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Latest News    29th January, 2022
2022 Annual Dinner.... World Series Result.... International Golf Tournament....

2022 Annual Dinner

The thirty-ninth annual dinner was held on Friday 28th January 2022 at the Red Lion, Bridge.

We started wtih moked trout, followed by the traditional fare of steak & kidney pudding and finished up with lemon posset

16 Pot Boys sat down for dinner - It was good to see country members Father John and Bob Rathmill and to see John Purnell.

Grace was given by Father John, with a special grace to mark the start of the fortieth year of the Guild
For forty years of cards and fun
And for this meal that's just begun
For forty years of crib and beer
And for the many times we cheer
As Tony, strangling jam, leads fours
And us on walking tours outdoors
For forty years of Rules of Frank's
And for this food: we give God thanks

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

Latest result

Wednesday, November 20th 2019, The Plough, Bridge...
Sadly, this may well have been the last match. Since John Pateman's passing, Roger and Tony have also died.
Pot BoysWed Boys

The series stands at 27 - 19 to the Pot Boys

Rest in Peace

John Pateman, President of our long-standing competitors "The Wednesday Boys", passed away on 28th December 2020. Viv summed him up "Really nice man and great company. His jokes at the end of our cribbage evenings never failed to make us laugh, even when he forgot the punchline.".


Bob Horgan, founding member and President, passed away on 24th April 2015. His loss was a major blow to the Pot Boys.


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.

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 Red Lion in Bridge at 9pm

Annual subscription: 780, payable weekly.

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Defining Moments in the Guild's History

Friday 6th August 2019
First post-covid game - at our new home in the Red Lion Inn
Wednesday 16th October 2019
Frank puts a five in opponents' box again.
(It was the last hand before home and he held 6,7,7,8)
Friday 11th October 2019
Frank in a quandary... does he keep the pair or the 15? Either way he'll keep the flush... wait... what?

Friday 14th September 2018
Moved back to the Plough and Harrow.
Friday 6th April 2018
Chips for "lunch", for the first time at the White.
Friday 27th October 2017
1. Viv gets two 5s in his hand. Twice.
2. Frank puts a 5 in his opponent's box.
Friday 24th June 2016
Terry Wilmhurst get a pefect 29 score. A one-in-3 million chance.
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.

For further information about our Cribbage guild, please contact: Mark Esdale

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Cribbage - Online Guide


There are 12,994,800 different hands distributed thus:
ScoreNumber of handsOddsNumber of handsScore
01,009,0081:13 2,855,6764
199,7921:130 2,813,7962
22,813,7961:5 1,800,2686
3505,0081:26 1,137,2368
42,855,6761:5 1,009,0080
5697,5081:19 751,3247
61,800,2681:7 697,5085
7 751,3241:17 505,0083
8 1,137,2361:11 388,74010
9 361,2241:36 361,2249
10388,7401:33 317,34012
1151,6801:251 99,7921
12317,3401:41 90,10014
1319,6561:661 58,24816
1490,1001:144 51,68011
159,1681:1,417 19,65613
1658,2481:223 11,19617
1711,1961:1,161 9,16815
182,7081:4,799 8,06820
208,0681:1,611 2,70818
212,4961:5,206 2,49621
224441:29,268 44422
233561:36,502 35623
243,6801:3,531 7628
250 429
260 019
270 025
28761:170,984 026
2941:3,248,700 027