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Lockdown Success at Crake Valley

Sandra Cornes at work – another day, another ditch!

Although the Club is closed in January with no possibility of playing croquet, some members have been working in shifts within social bubbles and Covid rules to improve drainage of the lawns.
Using a diagram from 2012 when some drainage work was undertaken, the members set about identifying, rodding and hosing out each outlet. There were 20 outlets (some buried) and all bar 4 of them had some level of blockage.
The beneficial effects of the drainage work was demonstrated recently following the deluge deposited by storm Christoph on Thursday 21st January. The lawn pictures below (left) were taken at lunchtime on that date and then again just 24 hours later (right). Whilst the Club will always suffer from a high water table owing to its location next to the river Crake, the pictorial evidence shows that standing water now drains much faster than before.

This work involved the Sandra and David Cornes bubble, ably assisted by (socially-distanced) Graham Jowett, and the Club is extremely grateful for all their efforts in bringing about this highly successful outcome.

Latest Restrictions dated 5th January 2021

In view of the most recent guidance from the Croquet Association:

The latest national lockdown guidance for England states that “Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.” The CA therefore advises croquet clubs to close until the restrictions are lifted.

the Club must now be closed for play until the situation changes.