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

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19/05/2019
Fun for all the family at Ealing Open Day

Nearly 50 visitors enjoyed an introduction to croquet in the sunshine at Ealing’s Open Day on May 12th, held to coincide with National Croquet Day.

24 club members were on hand to ensure our guests were well looked after. 16 people signed up on the day for our popular £10 one month’s trial membership, which proved such a success last year. One enthusiast enjoyed the experience so much that they took up full membership on the spot.

Families were particularly in evidence, and so we are exploring ways to ensure they are catered for in the best possible way.

Thanks go to everyone who came along, to the members who helped out, and especially to Ruth Sisley, who as always was an absolute whirlwind of enthusiastic and efficient organisation.

 

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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