any objections and votes (if required) will have to be returned 3 days after that. If anyone has any objections to this procedure then please let Ellen Gee know by 21st March.

    There will be three vacancies on the committee. Anyone interested in standing for the committee should submit their nomination, along with the names of a proposer and seconder, to Ellen by 21st March.

    It is currently expected that club competitions will proceed as usual, although the ‘play-by’ dates may be later in the season than usual. An entry form was included with the AGM notification (sent on 8th March). Please return this to James Death or put your name on the list in the pavilion before 18th April.

    Tournaments due to be held at Nottingham will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, as this crisis unfolds. If the decision is taken to cancel a tournament then all entrants will be informed at least two weeks in advance. Tournament entry fees will be refunded. If you are expecting to play elsewhere, other clubs will also be following this procedure. Think carefully if you are incurring other costs such as accommodation or travel.

    The CA is reviewing the situation regularly, with regard to government advice and the croquet playing demographic. Updates are being posted on the home page of the CA website, under Latest Croquet News

    Finally, we hope you all can enjoy some play when the sun comes out, if only to keep your sanity! Take care and keep safe.



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