Ongar Pétanque Club are once again hosting the John Sear Pétanque Pairs Challenge at the Ongar Town Festival on Sunday 1st May 2022. We already have 80 Players registered to play, coming from the top clubs in the Eastern Counties, including 18 of our own Ongar Players. Pétanque, the French National Sport, is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with many new clubs springing up in and around Essex. Ongar Pétanque Club has had a successful 2021 season in both match play and social events, despite the Covid regulations. Being an outside sport, and Ongar Pétanque now affiliated to Pétanque England, by undertaking careful risk assessments, and social distancing our members have been able to continue playing at their regular Club sessions on Sunday mornings, and mid-week practices on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. 

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The Town Festival is a great opportunity for everyone to watch our keen and talented players in action, all standards coming together in this open event to match those from other clubs equally passionate about the game. You will find us right in the middle of the High Street, in the Pleasance Car Park next to the Library, and we are expecting some great matches from 10.00 a.m. through to the Finals at 3.15 p.m. The Playing area will be surrounded by fabulous food outlets, craft stalls, Forest Gold Radio, and your First Aid and Lost Persons areas. The Chingford Morris Dancers will also be performing next to the Library between 12.30 and 1.00 p.m. before moving on to other sites in the Town.

If you would like to try the sport yourself – there will be opportunity to use the club pistes in the afternoon at the Festival, to meet the players, possibly speak to the Pétanque England National Coach, or visit their stall for more information on how to play the game. 

Alternatively come along any Sunday Morning to the Ongar Piste – situated just behind the Ongar Library – we play throughout the year, weather permitting between 10.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.

If you would like to try the sport yourself – there will be opportunity to use the club pistes in the afternoon at the Festival, to meet the players, possibly speak to the Pétanque England National Coach, or visit their stall for more information on how to play the game. Alternatively come along any Sunday Morning to the Ongar Piste – situated just behind the Ongar Library – we play throughout the year, weather permitting between 10.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.

Ongar Pentanque

If you would like to volunteer to help set up the extra Festival Pistes, assist with collecting match results, returning the Car Park to normality at the end of the day, or any aspect of the Festival we would love to hear from you. Please come along and join the Team. Contact Carolyn at the Pétanque Referees Tent, or before the day for more info at ongartownfestival@gmail.com.