Cornwall Croquet Club

Club News - February 2005

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Members of the Cornwall Croquet Club have recently erected a rabbit proof fence around the lawns at their new permanent home at Porthpean. The Club, though delighted with the continuing development at the site, have been concerned that rabbits have been playing nocturnal games on the courts and these games were beginning to effect the condition of the grass. The materials for the fence were generously donated by the Club's benefactor, Howard Rosevear, and with the help of the greenkeeper, John Vickery, the work was completed in a day. John has done a magnificent job in getting the two initial courts ready for play, one of which has been in use since July last year, the second should be ready by late spring or early summer for the forthcoming season.

The Club has been in existence since 1995, but until now members have only been able to play on private lawns in various parts of the county. Tony Backhouse (Chairman) and his committee have a number of exciting events planned for the 2005 season and will welcome new members to the Club.

Prospective participants for the introductory coaching courses, which are on offer, are advised to book into these sooner rather than later, as numbers are limited to 8 for each course. Book through Cornwall College for the Evening Classes: 01726 226700, or through the Club Secretary, Nigel Grant: 01726 66534 for the daytime course, email:

There is a wealth of information on the Club's website which is run by Ian Wilson, Vice Chairman and Club Coach; however you will not see the rabbits there as they are now playing their games elsewhere!


On a cold winter day recently members of Cornwall Croquet Club donned their "Summer Whites" for a photo shoot. The County's glossy magazine, Cornwall Today, plans to feature the Club in their April issue.

In fact casual comfortable clothes, preferably in pale rather than bright colours, are worn for most occasions in the summer season. However "whites" are normal for matches, tournaments and encouraged for Club Days.

Flat soled shoes are essential at all times to prevent damage to the lawns.

Members of the Club are looking forward to welcoming prospective members to their new home at Porthpean.

"Taster" Sessions and Preliminary Coaching are on offer - details from the Hon.Secretary Nigel Grant on 01726 66534. email : or visit the website :

Reports by Rosemary Bradshaw, Publicity, Cornwall Croquet Club.