Croquet Panorama
Sidmouth Croquet Club

Sidmouth Croquet Club

Welcome to the Club


Closure of Croquet Facilities

The Government is pleading with people to 'Stay at Home'.  Enforced quarantine and further restrictions are in the offing.  On TV news this morning there was a very moving video  plea by NHS consultants, doctors, nurses and physiotherapists involved in all aspects of treatment of respiratory infection.  In a variety of ways they stated what they did and that Covid19 is a serious threat, of which Covid19 is the worst.  They all said: 'Please help us by staying at home'.

Covid19 infection rate is mirroring Italy's trajectory, with a 2 week time lag, and still people are mingling as though there is no problem.  Sidmouth and the Esplanade were rammed yesterday!!  For us we need to bear in mind that there is no water supply to Hut 3.  Thus no facility to wash hands and no easy way of ensuring that drinks utensils are properly cleaned off with hot water and an appropriate cleanser. Is it sensible that balls are used over and over without being washed thoroughly and so on.

In consideration of the above, with the main club house already shut, Hut 3 will be closed after today, Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice which, effectively, stops play.  I fully expect that some will disagree as I equally expect the Government to enact further restriction on movement in the next 48 hours. Please, please, 'Stay at Home'.

Chris Donovan

Chairman

AGM and Dinner Enjoyed by All

Prizewinners
Prizewinners
Prizewinners
Prizewinners
The Annual General Meeting was marked by many success stories, and by the retirement of our excellent Chairman, Peter Nelson

Jose Riva wins Presidents Cup

Jose Riva receives the Presidents Cup from the President
Jose Riva receives the Presidents Cup from the President
Christian Carter receives the runner up cup from Quiller Barrett
Christian Carter receives the runner up cup from Quiller Barrett
Christian Carter in action
Christian Carter in action
Jose Riva (Spain) was on dominant form against a world class field in the Presidents Cup, held at Sidmouth. He managed a rare straight quadruple peel and held off a strong challenge from Christian Carter (Surbiton).
The players were very appreciative of the support from the club as they do not usually have so many watching.  They commented on how friendly and helpful everybody was to them and loved the situation beside the sea.
This splendid tournament has raised the profile of Sidmouth Croquet Club in the Croquet World.

Croquet Club Facilities

The Croquet Club shares superb facilities with cricket and tennis as part of the Sidmouth Fortfield Sports Complex. Croquet was played in Victorian Sidmouth as early as 1900 as part of the original Sidmouth Cricket, Tennis, Croquet & Hockey Club. Members enjoy full clubhouse facilities with bar and in-house catering. The club has a friendly atmosphere and an ongoing social life including events such as dinners, demonstrations, illustrated talks, fun events, wine and buffet evenings and other activities. After a croquet session, it is good to be able to watch a top-class game of cricket over a well-earned drink! As well as hosting National Tournaments, the Croquet club holds its own competitions and is a member of the South West Federation League, competing at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels.

About the Club

Spectators are always welcome and members will be delighted to be asked to explain the finer points of the game. There are additional coaching opportunities throughout the summer for beginners and more advanced players.

All that is needed to play is a pair of flat soled shoes as the Club can provide mallets and other equipment. So please feel free to contact us and come along and come along to enjoy this super game in a very friendly atmosphere!

AGM

The AGM was a great celebration of another years excellent croquet
John Dixon, Roz Oddy, Paul Bradley, Anne Reece, Steve Pearson, Rob Bayliss, Philip Harris, Penny Ball, David Butler, Andrew Thomas, Richard Wood, Richard Croft, Sue Dent, Michael Gordon-Lee, Peter Nelson, Ed Dolphin, Rob Matthews, Graeme Pryor
John Dixon, Roz Oddy, Paul Bradley, Anne Reece, Steve Pearson, Rob Bayliss, Philip Harris, Penny Ball, David Butler, Andrew Thomas, Richard Wood, Richard Croft, Sue Dent, Michael Gordon-Lee, Peter Nelson, Ed Dolphin, Rob Matthews, Graeme Pryor

Thursday Club Nights

Bar open every Thursday at 6pm
Food from 6:30 to 8:30

NEWS SUMMARY

Parkstone Promotion

Sidmouth Advanced Level Play Team Win Promotion to Division 1

Last Walk Enjoys Superb Weather

John Coombes and keen walkers
John Coombes and keen walkers
Croquet Walk
Croquet Walk
Charming streams
Charming streams
The Croquet Crawlers walked from Otterton around East Budleigh and Bicton on a lovely sunny day, with John Coombes leading the way.

Keith Ross wins B Level

The CA B Level Open Tournament finished with a thrilling final in which Keith Ross, who travelled from France to be with us, just edged out Andrew Dutton to win by +4
Keith receives his trophy from David Temple with Julie Horsley
Keith receives his trophy from David Temple with Julie Horsley
The Players
The Players

Philip and Sue win at the Seniors

Philip Harris and Sue Rogers won the doubles on July 22nd 2018 at the National Seniors tournament held at Budleigh.
Philip Harris and Sue Rogers
Philip Harris and Sue Rogers

Short Croquet

Twenty short players took part in this fast-moving tournament in sunny weather. Philip Harris, Richard Thurlow, and Julie Horsley were among the front runners.
The Scene
The Scene

May Week Result!

Sidmouth players went to Budleigh May Week and came home with the silverware. Well done all!
Budleigh May Week Winners
Budleigh May Week Winners

Haste Cup goes to Jonathan Powe

Jonathan Powe went through the entire tournament without loss and dominated the final to emerge a worthy winner.

Sidmouth "A" Triumph

Sidmouth "A" Parkstone League team resoundingly won in the first match of the season, against Sidmouth "B". Perhaps it was the home advantage?

Charity Quiz Triumph

The croquet section won the charity quiz to everyone's surprise and gratification
The Winning Team
The Winning Team

Website Move

The website has been moved to a new hosting facility. Everything should be as it was, but in the event of any new problems being discovered, please contact Colin Walls

Thurlow Triumphs with One Ball

The annual Charity “One Ball” competition was played on Thursday April 19th, a dry day unusually for this year, and our first internal competition of the year. Penny Ball and Richard Thurlow scored 140 points in their first four games, and so were matched together in the final, which Richard just managed to win, giving him 150 points.

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