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End of Season Dinner - 26/08/2018 @ 17:11

End of Season Dinner

Friday 5th October 2018

(7pm for 7.30pm)


Trio de Poissons (a)


Baked Mushrooms with ricotta and pesto. (b)


Pea, Mint and Spring Onion Soup with parmesan biscuits (c)

Roast Belly of Pork with thyme, lemon and garlic (d)

Assortment of roasted vegetables


Vegetable Tagine (e)

Nigella’s Raspberry Bakewell Tart (f)

Chocolate Roulade (g)

Individual Vanilla Cheesecake with fruit coulis (h)

Plum Crumble with hazelnuts (i)


Bookings are now being taken for our End of Season Dinner.

You can book by either putting your name and menu choices on the noticeboard in the canteen at the club or by emailing Jonathan.

If you book by email, can you record your menu selection using the code letters on the menu? For example if you want Soup, Pork & Chocolate Roulade state c, d, g

Reservations will be restricted to 64 places so please book early.

In the unlikely event of you needing to cancel, no charge will be made before 1st October. After that we will have to charge as the ingredients will have been purchased.

Pimms and BBQ - 25/08/2018 @ 10:25

The Pimms and BBQ for Sunday 26th August cancelled due to very poor weather forecast

To be re-arranged at a later date.


Annual Tournament Results - 06/08/2018 @ 08:14

Annual Tournament

Stephen Leonard won the Jellicorse Cup at the Southwick on 1st August.

16 players competed for the cup. The format was 2 blocks of 8 (all play all) followed by a cross block final. In an exciting final, Richard Brooks went into a 3 hoop lead when Stephen suddenly stepped it up a gear, performing some stunning shots to eventually take the title 7- 6.

Chris O’Byrne won the Scott Cup for B level AC players.

The tournament was played over two days on 1/2 August over 5 rounds. In the final round Chris beat David Boyd (Rother Vally) to win the cup.

Sam Murray won the Abbey Challenge Cup at the SCCC Annual tournament..

The event was played as a 7 round American Block. Sam Murray and David Nicholson both won 6 of their 7 games; net hoops scored and who beat whom going in Sam’s favour.

Abbey Challenge Cup SM DGN JM JD CC AD SW NC Wins Net Hoops
Sam Murray 26tp 26 17 26 26tp 26tp 26 6 121
David G Nicholson 0 26 26 26 26 26 26 6 29
John-Paul Moberly 4 15 26 11 26 26 26 4 -14
Jon Diamond 26 24 23 13 19 0 26 2 -8
Chris Coull 1 10 26 26 26 26 24 5 23
Andrew Dutton 4 24 12 26 12 17 6 1 -74
Stephen Wright 4 17 16 1 6 26 21 2 -56
Neil Coote 13 11 19 17 22 26 26 2 -21

The Isaacs Cup for C level GC players was won by Rosemary Faulkner with Hilary Bird of Guildford & Godalming second.

The tournament was played as an 8 round Block (All play all). Rosemary was a clear winner with 6 wins out of 7. Hilary bird had 5 wins and gained second place on a better net score than Jane Powell.


B Level Challenges

David Marcus wins the SCCC AC B level 5/6 May

This AC B level event was contested over 2 days in beautiful sunny weather at Southwick.

The tournament was played as a 5 round Swiss. After 4 rounds it looked as if David Boyd (Rother Valley) would be the runaway winner, being the only competitor with 4 wins.

The fifth round proved otherwise with 4 competitors ending up with 4 wins each – Liz Farrow (SCCC), David Boyd (Rother Valley), Alex Jardine (Tunbridge Wells) & Davis Marcus (SCCC).

The result had to be determined by net points difference and the final result was a win for David Marcus with Alex Jardine in second place.


Mike Bilton won the SCCC GC B Level tournament on 5th May.

The tournament was played with 2 blocks of 6 with the top 2 in each block plaing a final to determine the top 4 places.

Mike had one scare when he was beaten by Chris Rolph 7 – 5 . This meant it was all to play for going into the last round of the blocks. Mike finished in impressive style beating last year’s winner Gavin Taylor (Merton) in the final with Chris Rolph (SCCC) placed third and David King fourth.

After the bad weather we have endured this year it was a very pleasant change to be able to play the whole tournament without a cloud in the sky.

Block A MB JS LT AH RC CR RC IH Wins Net Hoops
Michael Bilton(Richmond Park) 6 7 7 5 5 6 7 6 12
John Skuse(Colchester) 5 3 7 4 6 4 4 3 -5
Louise Taylor(Merton) 3 7 7 5 5 3 4 2 -5
Andrea Huxley(Guildford) 6 5 5 7 4 7 6 2 -6
Robert Cook(Cheam) 4 3 6 6 2 7 7 3 1
Christopher Rolph(Sussex) 6 5 6 6 7 2 4 5 5
Robin Clark(Sussex) 5 7 7 6 3 7 6 4 7
Iain Harborow(Kingston Maurward) 2 5 5 7 3 2 5 3 -9

Block B RC GT MH DK JR RS RC JD Wins Net Hoops
Richard Carline 4 5 6 3 7 7 7 4 10
Gavin Taylor(Merton) 7 7 4 7 7 5 7 6 12
Mike Huxley(Guildford) 7 5 3 4 7 5 7 4 6
David King 4 7 4 6 7 7 7 5 17
Jeff Rushby(Sussex) 7 5 7 7 7 5 4 4 9
Reginald Soffe 4 2 5 3 1 7 7 2 -12
Robin Coates(Phyllis Court) 0 3 3 1 6 3 6 2 -17
Jay Dyer(Dyffryn) 0 6 1 1 6 3 3 1 -25

Final: Richard Bilton v Gavin Taylor 7-5

Rosemary Faulkner Wins the SCCC GC C level 6th May

12 competitors took place in the first GC C level event to be held at SCCC. Played in two blocks of 6 followed by a cross block to determine the first 4 places, the final was contested between Rosemary Faulkner (SCCC) & Sue Nicholas (Cheam) with Rosemary Faulkner winning 7 – 3. In the match to determine 3 & 4th place, Sue Rice (Reigate) beat Nigel Barton (SCCC) 7 – 5.

The tournament was played in beautiful sunny conditions and the competitors expressed a preference for this one day format.

Advanced Spring Tournament - 11/05/2018 @ 09:06

Spring Advanced Tournament

The Southwick Salver

First Round Second Round Third Round Semi-Final Final Winner
  Stephen Mulliner Stephen Mulliner +26 Stephen Mulliner +26 Stephen Mulliner +26tp, -17, +13tpo Stephen Mulliner +4, +16
  Colin Hemming
  Phil Eardley Phil Eardley +22
  Robert Alexander
Alan Chance Alan Chance +13 Alan Chance +26 Annabel McDiarmid +26tp
Phil Dunk
Liz Farrow David G Nicholson +23
David G Nicholson
Nigel Polhill Nigel Polhill +17 Annabel McDiarmid +23
Sarah Melvin
David Cook Annabel McDiarmid +25
Annabel McDiarmid
Mark Fawcett Paul Castell +15 Paul Castell +7 Paul Castell +14 Sam Murray +20tp, +25
Paul Castell
Neil Coote John Wells +5
John Wells
Chris Coull Chris Coull +4 Chris Coull +2
David Williams
  Gabrielle Higgins
  Phil Cordingley Phil Cordingley +2 Sam Murray +11
  James Tuttiett
  Alan Clark Sam Murray +25tp
  Sam Murray

The Egyptian consolation event was won by Alan Chance.

National Croquet Day - 09/04/2018 @ 14:42



(in Kingston Lane, opposite Shoreham College)

The club will be open to the public from 1.00 until 5.00 for free “have a go” sessions.  

All welcome.  

Afternoon tea will be provided.  

Please wear flat soled shoes.

For further information please contact the Club on
07717 058853

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 - 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 - 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 - 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

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