Nailsea & District Croquet Club is a 'very good place to play' claims Kathy Wallace

PUBLISHED: 17:30 27 June 2019

Seven members of Nailsea and District Croquet

Seven members of Nailsea and District Croquet

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Kathy Wallace says Nailsea & District Croquet Club is 'a very good place to come and play' the sport, writes Josh Thomas.

Jim Gregory in action during Assocation Croquet for Nailsea and District Croquet ClubJim Gregory in action during Assocation Croquet for Nailsea and District Croquet Club

The club, which was set up in 1981 by Peter Dyke, plays Association and Golf Croquet and now has over 80 members, including 18-year-old James Galpin, the current Naitonal Junior champion.

CA liaison and tournament secretary Wallace stresses how important croquet is for North Somerset.

"It's important to me because at Nailsea we function really well as a club, there are always people here and everybody interacts with everyone else really well," said Wallace.

"There's always something to learn. You have bad days and you have good days, there's competitions, there's social croquet, you can take it as serious as you want to, you can just come on a club afternoon and never enter any competitions or you can take it to international level.

John Hancock in action for Nailsea and District Croquet ClubJohn Hancock in action for Nailsea and District Croquet Club

"There's every level at Nailsea, the lawns are beautiful, well looked after and it's just a very good place to come."

The sport was first played in England midway through the 19th century in 1851 after coming over from Ireland, and Wallace says playing it is good for mental health, as well as physically.

And Nailsea is as a good a place as any to start out.

Wallace added: "If you're in Nailsea or anywhere in North Somerset you should either come along to the club, or go on to the club website, fill in a contact form, there's phone numbers on there or you can contact us via our Facebook page.

"You can come for a taster session - we offer courses of lessons.

"You've got nothing to lose, you can come for a free taster session at Nailsea and you will probably be surprised just how much you enjoy it and if you pay £30 for a course of six lessons you've got nothing to lose but £30 so go for it.

"If you've got somebody who's just got a little bit old to chase around on a football pitch and they're missing that Saturday afternoon buzz from being in a team and wanting to win, then you can get that from a croquet match instead."

*See the club's facebook page or website nailsea-croquet.org.uk for more details.

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