CROWDS turned out to try their hand at croquet at Little Gaddesden Bowls Club.
Among the guests on Saturday was president of the national Croquet Association Quiller Barrett, who lives in Berkhamsted, and has offered his help to get the sport up and running.
The club has branched out into croquet to ensure its survival in the face of declining interest in bowls.
Mr Barrett, of Chesham Road, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for people who live in the area to try their hand at croquet.
“Combining croquet and bowls in one club is entirely feasible and I’m sure it will be a great success.
“You may be a complete beginner or have played croquet in your back garden, either way you have the chance to learn new skills and tactics, as well as make new friends.
“Croquet is a game where everyone plays on an equal basis whether you are young, old, male or female.
“All you need to start is a pair of flat-soled shoes, the club provides the rest and will welcome you.”
The initiative is being led by croquet fan Angela Searle, who came up with the idea to boost club funds. “It is slightly a fire fighting exercise to keep the thing going but equally there does seem to be quite an interest in croquet,” she said.
The club, based in Church Road, meets to play croquet every Sunday from 2pm.
Everyone is welcome, to find out more call 01442 862944.