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Latest News    29th March, 2015
World Series Result.... International Golf Tournament....

Welcome Gill & Peter

Wednesday, March 25th, The Mermaid, Bishopsbourne...

The match was held at the Mermaid Inn in Bishopbourne to welcome new landlords, Gill And Peter.

The match started evenly, then the Pot Boys surged ahead with a near whitewash in round 2. However, for most of the games, the Wednesday Boys plodded ahead, slowly eroding the Pot Boys' lead. Even the excellent spread of sandwiches, sausage rolls & crisps wasn't enough to provide the Pot Boys with their usual post-lunch boost. The last game could have provided a draw for the Pot Boys, but it wasn't to be.

The Pot Boys couldn't even win the high-score whip, that went to Tony of the Wednesday Boys with a hand of 24.

Thank you to Tony and John for organising it and to Gill and barmaid Charlotte at The Mermaid for a lovely atmosphere, good service and good food.

Pot BoysWed Boys

The series stands at 18 - 13 to the Pot Boys

2015 Annual Dinner

The thirtieth-second annual dinner was held on Friday 18th January 2015 at the White Horse, Bridge.

Alongside the traditional fare of soup, steak & kidney pudding, apple pie & cheese, there were lighter options on offer for starters and desserts.

16 Pot Boys sat down for dinner - It was good to see country members Father John and Paul Morris. A silence was held in memory of Andy Johnson, who passed away earlier that week.

The Big Board game was won by the President's team.

Many thanks to Alex who stood in as an excellent chef while Justin was havign an operation, and the staff for putting up with us and providing a great dinner.

Rest in Peace

Andy Johnson, much loved occasional member, passed away on 13th Jan 2015. His irreverent humour will be greatly missed.


Phil Mattison, sometime country member, died peacefully early Saturday morning (2nd August 2014) in Ashford Pilgrims Hospice after a long fight against cancer.


Dave Heap, former Chancellor of the Guild and arbiter of etiquette passed away on 14th May 2011.


The saddest news that could hit the Guild - the passing of our President, Jim Stripe, on 21st June, 2005.
Jim was cremated at Barham Crematorium on 30th June with 14 guild members in attendance. Afterwards, at the Plough and Harrow a Big Board game was held in his honour, with his grandson, also called James, leading the President's team to victory.

Jim Stripe

Fourth International Golf Match

October 2013: Another success for the Potboys Golf Association.
Click here for the full report

Tony's Party

The Pot Boys Master Singers were in good voice for Tony's Party to render a special version of "When You're 64"

Click here to hear it (if you dare!)


People have been getting spam mail, apparently from this site. Well, it's not from here, the address has been faked. Just delete it as you would any other spam.

Christmas Trees

Call for Volunteers
Help is needed on Saturday 1st December to help put up the Christmas Trees. Please report to the Village Hall from 9.30am

Underwater Cribbage

Yes, that's right! 4 intrepid pot boys - Dave, Viv, Peter M and Mark - led by Dave are going to play Cribbage in scuba gear at the bottom of the swimming pool in Shornecliffe.
We want to raise lots of money for charity (Macmillan cancer relief) doing this, so if any pot boys have ideas for sponsors or publicity, let's hear them. We'll be using special magnetic playing cards supplied by Spirit Games

-- First Practice--
The first underwater session was held in the swimming spool at Dover on 8th February and thanks to the expert training and guidance of Dave, none of us drowned.

-- Second Practice--
A second session in Dover resulted in an actual game being played, with Peter and Dave winning (just).

2003 World Tour

3 Countries in 3 days. Click here for the story.

The Guild meets every Friday night, at the White Horse Inn in Bridge at 9pm

Annual subscription: 520, payable weekly.

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Defining Moments in the Guild's History

Wednesday 25th March 2015
Peter Fairweather turns down the offer of a pint. Friday 31st January 2014
Mark scores a 28 - 3 fives and a queen in his hand with a 5 turn. The same hand as Raj a year earlier and he too lost the game. Friday 2st August 2013
At our temporary home of the White Horse, FJ scores a 28 - 3 fives and a king in his hand with a 5 turn. The following hand, he scored 20. Despite these, he still lost (his partner was Frank). Groundhog Day, anyone?. Friday 1st March 2013
Raj scores a 28 - 3 fives and a queen in his hand with a 5 turn. The following hand, he scored 14. Despite these, he still lost (his partner's fault, of course). Friday 21st March 2012
Clive Medhurst scores another 28 - 3 fives and a 10 in his hand with a 5 turn. The following hand, he scored 20. His opponents resigned. World Series Match, 3rd February, 2010
With £24 at stake on a sweepstake for highest hand, Terry Wilmshurst gets a 28 in his very first game - Three 5's and a Queen in his hand, with a 5 turn. Friday 6th Nov 2009
Terry Wilmshurst, to partner Viv Pritchard:"Are we actually winning?." (They weren't) Friday 11th July 2008
Clive Medhurst (an accountant, would you believe?):"So that's 15-two, 15-four, four's eight plus the right Jack makes six" Friday 22nd February 2008
"Even I can't lose from here" Frank Whitten needing 16 to win in the last hand against 61 his opponents needed.... he lost Friday 1st December 2006
Franks says "Sorry" to his partner... Friday 2nd January 2009, he did it again! Friday 9th September 2006
Under new landlady, Gill, chips for "lunch", for the first time at the Plough in 15 years. Annual Dinner, 9th January, 2004
Clive Medhurst scores a 28 on a single hand. Holding three fives and the Jack of Spades in his hand, a five of clubs turned up, providing Clive with a perfect hand, but with the wrong Jack!

Friday 14th March 2003
Atkins and Fairweather win every game. Weekend of 8th June 2002
Atkins agrees with Walder six times.

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There are 12,994,800 different hands distributed thus:
ScoreNumber of handsNumber of handsScore
7 751,324505,0083
8 1,137,236388,74010
9 361,224361,2249