The Pétanque Group was formed in 2010 and since that time has grown steadily so that currently there are over 30 regular players plus a number who, for various reasons, are only able to play on some occasions.
Monday morning meetings, at Lake Meadows, have taken place throughout each year with very few having to be cancelled or abandoned due to bad weather. Recently additional meetings have been introduced on a Thursday afternoon.
The majority of members have never previously played on a regular basis but the standard of play has risen each year to the extent that our three teams have dominated the Blackwater and District Pétanque League for the past two years. Our one team in the Essex Invitation Summer and Winter Leagues has also performed well against more experienced teams.
In the past year the Pétanque Terrain has been improved by the addition of a fresh top dressing and is now considered to be one of the best playing surfaces in the area. The surrounding area has been enhanced by the provision of some seating, funded jointly by Group members and Basildon Borough Council.