As the lighter nights approach and the prospect of warmer weather (we hope!) many people will be considering taking up a new hobby for the summer. If you enjoy being in the open air with congenial people and are mildly competitive, croquet may be the answer.
Swindon Croquet Club meets on the lawns at Moredon Playing Field (just off the Cheney Manor Trading Estate Road) from April to November.
There are two versions of croquet – Golf Croquet, a mildly competitive and very social game, and Association Croquet, more technical and a test of skill and planning – a bit like a mixture of snooker and chess on grass. Croquet is suitable for all ages and abilities, and men and women can play together on equal terms.
Anyone interested is welcome to come and have a try – the first session is free; after that it costs just £5 a session, which can be anything from one to four hours long. Or if you get hooked and decide to join the club, the fees are £90 for the whole season. No equipment is needed as the club has mallets, balls and hoops for general use – all you need are flat shoes and protection from the wind and sun.
Club days are Tuesdays for Golf Croquet and Wednesdays for Association Croquet, but once you are confident games can be played at any time. For more details and timings contact John Airey, Club Secretary and Coach on 01793 873026 or Mary Bedells, Publicity Officer on 01793 722436.