October: All indoor play at Soham over the 2020-21 winter has been cancelled because of the pandemic.
August 14th: Federation competition will resume with the AC and GC Club Champions tournaments at Wrest Park on 26 and 27 September.
March 24th: All Federation competition is suspended until further notice.
The Annual General Meeting of the E.A.C.F. scheduled for Saturday 21st March at the Newport Croquet Club was cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic. EACF member clubs are asked to vote on the critical issues by email instead.
The Annual General Meeting of the E.A.C.F. was held on Sunday 31st March at the Newport Croquet Club. (NB: revised date)
It was followed by a CA 'Croquet Matters' Workshop.
The Annual General Meeting of the E.A.C.F. was held on Saturday 17th March at the Newport Croquet Club.
The Annual General Meeting of the E.A.C.F. was held on Saturday 11th March at the Ashwell Village Hall near Baldock.
The Annual General Meeting of the E.A.C.F. was held on Saturday 20th March 2016 at the Bygrave Croquet Club commencing at 10:30am.
There are vacancies for this tournament which is scheduled for Saturday 25th July. Details and application form here.
The EACF is pleased to announce the inaugural GC Masterclass for 2015 with Martin French as tutor. It will be held at Newport Croquet Club on Sunday 7th June.
Our neighbouring East Midlands Federation is holding a GC Referees Course on Thursday 9th April, with an exam session the following day, at Ashby in the East Midlands. If interested, please contact Ian Vincent on ian.vincent#cantab.net.
A new GC handicapping system has been developed by the CA with a view to its introduction nationally in 2016. In preparation for this it is being trialled in the East Anglian Federation region in 2015. See here for details.
The Annual General Meeting of the E.A.C.F. was held on Saturday 21st March 2015 at the Bygrave Croquet Club commencing at 10:30am.
Former EACF Chairman Don Cornelius sadly died at the end of October. His daughter Debbie, also a keen croquet player, has written an obituary.
The one-day GC High Handicap tournament scheduled for 13 July at Newport has been cancelled because of lack of interest.
The Annual General Meeting of the EACF will be held on Saturday 12th April 2014 at the Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road, Bury St. Edmunds commencing at 10.30am. See here for details of the Agenda.
A message from Tom Anderson:
"I regret to inform you that on 22nd April Judith Anderson sadly passed away peacefully at Bedford Hospital.
The funeral service will take place at Bedford Crematorium on Thursday 9th May at 11.00, followed by a service of thanksgiving at St Peters Church, Sharnbrook, Beds at 13.00.
All are welcome at either or both services. Family flowers, donations to MacMillan Cancer Support."
Judy was joint EACF President, along with Tom. Judy played an active role as Development Officer in the formation of the East Anglian Croquet Federation. She was Secretary on its formation, and instrumental in its inauguration. She held that post from 1986 until 2002, a total of 17 years. She will be greatly missed by many who knew her and valued her very substantial contribution to the Federation over so many years.
The Annual General Meeting of the EACF will be held on Saturday 20th April 2013 at the Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road, Bury St. Edmunds commencing at 2.00pm. See here for details of the Agenda.
The 2012 Association Croquet World Championships took place in Adelaide, Australia on 28 April - 6 May. Detailed results can be found at CroquetScores.com
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the EACF will be held on Saturday 21st April 2012 at the Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road, Bury St. Edmunds commencing at 2.00pm. See here for details of the Agenda.
Hurlingham and Surbiton Croquet Clubs on 18-24 July 2011
The Hurlingham and Surbiton clubs, which are located in London not far from the southern boundary of the EACF region, will be hosting the World Croquet Federation Golf Croquet Championship this summer. The entry for this tournament is by selection by the World Croquet Federation.
Croquet Association members wishing to go to Hurlingham as spectators are strongly advised to pre-book via the CA Office between 1st April and 13th July, otherwise they may be charged or refused entry on the day.
There will be no charge to spectators for entrance to Surbiton, but NO spaces for parking within the club.
Anyone wishing to obtain further information should contact either the WCF or the Croquet Association, or the Hurlingham or Surbiton clubs.
Hunstanton Croquet Club on 12-15 July 2011
Hunstanton will be hosting the World Croquet Federation Under 21s Golf Croquet Championship this summer. The top two from this event will also be able to proceed to the World Golf Croquet Championships to held on 18-24 July (see above). The entry for this Under 21s tournament is by selection by the World Croquet Federation.
Anyone wishing to obtain further information should contact either the WCF or the Hunstanton Croquet Club.
Colchester Croquet Club on 25-26 May 2011
Any candidate wishing to be considered for the above Golf Croquet Referees training course to be held on the above dates should forward their names and handicaps to the EACF Secretary Terrey Sparks by Sunday 17th April 2011. The number of candidates will be limited to a maximum of 15.
The lead Instructor will be Bill Arliss assisted by Ken Wheeler.
Would-be candidates must be really keen to become qualified referees and already have a good grasp of what each law entails. Therefore, a good working knowledge of the Laws of Croquet is essential. Day one will entail the laws, refereeing practices and fault detection, followed on day two with a practical and written test.
The course is open to all members of affiliated clubs to the East Anglian Croquet Association. If oversubscribed then preference will be given to current members of the Croquet Association.
The cost of the course will be £15 for current members of the CA or £25 for non-members (to be paid to the EACF on acceptance).
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the EACF will be held on Saturday 19th March 2011 at the Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road, Bury St. Edmunds commencing at 2.00pm. See here for details of the Agenda.
Terrey Sparks, Chairman of Hunstanton Croquet Club, Secretary of the Federation and a regular contributor to this web-site, was involved in a serious Road Traffic Accident on Thursday 10th September. He was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and spent some days in the High Dependency Unit. His injuries, though never life-threatening, were extremely severe including a cracked vertebra in his neck, cracked ribs and a punctured lung, cracked pelvis, damage to his left hip and major bruising to his face. Fortunately as time has passed it seems that at least some of his injuries were not as serious as was at first feared. He has just been advised that nature can now be allowed to repair the damage and he can become mobile! Recovery time was estimated at 12 weeks from the date of admission and he now hopes to be out of hospital within 2 weeks of starting physio, which is any day now. He is currently in the Gateley Ward of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Colney Lane, Norwich, NR4 7UY.
Terrey has now been moved to Dereham Hospital, Foxley Ward. It seems his estimate of going home this week-end was over-optimistic and it will be some time before he is sufficiently mobile to cope on his own. Address is Dereham Hospital, Northgate, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 2EX.
Please note that the date for this 2009 Tournament has now been changed to Sunday 6th September, and the venue has been moved from Ickworth to Downham Market.
Postscript: this event was later cancelled.
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the E.A.C.F. will be held on Saturday 21st March 2009 at the Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road, Bury St. Edmunds commencing at 2.00pm. See here for details of the Agenda.
The Soham Indoor Doubles Golf Croquet tournament will take place at the Ross Peers Sports Centre - Soham on the 14th/15th March 2009. We should be able to accommodate 7 doubles pairs each day. Entry fee will be £12 per player (£24 per doubles team). Cheques made payable to the Ross Peers Sports Centre to be sent to me with names of competitors & preferred date to play. Please write your address on reverse of cheque. Further details will be sent on receipt of entry.
The Soham Indoor Doubles Golf Croquet tournament will take place at the Ross Peers Sports Centre - Soham on the 15th/16th November 2008. We should be able to accommodate 7 doubles pairs each day. Entry fee will be £12 per player (£24 per doubles team). Cheques made payable to the Ross Peers Sports Centre to be sent to me with names of competitors & preferred date to play. Please write your address on reverse of cheque. Further details will be sent on receipt of entry.
The Short Croquet (14-point Association) tournament at Ickworth House, near Bury St Edmunds, will take place on Sunday 7 September. Please contact Jonathan Toye if you wish to enter a team of two, email: Jonathan Toye or tel: 01366 382280.
As you will no doubt be aware Jean Horton (Bottisham) and her band of followers who have usually arranged the above tournament at Ickworth House had to stand down after organising it for many years. Despite attempts to find a willing pair of hands no successor has been forthcoming to run this year's event which is scheduled for the 5th July.
Ideally, a group of say 3/4 are required. The task involved will be to co-ordinate and organise the event and manage it on the day. You will also be required to set the lawns up at the house grounds on the Friday afternoon and clear up on the Saturday evening after the event has finished. Ideally, a group from one club is desirable, but not necessary.
The position is now becoming desperate and if volunteers are not shortly forthcoming then it looks likely that this popular event will be cancelled. Please canvass your club to see if anyone is keen to take this on, and if so contact me ASAP.
Postscript 4/6/08: this event has now been cancelled.
If there is sufficient interest, it is proposed to arrange a Referees' Training Course in the region early in 2008. This will most likely take place in April. Would interested parties please contact the EACF Secretary Terrey Sparks on 01362 692601 or email Tds3elm#aol.com as soon as possible. Replies would be appreciated within the next two weeks, so as to meet the deadline for next years CA fixture book.
Postscript: an Association Croquet Laws Course has now been arranged for 5-6 April 2008, to be given by Ian Vincent at the Newport Club.
In August 2007 a team representing the Eastern Region took part in the BBC's quiz 'Eggheads'. The team comprised:
Peter Allnutt (Ipswich)
Feargal Smith (Norwich)
Jonathan Toye (Downham Mkt)
Gerry Varndell (Colchester)
Mike Percival (Bury St. Edmunds)
with Substitute David Kitson (St. Albans). The programme is due to be broadcast on Wednesday 12th September on BBC2 at 6.00pm.
Postscript: Hoop Runners vs. Eggheads quiz report.
The CA Development Committee are staging a 'Course on the Maintenance of Croquet Lawns' later in the year, details of which can be found in the following document: 2007 Lawn Maintenance Course (PDF, 53kb).
There is one assisted place for an EACF member, and anyone interested in attending should contact the EACF Secretary Terrey Sparks.
As of 18th June there were still 7 unfilled places in the Golf 'B' Tournament to be held at Newport on Sunday 22nd July. It is intended to close the entry on 30th June.
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