The Uckfield U3A Croquet Group enjoy their sport at the Victoria Pleasure Ground / Pictures: Ron Hill

In pictures - a nice day for a spot of croquet

The peculiarly British sport of croquet was taking baby steps to return from the first coronavirus lockdown in the summer of 2020, away from the glare of publicity.

Monday, 22nd February 2021, 10:00 am

Photographer Ron Hill writes: "The government’s easing of restrictions put in place to slow the spread of Covid-19 paved the way for croquet to resume... for a while. The Croquet Association had welcomed the chance to start up again, marketing itself as an ideal sport in unusual times. Media reports on lockdown easing had focused on sports like golf, tennis and basketball, with the glaring omission of croquet, the perfect ‘social-distancing’ sport.

"A croquet lawn is twice the size of a tennis court, so playing against a member of your household, or one other person from outside your household, is no problem. Croquet is mainly played in a season lasting from spring to autumn, so on a chilly day in midssummer I ventured to the Victoria Pleasure Ground in Uckfield where I was told I might find a game going on.

"The Uckfield U3A Croquet Group, armed with long handled wooden mallets, were determined to play and took to the grass to get in some valuable playing time." See Ron's pictures from his croquet day on this page and the ones linked.

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