Cut-out crea­tures add to day

Stratford Press - - News - By ALICE COWDREY

A large di­nosaur kept watch over the Strat­ford Cro­quet Club dur­ing its open day last week.

The large ply­wood cut-out has been cre­ated along with many oth­ers an­i­mals and at­tached to a new fence which re­placed the tin one that borders the club’s lawns and was blown down dur­ing bad winds.

Made by club mem­ber Paul Bur­ton, the di­nosaur sits along­side birds, in­sects, lizards and other wildlife and have made the club a bit of a fo­cal point for peo­ple vis­it­ing Vic­to­ria Park.

The first day of the sea­son was last Tues­day where old and new mem­bers turned up to play a few games on the lawn as well as ad­mire Paul’s new handiwork.

Pres­i­dent Eileen Judd says there were 19 club mem­bers last year and num­bers were ex­pected to grow this sea­son. New mem­bers are wel­come to at­tend, with games played on Tues­day morn­ings from 9.45am.

The club is also or­gan­is­ing twi­light games dur­ing the sum­mer months which will be held on Thurs­day nights from 5.30pm af­ter day­light sav­ings starts.

The sea­son runs be­tween Septem­ber and April and Eileen en­cour­ages peo­ple to get in­volved with the fun and so­cial sport.

“It’s good for your health — you have to think about your game us­ing your minds, meet­ing new peo­ple and also in­ter­club games as well. You can ei­ther play so­cially or com­pet­i­tively and games last be­tween around half an hour and three quar­ters of an hour. It’s easy to learn and is for peo­ple of any age.”

She is happy with the new fence and the an­i­mals and likes the fact peo­ple can see through and watch the play­ers.

“Peo­ple know we are here now.”

Len Hot­ter gets a ball un­der a hoop to of­fi­cially mark the be­gin­ning of the cro­quet sea­son.

The di­nosaur.

Strat­ford Cro­quet Club mem­bers gather around for a wel­come be­fore the sea­son kicks off.

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