steveBy coming second in a Preliminary Heat competition at Ashby, Bakewell Croquet Club player Steve Marsh qualified for entry and played in the B-Level National Finals.

The finals took place at Budleigh Salterton on 8th/9th October with sixteen players coming from all over the UK each playing fifteen games over the two days. They have nine perfect lawns at Budleigh Salterton – being likened to a billiard table in smoothness! ‘The best I have ever played on’ quoted Steve!

At the end of the first day Steve was in the lead, though eventually coming third by winning 10 of his 15 games.

The winner was Paul Gunn (handicap 1), the runner-up was Richard Bilton (handicap 2) and third was Steve (handicap 4).

Congratulations to Steve for doing so well in his first National Golf Croquet competition.

Bakewell Croquet Club – National Croquet Day – 5th June 2016

Enjoying ‘The Croquet Experience’
Enjoying ‘The Croquet Experience’

The ‘Croquet Experience’ was enjoyed by many participants on a glorious summers day at the Derbyshire Dales Bakewell Recreation Ground on the 5th June ‘National Croquet Day’.


Two full sized lawns were well presented and fully occupied throughout the day by visitors from all corners of the globe and watched by many more interested spectators.


Jean Peters and Bill Robinson – Enthusiasm of the older generation
Jean Peters and Bill Robinson – Enthusiasm of the older generation

Bakewell Croquet Club catered for over 80 players from many backgrounds and age groups ably recruited from the visiting public and refreshments were available at the pavilion for all to enjoy.


A thoroughly good experience was enjoyed by all with many ‘hooked’ on the opportunity to further their knowledge of the sport.




Some more images, click on an image to open the gallery and click through the images:

Playing Commences, Annual Dinner and National Croquet Day!

Bakewell croquet club has now begun a new playing season, with lots of events organized as well as league matches and friendly games with other clubs, see our calendar for 2016 for the details. The courts are located in the recreation ground , in front of the cricket pavilion, see here.
Playing sessions are … Monday- 2-4 , Thursday 2-4 , (association croquet 6 p m Thursday) and Saturday 10-12 a.m.  Any one interested is welcome to come along and have a go .

The club’s annual dinner was held on 16 th March at Bakewell golf club and much enjoyed by all. Our tea lady Mrs Billie Reeves has hung up her pinny and in appreciation of her 10 years of hard work was presented with a tea cosy embellished with croquet motifs.


National croquet day is to be held on Sunday 6th. June.  Bakewell croquet club is taking part in this event, so if you have ever wondered what this game of skill and tactics is all about please come along and talk to the members who will be happy to explain and demonstrate. Hope to see you there!


2016 Results

A Team 2016

Date Home Team Away Team Score
 15 May Bakewell A  Leicester A 10 – 2 Bakewell win
29 June Ashby Bakewell A  11 – 1 Ashby win
15 July Long Eaton Bakewell A  7 – 5 Long Eaton win
23 July Bakewell A Richmond Park  8 – 4 Bakewell win
24 August Pinchbeck Bakewell A  7 – 5 Pinchbeck win


B Team 2016

IMG_20170129_131525_hdrLEAGUE  WINNERS (WON 4 lOST 1)





Date Home Team Away Team Score
 27 May Bakewell B  Leicester B  8 – 4 Bakewell win
 6 July Bakewell B Branston  9 – 3 Bakewell win
15 July Torksey Bakewell B  7 – 5 Torksey win
29 July Long Eaton Bakewell B  5 – 7 Bakewell win
10 August North Hykeham Bakewell B  2 – 10 Bakewell win


Calendar 2016

Events in addition to our regular sessions for this year.

 9 March AGM – at Friends’ Meeting House, Bakewell – 7.30pm
16 March Croquet Club Dinner – 7 for 7.30pm at Bakewell Golf Club
10 May Friendly Match versus Darley Dale at Bakewell, start 1pm
21-24 May Ripon Spa Hotel break. Contact Jean Peters 01629 56409
27 May Bakewell B – League match v Leicester B at home
28 May Club Tournament
5 June National Croquet Day
24 June Friendly v Sheffield U3A  – away, 10am
29 June Bakewell A – League match v Ashby (away)
 4 July Committee meeting
 6 July Morning session with Golding House (learning difficulties)
Contact Alan Reeves 01629 812603
 6 July Bakewell B – League match v Branston (home)
 9 July BBQ at Oaksedge, Tansley. David & Jean Peters 01629 56409
10 July Friendly v Southwell – away 10.30am
15 July Bakewell B – League match v Torksey (away)
15 July Bakewell A – League match v Long Eaton (away)
15 July Bakewell Rotary fund raising event at Ashford cricket ground 4pm – 8pm
Contact Alan Reeves 01629 812603
23 July Bakewell A – League match vRichmond Park (home)
29 July Bakewell B – League match v Long Eaton (away)
 2 August Friendly Match versus Darley Dale at Darley Dale, start 1pm
 8 August Visit to Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster
10 August Bakewell B – League match v North Hykeham (away) [posponed 15.06.16]
20 August Club Tournament
24 August Bakewell A – League match v Pinchbeck (away)
3 September Social at the home of Ann & Tim Spray
26 September Committee meeting
? October Ripon break – details to follow
For details of friendly matches contact Bob Furniss: 01629 815092