End of season summary: Ripon Visit, Club Tournament, Socials

Ripon Visit
Ripon Visit

Bakewell Croquet Club members visited Ripon Spa Hotel to mark the end of the 2017 season. Some good weather, close games of croquet and enjoyable meals ensured a successful few days.
The season has seen a variety of activities both on and off the croquet lawns. Two club tournaments, an open day and lots of club and league games have been enjoyed by our 40 members. The A team finished midway in their league but the B team ended at the bottom of theirs (plenty to play for next year!).

Club Tournament
Club Tournament

Members also enjoyed various social events including the annual meal at Bakewell Golf Club, a Barbecue at the home of David and Jean Peters and a social at the home of Tim and Anne Spray.

Sadly missed were Bob Furniss and Mike White. Though they are no longer with us their enthusiasm for croquet and the encouragement they gave to fellow players will continue to inspire us for many seasons to come.

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:

Club Update

rainbow_websiteAs can be seen on our calendar page the club has  a full program for the summer, in addition to the regular club sessions where we recently saw this rainbow overhead. Here are some of the things we have been doing over the last month or so.




thank you for gobokaGobaka Rwanda Trust

In may the club provided a croquet evening for around thirty people raising funds in aid of the Gobaka Rwanda trust, which was held in the garden of one of the trustees.  The food was delicious and the play energetic, inventive and competitive, a fun evening for a good cause.

We received a letter of thanks which can be seen on the right.


Ripon Spa Hotel

Also in May around a dozen members had an outing to the Ripon Spa hotel for a few days of socialising and games of croquet on the hotels’s championship quality lawns. The weather could have been warmer but it didn’t spoil the enjoyment.

Tansley School

Four afternoon sessions at Tansley school with members of the croquet club introducing the children to a form of croquet. An annual event that we have been requested to do for several years.

Snitterton Hall

In June we had an afternoons playing on the lawns at Snitterton Hall.

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It will soon be the close of our playing season, but we shall continue until the weather and the state of the lawns prevents play.

CarsingtonVillageGamesIn July several members took part in a ‘Sport for Children’ day at Carsington Water, the children and parents all enjoyed having a go! Click here to see more pictures.

Our club tournament in August had twenty-five members taking part. The croquet and excellent cakes were enjoyed in equal measure. The winners were Bill Robinson and Christine McMeeken.

In March 2015 we celebrate our ten-year anniversary.   It all came into being from a brain-wave of Alan Reeves, who persuaded a few friends that croquet was what our lives were lacking. The DDDC allowed us a space in the recreation ground, a grant was successfully applied for to buy equipment, all that remained was to learn how to play.

There are now thirty-five members and four playing sessions a week. New friends have been made and new skills learned. THANK YOU ALAN!

Plans are in place for a celebratory meal at Bakewell Golf Club in March 2015.


2014 Results

A Team

Date-2014 Home Team Away Team Score
June 11 Bakewell A Leicester 5 – 7 Leicester win
July 26 Ashby Bakewell A  9 – 3 Ashby win
August 1 Bakewell A Branston 10 – 2 Bakewell A win
August 13 Bakewell A Woodhall Spa 10 – 2 Bakewell A win
August 17 Nottingham Bakewell A  7 – 5 Nottingham win
August 20 Long Eaton Bakewell A  7 – 5 Long Eaton win

The A-team came 5th (out of seven) in the league this year

B Team

Date-2014 Home Team Away Team Score
July 5 Richmond Park Bakewell B 11 – 1 Richmond Park win
July 11 Long Eaton Bakewell B 6 – 6 Draw
July 25 North Hykeham Bakewell B 5 – 7 Bakewell win
August 8 Bakewell B Branston B  8 – 4 Bakewell win
August 15 Bakewell B Darley Dale  5 – 7 Darley Dale win
August 22 Bakewell B Nottingham B  8 – 4 Bakewell win
September 26  Torksey Bakewell B 1 – 11 Bakewell win

The B-team came 3rd (out of eight) in the league this year

Bakewell Rotary Club Croquet Event

On the 18th July the Rotary Club held a Croquet afternoon and evening on Ashford-in-the-Water Cricket  Ground. The weather was sunny and warm and the cream teas and Pimms helped to create the perfect English idyll.

President Roz Adamson welcomed members of Rotary Clubs, friends family and local residents to be tutored in the art of croquet by players from Bakewell Croquet Club.  By the end of the event – whilst not fully skilled, most participants were able to weild a mean mallet!

Funds were being raised by the Rotary Club to support youth related activities and awards.