"Just turn up and play"
Every Thursday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (all courts)
Every Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Courts 3 and 4)
WHAT IS MIX-IN?
Mix-in comprises two afternoon sessions (Thursday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.) when members just turn up and play with whoever else has come along.
The sessions are particularly popular with members who just want to enjoy social croquet and new members who have recently passed their Beginners' Training course.
Typically more than 20 members attend the Thursday session, with generally smaller numbers on the Sunday. Members play 7-point games (normally lasting about half an hour) in doubles format, and then after each game, they may "mix-in" and play again in a different foursome. Members may come and go as they choose at any time within the allotted hours and may "sit-out" for a period if they would like a rest.
The Thursday afternoon sessions are managed by Hilary Cowley (or a deputy when Hilary is not available). This ensures an even more pleasant and well-organised experience for those attending.
Mix-in runs all through the year and is still well attended in the winter months. Times change with the clocks and so run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. while we are on Greenwich Mean Time (last Sunday in October to last Saturday in March inclusive).
What our members say:
Have been a croquet club member for a comparatively short time, receiving excellent initial tutorship from Tony Peperell, and then participating in the weekly mix-in, under the guidance of Hilary and Madeleine. All the participants at the mix-in, whatever their handicaps, have been so friendly, welcoming, supporting and confidence boosting, making this a really pleasurable experience and one I look forward to continuing. Viv Cornacchia
I do enjoy mix-ins, it gives me the opportunity to meet new people and play with lots of different people, regardless of abilities. This enhances my experience of croquet. Daphne Spiers
I really like Mix-ins, they suit me. You can just roll up, no need to contact anyone. Also fellow players do not get stuck with you all afternoon! You play with different people, thanks to you [Hilary] organising us .You do a great job. Stella Ward.
The Mix-In sessions were a great way to meet other members of the croquet club at Phyllis Court and I quickly felt part of the group. I found myself playing against people of different ability and experience and began to grow in confidence. It’s a very well organised session with a ‘manager’ who ensures everyone gets a chance to play with a range of people in a fun environment. Jane Probitts
Having played at the mix in for a couple of years I can say that I have enjoyed each one and there has not been one negative comment which is amazing if you consider some of the shots I have produced!! Smiles, laughs and new friends, what more could one ask for in a visit to PCC croquet mix in? Jeff Cornacchia
A good turnout on a Thursday afternoon.