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History of the League

Celebrating over 20 years of Boules

1996 - 2018

Croston is twinned with the French town of Azay le Rideau, just south west of Tours, France.
Our Boules members have enjoyed many visits and have another trip planned this year.
Learn more about Azay le Rideau here:




Celebrating 20 years of Boules

1996 - 2017


Croston is twinned with the French town of Azay le Rideau, just south west of Tours, France.
Our Boules members have enjoyed many visits and have another trip planned this year
learn more about Azay le Rideau here:



our founding members
Charlie Holt
Graham White
Russell Davis
John Twinn
Peter Briggs

During their exchanges with Azay-le-Rideau in the lovely Loire valley, members of the Twinning Association were given the opportunity to play boules (or petanque) on several occasions

In 1992 it was decided that it would be good fun, and also give the opportunity to promote the Twinning Asociation, if there was a pitch (or piste) in Croston. The landlord at the Black Horse agreed to allocate a section of land suitable to construct a piste, and after a considerable number of man hours, the first piste was introduced.
The association organised several events known as 'boules breakfast' which were usually held on Sunday mornings and consisted of coffee and croissants whilst playing boules.


a Boules Breakfast (Twinning Assoc)


Charlie and John first Winners - 1992(pre-league)

The introduction of the first competition in 1993, the Black Horse Trophy, (donated by the landlord and still played for in 2016), generated a great deal of interest and led to several other locations wanting to construct a piste. The provision of pistes at different locations created an opportunity to enhance the playing of boules throughout Croston and the surrounding area.

In the autumn of 1996, a sub-committee of the Association was formed with the purpose of creating a competitive boules competition which incorporated the different venues, whilst ensuring that the rules and team format allowed the matches to be played for fun.

The boules league was formed in 1997 with six teams playing at five different venues and the first matches were played in April 1997.

In 2006, the boules league split from the Twinning Association and became known as the Croston and District Boules League. In 2008, the league was given a lottery grant of £2,545 which enabled it to bring all the pistes up to present day standard.
The current league consists of twelve teams playing at seven locations on Tuesday evenings.