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A summer Sunday at Rowley and a glimpse of the Croquet Summer Lunch party, who have emerged from the dining room to enjoy a croquet quiz on the top lawn.


Welcome to Beverley and East Riding Croquet Club's website and to the 2018 season at Rowley, one of the most beautiful locations of any club.

The Croquet Lunch

The Croquet Lunch took place as planned on 15th July when over twenty members and friends ignored the rival attractions of Wimbledon and World Cup finals to gather at Rowley for a delightful lunch in the manor followed by quizzes and games on the lawns.

Radio Humberside interview

Follow this link to see photos of the event.

Beverley v Barmston One-Ball

Radio Humberside interview

The inaugural 1-ball competition vs Barmston CC was played at Rowley on Wednesday 18th July. The result: 8 games all, winning team Beverley & ER on +9 hoops. The individual winner was Ian Ballantyne who scored a magnificent 52 hoops. Congratulations and thanks to all who played. We are promised a return fixture on the Barmston 'lawn'! Thanks to Alan for the photo.

Outside broadcast

The club enjoyed its first ever broadcast event on Friday 11 when Radio Humberside broadcast a live interview with Debbie and Derek from Rowley. At 7.30 in the morning! I was still asleep, so I missed it. But here are a couple of photos they sent me.

Radio Humberside interview

Data Protection

In accordance with the Government's new General Regulations for the Protection of Data (GRPD), we are now required to publish a club privacy policy. The club necessarily holds a certain amount of personal information about its members (addresses, contact details and so on). One of the functions of the privacy policy is to set out precisely how we will use that information, who we will share it with, and how we will protect it. The policy document is displayed in the clubhouse. You can also read and download it on the club policy page here.

One Ball Tournament at York

Representatives from the 6 clubs in the Yorkshire Federation competed in the national one-ball charity tournament, generously hosted by York Croquet Club on 13 April. Players from a range of classes engaged in match play in a spirit of friendly rivalry, and appreciated playing on the fine lawns at York. Although the weather remained unseasonable, it did not inconvenience play, with one player even risking shorts! Imaginative permutations on the theme of green ensured a focus on the nominated charity and £120 was raised for the Downs Syndrome Association.

U3A members enjoy a game of golf croquet

Malcolm Daines emerged the eventual winner of the event, with Ted Flexman and Maggie Crossland in close second and third. Malcolm will now go on to represent the Yorkshire Federation in the Finals in May at Surbiton Croquet Club.

The assembled players strongly endorsed a repeat of this event next year as a launch for the new season. Beverley and East Riding players acquitted themselves well.

Changes to Club afternoons

Last year saw quite an influx of a new members and, to cope with the increased numbers coming to club afternoons, we organised a series of Tuesday afternoon sessions for the new members where we could focus on their needs as 'newbies'.

Those players have made excellent progress, but at the AGM it was decided to make the Tuesday club afternoon a permanent feature. On Mondays priority will be given to full lawn play, though one lawn will always be available for short lawn games. On Tuesdays that arrangement will be reversed. Full details are on our Playing Times page.

Refresher sessions
On two of those Tuesdays, the afternoons of April 17th and 24th, experienced club members will be on hand to remind newer players how it all works and provide help and advice with getting playing again.

Handicap cards

This is especially important for members who play in league matches or tournaments where they play against players from other clubs. It is a requirement and responsibility for all players of Yorkshire Federation league matches to keep a handicap card in common with other clubs in the league. Currently, some of our members are complying with this regulatioon, but others are not. They should do so!

Normally, two cards are kept, one for long lawn play and one for short. This club has suggested to the CA that this might be simplified, so that in future one card could be used for both. As a step towards this goal, this season we are trialling such a card. The downside of that is that, for now, we are asking you to keep three cards! Full details can be read on our Handicap cards page.

Mallets for sale

Colin Fletcher has donated five mallets to the club. They are for sale at £100 each. The proceeds will go into club funds. They will be stored in the clubhouse for you to try before you buy.

U3A members enjoy a game of golf croquet

U3A members enjoy a game of golf croquet on Derek's lawn

Our website

This is the Club section of the site and is the area that will probably be of most interest to club members. In fact members may wish to bookmark this page -
- so that they can go straight to it.

Never has the yellow received
such pointed attention!