Sadly it appears that we are still getting groups visiting the site occasionaly, loitering (in probably an illegal gathering) in the lawn 5 hut, drinking, littering and causing some limited damage to lawns and huts. The police and PCSO are aware, and with the help of the CCTV we hope they may be caught and apprehended soon. If you encounter univited guests on the site indulging in antisocial behaviour, please do not approach them but instead alert the authorities.
We have recently installed cctv to cover both the eastern and western lawns, mainly for security purposes, following some antisocial behaviour by unwelcome visitors.
Our cctv policy has been added to the policies page.
Don't worry - images of members and others playing here are not going to be broadcast to the world!
Following the club's new lease, which now covers both pavilions and the adjoining long-disused public toilets, we have pursued a programme of development projects to make the facilities more appropriate, accessible and attractive for members and the wider community. The third major project involves refurbishing the (grade II listed) pavilions and toilets, to make both pavilions not only more spacious but also more accessible, useful, comfortable, hygienic and welcoming.
Thanks to grant funding from The Wesleyan Foundation, Magic Little Grants, and Sport England, as well as all who donated to our Triple-a-Peel crowdfunder, together with pledges from members, legacies and savings, we are now able to fund this project. We are very pleased to announce that we have now accepted a tender, and construction work will commence on Monday 18th January. All being well it will be complete before the beginning of the season in early April. We are hugely grateful to Alex McIntyre who has contributed his professional skills, vision and energy throughout this process and will be project managing the construction work.
All club equipment and members' property left at the club has been moved into secure storage for the duration of the works. The current government lockdown to reduce COVID-19 transmission is preventing winter play at present so we have not made provision for alternative equipment storage and toilets. If play becomes possible before the work is complete we will review this.
The fundraising has been a major achievement during the financial turbulence of the pandemic year of 2020, and we are grateful to all mentioned above. There are still some remaining areas where further expenditure is needed to enable club members and the wider public to take full advantage of the wonderful facilities we can now offer.
We look forward to being able to enjoy a great 2021 season of "Croquet for All" with the benefit of these enhanced facilities.
Here are a few photos of some of the (nearly) cleared rooms and some showing the need for refurbishment.
For reasons explained to members by email, we are making some slight changes to access and security arrangements for the time being. Firstly the gate we normally use to access the main (east) lawns could be locked at any time, and members may have to enter using the side gate just to the east of the east pavilion. Members: please unlock the side gate to gain entry and lock it again behind you, to keep yourself and the club secure. You will know the code number. Secondly we may have to board up some or all of the huts over winter to make them less attractive to any who wish to use them for purposes not related to croquet.
We plan to keep lawns available for our hardier members to enjoy out of season play. The rotation on the lawn booking system has been revised to exclude lawn 5 which now needs some extra care.
In the unlikely event that you see any unwelcome visitors while visiting the club to play, particularly if they are congregating in a hut and drinking, please do not approach them. If there is evidence of antisocial or illegal behaviour, including illegal gatherings, you may wish to call the police on 101.
We hope you are all keeping well and safe, and are looking forward to the Christmas season.
Following the successful "Triple-aPeel" crowdfunding campaign, despite our funding not yet being fully assured, we are now in a position to proceed with tendering for the bulding work on the pavilions to make the facilities more usable, welcoming and accessible for all. Draft plans were circulated to members earlier this year for a consultation process. We now have revised, more detailed plans drawn up, and contractors have been invited to tender. We hope the work will be completed before the beginning of the 2021 season, though this is a very tight timescale. In the meantime there will be some disruption to our normal arrangements, but we intend to ensure there will always be sufficient access to equipment storage, toilets and washing facilities to support our off-season playing opportunities.
The architect's technical drawings and proposed schedule are now available to members (you'll have to log in first) at Redevelopment proposals. Please be aware that until we have tenders from suitable contractors, we cannot be certain of the timescales or costs, and it is possible that the extent of the works may have to be revised and/or the timescale may have to be extended, but we will endeavour to ensure it doesn't limit our ability to play croquet and welcome others.