Tynemouth Golf Croquet Club has moved again. Originally established at Tynemouth Priory, the Club gratefully accepted an offer by Tynemouth Cricket Club to provide space for two croquet lawns and has had several successful years there. But now Backworth Welfare Hall has made available a bowling green which will provide an ideal playing surface for two croquet lawns.
The club felt they could not miss this opportunity of obtaining lawns better than those of most other northern clubs. In their first home match of the season, where Tynemouth beat Belsay Croquet Club (by only one point!), both teams were very pleased with the high quality of the playing surface.
The game of croquet is relatively modern, with the first set of rules published in 1856, though it is clearly based on much earlier games such as pall-mall. Like most clubs, Tynemouth Golf Croquet Club play to the rules laid down by the World Croquet Federation, which are internationally accepted and make for a simple but competitive sport.
If you are interested in trying the game, please call June Stutt on 0191 251 1067 or Brian Roberts on 0191 289 2508. The club plays every Thursday and Saturday afternoon, no special clothing is necessary and equipment and tuition is provided.
by Brian Roberts