- West Wittering Cricket and Croquet Club is now well
established having purchased £2000 of equipment and returned
that loaned by the SECF. They are now looking to improve their
courts on the edge of the cricket field. Daphne Gaitley and Alan
Cottle assisted in a two day coaching course for 24 members in
- Ringmer Village CC has taken over some of the
equipment released by West Wittering to start a small croquet
club at Ringmer College. Don Mears of Southwick gave his support
to this initiative.
- Normandy Parish Council (near Aldershot) has
earmarked a land to be developed as a bowls and croquet club.
The site has been vetted by SECF and found to be most suitable.
However there is a lot of fundraising to be done and at present
this can be no more than a long-term possibility.
- The Secretary of the SECF, Richard Hilditch, acted on a
request for assistance from members of the Coolhurst Lawn
Tennis and Squash Rackets Club to play croquet on their
grass tennis courts during the months of October to May. They
have been loaned equipment by the SECF and Richard and David
Collins have provided coaching support.
- St Thomasí Hospital has given up trying to establish
a club at Cobham as being too far out from London. They continue
to search for a venue in London but playing opportunities have
- Members of Imperial College have shown an interest in
croquet and had an introductory coaching session with Susan
Davies at Parsons Green. Eugene Chang just out of Eton and
already qualified as a Grade 1 coach after attending the CQC at
Hurlingham is hoping to establish a club at Imperial College in
April next season. Susan Davis who also attended the CQC at
Hurlingham and qualified later this year as a Grade 1 coach is
actively pursuing contacts in both Imperial College and St
Thomasís with offers to try out the sport at Parsons Green.
- The completion of the Four Seasons Hotel at Dogmersfield
has been delayed to February 2005. The plan to form a village
Croquet Club using the hotelís facilities will then be put into
- SECF responded to a cry for help from the Waldron Village
Croquet Club, Heathfield for a letter of support for their
development plan for a bid to Sport England for part of the
funding for a new multi-sport pavilion. The outcome is not yet
- The Bookham U3A is now well established at Polesden
Lacey with active links with Woking WTCC.
- Hatchlands is due to take off at another National
Trust Property next season assisted by Geoffrey Cuttle. The SECF
will be represented at its first AGM in November 2004 to assess
what support is needed.
Support to Existing Clubs
The season has seen coaching support provided on request to one
or two clubs such as Crawley. Requests to the CA and SECF for
grants for facility development have been processed in respect of
Southwick, Ramsgate, Rother Valley and Surbiton with one in the
pipeline from Tunbridge Wells. Chichester and Fishbourne received
a small grant from SECF for a set of new balls. Purley Bury is to
be congratulated for completing their construction of a new toilet
facility without having to call on the CA and SECF grants which
had been previously approved.
The Improvers and Bronze Courses were again held over one
weekend at Southwick in April and were well attended. The Silver
course held at Southwick in May had four applicants only but at
least it took place after last yearís cancellation due to lack of
support. Our thanks go to Lead Coach, Bryan Teague and his team of
coaches for their achievements as they do to Daphne Gaitley and
her team who ran another successful and well attended Summer
School in July. The students included three from Germany.
Efforts to get a foothold into Wellington College have failed so
far. Eton College has extended its croquet fixtures to Harrow and
Oxford University in addition to Charterhouse. But the lack of a
reasonable playing surface continues to frustrate more
satisfactory growth for the Eton Croquet Club.
The Inter-Livery Company Croquet Tournament is now an
established event on the Livery Company Sporting Calendar. The
second tournament had six companies competing and the third
tournament is schedules for next June at Surbiton.
The CA has lowered the course fee for those participating in the
Coaches Qualification Course (CQC) to £10, a welcome measure.
There were three CQCs held in England in 2004. For the SE,
Hurlingham hosted a course for 18 students with David Collins,
Daphne Gaitley and Keith Collins forming the Directing Staff.
Three club coaches from the CQC were assessed as Grade 1 Coaches
during the Summer School and one at the Grade 2 level. The
youngest student ever to be qualified as a Club Coach (again at
the CQC at Hurlingham) was assessed at the Grade 1 level on the
Bronze Course at Bath.