Since the 14th May our members have been able to resume play but with strict safety rules in place. These include a booking system to manage the number of players at any one time, no access to the club pavilion and no social gatherings after play, as well as adherence to social distancing at all times. Even with these rules the lawns are very busy.
At the end of last year we succeeded in getting regular contributors slots in many of the local parish newsletters. It seems likely that the national news media reporting the ease of social distancing when playing croquet not only sent the sales of home croquet sets soaring, but has combined with our regular updates about our own club’s activities to encourage people to try croquet. As a result we have had a significant number visit the club and it seems very likely that many will become members. So whilst Covid has many devastating effects it may have been the catalyst to some people discovering the pleasures of our sport.
In fact so many new members have needed to be integrated into our club activities, for the time being we are asking any future applicants to join a waiting list by contacting our Club Secretary, John Guy on 01905 748192.