Newspaper Article from 1981: History of the Lithgow Croquet Club

From the Lithgow Mercury:

Croquet's invitation to the public: Repairs and renovations to the Croquet club and grounds  (29.4.1981 p.20 c.1)

From page 20 of the Lithgow Mercury, 29th April 1981:



Newspaper Article from 1980: History of the Lithgow Croquet Club

From the Lithgow Mercury:

Lithgow croquet now 25 (26.8.1980 p.6 c.7)

From page 6 of the Lithgow Mercury on 26th August 1980... 



Newspaper Article from 1978: History of the Lithgow Croquet Club

From the Lithgow Mercury:

Anyone for croquet? By Jane Dargaville (29.3.1978 p.20 c.1)

From page 20 of the Lithgow Mercury on 29th March 1978... a transcript follows:

Picture: Taking a break in the shade (from left to right) Mrs. Buck, Mrs. Glass and mrs Hanrahan are pictured sitting outside the clubhouse, a pleasure which will not be theirs for much longer if they fail to recruit more members to the club in the near future.


Picture: Mrs Gladys Glass marks the ball with her mallet on the green at the Lithgow Croquet Club, in James Street, while fellow players (from left to right) Mrs. Nell Ross, Mrs. Dot Hanrahan and Mrs. Win Buck look on. 

ANYONE FOR CROQUET?
With a marked reduction in the number of members over the past few years, the Lithgow Croquet Club is having its very existence threatened.
The termination of the Croquet Club, which has been operating in Lithgow for about 25 years, would be the cause of much regret to the small number of women, members of the club, who derive most of their sporting pleasure there twice a week.
Mrs. Winifred Buck, a long standing member said "If the number of members doesn't increase soon without doubt there will be no croquet club in Lithgow within the next 12 months."
"Recently we've even tried to recruit players from the Lithgow High School but young people don't seem to be interested in croquet as a sport even when they know nothing about it"said Mrs Buck.
At present there are only eight women members of the Lithgow Croquet Club. All these women are retired, or work only part time.
Mrs. Nell Ross, who has been a member of the club for about five years, said that most young people tend to feel that it's a game for "old ladies.
"This is just not so, it si a game of great skill and without being over-exerting gives a great deal of exercise" said Mrs Ross.
Because of the lack of financial members the clubhouse and greens are suffering. The members cannot tend to the greens themselves and say that because of rising costs the greens are often not in the best condition.
The Lithgow Croquet Club, unfortunately as it turns out, came into being at about the same time when ladies were allowed onto the greens at Lithgow City Bowling Club and, of course, the Croquet Club has competed for members since.
In Bathurst it's a completely different story, the croquet club there can barely accommodate its members there are so many.
The Lithgow Croquet Club has everything going for it, except members. There is a clubhouse with two greens in James Street, the social climate of the club is not as hectic as is found at other clubs in Lithgow, and croquet is a sport arousing much interest in many other towns in the Central West as well as in Sydney.
In short, croquet is virtually becoming fashionable.
As well as everything else offered by croquet, especially in Lithgow, it's an outdoor sport that can be played by the entire family, considering the skill involved.
"Men included," said Mrs Buck. "It is really not just a game for women, let alone elderly women."
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Newspaper Article from 1965: History of the Lithgow Croquet Club

From the Lithgow Mercury:

A cross between Billiards - Chess: Article on the Lithgow Croquet Club 10 years after its formation (11.6.1965 p.1 c.5)

From page 1 of the Lithgow Mercury, 11th June 1965.... a transcript follows:

A CROSS BETWEEN BILLIARDS - CHESS
Croquet, the modern form of th ancient recreation favored by Royalty, has a devoted band of followers in Lithgow who are determined to promote the sport.

In the 10 years since it was formed, the Lithgow Croquet Club has freed itself of all debt on its club rooms and greens at the Glanmire oval, and is now seeking new members.
Recently the club changed its name from Lithgow Women's Croquet Club because one male player joined the ranks - and more would be welome, according to club president Mrs A.H. Johnson.
Club members engage in inter-district matches against clubs at Lawson and Bathurst, and have their own weekly social matches.
Mrs. Elsie Morton is at present club champion.
PICTURED: Mrs Dot Hanrahan lines up for a shot in the game described as a "cross between billiards and chess", while Mrs Elvie McKinney casts an appreciative eye on the style of play - Photo processed by Douroy


Some Pictures of the Lithgow Croquet Club

Some pictures of the Lithgow Croquet Club.


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About Us

About Us - The Lithgow Croquet Club


Lithgow Croquet Club is a friendly group of people who enjoy a game of croquet together twice a week. We have great facilities and welcome visitors, new members and casual players - with all skill levels! You can bring your own mallet or use the club mallets free of charge - and if you are a beginner we will give you a few pointers and get you playing quickly.

Croquet is a fun sport ideally suited for the whole families to play. It is easy to learn and is enjoyed by people of different ages, fitness, health and abilities. You can  enjoy playing casually - as a visitor - or become a member and enjoy the social and sporting benefits of the club. If you are visiting Lithgow, drop in for a game! No experience necessary, and we supply the equipment.

Lithgow Croquet Club play twice a week, and there is no need to book a spot. Simply join us on Saturday at 1 pm or Wednesday at 9:30 am summertime (during daylight savings) or 10:00 am wintertime, weather permitting! Feel free to contact us for more information - we look forward to seeing you at the club.

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