Results, Events and News page for 2021 Season
Hunstanton Croquet Club re-opened on 29th March 2021 for members who have renewed their subscriptions and have pre-booked lawns using the EACF-CBS. Club Afternoons will resume from Monday 19th July 2021 – see details below.
Easing of COVID-19 restrictions from 19th July 2021
Following the relaxation of restrictions on gatherings we will resume turn up and play Club afternoons from 13:30 on Monday 19th July. Please continue to use the EACF-CBS to book lawns for all other games.
On arrival you should report to a Committee Member who will record your name, assign a lawn for preparation and then draw the pairs for doubles play. Social-distancing should be maintained.
We ask that you arrive in good time to help prepare the lawns (e.g. swish the lawns to remove worm casts, etc.), before putting out the hoops and stopboards. Please also bring gloves and /or wipes to use when setting out and clearing lawns.
We will use the Clubhouse as little as possible to start with, except for the use of the WCs. If required, please bring your own refreshments, and take any rubbish home with you.
Anyone who has not yet renewed their Membership for 2021 should pay their subscription at the full annual rate. Please use the forms previously issued or downloadable from the bottom of the Home page of the Club’s website.
We look forward to seeing more of you enjoying your croquet.
If you have any queries please contact Janet Kendal, Chairman. firstname.lastname@example.org
HCC Management Committee. 15th July 2021.
GC Singles Ladder
Please follow the link for a .pdf file containing information about this informal ladder competition: HCC Golf Croquet Singles Ladder.
Treasurer for Caroline Harper 15/07/2021
Automatic sprinkler system in operation Monday’s & Tuesday’s
Player’s may need to change lawn bookings on arrival as necessary to avoid the showers.
Treasurer on behalf of Groundsman 24/06/2021.
CA confirms that Club’s should continue with current COVID-19 restrictions until at least 19th July 2021.
Have you ever wondered how you might be able to contribute to the running of the Club?
Your committee will soon be looking for additional volunteers to help share the knowledge and skills to run the Club’s accounts, administration and many very practical tasks, some associated with routine preparations for competitions and tournaments. If you would like to find out more please contact the Club’s Chairman at: email@example.com.
CA GC A-Level Series 0+ – Saturday & Sunday 17-18 July 2021
John Hague of Dulwich won the Hunstanton round of the CA GC A-Level (0+) Series on 18/07/2021 and the Plate was awarded to the runner-up John Gosden.
Day 1 started with a reduced entry of 8 players from 6 Clubs (including 2 from Hunstanton) using an all-play-all format twice over the two days. At the end of Saturday, 8 rounds had been played, with the hope of an early departure on Sunday. The overnight position left John Hague and John Gosden on 7 wins each. John Hague having dropped a game to John Gosden and John Gosden having dropped a game to Chris Jackson. The score line does not adequately reflect the performance of Susan Boxell who joined at the last minute to prevent players having to sit-out a round. She played above her handicap of 11 narrowly missing out on the thirteenth hoop in a couple of games. Day 2 started with a further reduction in numbers by reason of 2 enforced medical withdrawals (Desmond Jarrett & Susan Boxell). The remaining 6 players completed the scheduled rounds in extremely hot conditions, with some closely contested games. The final positions were decided by the number of wins and net hoops as follows: 1st John Hague, 2nd John Gosden, 3rd Chris Jackson, 4th Mike Bilton, 5th Bridget Goodman & 6th David Boxell. The full results are available on croquet scores at: https://croquetscores.com/2021/gc/hunstanton-a-level-series-0. The players expressed their appreciation of the work put in by everyone to make the event so enjoyable.
David Boxell, Manager 18/07/2021
Club GC Green Shutters Singles Handicap – Thursday 1 July 2021
Grenville Perry won the Golf Green Shutter Singles Handicap Competition on Thursday 1 July 2021 with 5 wins, under overcast skies in an All-Play-All format with a reduced field of 7 players. These included Hazel Denslow one of this year’s new members, who gained valuable experience and won one game. The full results are available on croquet scores: Hunstanton GC Club Handicap Singles – Croquet Scores.
David Boxell, Manager 01/07/2021
CA GC C-Level Series 7+ – Sunday 27 July 2021
Frank Sharps (Crake Valley) won the C-Level Series at Hunstanton on Sunday 27 June 2021 undefeated in an All-Play-All contest of 8 players. Anthony Prewer (Ryde) took second place with 5 wins and two players finished with 4 wins each. Paul Williams (Leicester) finished in third place with a better hoop difference than Jean Faulkner (Broadwas) who took fourth place. The full results are available on croquet scores at https://croquetscores.com/2021/gc/hunstanton-c-level-series-7 . The players expressed their appreciation for the fine state of the lawns and for the work of all concerned in making an enjoyable event.
David Boxell, Manager 27/06/2021
CA GC B-Level Series 3+ – Saturday 26 July 2021
Mark Buckley (Leicester) beat David Cornes (Crake Valley) 7-6 in the final of the B-Level Series at Hunstanton on Saturday 26 June 2021. Glynis Davies (Northampton) beat John A Richardson (Newport) 7/2 in the third / fourth place play off. The full results for the crossed blocks and semi-finals are available on croquet scores at: https://croquetscores.com/2021/gc/hunstanton-b-level-series-3 . As usual we are grateful to the grounds staff for the preparation of the lawns and the team of helpers who made everything ready for play and assisted in the end of day closure.
David Boxell, Manager 26/06/2021
Club GC Veterans Singles Handicap League – 3 Tuesday Mornings on 22 June, 20 July & 17 August 2021
Entry closed with 8 players. Expect 7 games in an All-Play-All format. Manager: Pat Dawson.
Clubhouse maintenance – Outside of Patio Doors painted on Tuesday afternoon 15 June 2021.
This work should not interfere with the current restricted use of the Clubhouse by members who have pre-booked lawns using the EACF-CBS.
Treasurer on behalf of Chairman 08/06/2021 Update 15/06/2021.
Club GC Singles Level Play – Thursday 10 June 2021
This competition was won by John Reddish who retained the trophy with 6 wins in an All-Play-All format. The competition was closely contested with several players being in contention. The full results are available at : Hunstanton GC Club Singles – Croquet Scores
Manager: David Boxell 10/06/2021
Norwich CC are hosting a CA GC Tournament – Saturday & Sunday 3-4 July 2021
We have been requested to bring this to your attention. Anyone interested should either contact Norwich CC directly or enter on-line using the CA-TES the link is: https://www.croquet.org.uk/?p=tournament/entry&Action=ViewTournament&calBaseID=4075&pup=y
Treasurer on behalf of John Reddish, Chairman Norwich CC 08/06/2021.
CA AC Over Fifties Weekend – Friday – Sunday 4-6 June 2021
Martin Sylvester (aka Martin Russell) of Woodhall Spa, a newcomer to AC, and a late entrant won this event. He made a big impression on all of his opponents and promises to deliver many great performances in the future. He started with an AC handicap of 18 and this was cut to 12 on general play. The tournament was expertly managed by Celia Pearce. A match report is available on the CA website at https://www.croquet.org.uk/?p=press/news&NewsID=7283&pup=y
Treasurer 06/06/2021 updated 12/06/2021
CA AC Robert Prichard Weekend – Saturday – Monday 29-31 May 2021
Mark Avery won this tournament, which was contested by 16 players from all over the country. Match report on the CA’s Website at https://www.croquet.org.uk/?p=press/news&NewsID=7279&pup=y from Nick Harris, Manager. Full results are available on croquet scores at: Robert Prichard Hunstanton AC Open – Croquet Scores
Treasurer 31/05/2021 updated 13/06/2021
CA GC Open Series Tournament – Saturday & Sunday 22-23 May 2021
Ian Burridge (Nottingham) won this event in a gripping final against Simon Carter (Dulwich and President of Hunstanton). This was a reversal of fortunes from the previous day in which Simon won B Block without loss, putting Ian in second place. One of the other semi-finalists came from the A Block won by David Bell (Leicester), who went on to take third place overall beating John Noble (Letchworth) into fourth place in a single 19 point game. The 5th-8th place matches were not completed due to bad weather, but Jayne Stevens (Northampton) took fifth place on net hoop difference from Les Heard (Northampton) in sixth, with Nick Archer (Watford) in seventh and Euan Burridge (Nottingham) in eighth place.
The Plate was won by Jane Humphreys (Sussex County) with wins in four of the scheduled seven rounds. The Plate being curtailed, due to the withdrawal of three players (one for medical reasons).
16 players from all over the country competed over 2 days, initially in 2 Blocks of 8 to qualify for the Knock out stages or the Plate. You can see the full results on croquet scores by following this link: Hunstanton GC Open Series Tournament – Croquet Scores
CA GC Grass Roots / Test Event – Thursday 20 May 2021
Match Report – Hunstanton Croquet Club – GC Grass Roots 20 May 2021
Hunstanton’s GC Grass Roots was won by Grenville (Gren) Perry with 4 wins and a hoop difference of +12. A field of 6 players, including one from another club, competed against each other in an all-play-all block. The results are summarised in this link HCC – GRTS – GC – Grass Roots – Summary of Results -20-05-2021. The Club’s GC handicapper re-assessed the GC handicaps for 4 of the players. This was the first competitive play at Hunstanton since the end of the 2019 season and allowed us to test our readiness for running tournaments. We are grateful to all who took part and to those whose preparatory work on the grounds and the Clubhouse made it all possible. Swift play allowed the event to be concluded ahead of schedule and before the arrival of the rain.
Preparations are in hand to run CA Tournaments and Club Competitions, following CA Guidance. Details of the various events can be found on the Tournaments page. It is expected that once HMG’s Stage 4 restrictions have been lifted it will be possible to place entry lists for forthcoming competitions in the Clubhouse as usual. In the meantime, anyone who has not already entered a Club event and wishes to do so should email their expressions of interest to the Treasurer. Entries for CA Tournaments should be made using the CA’s On-line Tournament Entry System.
Redecoration of the Clubhouse
The redecoration has been completed. Some additional work may be carried out later in the season. Outside of patio doors painted Tuesday afternoon, 15/06/2021.
Treasurer 26/03/2021 Updated 15/06/2021.
Message from Chairman The text of this message has been emailed to all members and extra copies may be downloaded from this link: HUNSTANTON CROQUET CLUB Covid rules v2 22-03-2021
HUNSTANTON CROQUET CLUB – COVID Rules for use of Lawns
From 29 March 2021, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALL MEMBERS MUST:-
- NOT go to the club if you are experiencing any symptoms of a cold or flu, in particular a cough or high temperature. Use the NHS helpline and seek advice. For your own protection, follow the advice about self-isolation if you are, or are living with, someone in one of the vulnerable groups.
- Observe COVID guidance from HMG & The Croquet Association, especially good hand hygiene, face coverings and social-distancing https://www.croquet.org.uk/?p=press/news&NewsID=7188&pup=y .
- Book lawns in advance using the EACF’s court booking system https://cbs.angliacroquet.uk/?club=13 . Additionally, a COVID QR code is displayed for track and trace purposes. These measures temporarily replace the need to sign-in using the paper diary.
- Maintain social distancing of 2 metres (i.e. 2 mallet lengths) at all times.
- Clean contact surfaces such as padlocks, keys and door handles before and after use, using the spray provided on the fence inside the gate. You may wish to use your own sanitisers and wipes.
- Wash or sanitise hands before and after play.
- Only 1 person to handle each piece of equipment, when setting out or taking in a lawn. The use of stop-boards between lawns is suspended.
- All equipment to be washed after use in the buckets provided using water from the outside tap under the kitchen window.
- Avoid using the toilets, if possible, and clean after use.
- The kitchen and bar are out of service, so if you need refreshments, please bring them with you and take any recycling or rubbish home with you.
Thank you for your assistance during these strange times.
If you have any questions please address them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Kendal, Chairman, Hunstanton Croquet Club 22/03/2021
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|1. When is the Club re-opening?||The Club re-opened on Monday 29 March 2021, for pre-booked sessions using the EACF’s CBS https://cbs.angliacroquet.uk/?club=13 . Please ensure that names are correctly recorded for Covid Track & Trace purposes.|
|2. What needs to be done before re-opening?||Preparation and hoop setting work was completed on 22 March 2021. Our thanks to the volunteers who made this happen.|
|3. When will I be asked to pay my Annual Membership Subscription?||The Annual Newsletter, Calendar and accompanying forms were sent out on 5 March 2021. Subscriptions are due by 31 March 2021. Many have been received, but some are still outstanding. Exceptionally, the deadline for renewals was extended to 30 April 2021. Members who failed to renew by that date were ‘deactivated’ on the CA Membership database wef 06/05/2021.|
|4. How do I enter CA Tournaments?||Use the CA-TES to view the status of Tournaments and make bookings on-line. In the event of cancellation, re-scheduling or withdrawal this makes the administration and finance easier for you and us.|
|5. Will I be able to play with my friends?||Your Committee is continuing to monitor guidance from HMG and the CA. We will provide further details in due course. However, we expect to be hand washing, social distancing and mask wearing well into 2021. In the short-term we have suspended ‘Club Afternoons’ and ‘Turn-up and Play’. You will be able to pre-book time on lawns by making use of the EACF’s Court Booking System. Details were issued with the March Newsletter and many of you have already registered as users of that system.|
|6. How do I find someone to play with?||You can find a list of Hunstanton Croquet Club Members on the CA’s website in the CA Directory in the Members’s Area. Use your registered email address as your user ID and then log in. If you have not previously done so then use might find the following guide helpful: How to find a playing partner using the Hunstanton Croquet Club MDB on The CA Website .|
|7. What arrangements are being made for the AGM postponed from October 2020?||The 2021 AGM will include reporting on the lost season of 2020. In the meantime the Committee, elected at the AGM in 2019 with 3 co-opted replacements, will continue to manage the Club on your behalf.|
|8. Who should I contact if I have any further questions?||General enquiries to Chairman. Membership & Tournament enquiries to Treasurer.|
Treasurer: Amended 23/03/2021 & 01/04/2021 & 03/04/2021 & 07/05/2021.
Message from Chairman
This is a brief note to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2021. We would normally have sent out an Annual Newsletter in December with a Calendar of events for the forthcoming year, inviting you to renew your membership and enter club competitions, etc. However, as there is so much uncertainty at the moment, we think it would be wiser to delay this until the new year. We may then have a clearer idea of what level of activity will be possible. In the meantime some winter maintenance works are in progress and we have submitted a full programme of AC and GC tournaments for inclusion in the CA’s Fixtures Book for 2021. These can be viewed on the CA’s website. Until we can resume play, please stay safe. If you have any comments or suggestions please contact Janet Kendal, Chairman, Hunstanton Croquet Club by email at email@example.com or by phone on 01485 533551.
Posted by Treasurer 24/12/2020
This page was last reviewed 29/03/2021 and updated on 18/07/2021