Website updates

This website has been considerably updated, with the intention of making it more enticing to newcomers, more accessible, more visual and better organised. It has a similar look and feel, but with the content updated, reworded (to be less formal) and better illustrated, and a new menu structure. The old “Navigation” menu is replaced by two menus: the “Journey” menu, which entices us from first discovering croquet towards visiting, learning, joining, enjoying and supporting the club, and a more factual “Information” menu. Most material for members (such as lawn booking) is under “Enjoy” in the Journey menu.

When you log on as “Member” (the password is in your Members’ Handbook) you will also see a third menu of information restricted to members only – e.g. minutes of meetings, club finances, strategy etc.

We have added a new section called “Advice” where we will be providing a curated collection of (we hope) useful documents. To start with it covers a few areas such as double banking etiquette, entering your first tournament etc. We plan to write or commission more articles, so please ask if you’d like something covered. If anyone with more knowledge of GC than me would like to suggest new articles or changes to existing ones, that would be very welcome. 

If you have any feedback or critique or thoughts for further improvements, please contact me and I’ll do what I can. (It may not always be possible to please everyone – one person’s meat is another’s poison – but we’ll try our best). Many thanks to those who have already provided extensive input and feedback.

Finally the site will have to be completely reorganised next winter, when its technical foundation (“Drupal 7”) goes out of support. We may also move it to new servers. If anyone with relevant technical expertise may be willing to help, do please speak to me or Ian Vincent, or Nicky Newbery our volunteer coordinator.

Rob Edlin-White (Communications Officer)