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CCC OCTOBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

 

CLUB MATTERS     ....URGENT.....

 

Robin Burnell has been our Tournament Secretary but will not be continuing in this role. We therefore need someone to take on this vital role - receiving Tournament entries, acknowledging them, passing the list of players to each tournament manager.

 

Robin will hand over the role for you to be ready in the New Year. Please speak to Adam or Robin if you are able to take this role on.

 

It may be possible to split this role with one person dealing with CA/Open Tournaments and another one doing Club members-only events.

 

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Social Events - Winter lunches will be on Thursday Nov 9 and the Xmas lunch on Dec 7 - t o book sign up at club or - davidandeileen.magee@btopenworld.com.

 

Our Lawns - You may have seen a new labourer working hard on the lawns. He is not a new member of staff but Robin Hayes, a club member and our committee member/lawns manager. He has done an enormous of work on the lawns and surrounds, So many thanks Robin. This makes it even more important that we try to keep the lawns in as good a condition as possible. - No jump shots over the Winter.  Please walk on the paths not across the lawns or between 1 and 8; NO play when lawns are frosted or wet.

 

Meanwhile David has been working to tidy up the bank in the corner by lawn 4. The central flower beds will be replaced by new trees – the plants currently there will be available to take for a small donation) in mid-late November. Thanks also to those who helped trim the foliage at the front of the Club to keep it off the road. If you could help re-paint the boundary boards over Winter, please contact Robin Hayes

 

Tournament Play - The GC high Handicap team won the South West Croquet Federation competition, and the low handicap squad is in the final on the 8 Oct.

 

The Winter Blumer (14-point AC) is open for entries - manager Craig Edwards cethepaddocks@btinternet.com. It is  a handicap event open to all.

 

The Winter Rabbits is for AC handicap 18 or over - contact Julia Lowery

 

Coaching - We ran a successful two-day course on the 4-ball break which was open to all. Ten people came including five visitors, some of whom even had to stay over to attend. This also helped boost Club coffers and seemed to be appreciated. There will be still be plenty of free coaching for members next year.

 

2018 Subscriptions - You will get the Christmas mailing towards the end of November -early December with the usual subs request. Please pay promptly; it is not fair on Michael, our Membership Secretary, if he has to spend time chasing you to see if you are planning to pay up or not.

 

2018 Tournament Entry Forms - There will also be the usual entry form for Club season-long Competitions and   Tournaments and CA events. New members - if you are not sure what to enter - ask your coach, mentor or anyone in the Club.

 

Croquet Association - Standard CA membership will be included in your Club membership from 2018/9 (we hope). We need to send names and details to the CA - with your agreement (you will receive an email/letter about this shortly). The benefits of this will include:

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  • free Croquet Gazette mailed to each member for the first year of membership, so they can keep up to date with everything in the ‘Croquet world’. There will be new pages, tailor-made for new CA members;

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  • access to the online Tournament Entry System enabling swift, accurate, entry to participating tournaments;

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  • opportunities to gain awards based on both croquet skills and other contributions to the game;

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  • maintenance of your own records, including handicaps;

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  • voting rights which deal with current issues and future policy, so you will be able to influence CA policy and have a hand in developing the future of our fascinating sport; and

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  • access to the Members’ Area of the CA Website (which includes the CA Directory, CA Minutes & Papers, Selection Event Availability, Surveys & Voting and Membership administration).

 

 

Individuals can choose to pay more to be Premium members of the CA which will give a reduction on CA Tournament entry fees.

 

Adam

admoliver@btinternet.com