- West Wittering Cricket and Croquet Club is well
established but reports a low level of activity, mainly
confined to Golf Croquet.
- Ringmer Village CC found the conditions placed on the
use of the Ringmer College facilities too restricting. The
club has now an improved location at the village cricket club
and it is hoped that it will be able to operate more
positively there. Don Mears of Southwick has given the club
coaching support in its new home.
- The SECF equipment loaned to Coolhurst Lawn Tennis and
Squash Rackets Club for winter croquet has been withdrawn and
re-loaned to the Temple Bowls Club to try out croquet
on one of their two lawns. David Collins has been working
closely with the new venture. The club has joined the SECF and
its 15 croquet members are reported as being enthusiastic and
ready to buy some new equipment.
- The interest in croquet amongst the Livery Companies
is growing with eight companies expected to compete in the
Inter-Livery Company Tournament next year. The Clerk of the
Foundersí Livery Company is looking at two sites, one on top
of Hambros Bank and the other more hopeful one at the HAC
centre, with a view to forming a club in the city! This could
be of benefit to Imperial College and to St Thomasí, both of
whom have struggled on but without success in finding suitable
- Sadly the initiative to form a club at Hatchlands
came to an abrupt end when after lengthy negotiations, the
National Trust declined to allow the proposed lawn to be cut
to an acceptable height of grass for a croquet court.
- Nigel Graves has been helping the South Croydon Bowling
Club to introduce croquet to its members with the loan
of SECF equipment.
- RMA Sandhurst has been active and enthusiastic with
the coaching support of Woking LTCC. However the consumption
of Pimms sometimes exceeds the amount of croquet played!
- Daphne Gaitley again with a loan of SECF equipment, has
coached at the Ham Manor Golf Club but few members
have stuck with it. We are carrying on for another season to
see if we can get an improved response.
- There is an embryo of interest in croquet at the Rye
Tennis Club, which will be top of the list for following
up early next season.
- Finally Dogmersfield Croquet Club is up and going
with a 35 strong membership and a waiting list. It is a bit of
a case study on starting up a new club where everything fell
into place. Firstly an opportunity arose to get in with the
Four Seasons Hotel as it was being developed. The management
was receptive to establishing links with the local villagers.
Brief notices in the parish magazine, the parish council
newsletter and the local newspaper with some handbill
advertising got the word around the neighbouring villages and
led to a well attended public meeting in May. A Woking LTCC
member living in the area, Martin Mander, was persuaded to be
the first club chairman and was rewarded by being the winner
of the of the clubís first season long Golf Croquet knockout
competition. Next season Association Croquet is being
Support to Existing Clubs
The season has seen coaching support provided on request to
one or two clubs such as Crawley, Rochester and Purley Bury.
Requests to the CA and SECF for grants for facility development
have been processed in respect of Southwick and Sydenham while
Tunbridge Wells has already had a generous grant approved by the
CA and is well advanced in refurbishing its three lawns in time
for the 2006 season.
The Improvers and Bronze Courses were again held over one
weekend at Southwick in April and were well attended. The Silver
course also held at Southwick, which has not been well supported
in the recent past, was actually over subscribed this season.
Once again 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 Summer School in
July although for the first time numbers were well down. The
students included four from Austria, which reflects the
encouragement, support and advice that Austrian croquet contacts
have received from the SECF over the past few years. The first
croquet club is now well established in the suburbs of Vienna
and a second is due to start next season at Salzburg giving good
croquet holiday opportunities to British players.
A request for coaching support for next season has been
received from the Headmaster of Harrow via our Eton College
contacts. A new young teacher at Charterhouse has undertaken to
look into putting the croquet activities at his school onto a
more formal basis and taking advantage of the coaching support
on offer and of a possible link up with Guildford and Godalming
though the new Guildford Chairman, Michael Huxley.
Daphne Gaitley and Frances Low were both appointed as Grade 2
Coaches while there was only one candidate for Grade1 who
unfortunately did not pass the assessment. 16 candidates
attended the Coaches Qualification Course at Compton in April,
the majority receiving their club coach badge for Association
Croquet and five for Golf Croquet. Jeff Dawson ran another fully
subscribed Association Croquet Laws Course at the beginning of