Club Toilets

Members will be relieved to learn that from Saturday 13th June they will be able to use the toilets when visiting the club.
Those who need to use the facilities will be required to bring their own towel and antiseptic wipes – hand sanitizer will be available.
Members should also ensure that they have their clubhouse key for access – instructions displayed on the door explain that when entering the key should be left in the lock.
On the way out, after using the toilet, remove your key.
A key in the lock means that someone is in the clubhouse and you will need to wait.
It is a “one in one out” system.

John Wilkinson RIP

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of John Wilkinson.
John joined the club in 1993 and was a regular player in both internal and external competitions.

He was the NW Federation League Manager from 2000 to 2006.
He won the Reed Cup and the Wild Handicap Ladder in 2002, and in 2008 won the Silver Challenge Box.
He was also captain of the Firs for several years and led the team to victory in the Secretary’s Shield in 2002.
He will be sadly missed.

John’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday 17th June 1-00 pm at Agecroft Cemetry and Crematorium Langley Road, Pendlebury, Salford, M27 8SS.
The venue has been chosen so that the service can be relayed live over the internet.
If anyone is interested in ‘attending’ please contact Lorna for John’s son’s details.

ITV Filming

Bowdon was the setting for an item on the game of croquet which ITV are intending to show in the next few days.
Vice President Liz Webb was interviewed as was David Walters and John Dawson of Chester CC.
The item on croquet is on Grenada Reports ITV at 6pm tonight, 9th June.

Restricted Use of Lawns and Clubhouse

As announced on 13th May the club is open for restricted play in accordance with the attached procedure.

Please note that the clubhouse is not open for members, other than for use of the toilet facilities.
Also the booking system must be used to ensure that there is no more than one game per lawn.

Please adhere to the procedure to help ensure protection of members and staff.
Thank you.

Coronavirus Update – 13 May

FOLLOWING THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS OF 11TH MAY AND THE CA ADVICE OF 12TH MAY THE LAWNS ARE NOW OPEN AS DETAILED IN THE ATTACHED NOTICE BELOW.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLUBHOUSE REMAINS CLOSED.

24 March Update:
FOLLOWING THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT LAST NIGHT, THE CLUB IS NOW CLOSED FOR PLAY, PRACTICE AND ANY OTHER ACTIVITIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

23 March Update:
THE CLUBHOUSE CAN ONLY BE USED FOR TOILETS AND HAND WASHING.
BALLS ARE BEING KEPT IN THE HUT ON LAWN 2.

15 March Update:
IN VIEW OF THE INCREASING CONCERN REGARDING THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS ON MEMBERS, THE COMMITTEE HAS TAKEN THE DECISION TO SUSPEND ALL ORGANISED ACTIVITIES AT THE CLUB, INCLUDING BRIDGE AND CANASTA, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLUB WILL REMAIN OPEN AND MEMBERS ARE FREE TO MAKE THEIR OWN ARRANGEMENTS TO CONTINUE TO PLAY AS AND WHEN THEY WISH.
OF COURSE THIS MAY NEED TO CHANGE IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT RULINGS IN THE FUTURE.

Internal Competitions

The internal competitions for 2020 have been cancelled owing to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Cheques sent to Steve Reynolds regarding the competition fees have been destroyed and any fees made by bank transfer have now been returned.

OH NO !! WE CAN’T PLAY CROQUET !!

By Kathy Vincent
(Australian friend of Jo Pierpoint)

Oh no there is no croquet whatever can we do?
We love the air and exercise and socializing too.
But the courts look green and perfect, no bugs or weeds to see.
The hoops are there calling out “ Come and play with me .“

Some of us are elderly and some are really young,
And we all enjoy our croquet ,but now our games are done,
So, we all keep isolated at our homes alone.
We can keep in touch with friends as long as we have  phone.

Now games are played on the internet but it isn’t as much fun.
But better safe than sorry when all is said and done.
We will step back in history to how it use to be
Before we all got busy or sat watching the TV.

We can try some new recipes since cafes are all shut.
I will have to do some gardening and tidy out the hut.
We can play games with the children and even let them win.
They will laugh and say we’re silly but we’ll take it on the chin.

I think I’ll get my paints out and create a work of art.
Perhaps I’ll learn a language “ Bonjour “,– well that’s a start.
The bedroom needs a lick of paint the fence needs tidying too.
I could try some sewing and make a dress or two.

This really is quite liberating going back to what we used to do.
I had forgotten some of these hobbies I confess , it is so true.
But when this scare is over and we are given the all clear.
And we see all the family and the friends we hold so dear.

We can return to CROQUET yehh!! let’s have a party too.
If you like come and join us, there will be room for you.
Croquet’s a fabulous hobby, you get to mix with friends,
And have a coffee and a biscuit, when your game comes to an end.

We will get our croquet exercise, knock the opponent’s ball away.
I can’t wait to make the hoop and start again to play.
I can roquet my opponent and try a stop shot or two
Even a sheep station which is a mystery to you!

But what a celebration, HURRAY we have survived!!
We avoided the dreaded virus we are happy to be alive,
So, let’s all play some croquet the thing we like to do,
Why not come and join us there will be room for you.

Latest Postcard

Thank you for your positive feedback to the previous postcards.
We are still missing your company but we are continuing to be fed, watered and manicured ready for your return. The daffodils have now finished but the alpine garden has blossomed into life.
We feel a little naked as our hoops have been removed. We believe this is to allow the holes to get smaller so that when you return to play the hoops will be nice and tight. We know you will overcome this problem as you have all perfected your crush shot.

New Postcard From Bowdon

Still missing you all but understand why.
Afraid you have missed the best of the daffodils, but the alpine garden is now coming into bloom.
We continue to be cut, watered and fed but our nitrogen content has been reduced so we don’t grow too long.
Hope to see you all as soon as Boris lets you out.