The oldest document to bear the word croquet with a description of the modern game is the set of rules registered by Isaac Spratt in November 1856 with the Stationers’ Company in London.
Eighty years later that the Ballina Croquet Club got into the act and they are celebrating the club’s 85th birthday in style this Friday May 28 with a 1930s inspired dress-up party.
The celebration of the Club’s formation in 1936 will feature fundraising for the Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea, a display of vintage cars from the 1930s.
Members and visitors will also dress in fashion from the era as they take to the croquet lawn to play.
The occasion will draw croquet club members and visitors from across the Northern Rivers, as well as the Tweed and Clarence valleys.
Club members have already organised their 1930 inspired outfits, transport and mallets.
The event starts at 9am and you can find the Ballina Croquet lawns on the corner of Moon and Bentinck Street, Ballina.