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The Pavilion, Lammas Park, Culmington Road,
Ealing, London W5 5JH

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23/07/2021
6 hoops, 5 visitors, 1 paralympic gold medallist and a heap of fun.

 

A group of five adults with learning disabilities came to the club for an afternoon on the lawns. The event was organised by The People Hive and was similar to the one we’d held in 2019 (a follow-up in 2020 had been a casualty of the pandemic.)

Our visitors included a paralympic gold medallist (for skiing, not croquet!), a man for whom this was his first foray into the outside world since March and a young woman in a walking frame. Any initial hesitancy was rapidly dispelled by team races through cones along the far side of lawn 1. All five then threw themselves into 6-hoop games with enthusiasm.

A lot of fun was had by all, despite the searing heat, with promises to return for the next session in August.

History of croquet

Games in which a ball had to be knocked around a course of hoops or obstacles with a mallet were popular in seventeenth and eighteenth-century France. One of them, “Paille Maille”, was introduced to London, where it was played on open ground near St. James’s Palace – later becoming known as Pall Mall. It is to these roots that many croquet historians look when trying to explain the origins of the game.

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History of ECC

Croquet has been played in Lammas Park, albeit not continuously, since the early years of the twentieth century.Since the opening of the park in 1883, Ealing Council has promoted sporting activities. By 1907, in addition to the usual avenues of trees, flower beds and a tea chalet, there were two bowling greens and a cricket pitch with shelters for the players.

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