2021 Golf Croquet News

CANTERBURY Croquet Club got their 2021 external league season off to a flying start by winning the Kent one-ball tournament.

They beat teams from Ramsgate, Surbiton and Medway on their home ground at Polo Farm on Sunday. It was their first victory in the annual competition, which they hosted this year.

The prize of bottles of prosecco for the player who scored the most hoops in one turn, three, was won by Charlie Martin of Ramsgate.

THERE was no stopping Dave Buckman at the annual Kent Golf Croquet Cup tournament at Polo Farm, Canterbury.

Twelve players from Ramsgate, Tunbridge Wells, Surbiton and Canterbury competed and only tournament organiser Trevor Longman (1) beat Buckman (3) on his way to the final.

Buckman defeated, among others, scratch player Bob Ellis, Ramsgate and David Dray (minus 2).

In the first game of the best-of-three final Buckman and Ramsgate’s Todd Ballantine (3) were neck and neck all the way. Buckman won the golden hoop decider. When Buckman went 3-2 ahead in game two Ballantine lost momentum and Buckman went on to win 6-3 and take the trophy.

The Canterbury Croquet Club mixed doubles tournament, played yesterday at Polo Farm.(August 10)

FORMER club chairman Barry Sales and Mick Grady clinched the Canterbury Croquet Club golf croquet mixed doubles tournament in a close encounter at Polo Farm, Canterbury, on Tuesday.

The scores were level for most of the final against tournament organiser Stephen Barber and Pam Godden but Sales and Grady scored the final hoop for a 7-5 victory.

It was Sales’s third win in this competition.   twenty players took part in the eliminating rounds.

Club chairman Henry Bryant is pictured handing the Frank Hughes trophy to Grady, left, and Sales, watched by Pam Godden and Barber.

 Simon Roberts, winner of the Canterbury Croquet Club high handicappers golf croquet tournament at Polo Farm on Tuesday. (Sept 7) He is receiving the Debbie Buckman Cup, from Debbie’s mother, club member Ann Poole. Left is runner up Ashley Lupin. The final went to the wire with Roberts winning the golden hoop. The cup was given by Debbie’s husband, David Buckman, in memory of his late wife, a key member of the club who died recently. Tournament organiser Stephen Barber, said the event gave the 14 higher handicap players who took part a chance to gain matchplay experience.

Summer 2020 Golf Croquet Tournaments

Mixed Doubles

TOURNAMENT croquet returned to Polo Farm, Canterbury, in style last week (Jul 29) with a nail-biting finish to the Canterbury Club’s golf croquet mixed doubles finals.

Club chairman Henry Bryant and Aitch (Henry) Williams won the first of their best-of-three final games against Dave Buckman and Jim Godden 7-5 but soon found themselves 1-5 down in the second game.

They fought back doggedly to level the scores at 6-6 and went to win the golden hoop to take the Frank Hughes Cup.

In the first round Barry Sales and Heather Bryant won their opening game against Buckman and Godden 7-1 but narrowly lost the next two games.

Henry Bryant and Williams beat Stephen Barber and Hugh Pearson 7-2,7-6.

Jeremy St John and Lois Sales defeated John Millen and Sylvia Bowsher 6-5 (at time) 7-4.

In the semi-finals Henry Bryant and Williams earned a bye on points difference.

Buckman and Godden beat St John and Lois Sales 7-6, 7-5.

Tournament organiser and referee, Judy Sturrock, who presented the cup, said it was good to see competitive croquet being played again.

Blob: Interest in croquet nationally has increased dramatically since the Covid outbreak as being one of the sports more able to cope with social distancing and hygiene rules.

Canterbury’s roll-up association and golf croquet sessions have re-started and its golf croquet singles tournament is scheduled for Saturday (August 8)

Blob: Want to try your hand at croquet? Call club secretary Roger Loram on 01227 451329.


PRACTICE makes perfect they say and this adage must certainly apply to Henry Williams.

While other Canterbury Croquet Club players enjoy a cuppa between games at club sessions Williams practises hoop shots.

Last week, at Polo Farm, he defeated one of the two top-seeded players in the semi-finals of the club’s annual internal level play singles tournament. Then he beat the other top-seeded player, Dave Buckman, in the final.

Buckman, who has been mentoring Williams, said: “His win was no fluke. He has beaten me before lately.”

Tournament organiser and referee Judy Sturrock said there was now little doubt as to who would win the club’s cup for the most improved player of the season.

Results, round one, Jeremy St John 7 Jim Godden 2, Henry Bryant 6 Lois Sales 5 (time), Barry Sales 7 Henry Williams 3, Stephen Barber 5 Eve Pearson 4, Dave Buckman 7 Hugh Pearson 3.

Round two, St John 7 Hugh Pearson 4, Barry Sales 7 Bryant 3, Williams 7 Lois Sales 4, Eve Pearson 6 Godden 5, Buckman 7 Barber 4.

Round three, Barry Sales 7 St John 3, Godden 7 Lois Sales 5, Williams 7 Bryant 1, Barber 7 Hugh Pearson 4, Buckman 7 Eve Pearson 4.

Semi-finals, top four hoop scorers, 19-point games, Buckman 10 St John 4, Williams 10 Barry Sales 5.

Final, best of three games, Williams beat Buckman 7-4, 7-5.

Lawn Booking System

Croquet Lawn Booking Information

In addition to the sheduled club sessions members are able to book lawns using the Croquet Lawn Booking System.

If members are unable to access this system then bookings can be made by contacting one of the committee members who will be able to make a booking on their behalf.

On entering the Booking System you will be prompted for a username and password. The password for everyone is initially set to (please contact Steve Barber for this information). This can subsequently be changed. The usernames are generally your first and surnames as one word in lowercase.

Once logged in you should be taken to a calendar centred on the current date, if not press the ‘Go to’ button. The calendar shows the three lawns and currently only primary (p) is available, no secondary games.

To book a time slot click on one that is clear and a form will pop up where you can enter the following details as a minimum:

Brief Description: – eg Henry v Roger

Start :                           select start time

End:                              select end time or duration

Lawns:                          check correct lawn is selected

Type:                             select Golf or Association

Confirmation Status: should show confirmed.

Click the save button.

Note: Thursday pm and Saturday am are reserved for Association play.

    The booking duration should be limited to a max of 2 hours.

If a match cannot be played or you need to cancel a booking then this should be done by the person who made the booking by clicking on the booking then selecting ‘Delete Entry’

Any issues with the booking system or this document please contact:

Stephen Barber 07923 620938  stephen.barber@btinternet.com                      Issue 20/05/21

COVID 19 Update – May 2020

If you are clinically vulnerable, meaning you are at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus, you are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household.
Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:
aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
under 70 with an underlying health condition (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):


The following information describes how members may use the croquet club while COVID-19 remains a threat and will be updated as we gain experience and learn more.

Playing croquet at CCC is not as safe as staying at home, but these measures mitigate in part the major risks. Each individual is responsible for their own safety and must decide for themselves what risks to take. Make no assumption that someone else has done something for your safety

Do not enter the club grounds if you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 within 7 days of attending the club, DO inform Henry Bryant, or Roger Loram. We can then inform others who have been at the club and take any appropriate action

Observe Social Distancing by remaining at all times at least 2 metres away from any other person who is not a member of your household. Stay alert!

Be aware that anything at the club might be contaminated with the virus: entry gate, door handles, surfaces, playing equipment, mallets, balls, bench arms. Observe all necessary precautions by washing your hands thoroughly if you are touching anything without gloves. Try to avoid touching your face

The club will provide soap and paper towels plus surface cleanser/sanitiser for members to use

We recommend the wearing of protective gloves that are washable or disposable. Gloves or any other items for disposal should be taken home.

For maximum protection, we recommend that you wear protective gloves to open the gate, and keep them on right through until you have left the Club and shut the gate.

Only the toilet and the equipment shed will be open for use. The first aid box is now located in the shed.

Mallets should not be shared, and any member using a club mallet should mark it appropriately & keep it in the shed when not in use. Other members should NOT use marked mallets.

Bring your own snacks, drinks, chair, hand sanitiser, towel and gloves.

Please keep personal bags outside but off of benches.

Do not shake hands before or after a game.

Do not use clips: agree the score at the end of turn (AC) or point scored (GC).

Do not use bisques or extra-stroke markers: use your own method or agree at each turn.

Minimise touching any court equipment, including stop-boards.

Do not touch the balls with your hands during play: if possible position them with your feet or mallet.

There will be no club sessions until further notice and no gatherings are allowed.

Play will only be allowed by a pre-booked time slots, see separate booking information document.

All games are to be singles and no double-banking is allowed. Maximum booking slot time for Golf Croquet will be two hours and three hours for Association. A revised session time document is available.

No visitors, guests or spectators (even if members, sorry): only booked-in players on site.

Spring Newsletter 2020

I hope that this newsletter finds all of you well. As yet I cannot give you any indication of when we will be able to resume croquet at Polo Farm but one hopes that there will soon be some news on this front.

Your committee has met using the Zoom video-conferencing system.

Dave regularly mows the lawns so that they are fit for play when we can restart. Dave and Roger have trimmed the laurel hedge surrounding the lawns. I helped to clear the cuttings, which filled two large skip bags. Groundsman Tim Smith kindly towed these away.

Dave, our treasurer, says that almost all of our 2019 players have paid the 2020-2021 membership fee. He believes this will ensure that our club can survive the crisis. Your support is greatly appreciated.

 According to the latest Croquet Association news the only croquet being played is in people’s gardens. Judy has a couple of hoops and two croquet balls so she and I have been able to practise hoop running on our front lawn.  We miss playing with you and our social gatherings. Let me know if you have played any croquet in your gardens. My mail address is: richardffhughes@gmail.com


Chairman’s Message

Firstly, I want to thank you for your continuing support of our club. This has enabled us to maintain the facilities of the club and for us to plan ahead with confidence.

Dave, Roger and Frank have done sterling work in keeping the lawns mown and cutting the laurel hedge. A huge “thank you” to them for doing this.

Looking forward, I am getting more confident that we will be playing croquet again before too long.

This may well have to exclude use of the clubhouse and social distancing will have to be strictly enforced.

Thought will have to given to how we allocate partners. I am a great believer that most problems can be solved with thought and determination.

I am heartened to read a letter in The Times of Tuesday May 5 calling for croquet to have restrictions lifted. Hopefully the Croquet Association will be pressing for this.

Rest assured that we will resume play at the first opportunity. I long for the day that we meet again on the lawns…



Association Croquet Report – Sept 2019

The 2019 season went well for the Association Croquet section, with Dave Buckman leading teams to success in U league matches against Medway, Purley Bury and Caterham.  Canterbury narrowly lost to Tunbridge Wells. 

 The Club Secretary organised a successful CA handicap tournament in July, as well as a most enjoyable GC/AC friendly with Ramsgate in late August. 

There was an equally enjoyable one-ball AC mix-in with Golf Croquet colleagues at the end of July. 

Club players took part in AC tournaments at Budleigh Salterton, Hurlingham, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Watford, Southampton, Burton on Trent and Bristol, bringing back trophies from two of these. 

The Club also fielded players in the national Inter-Counties Championships and Treasurer’s Tankard. 

Both internal knockouts progressed well and there was quite a bit of activity on the new CCC ladder. 

The best development of the year was the emergence of some serious AC talent among new members, who with luck can be persuaded to try match play next year.

Association Croquet Report – July 2019

Association Croquet.

JL reported that the St Edmunds and Simon Langton sports fest had gone well but that other youth initiatives had struggled. He stated that he had invited Ramsgate one ballers to the event on Wednesday 31st May.

He reported a narrow loss to Tunbridge Wells in the U League.

There was ongoing difficulties for visitors in finding their way to the Club. This topic will be included in the next agenda for discussion.

Golf Croquet Report – July 2019

  1.  Golf Report.

This year has been a particularly busy one for Golf Croquet having taken part in internal and external leagues as well as SECF tournaments. The decision to make the internal leagues one day events proved to be a success with more members taking part  much preferring a full days knockout play, as well as having time to talk to other players over a picnic lunch.

We started the season off with a handicap knockout competition on 7th June and an exciting final between Debbie and Jeremy, narrowly won by Debbie.  This was followed by The Alf Moat singles event due to be played on 10th June which sadly had to be postponed due to very wet weather. The new date for this event will now be 14th August.  Next came the first GC handicap event on 14th June.  The team led by Steve were off to a good start with a win against Dulwich and then another success winning against Tunbridge Wells. On 26th June we played an R Level home match against Reigate Priory.  Although we were defeated the competition was very enjoyable with the opposing team appreciating our new lawns, the picturesque setting and good hospitality.  As part of our tradition over the last 21 years it was Canterbury’s turn to visit Herbert Park Croquet Club in Dublin, this year playing mainly Golf Croquet.  The trip was organised by Roger and the warm hospitality given to us made this a memorable experience for our team, Barry, Lois, Henry, Judy, Frank and Roger.  We enjoyed playing friendly croquet matches with them and although our overall score was higher than theirs it really had little significance.  We look forward to the Dublin team visiting Canterbury next year.

On 29th and 30th June our team, Tobi, Henry, Heather and myself played in the Southern Challenge Division 1 with 12 teams taking part.  Having been promoted last year from Division 2, which we won, this was quite a challenge and we were thankful that Tobi agreed to be part of our team.  We were quite pleased with our result ranking 9th out of the 12 teams taking part.  Steve led the team in the Southern Challenge Division 2 on 6th/7thJuly.  Steve, John, Dave and came 8th out of the 12.  On July 2nd we had an internal handicap knockout competition with Christopher on great form beating Jeremy 7-3, 7-5. We still have 3 R level matches, mixed doubles and the Kent Cup to play.      Judy