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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.

Well done Tom and Bruce!

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Pleased to report that we had a day of fine and sunny weather for the late season Handicap Doubles Competition on Wednesday 18 September. Twelve players in high/low handicap pairings competed over 3 rounds of full lawn 18 point games.

All was to play for by the last round of the afternoon, with each pair level on points scored for wins and losses. The last match to finish was the decider, running to Golden Hoop after extended play. The result was that the title went to Tom & Bruce, whjo finished with 5 points, scoring 42 hoops, closely followed by Jim & Eddie, also on 5 points but 41 hoops. Special mention also to Chris & Helen, whose 2 wins ensured 5 points (37 hoops), to Mike & John on 4 points and 42 hoops.

Congratulations to the 2019 winning pair. Well played all competitors! There was some great hitting in, opening hoops run from baulk through hoop 5, peels and a solitary peg-out! Stanley and I enjoyed the spectacle and the sociability of the day.


In memory of Elspeth

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We recently reported the death of our long-standing member Elspeth Johnson. On Tuesday September 10, we were delighted to welcome Else’s husband Norman and their daughter Andrea, along with a group of Else’s Absolutely Cultured Volunteer friends, who came to make a presentation of a new trophy to the club in Else’s memory.

Follow this link to read our tribute to Else, see more photos and read about how we plan to use the trophy.

Yorkshire Full Lawn Tournament

Club members have been in action this weekend at York, competing in the Federation Full Lawn tournament; Jim and Ian playing on Sunday, Mike on both days, Debbie playing Saturday and unexpectedly subbing in on Sunday. Mike, Debbie and Dave Hudson of York vied for runner-up spot, tied on 10 points each. Mike played exceptionally well on Saturday, losing out to Dave only on the difference of one hoop in the final reckoning. The winner was Mark Simmerson of Sheffield.

John Harris, the tournament organiser, writes:

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Picture of some of the competitors. The trophy was closely fought, but in the end Mark Simmerson, after finishing well down the table on the Saturday, pegged out each time on the Sunday and stormed to the top of the leader board. Runner-up was Dave Hudson - note the relief on the other faces that they didn't have to take home the marrow. Special award of Lindt chocs went to Debbie James, for stepping in at short notice on the Sunday... and, incidentally, on only five games, narrowly missing out on the marrow.

Who's that on the left channelling the Paul McCartney approach to footwear?

Short Cup & Bowl 2019

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The annual Short croquet club competitions occupied all the Rowley lawns on a day of variable weather. The Short Bowl was contested by a field of 5, with Stanley securing wins in all his 4 matches to retain his title for a second year. All matches went to peg, with Helen winning 3 to earn a well-deserved runner-up spot. All high handicappers acquitted themselves well and fought hard.

The Short Cup was contested by 8 players, each playing 4 rounds. The morning sunshine gave way to afternoon rain, dampening the spirits of some. Mike kept up his excellent form of the season, securing a win in each of his 4 matches in a strong field. Mike regains the title for 2019, with Debbie runner-up on 3 wins.

Thanks to all who played and came to watch, including a peacock at one point. An enjoyable day of competition and camaraderie.

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.

For more photos click here.

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.

Click here for more photos.

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.

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!