12.05.18 Longman Cup GGCC played host to Woking in Round 1 of the association croquet
Longman Cup. Iain G reports that ‘Facing last year’s opening Longman Cup opponents
again we faired only slightly better with the team struggling to overcome their bisque
advantage in all but one match which was the only match we managed to win, well done
Mike. The rest of the team was still not firing properly yet this early in the season.
Nevertheless it was still an enjoyable day against friendly opponents. The weather
started well but by the time of the excellent lunch provided by Jan it had started
raining and continued for the rest of the match. The lawns as usual were in excellent
condition and many thanks to Tony for setting the hoops the previous evening.’ The
team comprised: Iain G, Barry G, John G and Mike T. (CA Report)
Match result: (Guildford & Godalming 1 Woking 6)
06.05.18 The Guildford & Godalming Open Challenge Cup was won by Jamie Burch of
Reigate Priory Croquet Club for the second time having previously taken the trophy
in 2012. Congratulations to Jamie on winning all his games in this weekend Advanced
Association Croquet Tournament. The weather was superb, the lawns in excellent condition
thanks to the efforts of Arthur and Tony, and the competitors demonstrated both their
skill and stamina in the sun. (Photo)
30.04.18 Winter GC Leagues Congratulations to Hilary B on winning the Handicap League
for the 4th time and to Jan H, who came a close 2nd. In spite of the weather the
Level Play League was well contested with a final flurry of play as the deadline
drew near. Congratulations to Ian F who managed to cling onto the lead he established
early in the season and to Mike To and Andrea H who came 2nd and third respectively.
24.04.18 Murphy Shield GGCC played away to Hamptworth in Round 1 of the golf croquet
Murphy Shield. Please follow the link to read the match report.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 Hamptworth 4
16.04.18 SECF GC Level Play League v Sussex County The club’s team had its first
match of the year today against a very strong Sussex County side comprising a -2
handicap, a -1 and two zero handicaps. Perhaps unsurprisingly we came off second
best but did win two of the seven matches with a number of other close games. Despite
the 2-5 scoreline, Sussex as always were very friendly hosts. G&G team was Mike T,
Mike H, Andrea H and Chris H. (CH) (SECF League Results)
15.04.18 One-ball Charity Qualifier A disappointingly small number of members (5)
competed for the club’s One-Ball trophy on Sunday 15 April. The format was all-play-all,
with provision for a play-off in the case of equality after 4 rounds. After those
4 rounds, Audrey and Anthony were tied on 3 wins, while four-time winner Stephen
and Fred (our newest member) had 2 wins each. In the play-off, Anthony beat Audrey
narrowly, using his half bisque to good effect late on in the game. Thank you to
all the players for raising £60 for The Downs Syndrome Association. (MH) (Photo)
07.04.18 Applewood Bowl As has become customary this was the first club competition
of the year. Eight competitors played 2 games of One-Ball and 2 games of 14 point
Advanced Association Croquet. By the close of play three of the contestants had each
won 3 of their 4 games, no one having won all 4. Judging on net points and the quality
of wins Stephen SM was once again presented with the Applewood Bowl by Arthur L who
organised and managed the event. Runners up were Ian F and Audrey P. (Photos)
20.02.18 AGM Mark Godfrey-James, the outgoing HonoraryTreasurer, was thanked for
all he had done whilst in office and was presented with a gift. Mike Huxley and Hilary
Bird were re-elected as Chairman and Honorary Secretary respectively for a second
term of office. Julie Tremble was elected as Honorary Treasurer. Andrea Huxley,
Roseann Sullivan and Ron Piper were re-elected to the committee. There was one vacancy
on the committee following Lynn Edge’s resignation; however, no nominations for this
vacancy had been received prior to the AGM and no one present at the meeting offered
to stand. Any member who would like to serve on the committee was urged to get in
touch with Mike or Hilary. Tony Mrozinski was once again confirmed as President.
It was agreed that a Family Membership category be added to the types of membership
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21.10.17 Tony awarded CA Diploma - Congratulations to Tony Mrozinski, founder and
President of our club, who was presented with a CA Diploma by Quiller Barrett, President
of the CA, in recognition of his outstanding service to croquet and active involvement
in club affairs over a long period. (Photos)
10.10.17 SECF League results 2017 Richard Hilditch has supplied the following results:
Association U League - GGCC =13th of 15 teams
GC Handicap League (West) - GGCC Team A - 2nd and GGCC Team B =9th of 17 teams
GC Level Play League - GGCC 10th of 10 teams
08.10.17 GB GC Squad v GB AC Squad GGCC had pleasure in hosting a ‘friendly’ golf
croquet challenge match between the Great Britain GC and AC squads. At the end of
play on Sunday the final result was GC squad 30 and AC squad 24. The manager thanked
Mike Huxley and the club for the use of the club’s facilities and for the catering.
Mike responded saying the club had been glad to host the event and members had enjoyed
the opportunity to watch such a high standard of play. Report on CA website.
02.09.17 Final U League match of the season The day got off to a rather difficult
start, as two of the Hampstead players were delayed for more than 45 minutes by traffic
problems: changes were made to the pairing for doubles, so that two games were able
to begin with players who had arrived on time by train. The third game got under
way rather later, and – perhaps because of the stresses of travel affecting Hampstead
players - in the morning session, G & G won two of the three games. In the doubles,
Mike Huxley, who had joined the team at the last minute as an emergency stand-in,
completed a straight double peel in the last turn of the match after time had been
called to seal the win, but was unfortunately unable to make the peg-out. Lunch,
kindly provided by Anne Buckingham, was very well received by everyone – and was
accompanied by some excellent wines (a 2005 Chambertin and a 2014 Chianti) very
kindly presented by Rick Weinstein of Hampstead. Unfortunately, the standard of
G & G play in the afternoon could not match the quality of lunch: Hampstead won
3 of the 4 games, and so ended the day with 4 wins out of 7. (AL)
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 Hampstead Heath 4
31.08.17 In memory of David West A service to celebrate the life of David West was
held at St Andrew’s Parish Church, Farnham. Several members of our club attended
and shared fond memories of David with Joan and their family and many friends.
23.08.17 Townswomen’s Guild Croquet Day Fifteen teams of two from across mid-Surrey
converged on the club for their annual croquet tournament and were warmly welcomed
by a number of club members. In all 62 games were played with two of the teams managing
to play ten games each before play drew to a close. Although the weather was overcast
it was warm with only a light breeze, ideal conditions for playing croquet and for
the picnic lunch. As afternoon play progressed team ‘Solo +1’ began to draw ahead
and at close of play proved to be the clear winner having won 90% of its games and
so winning the trophy for the third year running. We look forward to welcoming them
back to the club next year.
21.08.17 GGCC semi-final against Watford in the Murphy Shield to read Mike’s report
on the match click on the link below.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 2 Watford 5
19.08.17 U League match v Surbiton A bright but blustery day at Surbiton saw GGCC
achieve their first win this year in the SECF U League. Andrew played as a last
minute reserve and won both his games. Mark with Audrey won their doubles in the
morning and Audrey notched up another win in the afternoon to secure overall victory.
All games bar one went to time and were relatively close. (IF)
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 4 Surbiton 3
18.08.17 David West
Mike Huxley writes:
"I am deeply saddened to report the loss of one of our members. David West died
on Wednesday. He was much loved by all who knew him for his gentleness, his quiet
sense of humour, his intellect, his conversation and the flashes of accuracy on court
that belied his relatively high handicap.
We extend our profound sympathy to Joan and to all the West family. The world has
lost a real gentleman.”
08.08.17 Godalming Staycation Open Day About 30 visitors many of whom were juniors
were welcomed by members to our fourth Godalming Staycation open afternoon. Our four
lawns were kept busy and visitors were able to enjoy several games of croquet with
club members before heading off to our new clubhouse to sample the refreshments and
home made cakes.
06.08.17 SECF Golf Croquet Teams day 22 teams from 16 clubs competed in the team
singles and doubles on Sunday with GGCC being one of the many clubs to be represented
by two teams. Team 1 achieved 5th place in the doubles but came 20th in the singles.
Team 2 in contrast had better results in the singles than the doubles coming 9th
and 19th respectively.
05.08.17 Derek Cole won the B-Level Golf Croquet Tournament and was presented with
the MARE Cup by Mike Huxley, Tournament Manager. Runner up was John Skuse from Chelmsford.
04.08.17 SECF GC Level Play League v Tunbridge Wells G&GCC were forced to field a
depleted team owing the the absence of our three lowest handicapped players. So
the team’s handicaps were 2, 3, 3 and 4 (total 12). Our visitors arrived with team
handicaps of -1, 1, 1 and 3 (total 4). It seemed that G&G would be in for a tough
fight, and so it proved. Despite many individual games being close (7-5 or 7-6),
most of those were won by Tunbridge Wells, who ran out comfortable winners by 6 matches
to 1. We did have a very agreeable day, though, with pleasant opponents and benefited
from an excellent lunch conjured up by Marjorie. Many thanks, Marjorie. (MAH)
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 1 Tunbridge Wells 6
01.08.17 SECF GC Handicap League Team B faced a strong team in their home match against
Reigate Priory A. The scores for each game were much closer than the overall match
result might suggest but Team B were outplayed on this occasion. The team has one
final match to play in mid-September.
26.07.17 Disappointing results GGCC had two SECF matches on Wednesday: a U League
match at home against Reigate Priory A and a GC Handicap league match for Team A
away to West Wittering.
The U League team experienced steady light rain during the morning with a dry afternoon
except for about 15 minutes of rain and gusty wind; this was sufficient to snap guy
ropes on the Gazebo which performed a triple somersault - by all accounts the most
exciting event of the match. There was some remarkable play from our opponents who
hardly seem to need their bisques!
Match result (U League) Guildford & Godalming 1 Reigate Priory A 6
Match result (Team A) Guildford & Godalming 3 West Wittering 6 Team A
21.07.17 SECF GC Level Play League On Friday GGCC played its second league match
of the season at home to Merton.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 Merton 4
16.07.17 Frank Rendall Trophy Congratulations to Craig Winfield from Cambridge on
winning the B-level Advanced Weekend.
11.07.17 SECF U League In their first match of the season our association team played
a strong Sussex County team at Southwick. Many thanks to Audrey who responded to
an early morning call to stand in and went on to win her morning singles match.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 2 Sussex County 5
07.07.17 SECF GC Level Play GGCC faced a much stronger Sussex County A at Southwick
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 1 Sussex County A 6
05.07.17 Second match success for Team B Hilary reports that Team B had a successful
trip to Preston Manor for the second of their SECF Handicap League matches. She
commented that it was a close run thing, however we won by 5 games to 4, although
actually having made fewer hoops than the opposition.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 5 Preston Manor 4
30.06.17 GGCC quarter final success in the Murphy Shield Congratulations to the GGCC
team who now go on to meet either Camerton & Peasedown or Watford in the semi-final.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 5 Enfield 2
28.06.17 Third successive win for Team A Playing away to Worthing SECF GC Handicap
Team A demonstrated their skills and adaptability to win the third of its four league
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 6 Worthing 3
17.06.17 Golf Croquet One-day Handicap Trophy Andrew Fall won PJ’s Pot with Robert
Cook the runner up.
15.06.17 Longman Cup Our team faced on overwhelming defeat in their away match against
Woking. The match was summarised: ‘Nice sunny day, friendly people, fast lawns, pity
about the result.’
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 0 Woking 7
10.06.17 GC Handicap All England Qualifier congratulations to Jan and Ron who go
through to the regional finals later this year.
08.06.17 Second win of the season In the SECF GC Handicap League Team A, playing
its second match of the season, had a comfortable win at home against Littlehampton
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 8 Littlehamton 1
04.06.17 Opening of the new clubhouse On behalf of all members Mike, Club Chairman,
welcomed local dignitaries and representatives of all the organisations which had
so generously provided grants to enable the club to build its first clubhouse in
the club’s 30 year history. After brief speeches the clubhouse was formally opened
with the ribbon being cut by Stephen and Jennifer, former Club Chairman and Secretary
respectively, who had been instrumental in seeing the project through from conception
to completion. Members and guests then enjoyed a champagne buffet before the start
of an exhibition match between Stephen Mulliner and Harry Fisher. The match was
an excellent demonstration of the skill of these two top class players and was a
highlight for members and guests. The match also attracted members of the public
who joined us for our National Croquet Day open afternoon when they also had the
opportunity to try both association and golf croquet. It was a most successful day
thanks to the efforts of the organisers and the contributions of the members who
provided the buffet. (Photos)
24.05.17 GC Handicap Team A Team A, like Team B, has made a good start to the season
with a home win against Lodsworth.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 6 Lodsworth 3
22.05.17 GGCC through to Round 2 in the Murphy Shield GGCC won the Round 1 home match
against Hamptworth and will meet Roehampton or Enfield in the next round. A short
report can be found on the CA website. Match result: Guildford & Godalming 6 Hamptworth
21.05.17 SECF AC Team Doubles GGCC was one of the ten clubs competing in the AC Team
Doubles Tournament at Southwick over the weekend. Teams comprising two pairs played
3 rounds on Saturday and 2 on Sunday, a total of 10 games over the weekend. Seven
members represented the club over the two days with the team manager Mark playing
on both days. The team won 5 of its 10 matches. A full report and results will
be published on the SECF website.
19.05.17 Season opens with a win GC Handicap Team B have made a good start to the
2017 season with a home win against West Worthing.
Match result: Guildford & Godalming 5 West Worthing 4
12.05.17 GC Referee - congratulations to Andrea on qualifying as a GC Referee. The
club now has two qualified GC referees (Andrea and Mike) to clarify the interpretation
of the rules and answer any queries you may have. If in doubt please ask....
07.05.17 11th Charity One-ball final raised over £4,000 for charity. 39 players qualified
for the final held at Surbiton and completed a marathon of 9 rounds. Stephen S-M,
GGCC’s qualifier, is to be congratulated on being the runner up once again in such
a strong field.
10.04.17 Anne wins at Hamptworth - Congratulations to Anne Buckingham on winning
the April Hamptworth C Level GC tournament at the weekend. Follow the link to see
pictures of Anne celebrating her success.
09.04.17 One-ball Charity Qualifier On an absolutely amazing spring day (23C and
unbroken sunshine) 7 club members competed for the right to play in the annual Charity
One-Ball final at Surbiton in a few weeks’ time. The competition was all-play-all
so everyone played 6 games. Half way through, there was no clear leader, with several
players having won 2 games out of 3.
The uncertainty continued through the afternoon’s play. With one game left to be
played, Audrey Porter and Mike Thompson were tied on 4 wins out of 6. Crucially,
Stephen Stuart-Matthews was sitting on a record of 4 wins out of 5 and was to feature
in the final game, which he duly won to take the trophy for the 4th consecutive year.
1st Stephen Stuart-Matthews (5/6)
2nd Audrey Porter (4/6)
3rd Mike Thompson (4/6)
Thank you to all the competitors for a fun day and for raising £65 for Parkinsons
UK. Good luck to Stephen for the final. (MAH)
01.04.17 Applewood Wood The new season began with what is rapidly becoming the traditional
first competition of the season, the Applewood Bowl. This year the competition attracted
10 players for the competition which is an interesting mix of One-ball and 14 point
Advanced Level Handicap. The lawns were in immaculate condition having been closely
mown over the two previous days by Arthur with the original mowers. Stephen SM took
the trophy for the second year running and Iain G was the runner up. This was the
first competition when players were able to enjoy the facilities of the new clubhouse
and members were able to have lunch and watch play from the comfort of its shelter.
Our grateful thanks to Arthur for devising this competition, organising and managing
it, preparing the lawns, baking for it, and making and presenting the trophy. Amazingly
he also managed to play in it. Thank you from all the competitors.
01.04.17 Winter GC Leagues The handicap league got off to an enthusiastic start and
although enthusiasm waned as the weather became colder and wetter a fair number of
competitors completed sufficient games to meet the threshold. Congratulations to
Jan H who, in her first season, won the competition with an impressive percentage
of games won. Close on Jan’s heels but not quite close enough was veteran winter
member Mike Ha. Level play competitors were not quite so enthusiastic and all fell
well short of the number of games played to meet the threshold so for the first time
no award has been made. The two who played the most games were Ian F and Gilian N-J
and whilst equal on the percentage of games played Ian just sneaked ahead on percentage
of games won.
17.03.17 One man went to mow The club has acquired an old but serviceable ride-on
mower from our neighbours, Broadwater Golf Club. Many members will be familiar with
this machine, as it is the one used by Adrian Johnson, Director of the Golf Club,
when he did some cutting for us under contract in previous years. Once we have become
familiar with its operation, this mower should reduce the cutting time for our four
lawns from the current 4 hours or more with the pedestrian mower down to 1 hour or
less, leaving more time to do other management jobs - or even play some croquet!
07.02.17 AGM Stephen and Jennifer, the outgoing Chairman and Secretary, were thanked
for all they had done whilst in office. Andrea presented Jennifer with a beautiful
bouquet and Stephen with a gift. Mike Huxley was elected as Chairman, returning to
office after a break, and Hilary Bird as Secretary. Lynn Edge, Roseann Sullivan and
Ron Piper were elected to the committee and Mark Godfrey-James and Andrea Huxley
were re-elected. Tony Mrozinski was confirmed as President.
22.01.17 Solar lighting Work on installing a solar powered system to provide lighting
for the accessible toilet was completed and tested today. The light is operated by
a press button timer switch to ensure that there will be no drain on the battery
by the light accidentally being left on. You have 5 minutes!!
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