Casual users are allowed to play on the lawn provided they are wearing rubber-soled shoes. The fee is 50p per hour per person; any member of the club must be present to collect the green fees and ensure all equipment is returned to the equipment shed. When you collect the fees enter the amount, and who has collected it, in the diary and pass all monies so obtained to the treasurer. If you see any bystanders who appear to be interested take time to encourage then and explain the object of the game – we may have some potential members.
In the early 90s five members attended a coaching course and were awarded C.A. Grade 1 Blue badges.
This helped to launch the club along a path of continual development with coaching courses held every year
for beginners and improvers. The Club also concentrated on taking Croquet to the community by attending
events in the borough over the years.
The Club was always trying to get more members and one way of doing this was by encouraging interested passers-by to have a game.
Originally emphasis was on Association Croquet, with Golf Croquet only used as a bit of light relief. Barbecues and Golf Croquet Tournaments were held at Lydiard; Open Days were used to try to get more members, and Social Evenings were held in members’ homes during the winter months.
The event was part of National Croquet Day involving more than 100 clubs nationwide.
Swindon coach John Airey said it was a great success.
He said ‘the weather was good to us and it was a thoroughly good day.’