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Petanque began at Hartley Country Club in the autumn of 1992 followed by the first meeting and formation of the Petanque section in January 1993. The section has around 70 members with roughly equal numbers of men and women. Hartley Country Club Petanque probably has one of the largest memberships of any petanque club in England. The playing standard varies from casual/social to international level with the majority of members being of a good average club standard.
The founding members were determined to create an open and welcoming atmosphere which would combine sport and social activities - an ideal that continues to this day.
The section is registered with Petanque England nationally and in the county with the Kent Petanque Association. Some section members are involved with the management of petanque at both County and National level.
Any HCC member will be welcomed to take part to try the sport in the first instance without joining the section and then if they decide to continue playing they will be asked to pay a section membership (please see Petanque Section Membership). The section has several sets of boule that beginners are welcome to use. To play formally arranged games and competitions a personal set of competition approved boule is required stamped with a serial number and weight. These are available from several suppliers in the UK.
The section enters competitive teams in the Kent Summer and Winter Leagues with matches played on Wednesday evenings. Practice/social sessions are held on Tuesday evenings at 8pm and Sunday mornings at 11am. For section members during the summer, if they wish to compete, a monthly series of four player leagues with prizes are organized called 'melees'. These are held fortnightly on Tuesday evenings. As well as these the section runs summer and winter singles, doubles and triples competitions. Along with other petanque clubs all day Sunday competitions are held throughout the year, some organised by Petanque England, the Kent Petanque Association or by other Clubs. Hartley run a few 'open' competitions for the benefit of our own section members and visitors from other clubs usually for prize money. Throughout the summer on a Sunday there will, almost certainly, be an all day open competition being played not too far from Hartley.
Finally, Hartley Country Club Petanque section is twinned with a petanque club in the village of Cauchy a la Tour in northern France. An annual match between our two clubs has been played alternately between venues for over 20 years and still continues with the 2019 fixture to be played on the continent.
Hartley Country Club
from 21st March 2020
due to COVID-19
In line with the Government directive we regret Hartley Country Club will be closed from Saturday 21st March until further notice.
Hartley Country Club is a unique community which the Board of Directors is determined and committed to preserve and will do everything in it’s powers to ensure when we do re-open we will come back even better and stronger.
At this time we ask for your continued support and reassure you we will be working in this enforced period of closure to ensure costs are controlled and the Club is taken care of.
In the meantime, we hope you all stay safe and healthy and look forward to seeing you back at the Club when we get through this surreal situation.
The Board and Staff of HCC
CANCELLATION OF MEAL TAKE-AWAY SERVICE
With regret, following the Prime Minister's latest announcement detailing the 'lock-down' of the country, we have to cancel the proposed meal take-away service.
Ultimately the health and well-being of our members is uppermost in our minds and the arrangements we had to put in place for collection of orders would not guarantee this. We apologise for the late notice but as you are all aware this is a very fast moving situation.
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