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Quoits at the Thatchers Arms
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Quoits (koits, kwoits, kwaits) is a traditional game which involves the throwing of metal, rope or rubber rings over a set distance, usually to land over or near a spike (sometimes called a hob, mott or pin)
The history of quoits is disputed. One theory often expressed is that the sport evolved as a formalized version of horseshoes which is a sport that involves pitching a horseshoe at a spike in the ground.
A more likely explanation, is that horseshoes evolved from the sport of quoits, which in turn has its origins in ancient Greece.
The United States Quoiting Association explains that poorer citizens in ancient Greece, who could not afford to buy a real discus, made their own by bending horseshoes - which in those days weighed as much as four pounds each.
The practice was adopted by the Roman army and spread across mainland Europe to Britain.
The aim of the sport remained as a competition to see who could throw the object the furthest and of course the most accurate.

Pair of Quoits weighing in at 3lbs 8oz and should no greater than 7 1/4" in diameter

The "Hob" a wooden box filled with heavy clay to retain the ring
when its hits the surface

The "Hob" is a 3 feet square clay bed enclosed in a wooden frame. The consistency of the clay is very important because a well thrown quoit should embed itself in the clay at an angle.

The image to the left shows a "ringer" - the quoit has been thrown and lands directly over the pin.
Quoits that land cleanly over the pin score two points

Some teams make the pin more visible by using a small strip of white paper.

The throwing distance of the Quoit to the hob is 18yds.

More information see Rules of the Game

The Thatchers Arms is currently part of the "Stoke by Nayland Steel Quoits" league
The teams consist of
(a) Holbrook
(b) Stoke by Nayland
(c) Gt Horkesley, Beehive.

(d) Thatchers "A"
(e) Thatchers "B"
(f) Bures

The Thatchers "B" team originated at the Star PH at Fordham Heath. This was taken over my new management and renamed "The Cricketers", unfortunately the team had to find new accommodation
They relocated to the "White Hart" at West Bergholt.
Then to "The Crown" at Wormingford
Then to "The Beahive" at Gt Horkesley
back to "The Crown" at Wormingford
"The Crown" later was sold, and under new management closed down all internal and external sport activities. The team were forced to relocate once again.

Currently and hopefully now settled at "The Thatchers" joining up with an existing team
The two teams are now known as the "A" and "B" teams.

Thatchers "A" team playing against the Thatchers "B" team, last game of the season on Tuesday 20th August 2013

Movie clip showing the art of throwing the Quoit
Click on icon and download wmv file to play

This "You Tube" clip demonstrates how the game is played
"Arkengarthdale, N Yorks"
Thatchers "A" team
Thatchers "B" team

Stoke League Chairman, Bill Rhodes 01787 224814
Thatchers Team Secretary, Jim Firmin
If you can supply any additional information on the Thatchers Team do use the Contact facility
Alan Beales 21/08/2013
updated 25/11/2017

More Quoits information at visit http://www.suffolkcamra.co.uk/quoits/