Conditional Re-Opening of Club

Following the latest announcements by the Government, and taking account of recent advice received from the Croquet Association, the Committee has agreed that the Club should be re-opened to Members only on Saturday 16th May 2020, subject to the following restrictions that are additional to the Clubs Rules and certain Bye-Laws.

WE are ALL responsible for maintaining a safe distance from others at all times and the following procedures are designed to help adherence to the regulations. Any activity should be in line with the Government’s social distancing measures at all times, including when going to and departing from a lawn.
It cannot be over-stressed that the club grounds and equipment cannot be sterilized. Hygiene is your responsibility. Use gloves to enter the clubhouse. Be aware that anything at the club might be contaminated with the virus: entry gate, padlock, door handles, surfaces, playing equipment, mallets, balls, bench arms.


To make it as safe as possible for all of us, the following must be strictly adhered to:

  1. The Clubhouse is only open to the extent required to access equipment, toilet and hand washing facilities. The Bar, Tea Room and all catering facilities are closed.

  2. Only pre-arranged games or individual practice are permitted. There will be no roll-up or public sessions.

  3. Each Member is restricted to two daytime sessions per week (between Monday and Friday). Daytime sessions are the morning and afternoon sessions. There are no restrictions on play in the evenings or at any time during the weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Both names are to be recorded when making the booking.

  4. There should be no more than two players on a lawn.

  5. You should only play with people from your own household or by yourself or, as long as you stay 2 metres apart, with one other person from outside your household.

  6. All play must take place on lawns pre-booked with the on-line booking system. There is no provision for paper booking. Members must not arrive at the club without having previously arranged a game or practice and booked a lawn.

  7. Players should make a note of which lawn they have booked before they come to the club; the lap top will not be available to check the booking.

  8. Only one player should go to the club house to collect the balls, not linger or chat, keep their distance. Pick up balls and go to the appropriate lawn; the other player should go straight to the lawn.

  9. There is no need to touch the balls with your hands. The balls can be tipped out of the ball cradle. Use your feet, rather than hands, to position the balls. Use your feet to transfer the balls back to the carrier at the end of the game.

  1. Playing sessions are 9.45am to 12.45pm, 1.00pm to 4.00pm and 4.15pm to dusk. All games are to be ended by no later than the stipulated end-of-session time. One player puts the balls away and the other leaves. This allows the club entrance to be clear before the next session starts.

  1. Avoid using toilets wherever possible. Otherwise taps, door and toilet handles must be cleaned using the soap and paper towels provided

  2. Dress appropriately prior to travelling to the club, rather than changing there.

  3. Bring any food or drink you might need. Bring your own cups, do not use the club’s.

  4. Refreshments should be taken at the side of the lawn and there must be no move for people to congregate on the tea room veranda.

  5. Do not use clips, ball markers, corner pegs/offside markers or flags. Players should agree the score at the end of each scoring turn. Personal counters should be used to keep count of bisques/extra turns.

  6. Do not move stop-boards/check fences, but take relief instead (ie move the ball into the court sufficient for your stroke to be unimpaired).

  7. Players should be their own Referees and acknowledge faults and errors if they occur.

  8. No extra-curricular or social activity should take place.

  9. No guests/ visitors/ spectators are permitted.

By Order of the Committee
th May 2020