In 1997 The Chelmsford Croquet Club relocated to Writtle College Sports Ground. In those early years the dedication of several members saw the transformation of four disused grass tennis courts, part way converted into bowling greens, into two reasonably good, full-sized, croquet lawns. In 1999 came a merger with Bentley Croquet Club, who had lost their ground, to form the Chelmsford and Bentley Croquet Club.
Happily the leasing arrangement with the College includes provision for their groundsman to maintain the lawns and since his appointment two seasons ago the current groundsman, Peter Gray, has enthusiastically worked to make further (much appreciated) improvements to the playing surface.
With some 34 members, though at present more Golf than Association Croquet players, what the club has lacked up till now has been a clubhouse - though on a wet day the two existing small huts have provided some interesting moments! However, thanks to grants from Awards for All and the Croquet Association, all that is about to change. A new clubhouse is now on order and should be in use by the start of the season on 1 April.
At this exciting time in its development the club would welcome new members, particularly those who would be interested in playing, or learning, Association Croquet. For further information contact the Club Secretary, Richard Lewin, on 01702 586312 or by email at rw.lewin#tiscali.co.uk.