Playing Croquet in Tier 4

With all of Oxfordshire going into Tier 4, we are still allowed to keep our lawns open, but now they may only be used:

  • by members of a single household (or support bubble)
  • for solo practice
  • for singles games (or coaching sessions) between two individuals from separate households, exercising together while ensuring 2m social distancing.

Currently a booking is required for any use of the facilities. Available slots can be seen on the calendar . To make a booking you must log in first. Access to the courts is subject to government guidance – which is currently here.

Additionally, while we leave individuals to interpret this for themselves, we note that Tier 4 Guidance advises people only to travel a short distance from their home for exercise.

No more than 2 individuals are allowed on the same court at any time (unless part of the same household/bubble), so all club sessions have been cancelled pending further notice.

There are no longer any restrictions on when courts can be booked by individuals/couples/households, apart from the scheduled lawn maintenance windows. Please continue to book the courts before turning up ad-hoc (and to cancel any bookings you have, should they no longer be needed), not least to support “track and trace”.

All other sanitising / distancing measures continue as before.

The Committee are keen to continue to provide members with the opportunity to play croquet as much as allowed, particularly recognising the benefit to people living alone through this almost-lockdown. Please don’t abuse these restrictions, or the Committee will have no choice but to close the courts altogether.

A summary of the relevant club rules has been updated.

David Long, BCC Secretary (07484 360169)