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

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15/07/2019
That Was The Week That Was

The week of July 8th was the busiest in the club’s season, with no fewer than three South-East Federation GC Handicap League matches.

Ealing emerged victorious in two of the three contests, overcoming Dulwich and Roehampton – by a margin of 5-4 in both cases. We lost against Reigate; again the score was 5-4.

The match against Dulwich was even closer than the score suggests. It was neck and neck until the final game, which was won by Jennian Geddes on the golden hoop.

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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