Start of season 12th April

From Monday 12th April the club will be opening for a limited amount of play with no more than 6 players (or people from no more than two households, if greater) on the full sized court for informal play and no more than 4 players on the small lawn. Players on adjacent lawns should not interact. We are following the new guidance on Covid-19 Precautions for outdoor sports issued by the Government.

We intend initially to set up the two lawns as per last year and then when conditions allow we can divide the large lawn into two half lawns giving us a total of three lawns.

We are hoping via the Google calendar booking system to establish club session periods where any member may sign up and join a group of five others where partners will be chosen at random. Bookings will be available from 9.00am on Sundays for the following week.

We are hoping to be back to normal from 17th May when up to 30 people can meet outdoors.

Booking Sessions using the online system

There are some important changes to the system this year.

Tuesdays from 2.15pm to 4.15pm, Wednesdays from 10.00am to 12 noon and 2.15pm to 4.15pm, Thursdays from 2.15pm to 4.15pm and Saturdays from 10am to 12 noon have been allocated to Club Sessions which are set aside for the use of anyone who doesn't want to phone around or email others to find a playing partner. The RED block indicates the large lawn and the BLUE the small one. Please look at the accompanying instructions for booking these sessions.

This year sessions are set at 2 hours long.

Pre-booking for the coming week opens at 9am on the Sunday.

On Sundays only one session of 2 hours, either for a General Session or for a Club Session may be booked.

On Monday you can pre-book a second 2 hour session.

Every day from Tuesday onwards you can pre-book one session per day if there are any available.

Please read and follow the guidance set out below.

The Clubhouse will only be open to access equipment, toilets and hand washing facilities. The kitchen will be closed except for the use of the sink for washing equipment.

All the equipment needed for two games will be found in the pavilion and must be stored there. The only reason to go to the equipment store will be if you need to borrow a mallet, in which case, the key to the store must be disinfected before it is returned to the cupboard. Rather than return this mallet to the store at the end of your first session we are suggesting that you borrow it for the duration and take it home with you so that you always use the same one and have no further need to go to the equipment store. If you choose not to take the mallet home, then the handle should be sanitised and the mallet left in the clubhouse.

Sanitized wipes will be available to enable players to wash/clean the equipment after use, to wipe the wash basins, toilet seats, door handles, padlocks and keys. Please put all used wipes in one of the poly bags provided and take home with you for disposal: please do not put them in the waste bins. Following the advice from the Croquet Association and the manufacturer of Dawson balls a mild dishwashing detergent and water should be used to clean the croquet balls; anything else may damage and discolour the balls.

The hand driers in the toilets will be switched off and the roller towels removed to avoid the spread of infection. Hand-sanitisers are being provided but please bring your own hand towel to enable you to wash your hands. Bringing your own hand sanitiser would be a great help.

No social activity should take place.

No guests or spectators are allowed inside the club grounds.

Bromley Croquet Club Covid-19 Precautions For Playing Croquet at Bromley C C

Advice to Players

1. Do not go to the club if you are experiencing any symptoms of a cold or flu, in particular a cough or high temperature. Use the NHS helpline and seek advice. For your own protection, follow the advice about self-isolation if you are, or are living with, someone in one of the vulnerable groups.

2.Please make use of both lawns to maintain social distancing.

3. 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. Consequently, do not shake hands before or after a game.

4. Wash your hands and clean any equipment you use, such as hoops, balls and club mallets, before and after you play.

5. When setting out and taking in a court, only one person should handle any particular hoop or the peg.

6. Clean padlocks, keys and door handles before and after use.

7. Avoid using toilets wherever possible and clean them after use.

8. Use the online court booking system.

9. If possible, dress appropriately prior to travelling to the club, rather than changing there.

10. Bring any food or drink and any crockery and cutlery you might need.

11. Don’t use clips or ball markers; agree the score at the end of each scoring turn; use personal counters to keep count of bisques/extra turns.

12. Avoid using movable chairs as far as possible, otherwise clean them before and after use.

13. Use your feet, rather than hands, to position balls where you can do so with sufficient precision.

14. Be your own referee and acknowledge faults and errors as they occur.

15. Take home all used wipes in one of the polybags provided. Do not leave any rubbish in the clubhouse.

Managing the Electric Fence

The switch to turn off the electric fence is located under the kitchen worktop immediately on the left as you enter the door. It will be on the wall behind the grey plastic waste bin that is there.

The way onto the lawn is via the main 'gate' in the fence opposite the second clubhouse door. On the gate there are five springs with black handles at the end. After switching off the power, please unhook the handles and hang then on the hooks at the other end of the spring.

It is vitally important if you are the last to leave that you ensure that the spring gate is reset and the switch under the worktop is turned on to make the fence live. You should be able to hear a regular 'tick' from the green box under the worktop that provides the power to the fence, and also see a red light flash the right hand side of the box face that tells you it is working OK.

The fence will not harm you, and if touched will give you the feeling of something like an ant bite - just a small shock, barely noticeable.

If you have any questions about any of the above information, please do not hesitate to contact one of the following by email or phone: Tony, Sue G, Frances (not between 2 pm and 4 pm)

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