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Closure of Croquet Facilities
The Government is pleading with people to 'Stay at Home'. Enforced quarantine and further restrictions are in the offing. On TV news this morning there was a very moving video plea by NHS consultants, doctors, nurses and physiotherapists involved in all aspects of treatment of respiratory infection. In a variety of ways they stated what they did and that Covid19 is a serious threat, of which Covid19 is the worst. They all said: 'Please help us by staying at home'.
Covid19 infection rate is mirroring Italy's trajectory, with a 2 week time lag, and still people are mingling as though there is no problem. Sidmouth and the Esplanade were rammed yesterday!! For us we need to bear in mind that there is no water supply to Hut 3. Thus no facility to wash hands and no easy way of ensuring that drinks utensils are properly cleaned off with hot water and an appropriate cleanser. Is it sensible that balls are used over and over without being washed thoroughly and so on.
In consideration of the above, with the main club house already shut, Hut 3 will be closed after today, Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice which, effectively, stops play. I fully expect that some will disagree as I equally expect the Government to enact further restriction on movement in the next 48 hours. Please, please, 'Stay at Home'.
AGM and Dinner Enjoyed by All
The Annual General Meeting was marked by many success stories, and by the retirement of our excellent Chairman, Peter Nelson
Jose Riva wins Presidents Cup
Jose Riva (Spain) was on dominant form against a world class field in the Presidents Cup, held at Sidmouth. He managed a rare straight quadruple peel and held off a strong challenge from Christian Carter (Surbiton).
The players were very appreciative of the support from the club as they do not usually have so many watching. They commented on how friendly and helpful everybody was to them and loved the situation beside the sea.
This splendid tournament has raised the profile of Sidmouth Croquet Club in the Croquet World.
Croquet Club FacilitiesThe Croquet Club shares superb facilities with cricket and tennis as part of the Sidmouth Fortfield Sports Complex. Croquet was played in Victorian Sidmouth as early as 1900 as part of the original Sidmouth Cricket, Tennis, Croquet & Hockey Club. Members enjoy full clubhouse facilities with bar and in-house catering. The club has a friendly atmosphere and an ongoing social life including events such as dinners, demonstrations, illustrated talks, fun events, wine and buffet evenings and other activities. After a croquet session, it is good to be able to watch a top-class game of cricket over a well-earned drink! As well as hosting National Tournaments, the Croquet club holds its own competitions and is a member of the South West Federation League, competing at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels.
About the Club
Spectators are always welcome and members will be delighted to be asked to explain the finer points of the game. There are additional coaching opportunities throughout the summer for beginners and more advanced players.
All that is needed to play is a pair of flat soled shoes as the Club can provide mallets and other equipment. So please feel free to contact us and come along and come along to enjoy this super game in a very friendly atmosphere!
AGMThe AGM was a great celebration of another years excellent croquet
Thursday Club NightsBar open every Thursday at 6pm
Food from 6:30 to 8:30