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We had 24 players for a pleasant if slightly chilly day's croquet.

The winners were Jeff Rushby and Alan Rew who beat Keith Slatter and John Gosney to 1st place.

Thanks to John Gosney for preparing 6 lawns for the event and to Chris Constable for managing it and providing the soup and roll lunch - delicious even if she couldn't quite remember what was in it!

Death of Gordon Verinder - 17/02/2011 @ 22:11
I am sorry to report that Gordon Verinder has died at the grand old age of 94.

Gordon and his wife Sheila ( who died a couple of years ago) were members of the Club for many years.

Death of Ken Pascall - 15/02/2011 @ 10:23

Ken Pascall

I am writing to pass on the sad news that Ken Pascall, who was admitted  to hospital in Haywards Heath only a week ago with pains in his arms, then deteriorated very rapidly, and has now passed away.  Janet was with him in his final days.  Both Ken and Janet have been keen Association players at Southwick taking part in Jamborees and in the alternate stroke doubles sessions most Wednesday mornings (apart from the coldest ones.) Janet describes croquet and SCCC as probably Ken's first loves and they counted themselves lucky to have found a game and club which suited them as a couple so well.  The funeral will be in Croydon at Ken's "home" church after the 28th February; details will be published, in due course, in the Telegraph.

Fernando de Ansorena - 08/02/2011 @ 14:33

I am sorry to report that Fernando de Ansorena died on the 4th February, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was a regular visitor to Southwick, playing in our AC tournaments, latterly the Seniors’ and in the European Championship. We enjoyed his company last year at one of our themed dinners, together with his wife Pilar and son Fernando. Several of our members have enjoyed his hospitality in Jerez, where he helped to found one of the first croquet clubs in Spain.

He was a great character – he never really mastered very much English. He would furnish the bar with sherry, and fly back to Spain with a box of kippers. He generously provided the “Harvey’s Trophy”

Croquet has lost a colourful character – we will miss him.

Fernando de Ansorena

Hyacinth Coombs was an SCCC Honorary Life Member. 

Hyacinth was in hospital over Christmas but  was then discharged; early this morning however she suffered a major heart attack. 

Hyacinth was a bastion of both SCCC and of croquet.  An extremely good player, she also numbered among her many talents the energy, social drive, and know-how needed to run our club's bar. She did this for many years.

Here she is pictured awarding the prizes at the August tournament in 2008


Those who were able to attend the Christmas Lunch on the new date were given a fantastic spread by the club's catering team.  A great time had by all and Thank You!

Bonfire night - 26/10/2010 @ 16:14
Bonfire Night Party cancelled due to lack of support.

WTC winner is Czech Republic - 22/08/2010 @ 00:03

The WTC Tier 3 Championship was won by the Czech Republic.

Final order:
1st place: Czech Republic - 3 test victories over Belgium, Germany and Norway; test tied with Sweden (7 points); total 33 match wins
2nd place: Sweden - 3 test victories over Belgium, Germany and Norway; test tied with Czech Rep. (7 points); total 30 match wins
3rd place: Germany - 1 test victory over Norway; test tied with Belgium (3 points)
4th place: Belgium - tests tied with Germany and Norway (2 points)
5th place: Norway - test tied with Belgium (1 point)

The Shield was presented to the winning team by John Solomon.

Club Barbeque - 02/08/2010 @ 10:38
Here's Jonathan trying out the new barbeque.

It seemed to work as we had a very enjoyable evening!!

West Chiltington team won (with some assistance from SCCC players)!


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