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About Us

Bristol Croquet Club celebrated its centenary in 1997. It has an excellent reputation as one of the leading clubs and has a number of national and international players. It has grown from very small beginnings until it now has a membership (players and non-players) of over one hundred and twenty. It is a very friendly club.

Facilities - The club has three courts normally laid out as 2 full-size and 2 half-size courts. The clubhouse has a clubroom, changing rooms, toilets and kitchen facilities with supplies of soft drinks, ices etc. Someone will usually make tea at about 4 o'clock in the afternoon. There is limited parking space (at your own risk) within the grounds and plenty of on-street parking nearby.

The Season - The playing season runs from April to October. Your membership fee covers unlimited use of the courts which are to be booked before play. A booking will be from 10 am to 1 pm, 2pm to 5 pm or 5 pm till dusk. The Club takes part in a large number of South West Federation League matches and organises Club competitions for all its members. There are also open tournaments for CA members.

Coaching - Courses for Beginners ( £50) are usually organised in May and June, and are followed by various events to welcome new members. Coaching courses for non-beginners are also arranged.

Club Afternoons/ Evenings- There are usually two or three such club sessions in any week: members just turn up and are allocated to a game. These sessions are particularly useful for beginners' or new members, enabling them to meet and play with other members and obtain practice, help and advice on their game. All these sessions are in the programme and are displayed on the club notice board.

Equipment - Sets of balls and mallets are kept in the clubhouse. Club mallets are available for use during the first year of membership and for visitors and prospective members.

What to Wear - Footwear with soft, flat soles MUST be worn at all times to prevent damage to the courts. Members wear casual clothes for most occasions, but 'whites' are worn for tournaments and matches. Play does not stop for rain or cold so warm protective clothing may be necessary.

Other Activities - Social events during the year include - a Quiz Night, a Golf Croquet afternoon, Summer Social evenings with barbecues and a skittles evening. During the winter when our three courts cannot be used, we have table tennis, Scrabble afternoons, Chicago (progressive) Bridge evenings and Rubber Bridge afternoons.

A Short History of Bristol Croquet Club

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For more information, please email Chris Frew, who will be happy to help.