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Canterbury Croquet Club - welcome to our web pages

We welcome new members.

Canterbury Croquet Club is based at Polo Farm Sports Club, Littlebourne Road, Canterbury, CT3 4AF.

Polo Farm is currently preparing three new lawns for us so we are continuing to play on our two winter lawns, which are on its number one cricket outfield. To avoid clashes with cricket matches a schedule of playing time availability has been published. It is regularly updated and circulated to members.

In view of these restrictions we have hired two first-class lawns from 9.30am until 5.15pm on Fridays for this season at Ramsgate Croquet Club. From October to mid-April we have unrestricted play on our winter lawns.

If you are new to the game you will have free coaching and all necessary equipment will be provided. Just telephone or email our secretary, Sylvia Bowsher (01304 369405,  sylviabowsher@yahoo.com) to arrange a trial. The first session will be free of charge and you can have up to four extra sessions at £4 each to see how you like the game before deciding whether to join us.

These green fees will be reimbursed if you decide to join the club in the same season. We will provide a croquet mallet to suit you. The only special clothing you need is flat-soled shoes. Once you have joined you must eventually buy your own mallet. Whites are not compulsory for social sessions at Canterbury but they are at Ramsgate, should you wish to play there on Fridays this season.

For more information about the club and the game click on the subjects listed on this page.

THE SPORT
Most people imagine croquet to be a simple game involving hitting a ball through a hoop in the back garden. There is, however, another side to it. Played to Croquet Association rules, it is transformed into a highly competitive sport, which not only requires eye-to-hand co-ordination but also tactical awareness.

There are now more than 150 clubs in the Croquet Association, which organises regional and national competitions. Eighteen countries are represented in the World Croquet Federation.

THE GAME
Most people imagine croquet to be a simple game involving hitting a ball through hoops in a back garden. There is, however, another side to it. Played to Croquet Association rules, it is transformed into a highly competitive sport requiring hand-to-eye co-ordination and tactical awareness.

There are now more than 150 clubs in the Croquet Association, which organises international, national and regional competitions.
There are two types of croquet, association and golf; both of which are played at Polo Farm.

Association croquet can loosely be described as snooker on grass. Tactics play a vital part. Good break-making requires sustained concentration. Full games can take at least three hours but the club has a half-game league for those who prefer a shorter session.

Golf croquet, the simpler form of the game, is proving very popular, especially with newcomers.
Tactics are equally important. There is no break-making but there is less time to think. Games can last up to an hour or so but players stay on the court throughout.

Most of the skills needed for each form of the game are the same.

THE CLUB
Canterbury Croquet Club was founded in 1991 by the late Maurice Copus in his Chartham Hatch garden. It moved to Polo Farm. Canterbury in 1996.

COMPETITIONS
In spring and summer the club normally enters South East Croquet Federation’s golf and association leagues and championships at various levels. This year the number of leagues entered has been reduced owing to Canterbury not having regular use of its lawns. The club also runs internal leagues.

LEADERSHIP
The club’s executive committee meets regularly. Minutes of its meetings are emailed or posted to members. Its 2015-16 members are: chairman, Barry Sales; vice-chairman, Frank Hughes; secretary Sylvia Bowsher; treasurer David Buckman; association captain, Barry Sales assisted by David Buckman; golf croquet captain Judy Sturrock; Henry Bryant, Keith Barkley, Jeremy St John.

PUBLICITY
The club’s external, and key internal, league matches, as well as other major events, are featured in Canterbury’s local newspaper, the Kentish Gazette.

THE CROQUET ASSOCIATION:
The Croquet Association is the official body for the sport in this country which also operates a shop selling mallets, books and other items on its website shop at www.croquet.org.uk/shop. The latest South East Croquet Federation news can be found at www.southeastcroquet.org.uk.

Croquet info and forms
> Events calendar 2016
> Membership form
> Spring newsletter 2014
> News and reports

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