Our Club has been on its current site in this leafy area of Birmingham since 1915 and is part of the Calthorpe Estate.
We are a friendly club catering for players of all abilities!
Our normal season runs from early April to end October, but this year – by popular request from our members – we have decided to stay open for play as often as possible over the winter months.
We have three excellent full-size lawns, a small clubhouse, a permanent gazebo and a BBQ area for outside entertaining.
The current fee for new members is £95 for a full season which will be discounted proportionately as the season progresses. Second year membership will also be £95 unless a key is requested, in which case the full £200 subscription will be charged.
Your subscription includes free coaching and the use of all equipment – including a wide selection of club mallets.
Annual subscriptions for established members are: Full members: £200, Country members: £100 (i.e. belonging to another croquet club), Students: £40, Juniors: £25
We play the two codes of croquet:
Golf croquet (the quicker to learn version) and
Association croquet (the more complex version).
In, “normal”, i.e. non-Covid times, on our social club afternoons (Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2pm) Golf croquet doubles is mainly played, an ideal way to teach beginners. The afternoons include tea and an opportunity to get to know our members.
Association croquet is played on Fridays and Sundays starting at 10:30 am each day and going on usually until mid-afternoon.
At all other times full members (i.e. those with keys) can come and play/practice as much as they wish.
Currently, i.e. during the Covid crisis, the Club has had to adopt a lawn-booking system for all times of the week except Monday afternoons when members can come along to play Golf croquet on an ad hoc basis. This session is primarily for the benefit of new members and those without a regular playing partner/opponent.
Members receive regular e-mails updating them on all club news and forthcoming events.
We are hoping that it will not be too long before we can get back to our usual social scene with our clubhouse open for tea, coffee, drinks etc. , and being able to arrange our in-house competitions and regular coaching sessions.
There is no particular dress code, but flat-soled shoes are a must. (White clothing is only worn for matches and tournaments. )
Members are welcome to bring along friends to play for a visitor fee of £5 per half day or £10 per full day.
The Club is a member of The Croquet Association and hosts three tournaments annually.
It is non-profit making and is run by a Committee elected each year at an AGM. Our current committee officers are:
Keith Bishop (Treasurer)
0121 688 1020
Other Committee members are Sally Satchwell, Jenny Buchan, Paddy Heath, Steve Bellfield and Richard Thompson.