Croquet and Covid-19

In accordance with Government guidelines, the way we play croquet has changed. Ramsgate Croquet Club has adapted to ensure members can continue to enjoy the game in safety and with confidence. Members are asked to adhere to the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently. Ideally do so prior to arrival, after setting up a lawn, after play, and just prior to departure. When in play, avoid touching anything with your hands other than your own personal equipment. Reposition balls with your feet, and take relief from stop-boards rather than moving them.
  • Avoid touching your face. Also try to avoid touching anybody else’s mallet or other such belongings. Remember that the clubhouse is unavailable, so bring any food or drink you may wish to consume along with you, again being mindful of hygiene measures when choosing to partake in refreshment.
  • Maintain social distancing. Keep a minimum of 2m apart from anyone not within your household or social bubble. Do not enter the main clubhouse building, and only enter toilets and the storage shed on a one-in-one-out basis. Lawns may be used by up to four players, either in a game of doubles or two (double-banked) games of singles. Remember to maintain social distancing when playing, and avoid contact (for example do not shake hands).
  • If you have a smartphone, check-in when you arrive at the club using the NHS Track & Trace app. You can do this by scanning either of the QR Codes situated just inside the door to the Ladies toilets, or attached next to the main Clubhouse door (but remember, do not enter the clubhouse).

If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 (a new and continuous cough, high temperature/fever, a lack of or change to sense of taste or smell), you or someone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19 and are isolating, or you or someone in your household has been told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace, it is imperative that you DO NOT come to the club.

There is now an easy and effective lawn booking system in place. Visit and log-in to access the current calendar. Find a date and time slot that suits you, on a lawn according to the rota of use along the top, and click on the empty slot to make a booking. Fill in your name and any other players in the “Brief Description” field, and specify the type of croquet you are playing in the drop-down box a little further down. When you are ready, click “Save”. For GC Club days (Tuesday & Thursday mornings), partners and opponents are being randomly allocated and pre-drawn. If you would like to participate in a Tuesday or Thursday session, please contact Lynn Beedie (Contacts). All other games are to be arranged by the participants and booked in online.

If you have any questions or are having difficulty with the online booking system, please get in touch with Tobi Savage via email or Facebook Messenger.