On September 14th 2022 members of Bakewell Croquet Club visited Ashford in the Water to instruct the WI in basic Croquet moves. The session ended with a game of croquet. Many WI members showed a natural aptitude for croquet and said how much they had enjoyed the afternoon. Following play we ate an excellent afternoon tea in the sunshine. The photo shows Jean, our chair person, instructing the ladies.
The annual two visits to Ripon were well supported by 24 people in April/ May and 18 in October. The format for each visit is as much croquet as anyone wants to play over the visit, on flat lawns with short grass (a little muddy in October), lots of laughter and camaraderie, and a very pleasant evening meal at a local Italian restaurant.
Steve Marsh and Alan Reeves both played in the ‘0+ Cross-over Tournament’ at Chester over the weekend (the 4/5 August). There were 16 entrants for the three different golf croquet titles on offer: The Maggie Cowan prize, the Chester Bowl and the Chester Croquet Plate (which Steve won last year).
Steve said: “Playing conditions were very difficult (but the food was excellent!). Not only was the weather extremely hot, the four full-sized lawns, laid out side by side, all sloped downwards (the difference between the outer edge of lawn 4 and the outer edge of lawn 1 being one meter!). This, alongside the dryness of the ground and lack of grass, made the balls incredibly difficult to control and judge!”
Regardless of those hazards, Steve came away with the Chester Croquet Plate.