Swindon Croquet Club is maintaining the lawns in preparation for relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions. Much thought will have to go into how the game is adapted to comply with the social distancing rules that will remain in place for several months.
The South West Federation cancelled all league matches until June when the position will be reviewed. The club has entered 4 teams, including (for the first time) a Golf Croquet Level team where the players will compete against some of the best players in the South West.
Clive Smith’s Handicap team has been ‘straining at the lash’, having won the league for the last two years and reaching the semi-final of the South West ‘Champions of Champions’ knock out competition in 2019. Sadly, it is likely they will have to wait until the 2021 season in their quest for glory!
Towards the end of last season, the Club received the prestigious Sport England Clubmark Award which recognises safe and well-run clubs, John Hawkins being the driving force behind this notable achievement.
A major project was undertaken through the winter with an area of Lawn 3 being successfully resurfaced. Members are looking forward to trying out the lawn improvement.
The Club prides itself on the number of groups that visit every year for an introductory session or as a social event. Last summer, 20 groups came along to play, some of which have been attending for over 10 years.