Club competitions: deadline extension

Message from Roger Wood: I’m sorry to say that the number of entries so far has been disappointingly small. I am, therefore, extending the last date for entries from Monday, June 15, to Wednesday, June 17, in the hope that more will consider playing. Under the present government guidelines it should be perfectly possible for members to play, if they wish.
I am happy to take entries by email or telephone (01424 210632)  – just notify me of the events you wish to enter but do not pay at this stage – I’ll contact entrants later about how much to pay if their event(s) is(are) viable.

Rules for play and etiquette at the croquet club

The secretary has circulated by email detailed advice about how members may attend the club. It covers: use of the clubhouse; consumption of food and drink; hygiene; who may occupy the lawns; social distancing; cleaning of equipment; and access to the Saffrons ground. Members are asked to read the guidelines carefully.

CA advice: “Clubs may re-open for play if precautions are taken”

Following amendments to the government’s lockdown rules published on May 11 there will be a limited extension as to what outdoor activities are allowed. The CA has reviewed these rules and believes that the advice allows clubs to open from May 13 provided that they follow Covid secure guidelines.

See yesterday’s news item on the CA website headed “Clubs may re-open for play if precautions are taken” for more details.

Cancellation of AGM

In the light of government advice to prevent the spread of the coronavirus the committee has decided to cancel the Annual General Meeting due to be held on 2020 March 25.

The candidates for election will be co-opted onto the committee and as much of the AGM and committee business as possible will be conducted by email and video-conferencing until restrictions are lifted. Please refer to the secretary’s email of today’s date to all members headed “Compton Club AGM is cancelled” for further details.

Press release: GC World Championship Royal Opening

HRH The Duke of Gloucester is set to come to Sussex in July to open the 2019 Simon Carter Golf Croquet World Championships. The Duke will travel to Southwick near Brighton to officially open the Championships at the Sussex County Croquet Club (SCCC) on Friday, July 26th. The tournament is expected to be the largest World Golf Croquet Championships yet with 80 of the world’s top players competing for titles. Twenty countries will be represented and Britain will be led by its youngest ever captain, 24-year-old J-P Moberly.
Play will take place over nine days – from Saturday, July 27 to Sunday, August 4 – at four venues in Sussex and Kent, including the main venue at Southwick. The four venues are:
• Sussex County Croquet Club in Victoria Road, Southwick.
• Royal Tunbridge Wells Croquet at Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge Wells.
Compton Croquet Club in Compton Place Road, Eastbourne.
• The West Worthing Croquet Club in Titnore Way.

Players will be competing from countries including the USA, Australia, Egypt, New Zealand and South Africa, and several European countries including Belgium, Germany and Portugal. The current World Champion, South African Reg Bamford, will be defending his title and Egypt’s runner-up Ahmed Nasr will be attempting to regain the title he won previously in 2004 and 2008.
The main games will be held at the Sussex County Croquet Club with the final taking place on Sunday 4th August starting at 9:30am. One of the oldest and largest croquet clubs in the world, the SCCC has 11 full-sized lawns.

Entry to all venues will be the cost of a £5 Championships programme (see below for further details).

Hosted by The Croquet Association (of England), the tournament is sponsored by British menswear brand Simon Carter with stores in London and Brighton’s North Laines. “As a passionate player of the game, I want to share my love of croquet with the wider world,” said Simon Carter.

A rapidly growing sport, Golf Croquet is undergoing a surge in popularity especially amongst the young. Known for its shorter games and faster play than traditional croquet, like 20/20 Cricket it is easier to understand and exciting to watch, combining tactical play with spectacular shots.


• Spectators: At Sussex County Croquet Club and Eastbourne’s Compton Croquet Club there will be plenty of space so visitors are encouraged to come as small groups or even as coach parties. Parking provision will be made at both venues for cars, mini buses and coaches.
At Royal Tunbridge Wells and West Worthing due to space limitations we may have to restrict the number of spectators.
Those planning to visit are encouraged to bring their own seating. Catering facilities will be available at most locations. Fuller details will be published on this website nearer the event

• Links to Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – Sussex County Croquet Club: Founded in 1869 by Henry Jones and John Hinde Hale, the club was originally based outside The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, moving to its present location in 1901 where its first annual tournament was held in the presence of The Duke of Cambridge.

​Jones and Hale were also involved in forming the All England Croquet Club. That club later became the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, and is, of course, today known as the world famous All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

• Full information about the event:

• For further media enquiries contact:
Linda Gavigan – PR Officer
GCWC2019 Organising Committee
Sussex County Croquet Club
Tel: 07890 027385

Poster for GC World Championships

A poster, for local distribution in and around Eastbourne, to advertise this event can be seen by clicking on the “GC World Championships” link above.

Compton members: Caroline Cosham would greatly appreciate members’ help in distributing posters and flyers, including thoughts and ideas of where we might best place them. If you can help in any way please contact her via email ( or call 01323 739305.

New Website!

(Last updated 2019 Jul 8)

Our new club website is now live. The site is part of a Croquet Association project to provide websites to clubs around the country, and this is one of the pilot clubs involved in testing the new system.

Check back for regular news updates.