The club opens one (or possibly two) slightly undersized lawn during the latter part of the winter months, usually from mid-February until the main lawns open in April. During this time, the lawn may be used during the week for practice or friendly games, weather permitting. During this period we also run a series of one-day winter competitions at the weekends, which alternate between one-ball Association Croquet and Golf Croquet. Places are limited to 8 people per day, so events are often fully booked. Members will be notified before the lawn opens, and given the opportunity to tell the organiser which events they would like to play in, and he will then allocate the places. If you later wish to play in an event you had not chosen, you should contact the manager for the day, who will be able to tell you if any places remain. Members should be aware that events may be cancelled at short notice if the lawns are too wet.
The weekend competitions in 2021 will only take place if the clubhouse is open at least for the use of the toilets, as they are all-day events. This was the situation during part of the 2020 playing season when the clubhouse was open for toilet access only and not for food, drink or shelter and players made their own arrangements for these.
We now know that the lockdown will not be eased to allow outdoor sports until the end of March, so the winter croquet for 2021 is cancelled.
Once the lawns are open for winter croquet, they will be bookable for individual games during the week, and we will set up the lawn booking system to allow for this. However, the lawns should not be used if they are waterlogged. The weekends will be restricted to organised competitions as before and detailed below.
This year's Winter Croquet is being organised by Bernard Jones.
Events and managers for this season will be listed below as soon as they are known.
Winter Croquet 2022