"CROQUET seemed a much more decanal sport," the Dean of
Hereford, the Very Revd Michael Tavinor
(centre), said. At Three Choirs' Festivals in the past,
the three deans have taken part in dragon-boat racing - "far too
dangerous", he says; "and I wasn't keen to repeat the 'bandy ball'
match [an early form of golf] we played at Gloucester."
So, at Hereford, where the Three Choirs Festival is being hosted
this year, they settled for what is commonly supposed to be a
sedate game of croquet - even though, I understand, it can be
All remained amicable on the deanery lawn, however, despite a
closely fought match in which the Dean of Worcester, the Very Revd
Peter Atkinson (right), won the gold medal, and the
Dean-Emeritus of Gloucester, the Very Revd Nick Bury
(left), the silver, leaving the bronze for their host.
They celebrated, appropriately, with tea on the lawn, and a
specially iced croquet cake for the occasion.