Croquet and gateball are fun sports suitable for the whole family. They are easy to learn and enjoyed by people of different ages, fitness, health and abilities. Play casually - as a visitor, using the club equipment - or become a member. Simply join us on Saturday or Wednesday (weather permitting) for traditional games of croquet - golf, aussie, ricochet - or on Monday or Thursday for gateball.
Check the Come and Play tab for playing times.
Our Annual General meeting was held in August. The club's bank balance is looking healthy and Cass's annual report showed how busy the club has been. Here's a brief rundown of events in 2016/17.
Annual garage sale in October boosted the club's bank balance.
The automatic watering system was installed in November.
A secondhand reel mower was purchased and a professional mowing man is now caring for our lawns.
Christmas. What a feast we had!
Australia Day - twilight play and barbecue. (We hope to repeat twilight play regularly during the summer.)
We started playing pairs for our weekly golf croquet competition.
The Gateball Comp in February was a great success, despite record temperatures. And the Lithgow Lightnings won!!!
We attended the Easter Family Festival at Portland
Fifth Saturday Fundays ensured rollicking good fun with the Pirates Game and much more.he local Uniting Care Group helped us celebrate World Croquet Day.hree triples teams visited Jamberoo for their annual comp and, yes, the Lithgow Lightnings won again.
The AGM also saw the election of the new committee which now comprises:
President - Cass Hawkins Vice President - Maggi Williams Treasurer - Bronwyn Thompson Secretary - Alma Magus And once again Val Lyons has kindly agreed to be the keeper of the club scrapbook.
Minutes of the AGM and monthly meeting are displayed on the club noticeboard. If you have any queries, do please ask one of the committee members.
Grant Applications We're in the process of applying for some very exciting grants.
Lithgow City Council We are seeking funding for a new roller door, a screen door to the clubhouse and some games equipment for our community groups and the 5th Saturday fun days.
Centennial Coal Centennial Coal has always been very supportive of our club and this year we are asking them to consider the purchase of a large and sturdy marquee which can be used for competitions and special events.
Stronger Country Communities Fund And our big ask this year is to apply for a grant from this Fund to help us extend and improve our lawns and increase the space available for members in our clubhouse. Special thanks to Cindy for her sterling work in putting together a very professional grant application.
Go the Lithgow Lightnings
Very best wishes to our team which will be taking part in the Australian Gateball Championships in Bateau Bay from 13th to 15th October. Good luck Bronwyn, Cass, John, Noel, Penny and Robyn. And many apologies to Bron who is missing from the photo.
Lithgow - Style Capital!
Club members may hit the catwalks soon in our fabulous new uniforms. These shirts were initially designed for club members taking part in the Gateball National Championships in October, but the shirts are available for purchase by all club members if they wish. And matching jackets can also be ordered for those chillier playing days.
For more details of costs and how to order, have a word with Cass who has masterminded this project.
The logo was formerly used by Lithgow City Council but as it is now no longer used they have kindly given us permission to use it.
Saturday 9th September - Monthly Meeting Sunday 10th and 24th September- Practice sessions at Eastwood Croquet Club for members entering the Australian Gateball Championship Saturday 30th September - Fifth Saturday Fun & Games Saturday 21st October - Monthly Meeting
Sadly Orange Croquet Club has had to postpone its Golf Croquet Rules Workshop planned for early September. Hopefully this will be rescheduled later in the year and we will be encouraging our members to attend.
Monday at 9.00 - Gateball Tuesday - Association Croquet lessons. (Please put your name on the list in the clubhouse if you're interested.) Wednesday at 10.00 - Croquet (Golf and Aussie) Thursday usually at 12.00 - Gateball Saturday at 10.00 - Croquet (Golf and Aussie)
Plus our special groups from CAS Blackheath and ALI Wallerawang every first and third Thursday at 10.00. Volunteers are always welcome.