Elmbridge

BOULES

Pétanque(Boules):
Weybridge, 2 groups, alternating to meet every other Thursday 2.30 - 4 pm, from the beginning of April to the end of September, for fun sessions played on an artificial grass surface. No previous knowledge is expected. For more information, members are asked to consult the most recent Newsletter. Otherwise please contact the Group Co-ordinator on 01932 222963 or email groupsec@elmbridgeu3a.org

Pétanque is a game that originated in Provence, France. It has simple rules and involves throwing a round metal ball (a boule) the size of an orange at a target (a cochonnet or jack) and getting as close to it as possible. Two teams, each comprising two or three players, compete against each other. Knocking an opponent’s boule out of the way or moving the cochonnet are part of the enjoyment and the result of a game is never decided until the very last boule has been thrown. Luck plays an important part and our experienced players sometimes fare no better than newcomers! We play for fun so don’t get too upset when an opposing team member knocks our boules out of the way!

We play on artificial grass which is covering a hard tennis court in my garden in Weybridge. The first Pétanque group started in April 2013 with a target number of twelve players. A waiting list quickly built up so I started a second group a few months later. We now have two groups of around twenty members each which meet on alternate Thursday afternoons from 2.30 - 4 pm from the beginning of April until the end of September. This gives each team enough time to play a complete game and usually a shorter one before relaxing afterwards over refreshments. There is space to play up to 3 separate games at a time by a total of 18 players. Attendance averages at about twelve per week but can vary from eight to sixteen.

No previous experience is necessary. It is a game for all ages and all levels of fitness; there is no running around. (Bending to pick up the boules is not a problem due to the acquisition of some magnetic boules lifters.) It is usually possible to squeeze in a few new players so why not come and join us, perhaps on a trial basis?

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BACKGAMMON BADMINTON
BIOGRAPHY OF FAMOUS PEOPLE BOOKS
BOULES BOWLS
BRIDGE CAFE SOCIETY
CARD CLUB CHESS
CHOIR CINEMA APPRECIATION
CIRCLE DANCING COMPUTER GROUP
COUNTRY RAMBLES CROQUET garden
CURRENT AFFAIRS CYCLING
DISCUSSION DISCUSSION FORUM
DISCUSSION WITH A DIFFERENCE DRAWING AND PAINTING
EU3A BAND EXPLORERS
EXPLORING MATHS EXPLORING MODERN SPIRITUALITY
FILM CLUB FLOWER PAINTING
FRENCH GARDENING
GENEALOGY GEO-POLITICS
GERMAN GREEK (MODERN) for beginners
HISTORY ITALIAN
JAZZ AND ALL THAT MUSIC LAWN CROQUET
LOOKING AT WEATHER LUNCH CLUB
MAH-JONG MILITARY HISTORY
MINDFULNESS MUSIC ... AND ALL THAT JAZZ
MUSIC APPRECIATION MYTHOLOGY
NEEDLECRAFT OPERA APPRECIATION
PATCHWORK & QUILTING PHILOSOPHY
PHOTOGRAPHY PICKLEBALL
PILATES PLANT EXCHANGE
POETRY READING QUIZ GROUPS
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