Community Spirit Through Petanque

Last Wednesday saw Mansfield Petanque Club hold the first of it’s funded petanque taster days to introduce the local community to the club and to the sport of petanque. The club has nine similar event days planned for the summer with different groups including an initiative to introduce petanque to a local school. Mansfield Petanque will help fund the construction of the school pistes and then hold two taster days to introduce petanque to the students.

Members of Forest Town U3A were invited to Wednesday’s petanque taster session and twenty six U3A members attended. All those attending were given tuition and support on how to play the game and then played some games in groups alongside members of Mansfield Petanque Club. At the end of play a buffet lunch was provided for all the club’s guests and members.

The club is delighted with the turnout and response to this first event and already has a dozen FT U3A members wishing to come back to June’s U3A taster session.


The club would like to thank all the members of Mansfield Petanque Club who helped make this day a success and for introducing Forest Town U3A to the petanque community at Titchfield Park.

The club would like to give a special mention to those members that set up the funding for these events and have been largely instrumental in bringing this project to fruition and helping with the day’s organisation.

Special thanks to:
June & Mike Ricketts, Richard Batt, Jim & Judy Alsop, David Mellors, Mike Lapinski, Maureen Mountain.

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