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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 white paper slip is the target

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) 2 teams from Stoke by Nayland
(c) Gt Horkesley, Beahive.

(d) Thatchers "A" (Commenced circa 2010)
(e) Thatchers "B" (Commenced circa 2011)
(f) Bures

The "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" (existing) and "B" (from The Crown) teams.

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


See Photo Album

Thatchers "A" team playing against the Thatchers "B" team, first game of the season on Saturday 29th April

Bill Rhodes, Team Captain

See Photo Album

On this sunny evening, look at the magnificent views
in the distance.

Hazards of playing Quoits.
Watch the Quoit hit the wooden bed surround
and continue
on its way.
Play these clips in your Media Player. MP4 file

Hazards of playing Quoits
Watch the incoming Quoit ( 5sec) hit another Quoit
on the bed and rise vertically.
Play these clips in your Media Player. MP4 file

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"
"A" team

Nigel Headgemmer,
Sam Martins
Wayne Goodchild,
Paul Condon,
Nigel Bishop
Wesley Goodchild

"B" Team;

Bill Rodes
Andy Edwards
Barney Barnes
James Chamley
Mark Richardson
Nick Hollier
Dick Richardson
and Ian

Stoke League Chairman, Bill Rhodes 01787 224814
Thatchers Team Secretary, Jim Firmin



updated 22/04/2016

If you can supply any additional information on the Thatchers Team do use the Contact facility
Also if I have missed out any names on the team list then do let me know for inclusion

Alan Beales 21/08/2013

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

Page updated with 2016 and Videos 02/05/2016