From the President

It's great news that we are able to start playing croquet on the lawns from 9.30 am this Saturday 16 October.  Let's hope that the weather honours the occasion.

The committee has decided that in view of the great uncertainty engendered by the threat of future spread of Delta Covid 19 further south, we should continue with limited access to the club house and without refreshments being provided by the club. However, it has been agreed that players need not wear masks while on the lawns so long as social distancing is practised.

The same protocols will apply when we start the Beverley Upton Memorial Twilight Series this  Monday at 5.30 pm so there will not be an after-match gathering.

Do take a moment when you are on the lawns to admire the work Barry and Caroline have done on refurbishing the blue and red-topped hoops, which look good. A fantastic farewell effort before they leave us for a few months.

A very warm welcome to new members Colette Mackenzie and Giles Lusty. Colette is new to croquet, while Giles is an experienced player who should make his mark among our competitive members.

See you on Saturday

Mary Stevens

From the Club Captain 


Interclub has started. We have one team in the Sunday GC competition, one team in the Monday AC competition, and four in the Wednesday GC competition. The first games at Kelburn are next Wednesday morning, 20 October.


Congratulations to David Robinson whose GC handicap is now 8.

Changes to Have a Go Days

Previously we have had open days which were promoted to the public on a drop-in basis. Under Level 2 we will restrict these to family and friends of members, those who have attended open days before, and those who approach us.

Any interest in an informal competition, Labour Weekend?

On some statutory holidays we have had an informal GC competition, non-AHS (not recorded on players' handicap cards). If you have any interest in this, or AC, please let me know. Start time is likely to be 10 am.

WCA Interclub and other open club competitions

Below is a list of useful website pages to bookmark as favourites and keep under review if you are interested in Interclub and other regional events.

Interclub draws, new rules, and other useful information

Sunday GC results

Monday AC results


Jane Norman

The right way to do it

Use a rubber-headed mallet (there's one in each trolley) to tap in a hoop, if necessary when the ground is firm. Just tap the top bar of the hoop once or twice in the middle of the top bar. Never stamp on a hoop or use anything other than the mallet as shown in the photo. If Covid restrictions are in place, it may be that only designated people are permitted to handle the lawn equipment.

Club honour boards being refurbished

They will return, after being professionally refurbished and updated.

Our recent news

See the photos of farewell for Colin Menzies
Read the latest issue of Croquet Matters

Finally … 

Thanks to Jane Norman for the lead to the photo below, which comes from the archives of The Illustrated London News, issue 2 April 1938. The photos were contributed by Miss Frances B Roots, daughter of an American missionary to China, Bishop Logan Roots.

The text accompanying the photos describes how the Communist guerilla forces shown here were allied with the Chinese Central Government forces to fight against the invading Japanese common foe, in the north-western hinterland.