Campaign for Real Conkers
Media Release 7th September
Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266
Campaigners mark official start of 2016 conker season with 10 point guide on how to play
The Campaign for Real Conkers has said that the first conkers are now falling in some areas of the country signalling the start of the 2016 conker season.
The campaign promotes free for all anything goes conker playing and has issued the following updated guide on how to play conkers for 2016:
1 choose your conker. It’s up to you. Select several from a nearby conker tree
2 check your conker for game readiness. If it can be squeezed between finger and thumb so it indents, discard it. It will crack and split on contact with another conker
3 Look for a conker with particularly hard or sharp edges
4 Once selected you can leave your conker as organic or you may bake it or soak it in vinegar. It’s entirely up to you. There is no such thing as ‘cheating’ in conkers.
5 thread your conker with twine by making a hole in it. Use a hammer or skewer and nail to do this. If the conker cracks, discard it
6 You are ready to play
7 Swing you conker towards your opponent’s conker with the aim of hitting it. You can do this under or over arm.
8 Take alternate goes between yourself and your opponent
9 Wearing gloves to protect the hands is frowned upon
10 The winner is the person whose conker remains most intact when both players decide to conclude the game
CFRC organiser Keith Flett said, don’t forget a key aim of conkers is to bruise your opponents knuckles as well as to smash their conker into tiny pieces.