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How We Run Things

Committee Bristol Croquet Club is governed by a constitution: 'The Rules of Bristol Croquet Club', which has been developed by successive General Meetings. It empowers the Committee to manage the affairs of the Club:

The Committee is elected annually at the AGM, which is normally held in early March each year. To write to the Committee, please send an email to the Secretary (details at the foot of every page).

Any member of the Committee would be very happy to hear your views and suggestions at any time (within reason!) and an e-newsletter is circulated several times a year to keep you in touch with what's going on.

Minutes of Committee meetings are normally posted in the clubhouse and will be sent on request to any member (either as a one-off or routinely). They are not posted online because they sometimes contain sensitive financial information or can be of a personal nature.

The Committee maintains a capital projects inventory that is available online.

The Club's financial year runs from 1st November to 31st October, but the Membership year runs from AGM to AGM. The AGM is well attended and an opportunity to review the past year, listen to the plans for the coming year, meet and question the Committee; for which, volunteers are more than welcome!

We bank with HSBC Bank as Bristol Croquet Club, Sort Code 40-17-32, Account 01067052.

See also:

Main Committee and Club Officers

Dave Kibble Dave Kibble, Chair

Chris Frew Chris Frew, Secretary, Local Safeguarding Officer

Bob Whiffen Bob Whiffen, Treasurer

Mike Salisbury Mike Salisbury, Grounds Maintenance

Linda Shaw Linda Shaw, Membership Secretary

Roger Jenkins Roger Jenkins, Fixtures Secretary & Deputy Chair

Ann Fraser Ann Fraser, Member

Peter Kirby Peter Kirby, Club Competitions

Neil Purchase Neil Purchase


Local Safeguarding Officer: Chris Frew

See the Club Guide Safeguarding section.


The club's trustees are: Dave Kibble, Margo Soakell and Mike Salisbury. See the constitution for their role.

Coaching Team

Organisers: Bob Whiffen (AC) & David Enticknap (GC).

Coaches: Deirdre Duggan, Pat Jackson, Richard Jackson, Rashid Joomun, Dave Kibble, Roger Mills, Frances Ransom, Ray Ransom, Linda Shaw, Eric Soakell, Bob Whiffen.

Group coaching sessions are organised throughout the season but please feel free to contact any of the coaches for individual help with your game. See the Club Guide Coaching section.

Handicap Committees

For information about handicapping, please refer to the Club Guide Handicapping section.

Association Croquet (incl. Short Croquet) Handicap Committee

Marian Hilton, Pat Jackson, Ray Ransom (Chair).

Golf Croquet Handicap Committee

David Enticknap, Sally Green (Chair), Ray Ransom.

Club Competition/Tournament Managers

Latham Cup: Bob Scott

Barbara Evans Trophy: Bob Whiffen

John McCullough Challenge Trophy: Robert Wilkinson

Short Croquet: Eric Soakell

High Handicappers’ (16-24) Tournament: Mike Chan and Bob Whiffen

One-Ball Charity Event: Bob Whiffen

Internal Competitions: Peter Kirby

Inter-Club Team Managers

For upcoming matches, see the Programme and team captains should email results to the webmaster for publication.

We have a procedure for selecting team members: please don't wait to be asked - put yourself forward to the appropriate team managers, who will include you in their plans for team development and matches.

The Club offsets some of the cost of playing matches.

SWF Competitions Team Managers

See swfcroquet.org.uk for league details and rules.

League for Advanced Play (Parkstone Trophy), Bristol A (Division 1): David Goacher

League for Advanced Play (Parkstone Trophy), Bristol B (Division 2): Martin Leach

League for Advanced Play (Parkstone Trophy), Bristol C (Division 3 North): Anthony Rackham

Federation League (Handicap 14 and below): Bob Whiffen

Intermediate League (Handicap 9 to 18): Chris Frew

'B' League (Handicap 16 to 24): Ann Fraser

Short Croquet League, North Division, Bristol A: Margo Soakell

Short Croquet League, North Division, Bristol B: Eric Soakell

GC Level Play League: David Goacher

GC Handicap League: Vicky Stocks

GC High Handicap League: (not entered)

National (CA) Inter-Club Team Managers

See croquet.org.uk for competition details and rules.

Inter-Club Championship: David Goacher

Mary Rose: Martin Leach

Longman Cup: Mike Salisbury

Bye-Laws and Local Variations to Croquet Rules and Laws

  1. GC start: Each ball is initially played from a position on the court within 1 yard of the East boundary more than one yard North of corner IV and South of the East penalty area.
    • This applies to all GC friendly, club sessions, and club competition games played throughout the year.
    • This bye-law is in accordance with Rule 5.2.1.















For more information, please email Chris Frew, who will be happy to help.