Official Opening – Roade

Sunday 18 June: The official opening was a great success, with visitors enjoying a demonstration and ‘having a go’ at playing croquet.

Left to right: Cllr Lorne Murray – Chair of the Roade Parish Council, Paul Chard, Chair – Northampton Croquet Club, Louise and Stuart M. Smith – International croquet players


Sunday 28 May – 10am-4pm: ‘Have a Go’ Day
Just turn up and try croquet

Saturday 18 June – 11am-4pm: Grand Opening
Ribbon cutting · Top players demonstrate the game · Have a go · Refreshments


Don’t forget the AGM on Tuesday 24 January 2023, 2 – 4 pm.
Roade Bowls Club Clubhouse.

The committee look forward to seeing you and you will have an opportunity to visit the new lawns.

Roade lawns looking good

Lawns 1 and 2 have been seeded and are growing well. We have started work on lawns 3 and 4. Lawn care equipment has been purchased including reconditioned cylinder mower and paddock mower.

Roade Update

‘Take off to Roade’ Crowdfunding campaign has now closed, and with Sport England’s contribution of £10,000 we have raised over £20,000 towards the cost of of new lawns.

Many thanks to those who donated.

First grant received

We have secured our first grant and are busy working on other applications especially grants for larger sums of money for the groundwork for the Roade site.

We are going to need members ideas and support to secure more funds, so if you have a fundraising idea, contact a committee member. 

Northampton win Nene/Nene Challenge

A bit of croquet fun started by Paul Hetherington of Peterborough has hit mainstream media! He wanted to get a bit of publicity for a friendly match between our clubs and the Nen/Neene pronunciation of our common river. It’s a fun story to raise a smile in these times. Most importantly Northampton claim the bragging rights, by winning the croquet.

Below is a link to the story in The Times – Monday 17 May