Most people have heard of croquet but few have had a go at it.

Well, here’s a chance to put that right. The Compton Croquet Club, situated in the Saffrons Park sports ground, are holding an Open Day between 1.00 and 4.00 pm on Saturday 13th May.

Visitors will be welcome. They will be shown the basics of how croquet is played and given light refreshments to fortify them. There will then be an opportunity for them to have up to three free no-obligation lessons over the following weeks so they can learn the game at their leisure, before considering whether they would like to join the club.

Eastbourne is fortunate to be able to boast some of the best croquet lawns in the country: five of them, all manicured almost to snooker’s green baize standard. Well, perhaps not quite that! Anyway, for “pockets” read “hoops.”

And croquet has been played in Eastbourne for around 160 years, pre-dating most other sports. It is a game that can be played all the year-round, weather permitting, and it is unusual in that men and women can play each other on an equal basis. Great for couples who want to do things together.

So, why not give it a try? If people come along, they should wear flat shoes.