Forest Of Dean

Petanque

The Petanque group meet at Forest Hills Golf Club, Coleford GL16 7QD (on the B4226) on the 2nd Monday & 4th Tuesday of the month: April -> September at 2:00; October -> March at 1:30. £1 for the game and a nice cuppa afterwards.

We are a friendly group who meet twice a month at the Forest Hills Golf Club, near Coleford.

For us, the social aspect of the game is much more important than winning so we don't take things too seriously but we do have fun! I'm not even sure we play the 'proper' rules - we did once but we didn't like them so we went back to our own U3A way of doing things.

Petanque is a simple game to learn and is suitable for everybody from those in their twenties to centenarians. If you can throw a ball, you can play Petanque.

If you'd like to try the game, we always have spare boules for you to play with thanks to a kind gift from a former group member. A smaller and lighter set is available too if you'd prefer.

Many of us turn up to play during the Winter months but most don't - participation on any day is entirely up to the individual. Just turn up if you want to play but please note - our Winter games are frequently very chilly so wrap up warm if you decide to come.

We play in teams of three or four (sometimes more) on the three pitches at the golf club. Each session lasts for a couple of hours and then we decamp into the club who supply us with a nice cuppa. Please feel free to bring along biscuits so we don't go hungry :-) Cost for the game and a hot drink afterwards is only £1 for FoD U3A members.

Please let me know if you'd like to try the game. You'll be most welcome. There's a button on this page to send me an email so I know you're coming.

Incidentally, parking at the golf club can sometimes be quite difficult (especially in the Summer) so it would be appreciated if people could car share.

Many thanks to Forest Hills Golf Club for the use of their petanque pitches and for supplying us with a much appreciated tea or coffee afterwards.

For more information contact Andy Thorpe using the email link at the top of this page.

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