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December Newsletter

December Tuesday 13th noon COM Meeting

LOOKING FOR A LAWN! Image courtesy of Michael Leunig

On behalf of the Committee I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Croquet New Year. Bob Howie, President

New Path John, the concreter, was finally able to complete the path to the lower lawns. It is compliant with wheel chair access and makes moving the equipment trolleys easier for us all. We’re still waiting to hear about the Council’s decision re the dead tree at the southern boundary. Croquet Club Fees Just clarifying the payment of the yearly subscription: Fees are due 1st July. A date for payment is set, this year it being 12th July. From that date, i.e. 12th July, members had three months to pay in order to indicate that they wished to remain a financial member of EDSACC Croquet Club. The second instalment in October, for those members who elected to pay their subscriptions in two amounts, was then the conclusion of that time period. For players who are not financial and who are not affiliated with CNSW, a visitor fee of $10 is to be paid for up to four occasions in order to play croquet at the EDSACC club. After that, if you live within a 30km radius from the club and you wish to continue to avail yourself of our facilities, you are required to join the club.
Lawn Renovations Although we all didn’t agree on the time-frame, we all acknowledged that following our unusually wet winter, all four lawns needed to be renovated. Hopefully, if the December weather is kind to us, the renovations will not take too long and that we will all be back, refreshed after the Christmas period and ready to play. Thank you for your support. Seasons Greetings By the time you receive this newsletter, we will have enjoyed the Christmas lunch at Gosford Golf Club. Thank you to Linda Fraser for liaising with the club to organise our lunch and for the wonderful raffle prize which she has put together in her lovely, creative style. To all members, all the very best for the Festive Season. Stay safe, well and enjoy. Gail Cannon, Vice President

Last day of play for 2022

Coaching Update All those people on the waiting list for golf croquet lessons have been sent an email with some information about the club and the beginner's program. Members who are learning to play Association have reported that they are enjoying the challenges of this code of croquet. Ongoing skill and tactic sessions for golf players will be held as soon as possible in the new year.
Sue Yule, Games Captain

Seasons Greetings and cheer to all from the Games Draw team of Susan Higgins, Gillian Aldridge, Anita Beer, myself and those who have stepped in occasionally; all having a well deserved rest over the lawn renovation period. These people go to a lot of effort to provide a variety of games for club members with Mixed, Level and High/Low games each week. Forgive them if you happen to find yourself on the same lawn, as the priority is to mix up the players and it's not always as easy as it looks. Carolyn McNamara has volunteered to represent EDSACC at the Hunter Hub quarterly meetings. Anyone else who is interested is welcome to attend. Flyers for interclub and NSW tournaments can be found in the Tournament folder (near sign on book) and Croquet NSW web site, if you are interested in competition next year. The Hunter Hub GC Challenges for Rookies Doubles, (handicaps12 and above), Division 3 (handicaps 9-11) and Division 2 will also be held next year with the Rookies and Div 3 flyers already out. Only 2 - 3 teams per club are accepted for entry. Contact me if you are interested in competing. Selection will be by a draw if more than 3 teams express an interest. Pennants teams to represent the club for next year need to be organised toward the end of February. E.O.I will be called for around late January. Also, see me if you are keen to play competition and need to be allocated a handicap. Cheryl Patterson, Games Captain

A Poem from John Butler ...

EDSACC will be having a film crew. Yes it's true.

Depicting rural life,

Filming 'Farmer Wants a Wife'.

How that relates to croquet we don't know,

All will be revealed when we watch the show.

Who would have thought we would be seen,

Playing the game on the TV screen.

We may see Felicity,

Giving us some publicity.

Rather than watching Donald Trump,

We might see Ron perfecting a jump.

Beautiful table decorations from our Christmas Party. Thank you Linda Fraser. Further photos from the event in our January newsletter.
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