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Arrival of a Time-saving Machine

Yesterday, 6th May, the Club took delivery of a ride-on mower, a purchase made possible by the help of members. Jim estimates that this machine will shorten the time to mow all 4 lawns by at least 3 hours (and sitting down too!).

 

Anyone for Pétanque?

Another facility is being made ready for when we all get back to more normal living. Those not playing croquet will then have the opportunity to have a relaxing game of Pétanque and hopefully, when that time comes around, someone will have found out how to play!

Work Continues to Brighten Non-playing Area

Our intrepid band of volunteers continue to work tirelessly to improve the non-playing area by controlling weeds and creating a new planted border. The picture shows the group working hard to keep the weeds at bay – all their efforts are much appreciated.

Restored Lawns Looking Good

Even in the current spell of dry weather the grass still grows, but Jim Allcock together with a select band of volunteers (working in very small groups because of the lockdown restrictions) has been doing a superb job of maintaining the grounds with regular mowing of the lawns and keeping the surrounding areas under control. The picture shows the two, newly-mown lawns that have been restored over the past year with funding from Aviva and other organisations. Many thanks to Jim and his team for all their hard work.

With the lawns in such good condition, Crake Valley was ready today, Saturday 25 April, to host the Croquet Association National Qualifier for the GC C-Level Competition, but has of course been beaten by Covid-19. A new date for this competition has been set as Sunday 26th July.

Official Opening of New Clubhouse

Following the Government statement about the length of the crisis we spoke to Roger Staples who had already agreed to officially open the new clubhouse.
We jointly decided that the opening should go ahead but with a minimum attendance as advised.
Today (Saturday 21st March) the opening took place with Roger cutting the tape.
We are grateful to Roger and the Croquet Association for all their help with the new clubhouse.
We will have a celebration at a later date when all of our members and guests can be there.