New Members Welcome - Coaching Provided
Contact Fane Conant, Secretary - 01694 722610
Robin Trew, Chair 2019
Welcome to the Church Stretton Croquet Club Website.
My first encounter with the world of croquet came just a few years ago. I was looking for a secondhand car and I found a nice looking estate car with a "Croquet Club" sticker in the window. With visions of the previous owner being an elderly retired colonel in the upper social bracket I was swayed to buy the car. It turns out that that is not what most croquet players are like. It was a terrible car too!
When I retired to Church Stretton a couple of years ago I noticed the "Would you like to try the game?" sign in the park and, intrigued, I put my vague plan of taking up Golf on the back burner and gave the Starter Session a try. Having never played before it was a little daunting but everyone was so friendly and encouraging that we soon felt at home.
I'm not quite sure how it happened but I now find myself as Chair of The Committee. (I'm reminded of Spike Milligan's poem: "The boy stood on the burning deck, when all but he had fled. Twit!") I would like to encourage anyone else who has been intrigued by the sight of a croquet lawn to come and have a try. It’s not violent or vindictive. It’s not too energetic. There is some friendly competitiveness as well.
Why not give it a try? Call Fane Conant, our Secretary, on 01694 722610.
The Croquet Club in Stretton Focus, March 2019
CHURCH STRETTON CROQUET CLUB INVITES NEW MEMBERS
If you go down to the park today you will be sure of a big surprise for today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic! Well, I know it was the woods but this is about the park and having a cream tea on one of our Tuesday club afternoons.
Yes, Church Stretton Croquet Club has a good social life but of course we are there to actually play the game. It’s fun, it’s skilful and we are wanting to help new people discover the joys of this engaging pastime. We, therefore, invite potential new members to come and have five coaching lessons. The first ‘taster’ session is free and the charge is a total of £20 for the remaining four, but this sum is deducted from your membership fee if you join the Club.
We have around thirty members and we play at all levels of ability, also taking part in league games against other clubs. We love helping and encouraging beginners, and please note, Association Croquet is different from garden croquet. No! It is not a vicious game but it is a strategic game and imagine a sunny summer afternoon, if you can, and think how relaxing it is to spend any day you wish guiding your ball through hoops.
So, please do get in touch with the Secretary, Fane Conant, on 01694 722610 and look forward to the start of our season on 1st April.
Shrewsbury 2 - Church Stretton 5
On 16 August, Shropshire’s local croquet derby saw Church Stretton win in consecutive years for the first time in the trophy’s twenty year history.
Playing in the rain in Shrewsbury, Church Stretton overcame a strong home side winning the morning’s two doubles and a singles. The afternoon’s session of one doubles and three singles were shared, resulting in a convincing victory for the away team.
Affiliated to The Croquet Association
Church Stretton Croquet Club