French Students visit

50 exchange students from Versailles, aged 12-13, and their teachers had a fun time learning to play croquet on our lawns on Thursday.

French exchange students

Hopefully they’ll take back the experience and start playing in France too!

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SECF One Ball Teams

Four teams travelled to Canterbury to play in the inaugural SECF One Ball Teams event, so with the two local teams made a full six teams on their three lawns.

Their lawns are still settling in, since they were moved to their current location a couple of years ago to make way for housing, with newly relaid lawns. The clubhouse is quite large and still being fitted out, but sadly too far from the main sports club facilities to have electrical power.

Our team of Jon Diamond, John Greenwood and Kate Sander under-performed (Jon and Kate had 2 wins, but John none from the 5 games). So we ended up with the wooden spoon with no wins. However we did have chances in our last game to win, with John missing his peg-out, and so he lost by one point and the match by one point also against the winners, Surbiton.

It’s hoped that, with their new mower, partly supported by the CA and the SECF, their lawns will be a bit finer and faster next year! Nevertheless, a fine event and much good food and drink and fun – very suitable for higher handicap players next year (please).

A fuller report with pictures is on the SECF website.

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Tom Carpenter wins the Montevideo Cup

Tom Carpenter from Tunbridge Wells won our annual Open Golf Croquet level play tournament (Montevideo Cup) on Saturday 2nd June, beating the previous winner, Liz Farrow from Sussex County, in the 19 point final 10-7. Montevideo Cup
 
It’s fairly clear from the results that Tom’s handicap of 3 was incorrect, as he won all his games, so a reduction to 1 was made by our club handicapper. It seems likely that a further reduction is to be expected…

A full house of 12 players enjoyed very pleasant weather, good lawns (not very fast though) and nice catering!

Full results are:

Royal Tunbridge Wells Montevideo Cup 2018
Results
BLOCK AClubH’capLiz FarrowJohn GreenwoodMichael GentryBrian MaddocksJohn MooreJane SmithWINSPOSITION
Liz FarrowSussex County-2 7-67-47-45-77-241
John GreenwoodTunbridge Wells06-7 5-77-65-77-224
Michael GentryTunbridge Wells24-77-5 7-67-67-443
Brian MaddocksCheam34-76-76-7 4-77-315
John MooreTunbridge Wells37-57-56-77-4 7-442
Jane SmithTunbridge Wells82-72-74-73-74-7 06
           
BLOCK BClubH’capJon DiamondIan CobboldAlex JardineTom CarpenterNigel BartonCarol DriverWINSPOSITION
Jon DiamondTunbridge Wells-1 7-37-43-77-17-342
Ian CobboldCheam03-7 4-76-77-27-224
Alex JardineTunbridge Wells24-77-4 4-76-57-223
Tom CarpenterTunbridge Wells37-37-67-4 7-47-451
Nigel BartonTunbridge Wells71-72-75-64-7 7-515
Carol DriverPurley Bury93-72-72-74-75-7 06
           
   Block ABlock BResult  
SEMI-FINAL 1  Liz Farrow Jon Diamond Liz7-3  
SEMI-FINAL 2  John Moore Tom Carpenter Tom7-1  
           
FINAL  Liz Farrow Tom Carpenter Tom10-7  
           
THIRD PLACE  Jon Diamond John Moore Jon7-2  
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U league loss to Ramsgate

June started with another rather ignominious defeat, unhappily, 6-1 this time at home, some players feeling somewhat under-bisqued!! At least, the threatened thunderstorms failed to appear.

Results:
Alex Jardine (2.5) and Jeff Chapman (12) lost to
Tony Mockett (4.5) and Joyce Slawson (16) by -15
John Hobbs (4) lost to Trevor Longman (1.5) by -13
Richard Mann (8) lost to Charlie Martin (3) by -5
Alex beat Trevor +12
John lost to Charlie -11
Richard lost to Tony -6
Jeff lost to Joyce -11

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Crescent Road Car Park restricted access

“Day time use of Crescent Road Car Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells is being restricted to permit holders only from Tuesday 29 May.

“The restriction which applies Monday to Friday, 8 am until 6pm, until further notice, will allow larger areas of the car park to be closed off for the refurbishment work that is taking place.

“Councillor Alan McDermott planning & transportation portfolio holder said: ‘We apologise for any inconvenience this causes car park users. The work that’s being done will improve the car park and make it a better experience for visitors.’

“During the restricted hours of Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, non-permit holders are asked to use other town centre car parks including Royal Victoria Place and Meadow Road. A member of staff will be at the car park to assist motorists and redirect them to other facilities. Outside the restricted times parking is for all vehicles as normal.”

Blue badge parking is unaffected apparently.

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Kent improves at the Inter-Counties!

Tunbridge Wells provided four players for the Kent team this year (Jon Diamond, Jolyon Creasey, John Greenwood and Alex Jardine) for the annual CA Association Croquet Inter-Counties event. This Doubles competition was held over the last four days at Southwick and Compton, so provided as usual a variety of experiences, many missed short roquets and blobbed hoops, amusing(?) antics, potential angst, and much friendly rivalry (sometimes wanting not to be promoted to Division 1).

We improved our position over the last few years, winning three matches out of 10 in Division 2 and therefore ending up 9/11. Notable was our win over Oxfordshire, who fielded one of our local members, Martin Lester, and came second in the Division. Promotion is beckoning in 5 or 6 years time if we continue improving at this rate…

A great success for our new captain, Robert Alexander of Medway.

More minus handicap players wanted though!

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U league: Lost to Compton 5-2

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Internal competition results updated

Also some changes to both Association and Golf High Bisquers competitions.

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Jon Diamond in Southport

Southport Croquet club is close to the sea, which is wonderful but does mean that the lawns are sometimes below high tide. Given the wet winter we had this led to their 5 main lawns being under water much of the time, leaving no time for the regular maintenance. Sadly this left them in a poor and bumpy condition.

Most players struggled during their recent Handicap event, including Jon, as he couldn’t hit balls at his usual distance. Nevertheless, although he lost in the semi-final, he did well enough to bring his AC handicap down to 0.5.

It’s a lovely location, especially for those with caravans or Motorhomes as the campsite is next door! Recommended for next year…

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A league loss to Surbiton

Played on the day before the FA Cup Final, this was not so much Chelsea v Man Utd, more like Chelsea v Maidstone Utd as the anticipated 6-nil loss displayed.

Only Mick in the afternoon got anywhere near our better-ranked opponents and his game was still pretty level when halted since the others had finished and wanted away before the M25 rush-hour.

Commiserations to Jolyon who had the classic misfortune of a day’s competition without a hoop run in anger.

Results.

Jolyon Creasey (1) and Alex Jardine (2.5) lost to
Nick Parish (-1) and Nigel Polhill (-½) -17
John Greenwood (2.5) lost to Graham Brightwell (1.5) -19
Mick Belcham (5) lost to Eugene Chang (0) -15

Jolyon lost to Nick -26
Alex lost to Nigel -18
John lost to Eugene -11
Mick v Graham abandoned as a draw

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