Croquet Taster Session

Members of the WCIT (along with a smattering of Livery Masters and Consorts) descended on Surbiton Croquet Club on July 3rd for a croquet ‘taster’ session.

The session was arranged by Liveryman and SCC member Maxine Ricketts, ably assisted by other members of the club. Our hosts not only coached the novices in the finer points of croquet rules and etiquette, but they also ran the bar, served the Pimms, and prepared a lovely three-course meal for us afterwards!

The game itself proved very popular with all participants as it was relatively easy to understand, didn’t require much physical prowess, and encompassed a nice walk across the lawns in good company.

We played the “Golf Croquet” variant of the game which is quicker to play, lends itself to teamwork and socialising, and also allows a fair amount of gamesmanship. We learned some new skills – it isn’t easy, and some of us made it look even less so – and every good shot was rousingly applauded and brought its own sense of achievement.  Croquet – along with Livery fellowship – was the only winner!

A huge thank you to Maxine and all her chums for the warm welcome and expert coaching, and for making us all feel at home.