Croquet, Countryfile Live and Pudsey Bear

Yes, they all went together at Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace from 1st to 4th August. There were attractions to suit the thousands of visitors and croquet was proud to be there. The Croquet Association had arranged for croquet players from a wide range of clubs, to demonstrate croquet and encourage visitors to take part.

Over the whole show some 380 people came and tried croquet. OK, the lawn was not full size and there were a few ‘bumps’, but everyone enjoyed themselves – and that is the name of the game.

On the Friday two members of Camerton and Peasedown Croquet Club – Mo Boys and Brian Wilson were part of a team of 8 croquet players who welcomed visitors and introduced them to this fascinating sport. Last year Anita Rani (one of the Country File presenters) tried her hand at croquet -– she must have enjoyed her experience as she visited us again in 2019.

Mo Boys showed Anita some new shots, but then another image in yellow arrived – Pudsey Bear. You may ask ‘can a bear play croquet’? The answer is Yes, as both Pudsey, Anita and Mo vied with each other to score hoops.

Who won? Well, croquet won – for everyone enjoyed themselves. Remember: – Think Friends, Fun, Sport – Think Croquet’

After the 4-day show there were over 200 requests from the public to find their local croquet club – croquet is certainly ‘on the up’.