THE refined sport of croquet is thriving at Coutts Crossing.

So much so the members of the Coutts Crossing Croquet Club have been able to make sizable donations to charities in recent times.

Yesterday it was the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service which benefited from the largesse of the club to the tune of $2000.

The club has also been able to donate $1000 to the Angel Flight, a service that provides free air transport to hospital for people in remote areas.

Club members passed on some tips to the Rescue Helicopter officials yesterday.

According to club president Pat Fletcher, croquet has a long his- tory in the Valley.

The Coutts Crossing Croquet Club formed in 1979 and has run continuously ever since.

"It's the only croquet club in the Clarence Valley," said Mrs Richards.

"There used to be a number of courts in Grafton and other parts of the Valley, but Coutts Crossing is the only one surviving."

Croquet played in the style it is at Coutts Crossing, on a court about the size of a bowling green, is different to a back-garden lawn variety, said Mrs Richards.

"It needs great accuracy, strategy and forward thinking," she said.

"Games are played as singles or doubles and can last from an hour to a whole morning."

The club plays on Wednesdays and Sundays. For more information phone 6649 3259.



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