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We play ‘Golf’ croquet – the simpler and less demanding version of the sport – where the first player/pairing to get one ball through a hoop wins that hoop; and the first to seven hoops wins the game.

Due to COVID 19, we have reduced the numbers for our usual Wednesday and Friday afternoons, but also introduced a Monday session principally for beginners – with some “expert”? coaching available from some of our more experienced players.   Members from the same household who own their own mallets are, however, free to attend at any time, but they will be required to set out their own hoops before playing.   At the end of their game, they should clean these with the sanitiser provided before returning them to the store shed.

Guidelines from the Croquet Association can be found here

Fees & Subscriptions

Members pay a one-off annual subscription of £50 – to cover all costs of maintaining the lawns, as well as membership of the Sports Club itself.

How to play

Well, with as much skill as you can muster – Obviously!

Seriously, we play for enjoyment – even during the annual Inter-Village Competition, when we take on the might(?) of Leigh, Chetnole et al.

‘Training’ and advice will be freely given (and sometimes even be accepted!) by your fellow players, and we can call upon the services of an English international if we start to get really competitive, or get to technical.

We have a mini-tournament towards the end of the season, with random pairings then taking on others on a knockout basis, aiming to have fun; and even, win the Prize Cup.

Why play

Essentially for fun! (even in the Inter-Village tournament, or the matches held against other local Croquet clubs – when it does become a little more intense.
Friendship / Exercise and the great Dorset countryside – what more could you want!

To find out more

Come on down once the season has begun, or in the meantime, give me a call, and I’ll do my best to answer any questions, or get one of the other committee members to respond ASAP.

Andy Gatehouse

(01935) 873 888 or via Email  andygatehouse@hotmail.com  

Updated 09/05/21 – EJ