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The Rowley Manor driveway bathed in late-afternoon
September sunshine after the Club Doubles Tournament


Welcome to Beverley and East Riding Croquet Club's website and to the 2019 season at Rowley, one of the most beautiful locations of any club.

BBC Countryfile does Croquet

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Members of club enjoyed the croquet experience at the inaugural CountryfileLive @ Castle Howard. The full team of BBC presenters arrived on the lawns early doors on the first day. Dress code varied! Derek was the star of the show, guiding Anita Rani and Matt Baker round the hoops. Matt even returned later in the day with his children for another game. Angela, Sally, Graham and Debbie all worked shifts to coach the public visitors of which there were many - families, children and dogs included.

Annie joined Derek and Debbie for Day 3 on Saturday. We dealt with a muddy showground after Friday's deluge, but the lawns held up well. Wellies were definitely the way to go. Annie was the star of Saturday, coaching the BBC's Ellie Harrison round 6 hoops, with both players pulling off jump shots! Debbie tried hard to get Pudsey to visit the lawns but the bear let us down, pleading a busy timetable and an empty stomach. He seemed to prefer maypole dancing!

Thanks to all club members who committed their time to showcase croquet so successfully for the Yorkshire Federation. The shifts were long, but the public interest was high. A grand day out in a very grand setting.

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Doubles Development Day

This is a new initiative for this season that will take place on Wednesday 4 September from 10am till about 4pm. It is designed for new and developing players with high handicaps. Please grab this opportunity to learn full lawn tactics under the expert guidance of our senior players, Alan, Derek and Andy. They will encourage, support and guide you in matches throughout the day. Do not be afraid!

Please email Alan ( by 28 August if you’d like to enter.

The WI turns out in strength

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Alan and Derek ran a taster session for WI members on August 7. Great fun was had by all.


Congratulations to Derek on his appointment as representative for the Croquet North and Yorkshire Federations on the National Croquet Council. You can read Derek's manifesto here.

Summer Lunch

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Croquet with attitude!

The annual Summer Lunch has once again come and gone. And what a pleasant day it was! The activities began with a relaxed lunch in the Rowley Manor dining room, followed by a distinctly more energetic period as the croquet players grappled with another of Alan's fiendishly inventive corquet challenge courses (won by Debbie), before some slightly less frenetic golf croquet. Debbie was also the winner of the final event of the day, the Peg Challenge. Eddie, defending champion from last year. had looked certain to retain his title, but at the last moment Chris pipped him at the peg, so to speak, to win the day.

Thank you to everyone who made the day a success. Alan for the games, Sally for organising the whole event and Debbie for general co-ordination on the day. And to everyone who brought raffle prizes—£58 was raised for club funds.

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Elspeth Johnson

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We have, sadly, to report the death of one of the Club's longest-serving members. Elspeth Johnson was a member of both the Hull and Beverley and East Riding croquet clubs. Her father had been instrumental in getting croquet started in Hull, and when he died, she became a member of the club and was determined that his achievements would be remembered. In due course she became secretary of the Hull club and, when it eventually folded, she joined the Beverley and East Riding club at Rowley Manor. She had become devoted to the sport, but worsening disability meant she could only get to a limited number of croquet events.

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One of the last times we saw her was at last year's summer lunch. I remember watching her valiantly swinging a croquet club from her wheel chair, with the help of her devoted husband Norman.


Beverley and Barmston Battle again with One Ball

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A good afternoon's play over 4 rounds of 1-ball saw Beverley emerge winners again this year...but the result was close, 52 points to Barmston's 51! The 4th round games all went to peg, 3 wins per team, so we were obviously getting into our stride on the challenging lawns. The sun shone bright (why not for Penrith's visit?) and cake was consumed. Congratulations to John Swift and Ian Ballantyne, top hoop scorers for each team. Thanks to all who played and for contributions to club funds, and to the Barmston visitors especially for coming to Rowley for this annual fixture. We look forward to a possible return match.

Penrith weather the storm

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While Look North showed clips of traffic driving through floods, Beverley Croquet Club entertained Penrith for a two-day match on June 11 and 12. I don't think the rain ever actually stopped, but neither was it anything like as bad as forecast, and a thoroughly enjoyable match was enjoyed by all concerned. The final result was a 10-10 draw, but Penrith were declared winners for a higher number of hoops scored. Thanks to Penrith for coming, and special thanks to Debbie for an awful lot of organisation.

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Debbie presents the winners' prize to Penrith's captain, John Henderson.

More photos here.

Federation SL Trophy

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Well done to all team players who competed in the Federation Short Lawn Tournament at York on 26 May. Two Beverley teams competed against teams from York CC and Ryedale CC over 4 rounds of short croquet singles. It was Helen and John's first experience of a short croquet competition outside club, and they acquitted themselves well. We enjoyed largely fine weather all day and some sun. Congratulations to Eddie on achieving the runner-up spot for the Armada Plate (best individual player) with 3 wins and 1 draw, equalling the winner, Carolyn of York (4 wins) on 37 hoops scored. Well done also to team Beverley comprising Robin, Ian, Chris and Eddie on winning 2nd place in the team competition, losing narrowly to York Yorkies, 24-21 points, 109-100 hoops.

National Croquet Day

An enjoyable National Croquet Day was enjoyed by a few members and two guests at Rowley on Sunday 12 May. Reports say the guests were 'promising and competitive'. Let's hope we see them again.

Thank you to those who helped on the day.

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Photo by Eddie

Better weather at Surbiton

And here are Maggie and Debbie at Surbiton (see One Ball comp below).

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Debbie writes:

"We enjoyed playing in the sunny south on the manicured lawns. We competed in the Best of The Rest section after the morning rounds and had some wins (Maggie more than I) and some close games."

Just look at those lawns! "Seven full lawns, stretching to infinity", according to Debbie.

Freezing One-Ball Competition at York

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A contingent of 6 players from club competed in the annual 1-ball charity tournament at York in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. Plunging temperatures did not deter us from 6 rounds of 13 point full lawn games over the day. Derek wore shorts! Good hoop scoring and tactical play ensured wins for all. Congratulations to our developing players, Annie, Graham and Eddie, on your first tournament experience. Maggie Crossland of Sheffield Croquet Club emerged eventual winner with 6 wins and a maximum 78 points; runner-up Debbie with 5 wins and 77 points. Both players are now eligible to represent the Yorkshire Federation in the finals at Surbiton in May.

Subscriptions are due

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Memories of last year last year

Club Handicap Singles Tournament

Andy and Debbie contested the club Handicap Final for 2018 on Wednesday 24 September. Congratulations to Debbie for running out the winner, 26-18. And thanks to Andy (Debbie says) for being such a good sport in contesting the match against a high handicapper.

Club Doubles Tournament

Club Doubles Tournament

The sun shone all day for the annual club doubles competition at Rowley on September 12th as twelve pairs battled it out over five rounds of matches on the full lawns.

There was much good play and quite a few peels. The final result was close. Robin, playing alternately with a split partnership of Pat and Keith, won 4 matches, as did Jim and Debbie. The latter, scoring 45 hoops to their rivals' 41, were declared winners on hoop difference, though Tom and Chris were top hoop scorers on the day with 48.

Club Doubles Tournament

Thank you to everyone who participated and made the occasion so enjoyable. It was especially good to have new players experiencing the full lawn and doing so well. And thanks to Keith once more for his work on the draw and the planning of the rounds.

Short Cup and Bowl

Short Cup and Bowl 2018

Thank you to all players who contested the Short Lawn Cup and Bowl on 15 August. I think we can all agree that Alan ran a splendid day as tournament manager, with his characteristically impeccable organisation of the event. I know how much we all enjoyed the day of competition and good-spirited rivalry, and the weather was great too.

There can only be one winner of each competition. Special congratulations to Stanley, the winner of the 2018 Short Bowl, with 4 wins from 4 games and a magnificent 53 hoop points. Honour and glory to Eddie too with 3 wins and 51 points. Well played, newbies!

The Short Cup for 2018 was won by Robin (again!) He won 3 out of 4 games, scoring 41 hoops, closely challenged by Terry, also with 3 wins and 40 points. Well played, veterans! Thanks to all players in this section for some really interesting and enjoyable matches.

Someone even bought Tom a pint for winning a magnificent match by a considerable margin! Roll on next year's Short Lawn Day.

For photos of the day, go to the gallery here.

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.

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

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.

Never has the yellow received
such pointed attention!