End of season letter

Dear Members,

December 25th hurtles towards us ( on skis it would seem) so I take this opportunity to send you all the very best of Christmas Wishes, and my hopes for a happy, healthy and successful 2023 for you and your family. Oh….and some great Croquet of course!

As you will know, the lawns will be closed at the end of December, but we will be squeezing in one last event ! Weather permitting, we will be holding our New Year’s Day gathering on Sunday 1st January at the Clubhouse. Bring along your Xmas left overs and there will no doubt be bubbly as well as hot drinks, so that we can close down the lawns in style for their annual recuperation period.

However, whilst playing croquet at CCC may stop, thinking about it and planning for next season does not! Our annual “Planning Meeting” will be held on the evening of Friday 3rd February at the Westminster Park Community Centre, and this year there may be food ! (email to follow) This is an opportunity for all to share their thoughts on the playing of croquet at Chester, and for a general discussion. Your views will help to inform the decisions made by the Committee which will be reported on at the AGM where appropriate. The AGM will be held on the evening of Friday March 10th, again at the WPCC.

So there are three dates to put in those brand new diaries that you will be unwrapping on Christmas Day.

Plus, if you know of anyone interested in starting to play croquet, the Taster Session date for next season is likely to be on Sunday 15th April. Sally Slater would love to hear from them.

Finally, a little reminder. Whilst theoretically the lawns remain open until the end of December, at this time of the year playing on them is totally dependant on the weather. Our “fine turf” surfaces are very vulnerable to damage as a result of use when they are covered in frost or snow, or are waterlogged (even though the sun may be shining). I know that we remind you of this regularly, but please do not play on them in that condition. We are going through a very bad patch of weather at the moment. For the sake of the lawns (and your joints/limbs) please resist the urge to play in those conditions.

All the Best for 2023

Jayne Taylor