The lawns are undergoing their normal spring maintenance which should be completed mid-April. Dependent on Government restrictions, they should then be available for members with keys at their own discretion.
Use of the clubhouse will be limited, however, and players will need to bring their own refreshments.
Watch this space for information about normal club play.
We send good wishes to all fellow croqueteers and particularly our own members in the meantime.
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APRIL The AGM scheduled for Thursday 9th April has been postponed until further notice.
JUNE Monday andTuesday 8th/9th Halse AC handicap tournament – friendly event for all AC handicaps. Subject to postponement.
JULY Thursday 2nd Lawns booked for Private party all day.
Thursday 9th July ditto.
AUGUST Saturday and Sunday 15-16 Tompkinson Shield C.A. AC A level play entry via Croquet Association Website.
AUGUST Sunday and Monday 30th -31st Sally Nicholls AC B Level play entry via Croquet Association website.
Croquet is one of the finest outdoor sports. It is a friendly game combining ball skills as well as tactics, it’s relatively easy to understand, and it’s fun to play.
We are always pleased to receive new members, of any age or level of experience from beginner to advanced. If you are an experienced club or match player, please get in touch (see below).
If you are thinking of taking up croquet from scratch, please keep reading this section for a brief introduction to the game and its benefits.
Why play croquet?
Croquet is an enjoyable, sociable game that can be played by people of either sex.
There are two principal forms of the game – Association and Golf.
Association Croquet is a game of complex strategy and high levels of skill, and is similar in many ways to games like snooker or pool.
Golf Croquet is quick to learn, but requires accuracy and tactics to master.
Both forms of the game may be played as singles or doubles and many people enjoy playing both, as skills learned in one form of the game may be applied to the other.
Croquet’s effective handicap system recognises smart thinking as much as physical skill, so everyone has a good chance of winning.
As with any game, the best players probably start young, but many take it up after retiring from more energetic pursuits. It can be as skilful as you want it to be – advanced players can take it very seriously, but most club members probably see it as a relaxing and friendly way of passing an afternoon.
About the club
The club was formed in 1906, and is based at 18 Richmond Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3RP where we have 3 excellent lawns.
Our season runs from April to October, and new members are always welcome, and all members have the use of our equipment as well as access to coaching from our more experienced players.
For both formats of the game, there are internal events and regional and national and tournaments for those who wish to play competitively. These cater for all levels of player from beginner to expert.
Interested in playing?
Anyone unfamiliar with the game of CROQUET but wishing to find out what it is all about can check out The Croquet Association website, www.croquet.org.uk
Even better, come along and meet us on either of our social club afternoons. These are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2 p.m. when a free introductory session can be arranged.
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On our club afternoons – Wednesdays and Saturdays – Golf Croquet doubles is played, an ideal way to teach new players. The afternoons include tea and an opportunity to get to know our members. Fridays and Sundays from 10.30 a.m. are club days for Association croquet.On Tuesday evenings during the months of May to August both Association and Golf Croquet are played.
The Club plays both official versions of Croquet, namely Golf Croquet and Association Croquet. Golf croquet is quick to learn. Association Croquet is more complex.
Members are also able to play and practice at any time outside the above club times..
Tea, coffee, drinks and light snacks are always available in the clubhouse.
On normal club days there is no particular dress code, the only constraint is that flat-soled shoes must be worn to protect our lawns.
Predominantly white clothing is worn for matches and tournaments.
The Club caters for players of all abilities!
Those just looking for a pleasant social scene will enjoy the two club afternoons a week and the pleasant ambience that the Club has to offer at all times.
Those wanting to play more seriously will be encouraged to take part in our in-club competitions, which are tailored for both Association and Golf players of all abilities. They will also be encouraged to represent the Club in league matches,
and enter as individuals tournaments both at our Club and around the country.
You will be surprised at how many new friends can be made within the national croquet family.
Members are also able to arrange games privately or to come and practice any time, subject to availability of the lawns. (Events and tournaments which we host are listed in the diary in the clubhouse and on the website.)
Barbecues, fun competitions and meals out are often arranged on an ad hoc basis.
Members are welcome to bring along friends for a visitor fee of £5 per half day or £10 per full day. (Maximum of 3 visits per guest per season).
Membership fees are:
New members: £95
Full members: £200
Country members: £100