and Essex Free Press, May 31st 1923
A very popular village sport
Back in 2015, the new owner of a
cottage next door to the Eight Bells, discovered an abandoned torn
sack in the rear of his garage.
It was was extremely heavy and tipping out the contents, it appeared
to be just scrap metal of no significance.
Fortunately he showed Dennis the contents, who immediately recognised
"the scrap" as a set of shoes and pins etc for playing
They had probably been there since the last match was played in
the village during the 1930`s
With a thriving Quoits team only
2 miles away at Mount Bures, it seemed appropriate to try and set
up a local team in the village.
Dennis soon acquired a site on the Common for a pitch, a team was
assembled with the aid of Dean Manning and they played their inaugural
match in 2016
If it hadn't been for Dennis and his enthusiasm to resurrect the
game, we would not be looking at Quoits being played on the Common
Consequently, during the latter
part of the year, it was suggested by Dennis in conjunction with
Dean Manning to recruit members for this new team.
By the Spring of 2014, the response had been extraordinary with
15 applicants, enough to have 3 or 4 teams.
The Bures group was subsequently accepted into the "Stoke by
Nayland Steel Quoits League" during March
The inaugural match for the Bures
Quoits Teams took place on "The Common" on Saturday 19th
This was an open invitation match with teams participating from
Mount Bures, Holbrook and Gt Horkesley.
The Bures team although up against such stiff opposition, proudly
made itself to the semi-finals before being knocked out by the Holbrook
The local community turned out in good numbers to support this event,
many never having heard of Quoits, let alone see it being played.
The participating teams were impressed at the number of spectators