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Published on May 31st, 2020 | by Joan Hamilton-Smith




In line with government guidance on the easing of restrictions on some sports, the Croquet Association (CA) is delighted to announce that many croquet clubs have reopened for their members. Croquet is the perfect social distancing sport and a croquet court is twice the size of a tennis court, so playing the game is no problem at all. The CA takes the view that reopening croquet clubs is good for the physical and mental wellbeing of individuals who are members and, as a consequence, members are clamouring to book lawn time for this fun, challenging and mentally engaging outdoor sport. For more details regarding the Tunbridge Wells Croquet Club in Calverley Grounds, call chairman Jon on 07885 372605 or visit the website at www.trunbridgewellscroquet.org.uk.


Remote counselling is helping teenagers in lockdown, says registered charity Fegans which provides qualified counselling and parent support services across the south. Fegans Counsellor Amanda Reid says that one of the biggest things is stress around schoolwork, with A-level students in particular feeling overwhelmed with the volume of work and worrying about falling behind. Interestingly there isn’t a lot of anxiety about the virus itself, but we can certainly see the anxiety of the parents coming through the child! Also, as we come out of lockdown and schools reopen, there may be new issues to deal with such as agoraphobia and OCD for example. For teenagers, online is their natural mode of communication so they are relaxed and willing to embrace sessions. The technology itself is really no big deal to them – it’s just the norm! For more details about Fegans visit www.fegans.org.uk.

Joan Hamilton-Smith

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