Cut-out creatures add to day
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.
Stratford Croquet Club members gather around for a welcome before the season kicks off.