Croquet (and the sun) returns to Broadwas

There’s nothing sadder than the sight of a forlorn, redundant, croquet mallet. So, it was joyous to witness them all come out of their enforced, prolonged hibernation at Broadwas Croquet Club recently. Hot-on-the-heels of the exuberant mallets were equally enthusiastic players, keen to take advantage of the glorious sunshine that followed the protracted spell of wet weather that kept them off Stoney Ley’s resplendent croquet lawns.

After such a long winter break, the new season has been eagerly embraced by club members and visitors alike, with an impressive number of players attending the relaxed Tuesday and Friday afternoon roll-up sessions held on the club’s five hilltop lawns.

Despite the late start to the season, several of the club teams have started their season with the Association team hosting both Kington Langley and Cheltenham in the past 2 weeks and the Level play Golf Croquet team travelling to Kenilworth. Also the High Handicap team hosted Moreton-in-Marsh for their opening match of the season. A couple of the High Handicap team only picked up mallets for the first time last June, but members can play at whatever level they are comfortable with – be it competitive in-house ‘block’ competitions or external tournaments. Many members are content with just attending the sociable and incredibly popular twice-weekly roll-up sessions’.

The Club embraces players from all skill levels and ALL ages. Club members are always keen to encourage players brand new to the game, whilst club captain John Guy and Jeff Faulkner offer coaching sessions to those who wish to improve their game, maybe to even a competitive standard.

Broadwas Croquet Club is keen to welcome new members of all ages fresh to the game and offers introductory Taster Sessions. Anyone interested should email club captain John Guy at johnkeithguy@aol.com, or give him a call on 07941 787742 or 01905 748192.