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Formation | Holmebrook Valley Park | Chesterfield Borough Council

Club formation

Brian and Margaret Eldridge, who are dedicated petanque players, moved to Chesterfield and conceived the idea of a local Petanque club. With the help of Chesterfield Council this was achieved and the club was launched in 2013.   The public can play at any time on the Piste for free or can come along and join with club members during the sessions they hold on Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings throughout the year and Friday evenings (during the summer).  The club have spare sets of boules, the only equipment required, to loan to anyone interested and club members are on hand to give tips and guidance on the play.  It is the simplest game to understand and has a history going back many centuries (see History). The English Petanque Association has 16 regions and we are in the Mercia region.   Holmebrook Valley Park A large country park on the outskirts of Chesterfield with a beautiful lake, which is home to ducks, swans, coots and Canadian geese. As well as the boules piste there are play areas for children, cycle paths and footpaths through and around the park popular with dog walkers and cyclists, linking with the other cycle routes around Chesterfield. There are picnic tables at the Linacre road car park and also at the lake and football pitches. The boules piste can be used by all members of the public for free at any time during the week. Find out more about the park on their website

Chesterfield Borough Council

In July 2011 Brian and Margaret Eldridge, having moved to Chesterfield and being enthusiastic petanque players for more than 12 years, suggested to Chesterfield Council that it would be a good idea to set up a local Petanque club as there was nothing like this in the vicinity. Their reasoning was that this was a sport that can be enjoyed by every section of society, at any age and including disabled players. Chesterfield responded positively to the request and set about creating a piste in the beautiful surroundings of Holmebrook Valley Park, a perfect location as it was right by the car park and café. The work was carried out during 2012 and the Club was up and running by 2013.  We are very grateful for the support of Chesterfield Council, without which the club could never have been set up.  

Club Membership

Annual Subscription is due on 1st May Adult: £20 per year Junior (under 16 years of age): £4.00 per year All juniors must be accompanied by an adult or guardian who must partner the junior unless otherwise agreed by all parties For New Members who join the club mid year subs are payable on a pro-rata basis: 1st May £20.00,  1st November £10.00 Anyone wanting to try the game before joining is allowed to play three sessions only, then a subscription must be paid accordingly. This is covered by our club insurance. We request that all fully paid up members purchase their own boules, so as to allow any new players the loan of the limited club supply. Click here to download and print off a form to fill in and hand to Joyce Walker with your subscription fee.

Club Documents

Below are links to documents related to the club. Members should make sure that they have read the Health & Safety Sheet and the Risk Assessment Health & Safety Club Constitution Risk Assessment Rules of Petanque - note these rules were amended in December 2016, modifications to the rules are shown in blue
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About Us

Formation | Holmebrook Valley Park | Chesterfield Borough Council

Club formation

Brian and Margaret Eldridge, who are dedicated petanque players, moved to Chesterfield and conceived the idea of a local Petanque club. With the help of Chesterfield Council this was achieved and the club was launched in 2013.   The public can play at any time on the Piste for free or can come along and join with club members during the sessions they hold on Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings throughout the year and Friday evenings (during the summer).  The club have spare sets of boules, the only equipment required, to loan to anyone interested and club members are on hand to give tips and guidance on the play.  It is the simplest game to understand and has a history going back many centuries (see History). The English Petanque Association has 16 regions and we are in the Mercia region.   Holmebrook Valley Park A large country park on the outskirts of Chesterfield with a beautiful lake, which is home to ducks, swans, coots and Canadian geese. As well as the boules piste there are play areas for children, cycle paths and footpaths through and around the park popular with dog walkers and cyclists, linking with the other cycle routes around Chesterfield. There are picnic tables at the Linacre road car park and also at the lake and football pitches. The boules piste can be used by all members of the public for free at any time during the week. Find out more about the park on their website

Chesterfield Borough Council

In July 2011 Brian and Margaret Eldridge, having moved to Chesterfield and being enthusiastic petanque players for more than 12 years, suggested to Chesterfield Council that it would be a good idea to set up a local Petanque club as there was nothing like this in the vicinity. Their reasoning was that this was a sport that can be enjoyed by every section of society, at any age and including disabled players. Chesterfield responded positively to the request and set about creating a piste in the beautiful surroundings of Holmebrook Valley Park, a perfect location as it was right by the car park and café. The work was carried out during 2012 and the Club was up and running by 2013.  We are very grateful for the support of Chesterfield Council, without which the club could never have been set up.  
© Chesterfield Petanque Club 2014   

Club Membership

Annual Subscription is due on 1st May Adult: £20 per year Junior (under 16 years of age): £4.00 per year All juniors must be accompanied by an adult or guardian who must partner the junior unless otherwise agreed by all parties For New Members who join the club mid year subs are payable on a pro-rata basis: 1st May £20.00,  1st November £10.00 Anyone wanting to try the game before joining is allowed to play three sessions only, then a subscription must be paid accordingly. This is covered by our club insurance. We request that all fully paid up members purchase their own boules, so as to allow any new players the loan of the limited club supply. Click here to download and print off a form to fill in and hand to Joyce Walker with your subscription fee.

Club Documents

Below are links to documents related to the club. Members should make sure that they have read the Health & Safety Sheet and the Risk Assessment Health & Safety Club Constitution Risk Assessment Rules of Petanque - note these rules were amended in December 2016, modifications to the rules are shown in blue
Chesterfield Petanque Club
Chesterfield Petanque Club