2019 AGM

All players should have received a formal notice of the AGM, being held in Frant on 16th February.

Coffee and biscuits will be available from 10.30 am


    – Proposal for changes to Fraser Tankard Rules (to follow)
  9. THIS YEAR’S SUBSCRIPTIONSNo change proposed:
    –  First Year: £50 Subsequent Years: £100
    –  Student, Second Club or Social: £35
    –  Corporate at the Committee’s discretion, but not less than £100
    Green Fees (for a maximum of 3 sessions/days)
    – Session: £4 Day: £7


Please contact our Secretary for more details about the meeting, accounts etc. and to book lunch.

Please remember to renew your membership!

If you’re not already a member then we’d welcome you – please see our Membership page.

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Barney wins our final competition for 2018!

Barney LewisProbably on the latest date in the year ever, Barney Lewis and John Greenwood completed the much delayed final of the Calverley Cup on 30th December.

Obviously Barney has recovered from his injuries as he won fairly easily – +23!

I trust you all had an excellent Xmas and wish you all a Happy New Year and much excellent croquet playing.


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Our 2018 Competitions are now almost over!

Jon DiamondJon Diamond beat Duncan Cox 7-4, 7-5 today in the Hunter Plate on a damp lawn 2 that was a little slow, despite the sun. (Lawn 3 has been attacked by badgers…)

The restriction on jump shots changed the dynamic quite a bit, with many more attempts to nestle the balls in the hoops, but still Jon’s long distance clearing ensured that he won despite quite a number of excellent long hoops by Duncan.

The final straw was Jon’s running hoop 11 and ending up in the jaws of hoop 12. In this case the jump shot prohibition probably wouldn’t have made much difference as it would have taken a special 12 yard jump shot by Duncan to avoid losing!

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Nigel and Mike win the GC Doubles

Nigel writes: “We need three games so you can see it was close. Mike and I won 7:4, 3:7, 7:4

Derek played many very accurate shots up to the hoop, Lister many excellent long shots with good accuracy and Mike and I seemed to complement each other well……

Badgers have hit lawn 3 on the gate side and Ray had spent all morning sorting it out, so we played on lawn 2 after Ray had kindly brushed it for us.”

Many people thought that there was rain in TW on Sunday for the One Ball, but four hardy souls turned out and enjoyed a dry and sunny day, albeit a bit wet underfoot. So here’s looking forward to the next one in January.

The final pub lunch of the year at the Nevill Crest & Gun was a seasonal one, so a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

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Winter social programme update

We’ve now got two more pub lunch dates:

  • 11th December 12:45pm start at the Nevill Crest & Gun, Eridge Road, Eridge TN3 9JR
  • 15th January 1pm start at the Rock Inn, Hoath Corner, Rywell Road, Chiddingstone Heath TN8 7BS

It’s possible that some pubs will require pre-ordering if we have significant numbers, so please contact John Skates a week beforehand if you’re planning to come.

Kate & Michael Sander have volunteered again to have a 12th Night Celebration at their house on Sunday 6th January 7pm. Details will be emailed out separately.

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New Golf Croquet Rules

The Croquet Association has announced that the 5th Edition of the Rules of Golf Croquet will become effective in England from 1 March 2019.

It should be emphasised that the 5th Edition is not intended to make any noticeable change to the way Golf Croquet is played. Its three purposes are:

(1) to make the Rules easier to use by improving the organisation and quality of the text;
(2) to provide direction in situations which previous editions did not address; and
(3) to remove some unnecessary inconveniences and complications in the Rules.

Links to the 5th Edition itself and explanatory documents are available in the GC Rules section of the CA website.

One noticeable difference however is the Wrong Ball Rule, which eliminates many of what were previously errors.

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One Ball

Our One Ball on Sunday was played in excellent weather and attracted 10 players, perhaps a record?

Chris Barham ended up as winner, winning all his games, with Barney Lewis and John Greenwood as runners-up with just one loss.

7 players turned up for Golf in the afternoon.

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Lawns re-opening

As you can see above Kate and Michael (and I) have been transferring loads of topsoil into our flower beds in preparation for replanting for next season, but more importantly you can see Ray cutting the lawns.

So, despite the lawns being a little soft, I’m please to announce that our One Ball/Golf on Sunday will take place and play can now re-commence for the Winter – One Ball starting at 11am and Golf after lunch. See you there!

Please note the Winter Rules (remember since the grass isn’t growing any damage won’t be repaired until the Spring):
– observe the notices about which lawns are open (Lawn 1 doesn’t have any hoop holes, so won’t be played on this Winter)
– in general play on Lawn 3 only; use Lawn 2 only when Lawn 3 is fully occupied
– don’t play if the lawns are very soggy or frosty
– in the mornings you may need to clear the dew with the big sweeping brush on the floor at the back of the clubhouse
– the lawns are about 6/7ths of the normal size to try and avoid play on most of the bare patches
– no Jump shots under any circumstances!

In addition, until further notice we’re only having Club Sessions on the first Sunday of each month (One Ball am and Golf pm) and the third Wednesdays pm to minimise any potential damage prior to our hosting the GCWC next year.

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Initial pub lunch dates announced

16th October – George Inn @ Frant

20th November – Bottle House Inn @ Penshurst

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SECF League Results

The season is now over and we can now see how well our teams have done this year:

A league: 4/6 (our highest ever position!)
U league: 14/14
GC Level league: 7/9
Restricted league: 10/12
Handicap league: 11/17

So, sadly, probably our worst results in living memory….

Must try harder!

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