We are a Community Amateur Sports Club and have three full-size lawns in a favourable position at the top of Calverley Grounds in the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells. To find us see the map to the right or for more detail see Our Location page. If you want to join us see our Membership page.
Our Clubhouse has changing rooms and kitchen facilities, including a dishwasher, for limited refreshments, including tea, coffee, biscuits etc. More extensive teas and lunches etc. can be found within Calverley Grounds at the Cafe (2 minutes walk downhill) or in the main shopping area of Tunbridge Wells itself (5-6 minutes walk to the far side of the car park in Crescent Road). Our decorations include some croquet sketches, donated by John Hobbs, and a drawing of the club house by Barbara Tasker.
This photo shows what Calverley Grounds looked like in 1930. We are where the tennis courts are in the bottom left of the photo, Click on this image for a larger version.(photo courtesy of britainfromabove.org.uk).
The video below was produced by KMTV (Kent Messenger TV) after a visit to the club in 2017:
Our Playing Season
This runs typically from April to late September, with some limited access to lawns at other times of the year. (We’re normally closed for Autumn Maintenance from late September for about 6-8 weeks.)
Members may play at any time from dawn to dusk, seven days a week, gaining access using the provided key.
We provide all hoops, pegs and balls as well as a selection of mallets. Each lawn has its own equipment with two sets of coloured balls on trolleys. Flat-soled shoes are essential; normal sportswear is worn most of the time, with whites for tournaments and inter-club matches.
Club Sessions and Coaching
Club Afternoons are Wednesday and Sunday 2-6pm from (roughly) April to September. During the winter we normally have a club day on a Sunday once a month. These are informal and social occasions, suitable for those new to the game as well as experienced players. We typically get between 10 and 25 people in the summer, playing both Golf Croquet and Association Croquet, so feel free to just turn up if you already play! If you don’t already play then we suggest that you come to one of our Open Days (first Sunday afternoons May-August).
At most sessions coaches are available to provide informal help and assistance. We also provide more regular coaching. Please see here for more information.
We also have a library of books and magazines for loan free of charge to members.
Visitors, especially novices, are welcome on one of our Open Days (the afternoons of the first Sundays of May to August) free of charge for the first visit. The first visit as a guest of a Member is also free of charge. At other times the standard visitor fee (green fee) is £5 for a half-day or £8 for a day. A guest or visitor who is not a member of another croquet club may only “pay and play” for three sessions, after which they are expected to become a Member.
Visitors who are members of another croquet club are very welcome. During one of our club sessions or as a guest of a member, you can use the lawns on payment of green fees. (We’re sorry you can’t just turn up to play, as our lawns are only set up when a member is present.)
During our normal club sessions it may be possible for novices to play when not as a guest of a member, provided this is agreed in advance with a Committee Member. This is so that we can ensure tutors are available. A charge of £15.00 per person is payable for a two hour session.
Any Club Member may invite up to 3 guests/visitors to play croquet on a single lawn provided that one or more lawns are not already reserved for any other event. Exceptionally, and with the prior approval from a Committee member, a Member may bring up to 7 visitors to play on a single lawn.
Payment of the green fees is either into the Tea/coffee pot or to our bank account (contact the Treasurer for details).
Pictured: Carolyn Gunstone, Ann Boyle, Barbara Diamond, Brian and Janice Ware
As a friendly club we also run a small Social Programme. This is usually:
- Winter: Monthly Pub Lunches
- Winter playing: Monthly One-Ball/Golf with lunch
- Lawns Opening Event – Soup & Ploughman’s Lunch
- Summer Lunch or Evening Barbeque
- Finals Day Lunch and Tea
Grants and Donations
We’re grateful to the following organisations who have provided grants to us for relaying our lawns, building our Equipment Store and various other items of equipment:
We’re also grateful to all the members who’ve donated money to us over the years and especially to the late Hazel Moss-Davies who funded the building of our clubhouse in 1995.
Use the About Us sub-menu for much more detail about us.
We can also host private parties or corporate events. See the Events Page for more details.
The following members have Croquet Association Refereeing qualifications:
- Association: David Dray, John Hobbs, Alex Jardine
- Golf: Jon Diamond, Mike Gentry, John Hobbs