Ealing Croquet Club

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

 

About ECC

Croquet has been played in Lammas Park, albeit not continuously, since the early years of the twentieth century. You can read more about the formation of the club in our History of ECC. Below are a selection of the latest tournament results and other club news.

News

03/12/2018
30 Years Young

We celebrated our 30th Birthday in fine style on Sunday 2nd December in the pavilion. In true Ealing style, this was only about six months late, as the general consensus was that the club would have started at the beginning of the croquet season in May.
However, the day was all the sweeter for the wait, and we were duly treated to a splendid spread by Susan Stephenson, who laid on bunting, candles (electric, to conform to Health & Safety), mince pies, mulled wine and a magnificent birthday panettone.
Some hardy members even played croquet earlier in the afternoon.
There was further cause for celebration, as we had heard a couple of days before that our application to register as a Charity was successful. Many thanks to Chris Studdert for all his efforts in pushing this through. It should be a big help in seeing us through the challenges of the next 30 years.

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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