A quick visit from a member of the New York Croquet Club in Central Park

Phil Cordingley played Jim Collins on Tuesday morning.  Luckily, it did not hail or snow! The sun came out to welcome our guest in perfect English tradition! Just missed a warm cup of tea.

Jim sent a very nice email to the committee and formally extended an invitation to our members to play on their NY green in Central Park. So if you ever are in NY, I will send you Jim’s email.  Jim says “I know our members would look very forward to “international” play”.

Jim Collins playing at HHCC
Rick and Nick playing in NY last summer.


Dear members,

I had a brief demonstration in “swishing” the lawn which is necessary to do if you start playing at PH at 9am:

Get the yellow stick from the cupboard, extend it, but not too much, and sway the rod over the lawn in a gentle manner back and forth as if watering the lawn. Do cover the whole lawn, the process should not take more than 5 minutes.

Picture of Steve in Action!

Introducing a Beginners Group at HHCC!

Just like learning any sport or language, it is rather nicer to do it as a groupIt is quite intimidating for new players to be thrown in with the high caliber players in our club. So we would like to give the possibility for our beginners club members to learn to play together and progress as a group.  This group is to be free for our members. This group will meet every week for one hour (first at GHP, then at PH) and be coachedby one of our more experience member. This group is also be open to new players who are not members. They would pay £10 per session, redeemable if they join the club. The best time to do this is first thing on Saturday morning and start as soon as the season opens. We believe it is a great way to get new players, increase members’ confidence in the game and bring a collegial feeling to the club.

Do let me know if you would like to join or may be you have friends who would like to start playing:  secretary@hampsteadheathcroquetclub.org.uk


New Hi-Lo Doubles Competition

In parallel with the Club Handicap Singles Championship (for the Ian Harrison Salver), this season we will be running a Hi-Lo Doubles competition. Members enter as individuals, and when entries close will be paired up according to their handicaps: highest handicap entry will partner lowest, second highest will partner second lowest, and so on. Watch this space for further details, or email the Competitions Secretary to enter.