painting by Chris Score
Croquet at Rowley. Painting by Chris Score, 2020

News

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

2022

The new season has begun.

Thanks to all those who volunteered their time to clean up and set up for the new season. Please note that the top lawn is out of play until further notice, except for one short court nearest the middle lawn. We are trying to divert Mr Mole off the lawn but he is very determined. The bottom lawn has damage which we have repaired but the reseeded patches are yet to germinate.

Thanks also to Joe for all his battles with the many moles during the winter, servicing of mower, cutting of grass, etc; also to Graham and Stanley for extra help with the lawns; to Ian for regular checks on 'the estate' over the winter; to Irene for housing the check fences; to members of the Committee for work in the off-season and tasks in preparation for the new.

Sewerby Park

Fancy a day out? For National Croquet Day this year, we are taking over the lawns of Sewerby Park, just outside Bridlington, where we shall be offering taster sessions to the public.

As you can see from the photos below, Sewerby is no stranger to the game. Put the date - Sunday 15 May - in your diary, and come along to help.

Yorks Federation team

Yorks Federation team

Yorks Federation team

Images are from the Sewerby Hall and Gardens Derek Wilson Collection.

To see our event notice on Sewerby Park's website, click here.

Farewell to Derek

Yorks Federation team

A large gathering of club members met at the Altisidora on 22 November to say farewell to one of the club's longest-serving members. Derek and Carol Knight are leaving Yorkshire in the new year to return to their native Scotland. Derek has been a colossal strength to the club. As low-handicap player (he has several times represented Scotland), coach, past club secretary and expert in grounds maintenance, he will be sorely missed. We shall also miss his good humour and wonderful Scots accent. Alan gave an address and a gift from the club was presented, a print of Chris Score's 2020 painting. A memento of Rowley.

We had also bid farewell to Derek the previous day at the Yorkshire Federation AGM. But not before he had fulfilled his final duty as Fed Chair... to present the Short Croquet League Shield to Beverley and East Riding CC, last won by us in 2011. Once it has been engraved the squad will host it for a month each, so dust down a shelf in preparation!

Yorks Federation team

2021 AGM

The annual general meeting was held, thankfully in person this year, at Bishop Burton Village Hall on 27 October 2021. 18 members were present. Full details are here.

Painting the Bottom lawn

Chris Score occupied himself extremely fruitfully during the lockdown of 2020 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 - www.beverleycroquet.org.uk/news.html
- 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 here for more advice.

A painting now hangs in Derek's new
house in Scotland.