crowkay) is making a come-back. The problem with the game is that
most people have only a slight idea of how it is played and most have the wrong idea! You will still see people put their foot on
their ball to prevent it going off court while they happily drive
their opponent off court; both actions are fouls in Association
We currently have
over 20 regular members; over the years at least 45 adults have played, some
coming from New Zealand and Chile. About the same number of children
have played here mostly from one or other local schools.
The popularity of
Croquet has increased with the arrival of Golf Croquet which is a
relatively quick and much more sociable game with everyone taking
quick turns of a single stroke. More details HERE.
please make contact with us if you are interested. We would love to
hear from you. Teignbridge Council have been particularly helpful in
providing facilities to get us started. The croquet lawn is to
the east of the hard tennis courts.
Find out how the
two standard and other versions of the game are played HERE...
typically runs from April to September, but occasionally we have
started in March and ended in October depending on the weather.
Forde Park is on deep clay so only when the soil can be improved will the
season be extended. We are aware of some clubs that play all year
In 2018 we
were unable to play until mid-April owing to ground conditions. But
that was followed by the long hot summer when the ground dried out
substantially and became very fast.
We understand that
there are proposals to develop the use of the pavilion; while we
have little information, this is a development that we welcome. At
present there are no toilet facilities in Forde Park and the nearest
ones are in Courtenay Park nearly 10 minutes walk. For some of our
older members this renders a stay in Forde Park almost impossible!
I am pleased to
report that we are now allowed to use the pavilion and we hope in time to
be able to store all of our kit and ground maintenance equipment
pavilion provides us with tea and toilet facilities which are
available at all times of play.