Have a go at croquet

Darley Dale Croquet Club is hosting an Open Day on Saturday, April 21, between 2pm and 5pm in Whitworth Park.

Anyone can come along and try the game out for themselves, completely free of charge.

No bookings are required, you can just turn up and play. Members will be on hand to show people the ropes.

The club meets on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm until 5pm from April through to September and plays golf croquet, a simplified version of the game which can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of their physical skills, gender, age or stamina.

Croquet is ideal for people to meet in the fresh air, take gentle exercise and enjoy each others’ company.

While the object of the game is to produce a winner, the social aspects are of great importance. There is plenty of laughter on the court with a good deal of banter and leg-pulling between the opposing players.

For those with a more competitive streak, the club is a member of the Federation of East Midlands Croquet Clubs and takes part in their two division inter-club leagues.

Membership costs £32 per year, and members can play as many games as they want throughout the season. Alternatively, they can pay £4 per session.

All the equipment – mallets, hoops, balls etc – are provided. Two members of the club are trained coaches in the game and are readily available to provide coaching for those who want it. The club members also enjoy social meetings throughout the year.

For further information, contact Mike Connelly on 01629 732568 or the club secretary, David Gregory, on 01629 732455. Anyone who cannot make the day can go to any of the club days and seek a taster session.