New Year letter

Dear Croquet Club Members

First of all, a very happy New Year to you all.  I hope you all had a good Xmas and are looking forward to a new season of croquet ahead.  Whilst the lawns will not be open until the end of March, we can still “think croquet” and make plans for the season ahead.

It was lovely to meet with so many of you on New Year’s Day, even though the lawns were too wet to allow us to play.  The food and mulled wine were delicious (many thanks Sally!)  Thank you all for bringing along the food and your good company.

Our next gathering will be the annual Planning Meeting, on Friday, 3 February, at the Westminster Park Community Centre in Five Ashes Road (adjacent to Belgrave School and opposite the Westminster Park shops).  This is a chance to discuss ideas and concerns about the running of the club and the playing of croquet, in an open forum, with committee members present.  It is very helpful for the committee and other members to listen to the different points of view, and to pick up new ideas for activities during the season. It is also a helpful precursor to our AGM which will be held this year on Friday, 10 March (same time and venue).

This year, however, the Planning Meeting will also be a bit of a Curry Night! We will be making available (from an Indian Restaurant in Chester)  two curry dishes (a chicken curry and a vegetable curry) with rice, poppadoms and naan bread, and of course the bar will be open for refreshments !  The cost to individuals will be a modest £6.00.

Essentially we do need to know how many people will be wanting to eat,  so that we can order enough food.  Therefore I would be grateful if you could let me know direct by e-mail,  before Monday, 23 January, if you want food.  Of course you do not have to have the food.  Your presence at the discussion will still be very welcome.  Those who book food can pay on the night.

We are planning to start the event at 7.00 pm with food available from early in the evening. Parking is available outside the centre, and also in front of the shops, as well as on street.

Finally, if there is some particular issue or idea that you want to discuss at the meeting please let me know, and I will include it on the agenda.

Hope you can make it !