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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.


The countdown to the new outdoor season begins But before we get there, we have jobs to do!

The week of 25 March (Monday to Saturday 30th) is set aside as Clean-Up week. Can you help with any of the following? Clubhouse spring cleaning, playing equipment maintenance, painting of check fences, light gardening.

Many hands make lighter work of the annual lawn-setting from 10am on Tuesday 26 March. We have 3 lawns and 42 hoops to measure, set and mark. Please contact Debbie (, 0777 277 8232) if you are able to assist in any way, even if only for an hour.

Subscriptions are due

Please let Eddie have your subscription as soon as possible. See the subscriptions page for the new details.

The Club AGM

The AGM took place at Bishop Burton village hall on 17 October 2018. Derek and Carol Knight stood down from the Committee. Both were thanked for their work for the club in the past, Carol as treasurer and Derek for all sorts of valuable tasks too numerous to list. Eddie Dover was welcomed as the new treasurer, and Stanley Smith as a general committee member.

There was some discussion about slow play, and it was agreed that various measures to tackle it would be tried next summer.

Click here for more details of this and the meeting in general.

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!