The Chalkhill Mallet

The Chalkhill Mallet  AC Handicap Event 7th & 8th August.

Report from the Manager  Nick Harris

Originally scheduled over 2 days with 6 rounds of 4 games with 6 full time players and 3 part-timers, circumstances dictated that we had 2 rounds of 3 games and 4 of 4 games with only 8 players participating.  Neil Chalmers was pleased to manage 2 rounds a day whilst the Manager and Sarah Barley played in five of the 6 rounds.   The last round had everything, last year’s winner David Wicks lost by 2 to Barry Pilgrim, Wendy Spencer- Smith beat Jonathan Toye by 11,  David Haslam got his first win at Neil’s expense and Sarah breezed past the Manager  +26.  

Sarah with 4 wins from 5 was declared the winner on who beat whom with the Manager also 4 from 5, runner up.  3rd place went to Wendy Spencer -Smith with 4 from 6.  Sadly, time lost to rain showers prevented Jonathan from taking his customary ride on the miniature railway, also lost was a fish found expired on Lawn two, pictured below, but at least the sun shone for the presentation.

Barry and the Fish

Sarah receives the Trophy from David Wickes

GC B Level League

On Wednesday 4th August Norwich played an away Fixture at Colchester, our team was Trevor Whittaker, Jeremy Moore, David Atkinson and Colin McDonald

The day started well for Norwich with six wins against four at the break, however Colchester then came back very strongly, the final result was –

Colchester. 9 games won – 99 hoops scored 

Norwich      9 games won – 105 hoops scored 

Although we had scored more hoops it was decided that we use the option of two games of doubles to settle the result.  Colchester won both so the final result was:

Colchester 11 games won – 113 hoops scored 

Norwich.     9 games won – 115 hoops scored 

Chalkhill Mallet

This weekend 7th and 8th August, on both Saturday and Sunday, the Club is running the Chalkhill Handicap Tournament – a CA Calendar Open  AC Handicap Event with  players from Norwich and other Clubs competing individually for the Chalkhill Mallet. 

Spectators are welcome.

Ken Wheeler Shield

On Saturday 24 July three members of Norwich CC and one member of Great Dunham CC represented Norfolk in the annual EACF GC team tournament, held this year at Wrest Park.  Norfolk prevailed by the narrowest of margins over the EACF Select team and won the Ken Wheeler Shield.

John Reddish was team captain and an unused substitute but Trevor Whittaker and Jeremy Moore both made substantial contributions to the victory.

The final scores were:

Norfolk                                 12 points

EACF Select                        11 points

Bedfordshire                     11 points

Cambridgeshire 9 points

Suffolk                                  3 points

Hertfordshire                    2 points

Duncan Hector won both of his singles matches and 2 of his 4 doubles matches and scored 5 points for the team.

Trevor Whittaker won 2 of his three singles matches and both of his doubles matches and scored 3 points.

Jeremy Moore won 2 of his 3 singles matches (including the crucial final match against Cambridgeshire’s Chris Van Essen) and scored 4 points.

Those puzzled by the points scored should note that a singles win scored 1 point and a doubles win scored half a point but in the final “Gold Medal” round of 3 singles matches each win scored 3 points.

Visit of the Leicestershire Ladies

Mary Moore writes: Whilst their husbands were busy bowling 20 Leicestershire  ladies descended on our Croquet Club last Thursday to learn the rudiments of croquet.

None of the ladies had played before so as you can imagine it was great fun, with some slight frustration at times, accompanied by laughter echoing round the courts.

5 members  from our club volunteered to help for which we are eternally grateful.  So 4 ladies were allocated to each volunteer, a perfect number.

The ladies comment after the event that having visited Gt Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, Cromer and Sheringham on previous days was “It was definitely one of the highlights of our week”  

Norwich Castle beat Downham Market in the EACF AC Handicap League

On Wednesday 21st July Norwich Castle played their second match and won 4 – 0

N Harris and D Earl beat J Toye and B Saddington +9

S Murray beat D Haslam +21 TP

S Murray and D Earl beat J Toye and D Haslam +16

N Harris beat B Saddington + 20

Norwich: David Earl, Nick Harris & Sam Murray – Downham Market: David Haslam, Bryan Saddington & Jonathan Toye


JULY 2021


Since 17 May 2021 the Club has been open for play, subject to some less stringent conditions than those formerly in place.  HM Government has announced that all mandatory restrictions will be removed with effect from 19 July 2021.  These rules contain some continuing restrictions designed to protect everyone from infection; to comply with the advice and  guidelines issued by HM Government and others and to enable the Club to make an orderly and cautious transition to the “new normal”, when that seems appropriate, in the exercise of our combined “personal responsibility”.

We must all have regard to the fact that the pandemic is not yet over; that the connection between viral infection and hospitalisation and/or death has been beneficially altered by vaccination but has not, as some have claimed, been fully severed. 

The Committee recognises that research has shown that the spread of the Covid 19 virus is most likely to occur when people are gathered, and breathing, together in confined, indoor spaces. It is unlikely to be spread in the open air and also much less likely than was previously thought (though not impossible) that the virus will be transmitted via a hard or fabric surface that has not been recently sanitised. 

The following rules have been made accordingly.

Use of the premises generally

All members will be eligible to visit and play provided that they have paid the annual subscription of £110. 

Members must continue to use the on-line booking system to book a court.  It will not be necessary to book for the “roll up” GC sessions.  These will continue, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Those who attend these sessions must (preferably through only one of their number) inform the Secretary by email (, so that she may keep a record for “track and trace” purposes.

All play will continue to be at members’ and guests’ own risk.

Guests and spectators will be allowed provided that they observe these rules and guidelines at all times.

Members who entertain guests must pay the required guest fee into the Club bank account directly and must not leave cash, cheques or other instruments in the clubhouse.

Members or guests who are feeling unwell, including experiencing symptoms of a viral infection, in particular with the current Delta variant of headache, runny nose,

sore throat, or the already known symptoms of a persistent cough, high-temperature or loss of sense of smell, must not attend the club.

Club Mallets

A selection of club mallets will continue to be made available for use by members who do not have their own.  Members who appropriated a club mallet and took it home on loan, in accordance with the previous rules, have been notified that they should return it to the clubhouse on or before 20 July 2021. 

Use of the clubhouse

Members should be respectful of others’ personal space at all times.

No more than two persons may enter the clubhouse at any one time, save as is set out below.

Any member or guest entering the clubhouse for any reason must wear a face covering (a mask, scarf, bandana or similar, covering their mouth and nose) whilst in the confined area. 

The clubroom and kitchen will be accessible but, save as is set out below, only as the means of access to the croquet storage area.  Repair, cleaning and re-organisation of the clubroom and kitchen will be undertaken shortly but, until then, members and their guests should not use the area, save as set out in these rules.

All necessary equipment, including hoops, balls, pegs, clips, bisques and corner markers will, with effect from 19 July 2021, be removed from the corridor just inside the first door and will be restored to the croquet equipment storage area.  The folding chairs will also be kept there and elsewhere as appropriate.

When members wish to make use of the stored equipment, a maximum of two people should enter the clubhouse; pass through the clubroom; open and latch the outer door to the storage area and take or hand out the required equipment.  When members complete their use of the equipment, the reverse of that process should be undertaken.

Good hand hygiene is a barrier to Covid transmission. Sanitising gel will be available for personal use as individually required and before food preparation or eating. Disinfectant spray will be available for general cleaning of catering/eating surfaces and toilets/basins. Disposable gloves will only be available for routine cleansing of toilet rooms.

The cleaning of hoops, balls, pegs, clips and corner markers, mallets and folding chairs will no longer be required.

The clubhouse must not, for the time being, be used for shelter as a matter of normal course. Members and their guests must continue to bring their own umbrellas, parasols or other protective equipment of their choice and store them in the open air when not in use.  In the event of adverse weather or other intolerable conditions, members and guests may, exceptionally, use the clubhouse for shelter.  It is envisaged that this exception will apply, for example, when a Club team (of 3 or 4 players) is entertaining another, opposing team (also of 3 or 4 players), so that the Club may avoid the charge of being unnecessarily inhospitable.  However, it will also apply whenever there are only a few members and guests on the site.  Adverse weather conditions (and/or other, potentially relevant conditions, such as swarms of insects) are not specifically defined in these rules.  It is expected that members and their guests will remain in the open air unless they reasonably, and unanimously, conclude that the balance of risk would favour this limited, exceptional use of the indoor facilities.

If balls are required to be cleaned, this must not be undertaken using the disinfectant spray or hand sanitising gel (since there is evidence from the USA and Australia that the use of some sanitising fluids changes the colours of the balls, which would be inconvenient).

Use of the toilet facilities

Toilet facilities will be available but must be used by only one person at a time.

As already indicated, disposable gloves and disinfectant spray will be available for routine toilet (and basin) cleansing.

The plastic bins with plastic liners must be used for the disposal of all used paper towels.  The last person using the courts on each day will be responsible for removing all full, or nearly full, plastic bin liners and disposing of them appropriately.

Use of the cloakrooms

The cloakrooms may be used for access to the toilet facilities and for the storage of cloaks; other clothing, over or under garments, bags or other accoutrements.  However, members and their guests should, if possible, attend the Club wearing the clothes in which they intend to play and should not change clothing or shoes in the cloakrooms or elsewhere within the clubhouse. 

Use of the courts

There will no longer be any limit on the number of players using a court and the courts may be divided to facilitate wider use of them, when that becomes necessary or appropriate.  “Triple banking” is not recommended but it will no longer be forbidden.  During “double-banked” games, when waiting for the other game to clear a hoop, the players should vacate the lawn temporarily and return when the hoop is clear.

Members should secure the gate with the padlock during play to prevent casual, uninvited visitors entering the playing area and the pavilion.

Members and their guests should not make close physical contact with each other and should respect others’ personal space, unless they are from the same household or bubble.

Croquet equipment on the courts, can be used without special handling restrictions.

Corner flags will be available for use. 

Golf Croquet News

GC B League against Ipswich

Wednesday 7th July the weather started off a little overcast threatening rain. The lawns were in fine condition even after all the rain through the night. The competition started well for us with the first two double games won and all the players Trevor Jeremy Steve and David all played well with positive results of the 18 games played we won 14, the total hoops scored was Norwich 120, Ipswich 90. Good day for Norwich Croquet Club.

Norwich and Ipswich Teams at Norwich

G.C. Restricted Singles Tournament (Handicaps 1- 6)

Sunday 4th July

Originally planned as a National two-day tournament this event attracted ten entries on publication and it looked as it would be well attended. However, as in the previous year the dreaded Covid – 19 reared its ugly head and we entered into the 3rd stage of lockdown. This resulted in an immediate withdrawal of all outside contestants leaving us with a core of 5 home members and 1 guest. This was further compounded when one of the home members fractured his ankle leaving 5 contestants, and as private Fraser would say ‘We are doomed’

It was therefore, decided to re-schedule it to a one-day club event and after a trawl around the membership managed to up this figure to 8 a nice round figure. But no, about 10 days prior to the date of play we lost one more member due to a dicky hip. It was beginning to look like ‘Ten Green Bottles’.

Unable to find a replacement it was decided to go ahead with 7 players using the existing formula with one player standing out. Not to be so! at around 8 am just as the manager of the day Terrey was sitting down to his English Breakfast Private Fraser raised his unwelcome head and he received the unwelcome news that overnight another player had succumbed to illness and had to withdraw and so we were down to 6.

Now to the event itself it was decided after a quick briefing with all concerned that it would be upped to 19- point games and to make up for the time lost by losing games all would play all keeping as possible to the original format. So, against the predicted weather forecast play eventually commenced under a warm sun and pleasant day.

The first round proceeded nicely and despite the high standard of play provided no unexpectant surprises. In the second round the game between Trevor and Terrey proved so competitive and tight lasted close on to 1 hour 55 minutes and finished 10/9 with a win for Trevor. It was also interesting that at no stage did either player exceed more than 1 hoop in front of the other. On the other hand, its length meant that most of the third round had also been completed causing a backlog.

However, it soon started to become a three-horse race with Trevor, Derek and Colin all playing to a high standard. Colin managed a win against Derek but then lost to Trevor and Jeremy dropping out of the race. Meanwhile Trevor played on solidly winning all his four games ending up at the fifth round unbeaten against Derek with four wins and one game lost in what became a final play-off. In this game Derek set off at a fast pace and quickly build up a 9 – 3 position but then appeared to lose his way as Trevor in a fight back clawed his way back to 9-7 however, Derek managed to regain his composure scoring the final and decisive hoop finishing with a 10 – 7 win.

This meant that Derek and Trevor both finished on 4 wins but as Derek had beaten Trevor then Derek was declared the overall winner. Unfortunately, he was unable to be presented with the trophy because the Manager had decided to comply with the Clubs Greek Tradition by knocking the glass trophy off the table and smashing it to bits. (Lessons to be learned – don’t by glass trophies).

Overall, despite a short tropical mid-afternoon downpour a most enjoyable day.

Terrey Sparks


Dereck and Trevor do battle.

Tournament News

GC Doubles Tournament

The Manager Reports

First of all, I would like to thank all competitors for turning out for the doubles level play tournament especially in view of the weather forecast prediction of 28 degrees plus.  The club gazebo was really appreciated in giving us some much needed shade.

I would also like to thank Sally for being timekeeper and general helper in organising the day.


1st place – Eileen and Colin MacDonald with 34 hoops

2nd place – Dawn and John Reddish with 33 hoops

Joint 3rd place – Mary and Jeremy Moore and Jane Burton and Trevor Whittaker with 31 hoops

Let’s hope for a good turn out for next year, with full use of the facilities.


Sam Murray wins Watford Midweek Advanced

19-20 May 2021

It was a chilly day that saw the arrival of a strong entry for the second 2-day

AC Midweek Advanced tournament to be staged at Watford, after the cancellation

of the 2020 event. It was also the first to be able to take advantage of the

new pavilion, albeit in a socially distanced way that still required food and

beverages to be consumed al fresco outdoors.

The entry was split by handicap into two independent blocks, with the winners

in each block determined by the highest percentage from a minimum of 5 games.

In the ‘A’ block Sam Murray proved to be on top form, stamping his mark in the

first round with a tpo and following up with two more tps in his next five

games to win the tournament and the Cassiobury Cup with a 100% record. Stephen

Wright also played well, showing some of the form from his heyday some decades

earlier, and his only defeat was at the hands of Sam.

League Matches and Lawn Availability

This weekend the Club’s Teams in the EACF AC Handicap League are playing each other at home all day from 10:30 to 5:00pm on the Sunday. 

Spectator’s are welcome but be prepared for poor weather and best to bring your own camp chair!

As a result of this Fixture the numbers for Monday’s AC Egyptian Tournament  are greatly reduced and I have altered our general booking to just one lawn in the afternoon.

For Golf Croquet players interested in playing on Monday there are two lawns available in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.