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  • Triple aPeel is a winner!

    Our crowdfunding campaign ended today and has raised the magnificent total of £30,005 including a £10,000 grant from Sport England, plus over £4000 in Gift Aid. This is well on the way to covering the cost of the work on the pavilions so we have now sent out the invitations to tender. Hopefully we will be all set to start work in early February.

    So let’s celebrate the effort put in by many club members and the generosity of more than 237 supporters from all over the World.

    Thank you to everyone.

     

  • Triple-aPeel - great progress

    Fantastic news! Half way through our campaign and we have reached nearly £27,000 (including a grant of £10,000 from Sport England which arrived sooner than expected) from our total target of £30,000. And we've had support from croquet players from all over the world, from our local MP and councillor, from local communities and businesses, groups who have used our facilities, from our own members and from their contacts, friends, colleagues and families. Many thanks to all.

    Our campaign goes on.

    As well as the work to improve, adapt and refurbish the two pavilions we have recently created 4 full-size croquet courts and a half sized one on the old bowling greens. So in due source we will need more hoops, balls and stop-boards for the new lawns and shelters for players.

    We have a good supply of club mallets, but on Open Days and with larger groups we simply do not have enough, particularly when no-one is permitted to share one with covid restrictions. Our junior section could do with a greater range of sizes and in addition, many of our club mallets were purchased in the 1970s so are approaching 50 years old! There have been many repairs in that time.

    So any extra funding raised from this campaign will be put to good use, providing the finishing touches to the pavilions, equipping our new lawns, putting up huts and buying some extra club mallets.

    Thankyou to everyone who has supported, and is continuing to support, the work we are doing at Nottingham Croquet Club to make our sport truly ‘Croquet for All’.

    Club members - as well as your own generous contributions, we would still love you all to encourage your contacts, colleagues, feiends, neighbours or family to visit the site and to make - even small - contributions. Having evidence of widespread interest and support will be invaluable in so many ways, including raising the profile of the game locally. We would be very pleased if every member could find three contributors.

    Members who have already pledged money for the pavilion works - please be guided by emails from Ian Vincent as to the most appropriate method and timing to make your contributions. 

  • Lawns closed during lockdown 5/11/2020 to 2/12/2020

    The UK government has announced a 4 week lockdown across the whole of England from 5/11/2020 to 2/12/2020 including closure of venues for indoor and outdoor sports. 

    The Croquet Association (and national bodies for other outdoor sports) have been in discussion with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to make a case for remaining open, but to no avail. Accordingly, the Croquet Association have issued guidance that all clubs in England should be closed for the duration.

    As a committee we are very aware that being able to play croquet during the earlier lockdown - once it was allowed - was something of a lifeline to many of our members, when so many other activities were impossible. However the terms of the current lockdown make it impossible for us to make any provision for play which is safe and legal.  Accordingly the club is closed for play between 5/11/2020 and 2/12/2020 inclusive. 

    We are also keenly aware of our duties as custodians of high quality lawns for the long term, and therefore pleased to note that lawn maintenance work can continue. The lockdown period should enable some vital but delayed autumn maintenance work to be completed and give the turf chance to recover. 

    Sadly most of our winter programme of social activities bridge, board games, meals, rambles etc) are on hold too. Watch this space. 

    We hope to be able to allow some winter croquet play when the lockdown ends. In the meantime, we hope our members, while unable to play at the club,  will still be able to enjoy the benefits of fresh air, and mild exercise walking in pleasant surroundings in public places and parks. Keep safe and well, and hope to see you when circumstances permit. 

     

    P.S. Please also remember our "Triple-a-Peel" crowd funding campaign.  https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/triple-a-peel

  • Triple aPeel crowdfunder off to a good start

    Thanks to some generous donors, our "Triple aPeel" campaign has raised 10% of our target (in both funds and donor numbers)  in the first 24 hours. Donations so far (including estimated Gift Aid) exceed £2000.

    Thanks so very much to all who have supported us and/or invited others to support us. 

    Do please help us keep this campaign on track by sharing the link far and wide with people who may be interested and willing to donate. 

     

    https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/triple-a-peel

     

  • Triple aPeel crowdfunder launched

    Triple aPeel

    Nottingham Croquet Club crowdfunding campaign

     

     

    "Making Croquet accessible to all"

    The club's "Triple aPeel" crowd-funding campaign was successfully launched at noon on Tuesday 3rd November 2020, and runs until the end of November. We are seeking to raise at least £20,000 and to attract support from at least 200 donors. If we acheive this then Sport England will top up with an extra £10,000 grant. The funds will be used for the third of our development projects, to refurbish the old bowls pavilion to make it more welcoming, usable and accessible for all. It really needs it - check out the video on the link. 

    Club members - do please if you can make a contribution yourself - large or small - and pass on the message to anyone you know who might like to support it. You will shortly get an email with some text and images you may wish to share with friends, family, neighbours, colleagues etc. Please aim to attract 3 donations and we will be well on course for success. (Members who have already pledged contributions towards the pavilion refurbishment - please await advice from Ian Vincent by email for the most effective way to contribute).

    Other readers - you are warmly invited to consider supporting this fine initiative. There are a number of interesting "rewards" available for donors which you may wish to take up. 

     

    Click here for more details or to make a donation.   http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/triple-a-peel

     

    Thank you to everyone who will support this appeal

     

     

     

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