30/12/20   Association Croquet Knockout 2020 In spite of all the difficulties experienced this year John Gosden and Peter Adams managed to play the final of the AC Knockout before the end of the year – Just! Congratulations to John who won plus 3 on time making this his second club trophy in 2020.

29/12/20   Playing during Tier 4 Hilary would like to remind you that playing croquet is restricted to singles games only and that there must be no double-banking. Lawns must be booked in advance and the names of the two players provided. There will be no roll-ups until further notice. Social distancing must be observed, and the sanitising/cleaning equipment must be used as previously advised.20.12.20 Closure of the Club The Club lies in the borough of Guildford, now designated as Tier 4. As access to the club is via Tier 2 no members can legally access the Club. The committee has therefore had to take the decision to close the Club with immediate effect and it will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The Committee will advise members when the position changes and the lawns can be opened once again.

24/11/20   Re-opening of the lawns Mike Huxley has advised that the lawns will re-open on Wednesday 2 December and that roll-ups will run from Thursday 3 December. All anti-Covid precautions remain in force and, with the exception of the roll-ups, lawns must be pre-booked on the lawn booking system. Co-ordinators are in place for the roll-ups up to and including Sunday 13 December, but volunteers are needed for later December and January. Please contact Hilary if you are able to help.

10/10/20   EARS Competition Congratulations to John Gosden who, having been successful in reaching the semi-final in both the top half and the bottom half of the draw, has regained the EARS trophy.

06/10/20   AC & GC Competition Winners 

Pat’s Plate A heavy rain shower dampened the sprits of the finalists, Andrew and Ian, but did not interrupt the match. After much toing and froing Ian finally pegged out at 18:5 to win the event.

Jaws Congratulations to the partnership of Anthony & Jan who were successful in defeating Andrew & Charles in the final.

GC Summer Handicap League Roseann not only played all possible matches but won all except one to emerge as the clear winner of the league. Congratulations to Roseann on her decisive win and to all competitors for playing so many matches.

GC Summer Level Play League After the last match was played there was a three-way tie between Andrea, Mike and Peter with an equal number of wins apiece. The result was therefore determined by ‘who beat whom’ and Mike, having won against both Andrea and Peter, emerged as the winner.

05/10/20   Anne Young We are sorry to report that Anne died last week.  Mike Huxley, our Chairman, has written to her husband, David, on behalf of the Club to express our condolences.

12/09/20   One-ball Handicap Charity Qualifier Seven members took part in the One-ball Charity Qualifier on Saturday raising £100 for Macmillan Nurses, this year’s chosen charity. Thank you to Mike for organising and managing the event in a Covid compliant manner whilst also competing. Congratulations to Peter Adams on winning the event. Unfortunately, Peter is not able to play in the final at Surbiton on 20 September and Robert Bateson will therefore go forward to the final.

22/08/20   GC A/B level tournament The CARA Cup The club welcomed a full complement of 16 competitors in this, the only tournament it has been possible to hold this season. Many thanks to all those who worked so hard on Covid compliant arrangements so that it could be managed safely. Congratulations to Neil Humphreys who won after a closely contested final. For a report on the croquet played and details of the tense final please click on the links.

20/08/20   Club afternoons From Tuesday 25 August roll-ups will also be held on Tuesday and Sunday club afternoons in addition to the Thursday roll-ups.  Volunteers to organise one of the roll-ups and record attendance are being sought for dates in August and September. Please contact Hilary if you are able to help.

20/08/20   Mowing and hoop setting The lawns are being prepared for Saturday’s tournament and will not be available from 2 pm onwards.

12/08/20   Hoop Setting Re-setting of hoops on all lawns is planned for the evening of Wednesday, 19 August 2020. Lawns will be unavailable between 5 pm and 8 pm.

05/08/20   GC All England Handicap Qualifier The club round of the All-England Handicap competition took place on Wednesday 5 August. Four members played an all-play-all format to find who would go through to the national final. Over the three rounds Ron Piper and Jan Honeysett each had two wins and identical points on net hoops. The result came down to who beat whom with Ron coming out the winner. He will go forward to the final, which is to be played at Hamptworth CC in September.

12/07/20   Thursday Roll-up The Thursday afternoon Roll-ups will re-start on Thursday 16 July from 1.30 to 4.30 pm. There will be a maximum of 16 players and members are asked to turn up promptly at 1.30pm. Volunteers are required to manage further Thursday roll-ups so please get in touch with Hilary if you are willing to do this.

22/06/20   Free Taster Session The Club is now able to offer one free 2 hour taster session in socially distanced conditions. This will be followed by further sessions for those who are interested in learning more. For further information contact Mike Huxley on 07919 200218.

26/06/20   Emergency Grant from Sport England The club is very grateful to Sport England for a grant of £6,500 to help with club maintenance expenditure during the Corona virus pandemic.

10/06/20   Internal Club competitions EARS, JAWS, Pat’s Plate, Association Knockout and the two GC Summer Leagues (handicap and level play) have now started with deadlines in early to mid-October. All results must be sent by e-mail to the appropriate competition manager and copied to Jennifer so the competition tables can be kept up to date. No results file or hard copy details of the competitions will be held at the club. Notifications of changes in handicap should be emailed to the relevant club handicapper.

13/05/20   Restarting Croquet On Thursday 14 May croquet will re-start in accordance with CA Guidelines and Government Regulations.  A copy of the Rules and Regulations that must be followed to minimise the risk of infection can be found by clicking this link. (GGCC Temporary Playing Rules)

01/04/20   Winter League Results Congratulations to Roseann Sullivan on winning the GC Winter Handicap League and to Ian Fugeman on winning our first AC Winter League. Congratulations also to the runners up who were respectively Andrew Jackson and Chris Stiff. Disappointingly the GC Level Play League received entries but was not contested.

25/03/20   CA cancel National Croquet Week in May with the possibility of rescheduling later in the year. (Link to CA)

24/03/20   CA advice on Coronavirus The CA interpretation is that clubs should cease play for 3 weeks and recommends that competitive play be cancelled to the end of May. For full CA information and advice click the link. (Link to CA)

24/03/20   Coronavirus SECF has announced the cancellation of all SECF Leagues and Events. Clubs will receive a refund of any payments made in respect of these. The situation may be reviewed later in the summer.