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Opening Day, One-Ball and other News - by Liz_Farrow 25/03/2018 @ 18:49

Sussex County Croquet Club

Charity One Ball Handicap Heat

in aid of Down’s Syndrome Association

providing valuable advice and support to the 60,000 people in the UK with this genetic disorder and their carers

Sunday 29th April 2018

For a 9.30 start - Open to all Players


For Places in the National Final Sunday 13th May at Surbiton CC

This excellent charity has a 'house colour' of green, so for the heats and in the final

We are encouraging everyone to include green in their clothing

£10 (or voluntary donation in excess) payable on the day

Booking Essential, please, by 21st April 2018

Refreshments available: £11

(Coffee, Light Lunch, Tea, Cake & Biscuits)

or contact Deborah Marcus

Other News from Liz

A reminder that Opening Day is  Saturday 31st March. Do come and enjoy a game. After this the GC roll up currently on Monday will revert to Tuesday afternoon. Thursday as usual. People who come for Wednesday AC roll up, please note that it will start at 10am from  April. This is to allow time for far members to journey without all the traffic!!!

Handicaps. Please check the new address list for your handicap. If it is incorrect please email the correct one to Sandra or myself asap.

If you are unsure as to the lawn availability on days when the weather is bad, please do check the lawns page on the website. We cannot guarantee decisions being emailed out at the beginning of the day, but Clive does  the website  when he is available to. We know it is frustrating if you have come and cant play because a notice says lawns unplayable, but sometimes decisions are taken late due to the unpredictability of the weather. Hopefully spring will soon be here and all will be well.

The lawns are doing well, thanks to the care of Ben and his team and we are looking forward to a good season again !

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Opening day for new season - by AdminJohn 17/03/2018 @ 09:58

Opening Day Saturday 31st March

Starting at 11.00
A match between Clive’s team and Roger’s team

Members will be allocated to a team upon arrival and can opt to play GC, one ball or AC.

Once the initial game is finished and the result recorded, members are encouraged to make up further friendly games.

A light lunch of soup and bread will be available

Freezing weather closes lawns - by Liz_Farrow 23/02/2018 @ 07:53

The decision has just been taken to close the lawns while the very cold and frosty period is with us, in order to minimise damage. We have been very fortunate to have had so many days play this winter. So, as from Saturday this week (24th Feb) the lawns will be closed until further notice. We anticipate about a week, but will keep you informed and will open them again as soon as we can.

The quiz  and the tournament due on 2nd March will be postponed.

The AGM will go ahead as planned on Saturday 3rd March.

New dates for GC competition - by Roger_Sutton 19/02/2018 @ 16:39

New dates

Roger has  split the tournament he  is running on the 2nd March so that there is less pressure on lawn availability.

He has advised the higher handicaps involved of this. Lower handicaps still come on the 2nd!

If you are a handicap 7 or above and would also  like to enter, please see the new date below

9th March 2018

GC Level play tournament for handicaps

7 and above

This is a winter tournament

Whites not required

Please E Mail your entry

Skittles Evening - by AdminJohn 22/01/2018 @ 19:20


We will be having one of our famous skittle evenings on Thursday February 8th, starting at 6:30pm.

It will cost £12.00 to include a fish and chip supper.

Numbers will be limited to 32, so it will be on a first come, first served basis.

Please email Fran on Fran if you wish to come or sign up on the list in the clubhouse.

Fran would be very grateful for any offers of help to set up on the evening.

Club Competitions 2018 - by Liz_Farrow 22/01/2018 @ 18:28


It is time to be thinking about the competitions you might like to enter this year.

Please read the information carefully as it has been changed quite a bit from previous years.

We have separated out our internal competitions from the SECF and CA competitions . There is a sheet explaining more about the SECF and CA competitions and some guidance about player handicaps for each one- though this is not set in stone! We have also added the Captains for each team and they will be able to give you more info, as will Richard Brooks (GC Club captain) and Daphne Gaitley (AC Club captain).

We are hoping this will help you in your thinking and planning.

There are 4 documents regarding competitions.
1. Competitions Information, available here.
2. Brief details of the Club's internal competitions, available here.
3. SECF League information and entry form, available for download here.
4. Club internal competition entry form, available for download here.

A box will be in place at the club next Tuesday, but the forms detail other ways of giving in your entry forms.

We are hoping for many entries in both club and leagues this year!

For those of you wondering about the One ball heat at SCCC. This will be played on Sunday 29th April and be run by Deborah Marcus- so keep the date free if you are interested. Winner goes forward to the final at Surbiton.


PS:  watch out for AGM info which will be coming shortly

GC level play day tournaments in 2018 - by John_Low 02/01/2018 @ 12:36


Christmas Lunch in a few pictures - by John_Low 03/12/2017 @ 16:52

Congratuations to Chrissy and her fantastic team of helpers for the splendid Christmas lunch today. A record number I believe (?71)

A huge undertaking and a great success.







Alternate Stroke Handicap Doubles Day - by John_Low 19/11/2017 @ 20:43

An fun day was had by all players in sunny if chilly weather. Four rounds of 14pt timed handicap games were played, in an Egyptian format. The event was won by Clive Grimley and Robin Wootton; congratulations to them


The runners-up were Liz Farrow and Simon Dobson.

The trophies were the two Castell Soda Syphons which Paul Castell generously donated in 2008 for the Alternate Stroke Advanced Open Tournament which used to be held in July. Unfortunately entries dropped off and the event has not been played for some time so it was good to see these unusual trophies being put to good use again.

Thanks to Deborah for running the competition so professionally.


Fuller results follow (NB grid display does not imply a block. Format was Egyptian.).

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Points Pos
1 Frances & John Low X -13 -5 +7 -2 90 13
2 Gabrielle Higgins & Brian Havill X -5 +7 +2 -11 100 5=
3 Robin Wootton & Clive Grimley X +5 D +3 +4 115 1
4 Liz Farrow and Simon Dobson +13 -5 X +11 +5 110 2
5 Rosemary Faulkner & Phil Dunk D -11 X -2 +1 95 11=
6 Paul Castell & Hunter Rogers +5 +5 -3 -4 X 100 5=
7 Phillip Davies & Chris Coull X D -4 -11 +8 95 11=
8 Janet Hoptroff & Luc Berthouze -7 X -2 +6 +1 100 5=
9 Penny Hinton & Nigel Wilson -7 +2 X +2 +1 110 3
10 Sheilla Cookson & Pam Gooders +2 +2 D -6 X 105 4
11 Morgan Case & Jonathan Isaacs -2 -4 +4 X +7 100 5=
12 Stephen & Nick Parish +11 -1 -2 X +4 100 5=
13 Jeff Rushby & Nigel Trotter +11 -1 -4 X +1 100 5=
14 Alan Rew & Peter Flowerday -8 -1 -7 -1 X 80 14

Table Tennis and Fish 'n Chips Evening - by Chris_Rolph 19/11/2017 @ 18:55

Table Tennis and Fish 'n Chips Evening

Fourteen players, two spectators and Chris behind the bar attended the clubs latest social event.

The seven pairs played in a round robin format of '11 up' followed by '21 up playoffs' to decide the final finishing order. The event was rounded off with a splendid delivery of Fish and Chips.

A very enjoyable evening was had by all (and some valuable funds were made for the club).

Finishing order:

1st - Jo and Trevor
2nd - Ben and Dan
3rd - Chris (not the barman) and Carol
4th - Reg and Dave
5th - Pam and Gerald
6th - Sue and John
7th - Rosemary and Pat


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