Turning to Croquet

Over the past few weeks Camerton and Peasedown Croquet Club (CPCC) have welcomed many visitors. Some were having their first ‘experience’, others wanted to return to this fascinating sport. One thing was clear – whether our visitors were new or experienced croquet players, everyone enjoyed themselves – many asked about membership of the club.

Ladies from branches of the Somerset W.I. enjoyed a series of competitive games while beginners, after a short period of coaching, had their own experience. The sun shone, the grass was green and cream teas were served. It all got the ‘thumbs up’ and they have already booked for next year

CPCC has entertained two of our local Rotary Clubs – Frome and Radstock. For many it was a return visit, for others, it was a first time to CPCC. For both clubs it was a warm sunny evening and, after a welcoming Pimms, the competition between the returning players soon got going, while beginners were introduced to croquet by CPCC’s experienced coaches before they to took part in their own hard-fought games. Then, as the sun sank in the West, it was time for a buffet meal – much appreciated by everyone. Croquet must have got under people’s skin for, after the meal and in the twilight, many of our visitors played again until ‘light stopped play’

The facilities at CPCC are some of the best in the area – that’s why they host many regional and national competitions. On 3rd September, players from many other clubs travelled to Peasedown to take part in CPCC’s GC Open Doubles competition. In the morning there were a series of hard-fought games in mixed-handicap groups, where matches were won or lost by just 1 or 2 hoops. In the afternoon, pairs were reorganised and battle continued, to complete a complete rank order for the 15 pairs. The Final came down to Brian and Graham McCausland (Nailsea) vs Karen Cromey and John Knowler (Weston super Mare/Nailsea). As all other matches had finished, everyone was transfixed watching this nail-biting match. It was ‘nip and tuck’ until Karen and John eventually won on the 13th hoop. This is croquet’s equivalent of a penalty shoot out!