05.06.19 Murphy Shield Congratulations to our Murphy Team on reaching the quarter finals. They beat beat Cheam in a closely contested match and go on to meet Hamptworth. To see how this was achieved please see the Manager’s Report. (Manager’s full report)

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 4 Cheam 3


04.06.19 SECF GC Handicap League Team B The second match of the season was away to Littlehampton. The weather was inauspicious and adjusting to the unfamiliar lawns an issue; however G & G played on. Details of the team and full report can be found on the GC SECF page.

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 Littlehampton 6 (SECF League Results)  (Full Report)


01.06.19 SECF U League As last year Hampstead Heath fielded a team including players of national standard with handicaps of -1½ and +½ who coped with the demanding lawns on the hottest day of the year with ease. With one match left to finish a result of 5:2 or 4:3 was in the balance with both Stephen and Phil close to pegging out. Time sounded with Stephen one point ahead; Phil came on, ran the last hoop to make it even and then hit the peg with his rover ball forgetting that in Handicap play both balls must be rover. Stephen returned to the lawn and seized the opportunity to score and win the game.

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 Hampstead Heath 4 (SECF League Results)


30.05.19 Fred qualifies for GC All England Handicap Congratulations  to Fred, who won the qualifying tournament to represent the club at the All England GC Handicap Area finals. It was a closely fought tournament, decided by the result of the last match. With 4 of the competitors on 3 wins out of 5, the winner was only declared after net hoops were calculated. HB (Photo)


20.05.19 SECF GC Handicap League Team B The team played its first match of the season against Lodsworth and with the teams well matched the games were more closely contested than the overall results suggest.

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 Lodsworth 6 (SECF League Results)  (Report)


19.05.19 SECF Team Doubles Eight teams competed in this year’s AC team doubles weekend hosted by Southwick. Each team played 10 matches with 5 of the teams achieving 6 wins, Medway emerged as overall winner on the basis of additional criteria. Guildford and Godalming won 3 matches but the team enjoyed the weekend with good weather on excellent lawns.


12.05.19 Charity One-ball Final Stephen reports that this year a record sum of £6,000 was raised for  Alzheimers charity. Sadly the trophy eluded Stephen once again; however, he won a bottle of bubbly as the competitor with the highest two ball break of the day (9 points). So no dusting of the decanter this year but rather a relaxing evening glass in hand.


05.05.19 The Guildford and Godalming Open Tournament (Advanced Association) Congratulations to Jamie Burch who successfully defended his title against 13 other competitors over the weekend tournament. Jamie had a clean sweep winning all his matches.


05.05.19 Murphy Shield Guildford and Godalming have gone through to the next round of the competition having beaten Watford 5 matches to 2. They will meet either Cheam or Hurlingham in the next round. (Manager’s full report)


19.04.19 Longman Cup Golden Hoop Our first round match was away to Bristol on Good Friday with clear blue skies and temperatures in the 20s. Matches were double banked and with a 3¼ hour time limit the majority went to time. At lunch having won a singles and the doubles the score was 2:1 to Guildford, with 4 singles still to play the result could go either way. By late afternoon Bristol were holding their own and the timers for all games were sounding; Chris then won his singles match but Bristol won two others so with just one game left to finish it was 3 games each.  All eyes turned to the final match - the timer had rung and the players’ scores were equal. A tense few minutes followed as each player tried again and again to gain a final point until Ian, keeping his cool and a steady hand, achieved the golden hoop to win the game and so the match.  Congratulations to the team of: Chris, Ian, Iain and John.


13.04.19 One-ball Charity Qualifier Wearing blue in support of this year’s charity, the Alzheimer’s Society, competitors enjoyed a day’s croquet with the result still in contention to the last round. Stephen, a many times previous winner, finally managed to win through by a single point to close contenders Ian and Anthony, last year’s winner. (Manager’s full report) (Photos)


06.04.19 Applewood Bowl  The summer competition season once again opened with the Applewood Bowl, a friendly association croquet competition comprising 2 games of One-Ball and 2 games of 14 point advanced rules handicap. It was anticipated that the competition would be fiercely defended by last year’s winner, Stephen, but unfortunately he had to pull out at the last minute. At the end of the One-ball stage several competitors were on level pegging with 2 wins apiece but following the first association game one competitor, Anthony, had pulled ahead with 3 wins.  With the final game to play after lunch and 3 competitors on 2 wins the competition was still open. Anthony maintained his lead by winning his final game and so the trophy. Competitors thanked Arthur for organising the event and expressed appreciation for the homemade rock buns which fortified them in the rather chilly weather. (Photo)


01.04.19 2018-19 GC Winter Handicap League Congratulations to Julie on winning the Winter Handicap League despite the number of bisques she often faced against her opponents. The other close contenders were Chris, demonstrating his consistency in hoop-running, and Jan and Fred who played the most games with good win and hoop percentages.


26.03.19 Briefing on the 5th Edition of Golf Croquet Rules Andrea and Mike kindly ran two briefing sessions on the key changes to the Golf Croquet Rules which came into effect on 1 March. The sessions were well attended and provided an opportunity for members not only to be briefed on the changes but also to raise any other queries they had on the rules. Mike provided a handy reference card. Our thanks to Andrea and Mike for these useful sessions.


25.03.19 2018-19 GC Winter Level Play League Congratulations to Charles on winning this winter competition.


04.01.19 Club clothing The committee hopes to have some items of club branded clothing for sale at the AGM. If you are interested in purchasing any item then please contact Hilary.


04.01.19 AGM The AGM will take place on the evening of Tuesday 26 February 2019. Further details will be sent out in due course. In the meantime if you have any queries please contact Hilary.


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06.12.18 Christmas Lunch Once again members and partners met at The Refectory, Milford for the Club’s Christmas Lunch. Changing places before the dessert caused the customary confusion for staff but everyone soon received their chosen pudding with Andrea’s assistance. Our thanks to Andrea for organising this enjoyable occasion.


18.11.18 Association Knockout Result The long awaited final has just been played with the trophy being won by Iain G. Congratulations.


27.10.18 Pat’s Plate  Congratulations to John G on winning Pat’s Plate. After a year off John has had a successful club season winning both this association croquet competition and the golf singles event.


19.10.18 JAWS winners Congratulations to Julie and Charles who have won the 2018 JAWS competition after what they describe as ‘a gargantuan struggle’ in the final against Jan and Anthony. The scores were: 6-7,7-6,7-5.


19.10.18 Breaking news GC World Cup 2019 In July Guildford & Godalming will host the qualifying competition for the selection of the final four entries to be accepted for the 2019 Golf Croquet World Cup. Dates for your diaries:

Qualifier: 22-25 July at Guildford & Godalming Croquet Club

GC World Cup: 27 July - 4 August at Sussex County Croquet Club


10.10.18 SECF League results 2018 SECF has supplied the following results:

Association U League - GGCC =10th of 14 teams

GC Handicap League (West) - GGCC Team A - 3rd and GGCC Team B - 11th of 17 teams

GC Level Play League - GGCC 5th of 9 teams


05.10.18 EARS winner Congratulations to John G on winning EARS, the Golf Handicap Singles Knockout Competition.


30.09.18 GC Summer League Winners Congratulations to Sarah P and George R on winning the GC Summer Handicap League and the Summer Level Play League respectively. Both players won all but one of their matches. This was Sarah’s first season and her enthusiasm and achievement are impressive.


27.09.18 Final stages of internal competitions - the next few weeks will see the finals of the following competitions being played:


Pat’s Plate - John G v Iain G

JAWS - Jan & Anthony  v Julie & Charles


EARS and the Association Knockout are at the semi-final stage and the two Golf Summer Leagues are due to close on 30 September.


24.09.18 Joan West


Mike Huxley writes:


“I am deeply sorry to report that Joan died on Friday. She passed on peacefully in a nursing home in Farnham, where she had been for a few weeks.


As an ex-golfer, Joan had a very keen eye for line on the croquet court and often surprised players with much lower handicaps than the 6(GC) that she maintained into her nineties.  But, of course, croquet was only a small part of her life as she had an extended family about whom she spoke frequently with love and pride.


I guess all of us will remember her for different things.  I will remember her for being a determined croquet adversary and an all-round lovely person.”


10.09.18 Treasurer’s Tankard From 6th to 10th September, GGCC hosted the 2018 Treasurer's Tankard, an Association Croquet tournament run by the Croquet Association. There were 8 players, this competition being a part of 'Eights Week', each entrant playing each other twice. So the intended schedule was that 56 separate games of Advanced Association Croquet would be played over a 5-day period.

As the event progressed, it became apparent that the players were having difficulty with GGCC's hard, fast lawns and very firm hoops. Games were over-running and had to be 'pegged down' to be completed when possible later in the day. Play continued until deep twilight every night and even later on the last night.

By the last day, the number of potential winners was reduced to two - John Davis (Nottingham) and Nigel Polhill (Ealing/Surbiton). By lunchtime, John had won 10 games out of 12 played, Nigel had won 8 out of 10. John was unbeatable, but Nigel could tie at the top if John lost his final two games and he, Nigel, won his last two. One round later, Nigel had crept up to 9 wins and John had lost a game to stay on 10 wins. So to the final round. John lost again in the failing light. Could Nigel, in the very last game, catch him up? By 8.00pm play was still going on. Martin Murray, the tournament manager, was giving Nigel a hard game and it was getting darker and darker. Eventually, torches were employed to give the players some chance of seeing what was going on and in the most difficult of conditions, Nigel finally broke clear and pegged out for a win at 8.28pm.

So the result was a tie between John and Nigel, each winning 10 games out of 14. Manager and players thanked the club's members for all the hard work they had put into the lawns, the catering and generally looking after them. (MH) (Photos)


04.09.18 SECF Leagues The club has completed all its SECF league matches for this season with mixed results:

GC Handicap League Team A: won 3, lost 1

GC Handicap League Team B: won 1, drew 1, lost 2

GC Level Play league - won 2, lost 2

U league - won 1, lost 3

Follow the link to see match results (SECF League Results)


03.09.18 SECF GC Handicap League Team A The team finished the season on a high note with a decisive win in a home match against Hassocks. (Match report)

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 8 Hassocks 1 (SECF League Results)


01.02.18 CARA Cup Richard Carline (Sussex County) won the club’s final open tournament of the year, an A/B level play golf croquet tournament, for  the second year running with Robert Cook (Cheam) in second place.  (Photos)


20.08.18 SECF GC Level Play League GGCC played its final league match at home against a strong team from Woking. The home team put in a good performance but Woking finally took the match. (Match report)

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 Woking 4 (SECF League Results)


19.08.18 Success for Arthur in Woking Summer  Handicap Tournament  Congratulations to Arthur Lindley on winning the two-day association handicap tournament at Woking this weekend.


15.08.18 SECF GC Ladies Day Twelve teams of four players from across the Federation entered this year’s competition.  Our team, entering for the first time, managed a very respectable fifth place.  Photographs and a report of the event by Bill Arliss are available on the SECF website under the Tournaments tab 2018 reports.  


15.08.18 Townswomen’s Guild Croquet Day  This year we had pleasure in hosting thirteen teams from across the region and for the first time fielded a club team playing hors concours. The weather was a little cloudy and breezy but the conditions were fine for a day when 52 games were played. The ‘Jolly Girls’ team of Dawn and Di won the competition, with ‘Not the Dynamic Duo’, Gillian and Jacky, coming a close second. We look forward to welcoming them back to the club next year. Results are available from Jill. (Photo)


13.08.18 SECF GC Level Play League v Merton The  team had its third match of the season at home against Merton and achieved its second win in the league with one match left to play. (Match report)

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 4.5 Merton 2.5 (SECF League Results)


05.08.18 SCEF Team Doubles and Singles Congratulations to the GGCC team which came 2nd in the team doubles competition at Southwick which attracted 22 teams. In the singles competition the team was placed 10th again out of 22.  To read the SECF report on the day please follow the link. (SECF)


04.08.18 MARE Cup B-Level Golf Croquet Tournament The tournament was won by John Mariner (Chelmsford) and the runner up was Henry Hobbs (Enfield). John was presented with the MARE Cup by Mike Huxley, Tournament Manager. John and Henry also received a welcome bottle. (Photo)


08.08.18 SECF GC Handicap League Team B played its final match in the SECF League against Woking. In spite of recent rain the lawns were still fast and the hoops hard resulting in yet another interesting outcome. (Match report)

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 4.5 Woking 4.5 (SECF League Results)


18.07.18 SECF U League The lawns were marginally slower after the recent rain but the teams faced the added complication of very strong blustery winds.  Matches were closely contested but Hampstead managed to clinch the match by one game. (Match report)

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 Hampstead Heath 4 (SECF League Results)


27.07.18 SECF GC Handicap League Team A were drawn away to Littlehampton for their third League match. Travelling to the match and playing in what proved to be the hottest day of the heatwave it is not surprising that they did not manage to maintain their previous form. (Match report)

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 2 Littlehampton 7 (SECF League Results)


18.07.18 SECF U League The third match of the season was away to Sussex County at Southwick. In contrast to the superfast GGCC lawns those at Southwick were green with only the occasional dry patch. The Sussex team played consistently well to take the match.

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 0 Sussex County 7 (SECF League Results)


16.07.18 SECF GC Handicap League Team A played a home match against Dogmersfield successfully meeting the challenges of unremitting hot weather, hard fast lawns and firm hoops to achieve its second win of the season. (Match report)

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 7 Dogmersfield 2 (SECF League Results)


16.07.18 SECF GC Level Play League With huge thanks to Robert B and George R who stood in at the eleventh hour after a couple of late withdrawals, on paper the two teams were fairly evenly matched for our away match at Compton in the SECF GC level play league...and so it proved in practice, with George’s close win in the deciding game of his match meaning a 4-3 result for G&G. Also thanks to Compton for their generous hospitality. Team of Robert, George, Mike H and Chris H.

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 4 Compton 3 (SECF League Results)


15.07.18 GGCC Association B-level Weekend Tournament Under challenging conditions Martin Burger was the clear winner being the only competitor to win all five of his matches. He was presented with the Frank Rendall trophy by Mark Godfrrey-James. (Link to photos)


11.07.18 SECF U League Following a delayed start resulting from an intractable car boot lock the teams agreed to play slightly shortened games. The croquet was enjoyable and the hosts, Rother Valley, provided an excellent lunch to fortify the teams for the afternoon. Rother Valley just had the edge and won the match by a single game.

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3 Rother Valley 4 (SECF League Results)


09.07.18 SECF GC Handicap League Team A played its first league match against West Wittering and made an excellent start to its season with a decisive win.

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 8 West Wittering 1 (SECF League Results)


06.07.18 SECF GC Handicap League Team B played its third league match against Lodsworth at home with an interesting result. (Match report)

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 3.5 Lodsworth 5.5 (SECF League Results)


04.07.18 SECF U League Congratulations to the team on winning its match decisively against Tunbridge Wells. The visiting team of low handicap players, though short of one member, were nevertheless highly complimentary about the quality and trueness of the lawns.

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 6 Tunbridge Wells 1 (SECF League Results)


30.06.18 All England AC Handicap Qualifier After 3 challenging games on superfast lawns Stephen was the clear winner with three wins, followed by Audrey and Ian each with two wins.


27.06.18 SECF GC Handicap League  On Wednesday afternoon Team B played its second match in the League away to Preston B. Please follow the link to read the match report.

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 4 Preston B 5 (SECF League Results)


25.06.18 Mike and Andrea Huxley overcame the challenges of unrelenting sunshine and strong opposition to take first and fourth place at Hamptworth this weekend.


21.06.18 Chris Heath played in the British Open GC Doubles Chris Heath, having rapidly reduced his handicap to 0, recently competed in the British Open GC doubles with partner Roger Sutton (handicap 0) against top international players. The partnership put in a very creditable performance even when facing opponents with handicaps of -5. Chris has provided a fascinating reflection on his initiation into world class golf croquet.


20.06.18 All England GC Handicap Qualifier To see who played, who won and who qualified please follow the link to read the match report page. (Link to photos)


16.06.18 Golf Croquet One-Day Handicap Tournament  Congratulation to John Gosden who won the tournament and was presented with the trophy, PJ’s Pot. Please follow the link to read the match report. (Link to photo)


15.06.18 Friday Quiz Night The first quiz night for a very long time proved to be a popular, enjoyable and very successful evening. Attended by members and friends it raised over £1,000 for the club. Many thanks to Julie who not only organised the whole event, including a raffle, but also presented the quiz.


15.06.18 News of latest successes Congratulations to Andrea and Mike Huxley on their recent wins:


Andrea won the Ealing B-level Golf Croquet tournament on 13 June


Mike won the first Surbiton One-day Golf Croquet tournament on 14 June


06.06.18 GC C-level Tournament at Guildford and Godalming  Congraulations to Duncan Catterall (Sydenham Croquet Club) on winning the C-level tournament part of the CA's Golf Croquet C-Level Series and National Final.   (Link to photos)


31.05.18 SECF GC Handicap League Congratulations to Team B on winning its first match of the season away to West Worthing. Please follow the link to read the match report.

Match result: Guildford & Godalming 5 West Worthing 4


27.05.18 Congratulations from Mike, our Chairman, to:

Chris Heath on winning the Zero Plus GC Weekend Tournament at Hamptworth on 19th/20th May

Barry Gould on passing the ripe young age of 80 this week.  A surprise party was held at the croquet club for family and friends. (Photos)

Andrea Huxley on winning the B-Level Golf Croquet Tournament at East Dorset CC on 26th/27th May (thereby qualifying for the national B-Level final.

21.05.18 GC Hamptworth Tournament 19-20 May Chris recently participated in a 2-day GC level play tournament at Hamptworth for handicaps 0 and above. 16 participants (mostly in the handicap range 0 to +2) were divided into ‘all play all’ blocks of 8. Chris’ score of 5 wins out of 7 was matched by 3 others in his block but fortuitously the tie break system used (net hoops) meant that he finished top and as such went through to the main semi-final where he played the runner up from the other block in a 3x13 point format. Having won the first game quite comfortably, he reports he lost horribly in the second but managed to scrape through the decider at the golden hoop, courtesy of the croquet gods! By contrast with what had gone before, the final, against the top seed and last year’s winner was (to his surprise but not disappointment!) a bit of an anti-climax where his opponent’s normally impeccable swing deserted him temporarily and Chris won in two straight games.


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.

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. (Photo)


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 available.  



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