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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.

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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!