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Croquet at Rowley. Painting by Chris Score, 2020


Welcome to Beverley and East Riding Croquet Club at Rowley Manor, one of the most beautiful locations of any club.

Excitement at Club Doubles Tournament

Photo by Mike Kirby: Club Doubles 2021.

Well, perhaps not quite as frenetic as Raducanu v Fernandez, but the sun shone and the mallets were in action again on the Rowley lawns for the club handicap doubles competition. 12 players, paired high and low by handicap, contested 3 rounds of 14 points on the full lawns. Robin enjoyed deploying his marker pens on the results table, and the final honours had to be decided by a golden hoop play-off. Congratulations to Graham and Chris who just pipped their closest rivals, Angela and Sue.

Photo by Mike Kirby: Club Doubles 2021.

Short croquet team win league

Congratulations to the short croquet team, who have won the Yorkshire Federation Short Croquet League. Well done to all who have played in the team throughout the summer.

Derek stars for Scotland

Scottish CA croquet team

Congratulations to Derek, who was selected to represent the Scottish Croquet Association in a match against the CA at York last weekend, 28-29 August. The Scottish CA were victors, 13-11. Derek (right-most in the photo above — and disguised in the sidebar) modestly informs us, "After having a 10-5 lead from the first day we narrowly squeaked home. I won two singles and one doubles."

Beverley u3a are up and running hoops

Photo by Mike Kirby: Beverley u3a croquet group 2021.

We have another u3a croquet group on our lawns. Beverley u3a are thoroughly enjoying themselves playing golf croquet on Thursday afternoons. Eddie is in charge, both for the Club and for the u3a, helped by Helen, Ian, Mike and various other club members who drop in from time to time. (Bruce makes a guest appearance in this photo.)

Helen and Robin star in Short Cup and Bowl

Photo by Sally Layton: Short Cup and Bowl 2021.

The annual Short Cup and Bowl was played on Wednesday August 18. A field of 12 players contested the high and lower bisquers' events in beautiful sunny weather. We were lucky with the day and the matches were competitive and varied. There was everything from 14 point short croquet games reduced to 2 ball contests (unintentionally!), contested wirings, golden hoops and well-engineered breaks. The close scores of the games reflected the quality of the play.

The winner of the Short Bowl for high bisquers was Helen with 3 wins from 4 games, 50 points scored. Robin was victorious in the Short Cup for lower bisquers with 4 wins from 4 games, 53 points scored. Congratulations to both!

Thanks to all who played, and for Alan's impeccable organisation of the rounds and lawn allocations. Special mention of Bill making his debut in a competition in his first season and acquitting himself so well, and of Angela who played so consistently (and regularly!) on lawn 5. Also of Jim, an experienced AC player making his short croquet debut. He now has the pink handicap card to prove it!

Photo by Sally Layton

Photos by Sally Layton

Yorkshire Federation match results

Match results are always posted on our calendar page. Now, you can also check our position in the league tables by visiting the Yorkshire Federation's website:

60-60: Scintillating and slick

Photo by Debbie James

A keenly contested competition with a variety of playing styles, to say the least! The dribbling hockey approach seemed to work best on the short lawn, Graham completing 5 circuits of 12 hoops in 11 minutes and 17 seconds, just beating Debbie's time of 12 minutes. Helen played with closer attention to standard lawn etiquette and succeeded in smashing her time on the short lawn by 5 minutes, playing controlled hoops and long hits, ending up with a time of 12 minutes and 52 seconds for her round on the full lawn.

Alan and Derek played a pre-set 4 ball break of short croquet, Alan with control and precision, Derek with much running and theatrics, beating the time set by Alan of 55 minutes and 44 seconds by 8 minutes for his round. Robin was ambitious, demonstrating a 4 ball break on the full lawn, posting a time of 13 minutes 17 seconds for an innings of 12.

But the hero of the day was Graham, winning on both the short lawn and the full, with a time of 11 minutes and 50 seconds for the latter. A long stride and some fast running, together with a golfer's side swing technique, made for an entertaining round.

Verdict: fun day!
Sum raised: £60.

Thanks all for some jolly company in a good cause.


A good week

National Croquet Week was enthusiastically embraced by Beverley & East Riding Croquet Club with a series of events in support of the British Heart Foundation, celebrating its 60th year. Sledmere House generously allowed the club use of the croquet lawn in the walled garden for a weekend open event. Visitors, some from as far afield as Texas and Belgium, enjoyed a croquet taster on the lawn and kick-started the aim of achieving 60 people playing croquet in the course of the week. Events at club included a 60:60 challenge to run 60 hoops in an hour; regular club afternoons, U3A and taster sessions added to the tally of players. In total the club achieved a final tally of 68 players before rain stopped play, and raised £250 to help fund the next 60 years of pioneering research into heart disease.

Photo by Debbie James

Summer Lunch

Photo by Debbie James: Heavy roller.

The Summer Lunch is back, and what a superb day we had. The sun shone throughout. Angela presented a raffle in which everyone seemed to win and Alan masterminded an immensely enjoyable croquet competition which ran through the afternoon. But special thanks must be made of Sally and Debbie who organised the food. Not only was it delicious, but it was served in the most amazingly ingenious covid-secure manner imaginable. To them, and everyone else who helped, well done and thanks.

Click here to see a few more photos in the Gallery.

(And Debbie even had time to win the croquet contest.)

Photo of the Week

Photo by Debbie James: Heavy roller.


Photo by Debbie, who was itching to have a go, but Derek wouldn't let her.

The Club did well!!

The result from the Yorkshire Federation short croquet tournament (6 June) was positive. The team of Robin, Helen, Graham and Debbie reached the Final after 3 rounds of play. We were drawn against the York Smarties team in the final round. We battled it out and ended up runners up. Congratulations to the whole team, but a special commendation for Robin who won the Armada Plate, awarded to the highest hoop scorer on the day, pipping Alison Larard of the Smarties team in a shoot-out to the peg.

Photo by Debbie James: Short Tournament at York.

Robin brings home the silverware, a very handsome trophy, real silver too!

Club Full Lawn Singles

The 2021 Full Lawn Singles competition is under way. The full draw and results, as they come, in can be seen here.

Johnson/Anderson 1 Ball Competition

Congratulations to Chris on his win today (26 May) in the inaugural Elspeth Johnson/Anderson 1 Ball competition. Having played Derek in an earlier round and won, Chris was the player closest in score to contest the Final, again against Derek. A convincing performance over 12 hoops and the peg reduced Derek's points tally by a sufficient margin to make Chris the victor on the day. Commiserations to Derek as runner-up.

Photo by Debbie James: One-ball comp at York.

The shield was presented by Norman Johnson and Andrea, accompanied by another family member Sara. The presentation also interested the local press with a visit from a Beverley Life photographer. Thanks to everyone who played and braved some awful weather in the morning session. And special thanks to Alan for another superbly organised competition. He adds the Egyptian format to his repertoire and continues to maintain his reputation as a creative mathematician!

Charity one-ball at York

Photo by Debbie James: One-ball comp at York.

Club members Helen, Derek, Graham and Chris recently competed in the Yorkshire Croquet Federation's Charity 1-Ball tournament at York Croquet Club. Warm and sunny weather welcomed 14 players from clubs throughout the Federation. The immaculate York lawns played fast and the hoops were testing. 6 rounds of play in a day allowed for some good competition between both high and low handicappers.

Photo by Debbie James: One-ball comp at York.

Our players represented the club well, playing attacking croquet and scoring well. Callum Johnson (York Croquet Club) with his exemplary placement of the ball, stylish hoop runs and well-targeted hitting-in, maintained his winning form over all 6 rounds and took the trophy. He is now eligible to represent the Yorkshire Federation in the national final at Surbiton Croquet Club in May. Runner-up Fiona Crompton, also of York CC, won the giant Toblerone, much to Callum's dismay; but perhaps she will share it at Surbiton, as she also qualifies for a place in the national final.

A total of £175 was raised for the British Heart Foundation. The charity colour of red was well referenced in outfits on the day: Red braces and head bands, waistcoats and gilets, old school caps and a fetching onesie. Even the socks were red!

We are in the Yorkshire Post

Photo by Debbie James: Yorkshire Post photogrpaher takes pictures.

The Yorks Post photographer at work. This photo by Debbie.

Read the write-up and see more pictures here.

Croquet in 2021

When we finally started our pandemic-delayed season in June 2020, I don’t suppose any of us expected that we would still be playing under emergency restrictions in 2021. But we are where we are. We start the new season pretty much as we finished the old, washing or sanitising our hands, maintaining social distancing and wiping surfaces and items of croquet equipment after we have finished with them.

But we are starting in April, and we have made two changes to our procedures. Firstly, we are re-introducing club sessions, albeit with a maximum of ten attendees at each one. These will be on Monday and Tuesday afternoons and also on Saturday mornings.

Secondly, we are introducing an internet-based lawn booking system. To sign up to a club session, or book a lawn for your own use, you will have to sign on to the Court Booking System. This is an open source space-booking system, originally designed for reserving meeting rooms, that has been adapted by Simon Hathrell, a member of Watford Croquet Club for use by croquet clubs. It is hosted by Watford CC on Simon's own server. There is a link to the CBS on this page. You are welcome to click on the link and look at the site, but you will not be able to log on to BERCC's booking section until you receive a username and password. That should happen soon.

Images of a season like no other

We did eventually play some croquet last year, but only after a long period of frustration, agonising, planning, and agonising again. Members were amazingly resourceful in occupying themselves when they couldn't play croquet however, and jpegs of their exploits and artistic creations landed regularly in BERCC's mailbox. I have rounded up some of the images and you can view them here in our Gallery section.

Pictures of Portugal are included, along with Chris Score's report on the April trip to Pedras da Rainha.

Painting the Bottom lawn

Chris Score occupied himself extremely fruitfully during the lockdown by painting the Bottom lawn. Usually, this is done once a week with whitewash and a 3 inch paint brush. Chris did it in oils. The results of his labour can be seen at the top of this column. There's a larger presentation of his painting in the gallery, but if you have a large screen, you may like to download this hi-res PDF to see it in all its glory.

U3A members enjoy a game of golf croquet

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.

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.

Book a lawn

Croquet Booking System

Club members may click the link above to make a lawn booking. The CBS will open in a new tab or window.

Click these links to download our related documents: Using the CBS and Pandemic procedures

A very peculiar season!