Subscriptions and expenses

2023 Subscriptions

Subscription rates for 2023 continue unchanged from 2022.

Full member aged 18 and over at time of AGM £60
Country member aged 18 and over whose normal residence is more than 25 miles from Chester by the nearest reasonable route £35
Second club member aged 18 and over whose main club is also a member of the Croquet Association £35
Student member aged 18 to 24 at time of AGM £5
Junior member aged under 18 at time of AGM £5

For new members joining part way through the normal playing season from April to September the subscription is one sixth of the relevant annual subscription for each full remaining month of the normal playing season at the time of joining. This does not apply to existing members who, for whatever reason, are late in renewing their subscription.

Subscriptions are payable to the Club Treasurer, Trevor Farrell, at 62 Hough Green, Chester CH4 8JQ . Payments may be made by cheque or by on-line bank transfer – please ask for details.

For all enquiries concerning new membership and beginners courses, please contact the Membership Secretary.

Playing Fees

Visitors and members of the public may use the Club’s facilities on a reasonable number of occasions in any season. A donation of £5 per person per visit would be appreciated as a contribution towards use of the Club’s equipment and facilities. Children, grandchildren and occasional private guests playing with members of the Club may play without charge. Non-members are encouraged to become a member of the Club in which case any amount already paid is deducted from the relevant annual subscription. In all cases, guests and members of the public must be accompanied and supervised by a member of the Club.

The Club is willing to host organised private, community and corporate group events and charges will be considered and agreed case by case. Charity events when entry charges are for the benefit of a registered charity will normally be hosted by the Club free of charge. Please contact the Club Secretary.

Competition and Travel Expenses

The Club pays entry fees for Club-sponsored events and contributes towards travel expenses for out-of-region away games and tournaments as described below.

Club-sponsored events include NW Federation events such as the Southport Festival and the various Millennium tournaments and national Croquet Association competitions such as the Mary Rose, Secretary’s Shield and Longman, and national All England finals for winners from earlier regional rounds.

Members taking part in competitions and tournaments in a personal capacity or in friendly games, for example with Carrickmines, are expected to pay their own competition fees and travel expenses.

North West Federation and Other Regional Away Matches

When Club members share a car to away matches at other NW Federation clubs or at nearby clubs such as Shrewsbury and North Wales, the suggested voluntary contribution by each passenger is 9p per mile. Click here for a table showing distances to other NW Federation clubs.

Out-of-Region Away Games and Tournaments

Members playing in Club-sponsored team events outside the NW region will be reimbursed at 27p per mile to the driver if travel is by car for a team, and sharing this amount if more than one car is used, plus up to £50 per member to offset personal out-of-pocket accommodation costs when members have to stay in hotels rather than with family or friends for distant events such as in the London area.


Members may obtain a key to the clubhouse (excluding an Allen key) for a returnable deposit on application to the Membership Secretary.  For keys issued from 4 May 2018 the charge is increased from £12 to £15.


Members winning trophies during the season should arrange to have their name engraved if appropriate and the cost will be reimbursed by the Treasurer provided that a receipt has been obtained. A recommended engraver in Chester is Olympic Trophies at 23 Charles Street, Hoole, Chester CH2 3AY.


Costs incurred in purchases or repairs of Club equipment or shared items in the clubhouse should be discussed and agreed with the Equipment Officer who will consult with the Secretary and Treasurer or Committee as appropriate.


Members representing the Club in NW Federation league matches at home are usually expected to provide food and beverages for themselves and visitors as advised by the Team Captain. Separate arrangements may apply for other matches when members and visitors bring their own lunches. Catering costs for competitions and tournaments hosted by the Club should be discussed and agreed with the Catering Organiser  who will consult with the Secretary, Treasurer and Competition Manager as appropriate