Welcome to Reigate Priory Croquet Club

In general, not much is known about croquet, but hidden away in a corner of Reigate, Surrey, our club has been established for nearly 100 years, catering for members of all ages, from all walks of life. A sociable and fun past-time, with the potential for games to range from simple and carefree, to devilishly tactical, croquet is a low-impact sport, which is easy… Read more →

National Croquet Day 2018

Sunday, May 13th will be this year’s National Croquet Day, and we will be holding our event on our lawn in Reigate. The idea is to raise the profile of croquet somewhat, so to that end we’d like to encourage as many people as possible to come and give it a go – for members, this means encouraging as many friends,… Read more →

Maintenance Morning

On Sunday morning, there was an impressive turnout of volunteers to help bring the lawn up to scratch for the start of the season. Coordinated by Mike Barnard, a whole host of tasks were dealt with, from cleaning the gutters, to weeding (which Di proved to be magnificent at!), to trimming the edges of the lawn. Through teamwork and good… Read more →

Grand Opening of the Vulliamy Terrace

Without Bunny Vulliamy, Reigate would not have a croquet club.  Joining in 1969, he quickly became Secretary, and then Chairman, in the process rescuing the moribund club and setting it on its current highly-successful path.  Bunny bequeathed a substantial donation to the club upon his passing, and this money has been put to good use creating a viewing platform at the North end of the lawn, known as the Vulliamy Terrace, and a Commemoration Seat, which were officially opened on April 7th 2018.

A plaque was added in remembrance of all Bunny did for the club, and the terrace was opened with some kind words from Chairman John Bristow.

The members gathered spent the day enjoying the Chairman’s Choice – a fun (but competitive!) day involving a mix of quarter-lawn, 2 hoop association and golf croquet, followed by another of Freda’s excellent lunches.

High handicap winners (who tied) were Sue Rice & Judy Perry. Low handicap winner Martin Peacock kindly donated his prize to the other two!

Joyce’s Legacy

Members of Joyce Hampton’s family joined us to present a memorial croquet mallet in her name, after her recent death.  They also donated her very own mallet, to be known as Hampton’s Hammer.   Below is the memorial mallet being christened, by somebody who has never played before – it’s obviously up to the job!   Read more →

John Timberlake 1930 – 2018

John Timberlake died at the beginning of February 2018 after a period of recurring ill health. Eleven club members past and present joined a large congregation at his service in Randalls Park Crematorium on Wednesday 14th February. John played for the club from 2001 until ill health caused him to cease playing competitively in 2014. A Wimbledon lawn tennis umpire… Read more →

Mad dogs and Englishmen?

It wasn’t the midday sun so much as the freezing cold which greeted RPCC’s intrepid Christmas Cracker participants this weekend.  Some dressed up in “novelty” Christmas dress, and others were more interested in the mulled wine, but either a way a good time was had by all.  Prizes were awarded to Chairman John, and runner-up Sue, both of whom showed… Read more →

Lawn Winter Closure – 2018

To allow the lawn a Christmas Break to recuperate, we’ll be closing it during January & February. During this time, we’ll be looking to fix any issues, tidy up the divots, and reset the hoops, but one of the biggest reasons will be to prevent any further damage during the cold period, during which the lawn healing process takes far… Read more →

U-League Team Update

RPCC fields two teams in this AC handicap league, with Team B only playing at weekends, catering for members in full-time employment. Team A consisted of 7 players: John Knight, John Staddon, John Hyde, Simon Ling, Doug Dykes, Martin Peacock and Lucy Beach. They started by losing 2-5 at Medway, but then won 6-1 against Guildford and Godalming. A subsequent… Read more →