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Situation on this competition

On Monday the Committee decided to run the tournament on the 26th of June. Roger am devising a system so that no gathering around the notice board needs to occur.  We have provisionally limited the number of entries to 22 but this may change if we think we can double-bank at the end of June or we may run the tournament over two days. At the moment the first 22 entrants have been confirmed and Roger will advise the others what is happening.

If you have entered but no longer wish to play please email Roger as soon as possible.

Internal Competitions for 2020

Information from Roger Sutton

The draw for the internal singles competitions has now been made and these will be found on our website shortly.

This year I will not be posting them on our notice board.

When you book a lawn please advise Francis that you are playing a match.

Some of the matches may take over the two-hour slot so please advise how much time you think you will need.

When the match has been played please e mail the result to

The result will then be posted onto the website.

This year the wearing of whites for competitions is optional however wearing white will indicate to other players that you are in a match and should not be disturbed.

Please be aware of the play-by dates, we have lost two months of the season so it is important to adhere to them. It is the responsibility of both players to organize and get the game played. You will have less time to get your matches played.

Please note the following changes to competition details:

AC Daldy: only three entrants so it is now in American Block format.

Temporary Lawn Booking System - 28/05/2020 @ 08:08

Temporary Lawn Booking System

We are instituting a temporary lawn booking system which Francis Ainley will operate. This will function as follows:

  • Members will contact Francis with bookings up to 9.30 on the day of play via:

- the WhatsApp group ‘GC Ad Hoc Roll-up’*
- email:
- SMS text to 07712 810 631
- telephone 07712 810 631

  • Contact preference is via the WhatsApp group and telephone as a last resort. The bookings will be published by 10am on the day on the following web page:

  • There are four * 2 hour booking slots per day: 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm
  •  Bookings should include names of both players if more than one player, and date& time preference in order. E.g. Fiona Phillips & Clive Hayton, 11am or 1pm. Please ensure it is clear you are making either one booking (11am OR 1pm) or two bookings (11am AND 1pm)
  • Up to 3 booking in total per member may be made up to one week in advance on a first come first served basis. Using the above example, Fiona could make 3 bookings and Clive 3 bookings

Francis may publish updated schedules prior to the day of play, but only the schedule published at 10am on the day will be definitive for that day. Members should ensure that they cancel any bookings that are no longer needed.

Obviously this system will be temporary and cease as soon as we return to something like normality.

*To join this group, click on this link from the phone where you have WhatsApp installed:

(If this link is not clickable, use the link in the email sent out by Fiona at 9.28am on 15th May).

The club will be open for play from Wednesday 13th May. Please follow the guidance below.

Return to Croquet guidance - 12 May 2020



Firstly, the club would like to thank all members for their support and ask for their continued support in these very difficult times. This is obviously subject to change at short notice, should the Government guidance change.

The Government has announced that exercise and sport with household members or with one other person outside your household is allowed in this phase of the Corona Virus.

Based on this guidance, the Committee has reviewed all of the detailed guidance, consulted with others and so long as this guidance permits, we view that offering the use of the croquet lawns is something that is good for the physical and mental well-being of our members over the coming weeks and potentially months.

Vulnerable members with underlying health conditions should continue to shield themselves at home.

There are stringent measures that must be followed if playing croquet is to be managed in a safe way.

In practical terms what we believe this means is as follows:

  1. There can be no formal “social croquet” sessions.

  2. A maximum of 2 players to a lawn* - either a game of singles or two members practising with appropriate social distancing rules.

  3. The possibility of a lawn booking system is being looked into but in the meantime guidelines for lawn use are set out at the end of this document.

  4. Play should not start until 11am each day to allow Ben and Dan to prepare the lawns earlier in the morning, and to pack up their equipment and leave the club before members arrive.

  5. Any activity should only take place where travel to and from the lawns can be done in a way compliant with social distancing rules. Players should not be travelling together unless they are part of the same household residing in the same place.

  6. Any activity should be in line with the Government’s advised social distancing measures at all times (defined by Public Health England as spending no more than 15 minutes and not within a 2-metre distance when talking to someone), including when arriving to and departing from a lawn.

  7. Avoid touching your face and, of course, observe all of the other health advice from the Government. The croquet balls should be handled as little as possible.

  8. Hand sanitisers will be available near the ball rack and hands should be sanitised before picking up the ball carrier to take it to the lawn and after returning the ball carrier to the rack.

  9. No extra-curricular or social activity should take place and the canteen will remain closed.

  10. No guests / visitors / spectators should be permitted.

(* more than two players can play together on a lawn if they are all from the same household)

Attendance and playing at a club are entirely at the discretion of members.

If members wish to use the club, members must take the following actions to help mitigate the risk of infection and to protect each other.

Especially, do not access the club if you are experiencing any symptoms of a cold or flu, in particular a cough or high temperature.

  1. Dress appropriately prior to travelling to the venue. Use of changing facilities is discouraged.

  2. Wash your hands whenever you play – before play and immediately after.

  3. Bring your own water bottles.

  4. Do not shake hands before or after a game.

As you will appreciate, we are dealing with a lot of points in a fast-changing situation.

These are uncertain and very unsettling times. We want to play our part in helping our local community stay physically and mentally healthy and as long as it is safe to do, and provided that it is consistent with Government guidance, we want to keep the croquet lawns open and available to members to use. This can only happen if everyone sticks to the guidance and practical steps set out above. We hope you all stay healthy and that we all get through these challenging times by looking to help each other where we can.

Guidelines for use of lawns

No more than two players (unless all are from the same household) per lawn either playing singles or practising individually.

Lawns will be available in two hour slots starting at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Players should vacate the lawn at the end of the slot if people are waiting to play.

Priority should be given to GC play for the 11am and 1pm slots on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and to AC play on the 11am and 1pm Wednesday slots. But these times are not reserved only for that form of the game. If lawns are available at the start of the slot, people wishing to play the other form can do so for the duration of that slot.

The later afternoons, Fridays and weekends have historically been quieter so no priorities are being given for now to GC or AC.

It is likely that the 11am and 1pm slots will be more popular so members might find that there are more lawns available at 3pm or 5pm.

If you are waiting for a lawn to become free, we recommend you wait by the lawn to prevent a large group of members congregating by the clubhouse.

These guidelines will allow up to 88 members to play per day when all lawns are in use.

We will keep these guidelines under review and amend them if needed.

Please let Clive or Fiona know of any problems arising.

Club Quiz held on Zoom - 02/05/2020 @ 09:08

Roger-quiz1.jpgThanks to Roger Sutton for preparing and running an on-line quiz session for the club.

The winner was the team with the score closest to the correct score which was 630 points. It was won by Francis and John Ainley.

Here are the full results:

Francis and John Ainley 267 112 248 627
Linda Gavigan 253 134 247 634
Ruth Carter 337 100 182 619
Robyn Clark 267 106 245 618
Martyn Cooperman 262 114 242 618
Will Ainley 259 98 259 616
Roger Buxton 307 124 217 648
Liz Farrow 244 115 250 609
Jonathan Isaacs 258 91 303 652
Richard brooks 244 114 249 607
Frances Low 211 132 211 554
Fiona Phillips 116 132 293 541
Ian and Denise Johnson 419 97 217 733
Clive Hayton 192 121 211 524
Andrew Baxter 168 106 249 523
Brian Aikin 265 104 370 739
Tony Jolly 210 55 253 518
Neil and Jane Humpreys 157 118 224 499
Richard & Rachel Pointon 168 73 254 495
Nicholas 147 107 232 486
Phil Brown 113 132 226 471
Richard Carline 158 125 155 438
Linda Davies 378 87 384 849

Tournament cancelled - 17/03/2020 @ 10:01

The AC 14pt doubles tournament on Friday 20th March has been cancelled.

For information about future tournaments please check this website.

Dominic Nunns in Australia for AC World Championship


Dominic Nunns has posted on his Go Fund Me site:

Hey everyone! I expect many of you followed the event elsewhere but just to round this off I got knocked out of the main event at the last 32 stage to eventual finalist Matt Essick of the USA. I then got knocked out of the consolation Bowl but gained a lucky loser spot in the Shield where I got a good win against Ben Rothman 2-1 before losing out in the final against Stephen Mulliner. The whole event was a really memorable experience, and I’m also delighted it led to at least three articles in local papers, including the Argus, featuring positive publicity for SCCC (thanks, Linda for the press releases!). There’s even talk of a short slot on Brighton’s Latest TV so watch this space. Thanks to everyone for the support.

David Collins Remembered - 22/02/2020 @ 10:45

David Collins Remembered

David_Collins_2017.pngClub members who were around in the 90's will remember David Collins who has sadly died at the age of 84. He was not a member and not a frequent player at Southwick - he won two tournaments in 1996 and 1997 but had nonetheless a great influence on a whole generation of AC croquet players through his longterm involvement in the Summer School which ran at Southwick until superceded by the Academy.

Frances and I knew him quite well from his visits to the club; we were opponents in competitions on a few occasions, notably (for me) including one where we ended the game playing in about 4 inches of rainwater.

He had a delicious wry sense of humour and was a thoroughly nice man; but it will be as a coach that he will be best remembered by players of that period.

Long-term coaching colleague Daphne Gaitley said of him: "I was very fond of David and assisted him on the Summer School. When he retired from it in 2001, David (my husband) and I managed it together. I was also on the SECF Committee with him. He was a brilliant coach, a very special person and will be sorely missed by many, many people."

John Low

GC Doubles One-day Competition  21st February 2020

After the rains of previous days and the lawns closed due to waterlogging, one might not have placed a bet on Friday's competition taking place. Hats off then the Ben and the grounds team for making the lawns playable, and 56 players were able to take part in the GC doubles one-day competition at Southwick today, orchestrated by Roger Sutton.

There were four blocks; all the results given below.

A level Block RB&MC FP&RS RC&CS LF&TJ CH&CM N&JH I&JC B&RC Wins Net Hoops Place
Richard Brooks & Morgan Case 7 7 7 7 3 7 5 11 2
Fiona Phillips & Roger Sutton 4 4 5 7 1 7 2 -10 6
Ron Carter & Charlie Sale 4 7 5 6 3 6 1 -8 7
Liz Farrow & Tony Jolly 4 7 7 7 7 7 5 9 3
Chris Heath & Chrissie Merrington 3 4 3 3 6 3 0 -20 8
Neil & Jane Humphreys 7 7 6 7 4 5 3 3 4
Ian & Jean Cobbold 7 7 4 7 7 7 5 14 1
Bob & Robyn Clark 5 6 7 7 7 4 3 1 5

The B level event was divided into two blocks:

B level Block a DL&SR CK&LH AS&JW JP&BG CH&LEvK FL&RC Wins Net Hoops Place
Di Langridge & Sue Rice 7 6 4 7 7 3 5 2
Cathy Kirkby & Lilian Holdsworth 3 6 7 7 2 2 -5 4
Audrey Sherwin & Jocelyn Wootton 7 7 3 4 4 2 -8 5
Jane Powell & Bridget Goodman 7 3 7 7 6 3 4 3
Cliff Hunter & Lavinia Eve von KESMARK 4 6 7 5 3 1 -7 6
Frances Low & Richard Carline 5 7 7 7 7 4 11 1

B level Block b ST&DT FB&EP R&JS SC&TW AS&KW LG&JI Wins Net Hoops Place
Sandra Towner & Desmond Taylor 7 5 3 5 3 1 -9 6
Fran Box & Eileen Prodger 4 6 3 7 6 1 -8 5
Reg & Julie Soffe 7 7 4 4 6 3 -2 3
Steve Chapman & Trevor Wright 7 7 7 7 5 4 14 1
Andrew Stewart & Keith Webb 7 6 7 2 6 2 -2 4
Linda Gavagan & Jon Isaacs 7 7 5 7 7 4 7 2

C level Block PM&SC MF&PH GH&NA JR&AA RB&FA PB&NB Wins Net Hoops Place
Pat Mechen & Sue Caulfield 7 1 7 5 2 -1 4
Maggie Funnell & Pat Harden 6 2 6 7 6 1 -7 5
Gillian Humberstone & Naomi Alvarez 7 7 7 2 5 3 11 2
Jane Rimmington & Angela Avis 1 7 0 2 5 1 -19 6
Roger Buxton & Francis Ainley 7 6 7 7 7 4 15 1
Paul Brown & Nigel Barton 7 7 7 3 3 1 3

Thanks to the catering team for providing a much needed bowl of hot soup at lunchtime and to Roger for managing the mammoth event.


Live streaming starts 21st February!

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There may also be live/recorded cover on Facebook


Fellow SCCC member Dominic Nunns has been selected to take a ranking place (32) in the UK team.

The Knockout stage has started. You can find when Dominic is playing on the official website.

The results can be followed on CroquetScores.