2020 AGM Output

16 members attended our AGM Zoom call on Tuesday evening, 17th November. The full minutes have been e-mailed to all members, but a summary of the proceedings is as follows:

  1. The Minutes of the 2019 AGM were approved and adopted.
  2. The Club’s Accounts for 2019 were approved.
  3. Stuart Parks was reappointed, as Accounts Examiner for 2020.
  4. The Club’s Annual Report for 2020 was received and briefly discussed.
  5. It was agreed to maintain 2021 subscriptions at current levels.
  6. The existing Committee was re-appointed, bar David Seed (who had chosen to step down from that responsibility this year). Minty Clinch was appointed in his place, and welcomed into the Committee: her prime role will be keeping this website’s content refreshed.

David Long, BCC Secretary

Lockdown 2.0 – Courts Closure

On behalf of the Committee, while we are still awaiting final confirmation from the CA, we interpret HM Government’s guidance to mean that we will regrettably have to close our courts to all forms of play from Thursday, November 5th, at least for the duration of England’s formal lockdown.

We will, of course, continue to follow national guidance as it evolves. I will post a further news item here, and e-mail all our members, as soon as we become aware of any change.

David Long – Secretary

BCC 2020 AGM

This year’s AGM will be held on Tuesday, 17th November, starting at 7.30pm.

Unfortunately it will not be possible to hold this meeting face-to-face, given the pandemic. So we will be conducting the meeting over a video conference, using Zoom.

All members should have received an e-mail showing the provisional agenda. This also included notice that David Seed will be stepping down from the Committee at the AGM, after his many years of excellent service to the club. We therefore now have at least one vacancy to be filled (and can recruit up to 3 further members under our constitution).

Please let me know, by close of play next Tuesday (28th October):

  1. if you wish to attend (I’ll then ensure you’re sent dial-in details)
  2. if you wish to stand for election to the Committee
  3. if you have any items beyond the standard agenda that you’ld like to table to the meeting

David Long, Secretary – Blewbury Croquet Club.

Covid-19 restrictions – Issue 7

Following the launch of the NHS track and trace App, members with smart phones can now register their presence at the Club – once it reopens after the current maintenance window – using the QR code posted on the Clubhouse doors.

Our full restrictions list has now been updated to reference this, and also to cover sanitising procedures for prospective or new members wishing to try out different Club mallets.

Those are the only material changes to the guidance. In particular, with the virus again on the rise:

  • even if some members are able to use the QR codes, everyone still needs to book their intended attendence on the Calendar (so that we don’t have too many people turning up at once);
  • everyone must keep 2m (2 mallets) apart, with no more than 5 people on either court at any time;
  • it’s as important as ever to sanitise everything you touch (for your own safety before, as well as after use) and to wash hands thoroughly.

David Long, Secretary BCC

Doubles Play now allowed

Following the Government’s relaxations of lockdown rules from June 1st, and advice received from the Croquet Association, the Committee have agreed that, with immediate effect:

  • All members may now book the courts for doubles as well as singles matches. Double-banked games (whether singles or doubles) are still not allowed. All players involved in any game must be named on the booking system, to facilitate contact tracing if necessary.
  • Members may now make (or be included in) a maximum of 2 bookings ahead (eg to make one booking, and to be named in one other booking made by another member). Additionally, competition organisers may book further slots for members, as necessary for them to compete in any event/tournament.
  • Slots of 2.5 hours may now be booked outside our peak times (Mon-Fri, 1.30-5.30). Bookings within (or overlapping) those hours remain limited to 90 minutes.
  • 1 coach or spectator is allowed per court with any booking (ie a total of 5 people may be on club premises for any booked slot). Such coaches/spectators must also be named on the relevant booking, for contact-tracing purposes.

Please inform the Secretary at earliest opportunity if you or any other member you’re aware of starts to exhibit Covid-19 symptoms. No-one with such symptoms should visit the Club.

In making these changes, all other rules/restrictions & cleaning standards remain as previously published. In particular, the Committee reiterate that members should:

  • be careful in maintaining the social distancing rule at all times, but to be especially careful during doubles play. 2m distance approximates to 2 mallet lengths held with arms outstretched.
  • bring your own chairs, if any are required. The white plastic chairs are not to be used, and use of the wooden bench is to be avoided as much as possible.

The Committee will continue to monitor adherence of these rules, and may retract these relaxations if they are abused.

Successful Winter Social

Friday evening’s quiz night went off very enjoyably, generating £164.32 surplus for the club, and raising £60 for Aspire Oxford (a charity, chosen by our quizmaster, that helps the homeless and other disadvantaged individuals to find employment).

With rounds on “Squares, Croquet & Other Major Sports, Music, Kings, UK Railways and Comedy Clips”, the event was won by the Quizacles team comprising Paul Wolff, Deirdre & Malcolm Cochrane, and their guests.

In total, 31 people participated in the quiz, of whom roughly half were club members. Thanks are due to our quizmaster Richard Kirby (of Abingdon Rotary Club), as well as to Sue and Michael Jenkins, Peter Allan, Sarah Bennie, Janet Vincent and – particularly – June Wolff – for their work in organising and running the event.

Quiz tickets: don’t miss out

Hi. If you haven’t already reserved a ticket for our Winter Social, please contact me soon.

This is an excellent chance to meet up and socialise with other club members before the lawns reopen again. But, with posters up, tickets are now starting to be sold to the general public, so please don’t risk missing out by leaving it to the last minute.

Friday 7th February; East Hagbourne Village Hall. Doors open 6.30 (quiz starts 7.15 prompt). Aiming to finish around 10pm.

£10 per person, or £60 a table (max 7 people). Ploughman’s supper and soft drinks included. Wines available.

David Long. 07484 360169. secretary@blewburycroquetclub.org.uk

Winter Social – Quiz

Hold the date: Friday 7th February, starting from 7.15 (doors open 6.30pm).

BCC’s winter social will take place in East Hagbourne Village Hall, due to the refurbishment of Blewbury’s own hall. We’re arranging a fun quiz evening, that you’re very welcome to invite your friends and family to.

Tickets will be £10 per person in advance, or £12 on the door. Or you can book exclusive use of a table for your team, at a cost of £60 (up to 7 people). Prices include a ploughman’s supper, cake, and soft drinks; we’ll also have a bar selling wine by the glass or bottle.

Ticketing details will follow after Xmas (once we’ve printed them!), but please get in touch with me asap if you want to reserve a whole table.

David Long (secretary@blewburycroquetclub.org.uk)

2019 Prize-giving

Congratulations to the following, for the prizes they received yesterday – following our AGM – from our President (Coral Richards):

  • Joe King – The Founders Cup
  • Brian Jamieson – The Icknield Trophy
  • Paul Wolff – The Roger Cambray Shield
  • David Vincent – The GC B-Level Open (no trophy, no photo!)
  • Peter Allan – Player of the Year, for winning The Greek Open in Corfu, as well as our own Prebendal Trophy; for winning our local preliminary and almost reaching the national finals of the All-England AC Handicap; and for reducing his handicaps from 16-9 (AC) and 8-7 (GC)
  • David Seed – the CA Diploma for services to Croquet, recognising his long service in maintaining our lawns.

Bottles of wine were also presented to John Garnett, Roger Lowe and (in absentia) Mick Moore, for their huge contributions to maintaining the lawns this year. And a bouquet was presented to Deirdre Cochrane to recognise her previous long tenure as Chair and Secretary of the club.

AGM – new committee member and membership rates for 2020

Yesterday’s AGM saw a good turn-out, with 21 of our members in attendance.

With June Wolff retiring from the Committee, Steve Fisher was elected in her place. Up to two more members can be added to the Committee, if any step forward: we’d particularly welcome some female representation, given the roughly even gender balance of the club membership as a whole.

Membership rates for the 2020 season were agreed as follows: fees are due before the start of the season next April.

  • Individual Membership: £150 (up from £140 this season)
  • Junior Membership (under 25s): £35 (unchanged)
  • Family Membership (one address): £270 (was £250)
  • Distant Membership (over 35 miles): £80 (was £70)
  • 50% discount for members joining after 1st August

Full details have been circulated to all members by e-mail. They may be seen here and a paper copy of the minutes will be filed in the Clubhouse.