Arthur Blackman, President of Hambledon Cricket Club, contributed the Sunday Reflection this week.
It is eerily quiet on the cricket green on Saturdays and Sundays. What has happened? There is no sound of the leather hitting the willow, no raucous enjoyable noise of children scampering around the outfield or adults shouting “How’s-That!”.
We should now be well into the noble art of playing cricket on the green with a hive of activities. Senior cricketers playing games and Juniors of ages 7 to 13 having coaching and training lessons. But no, nothing in April or May, and maybe no team activities until late summer. The last time cricket did not start on the cricket green was when it was suspended in 1941 to 1945 due to the 2nd World War. Before that it was probably the 1st World War.
‘Butterfly Conservation have put together a video for people to watch during lockdown as part of the local Chiddingfold Wood White Project. This should give people an idea of things they can do to help wildlife in their own gardens, especially butterflies and moths.’ Grab yourself a cup of tea and have a watch –
I love the Mediterranean culture of eating together, long leisurely meals with family anecdotes and stories of life. The Spanish, Italians, Greek, Portuguese all have their way. We are always in a rush to clear plates and bustle along.
Now we have time, so much time let’s stay slow, the evenings are wonderful. I’m not a fan of BBQs , not English ones. The hunter gatherer he man, beer in one hand and lighter fuel in the other is symbolic of the British summer. But I’d much sooner enjoy a Braai or Asado. Hours spent preparing the fire and long long time cooking the poor unfortunate beast on the rack. So when our cavemen are gassing and burning let’s sit a long slow starter of Mezze, carne freda, charcuterie. OUR HERITAGE TOMATOES
So we should be bringing an end to 2019/20 season and hopefully celebrating some silverware for the club. It was a season that promised so much for the football club. We were fielding 5 sides for the first time in our 100+ history. All of the teams were competing well and there was a real chance of success. We were also competing at the highest level in the clubs history with the first team in the Premier division of the SCILW league for the first time. However with the business end of the season fast approaching the season came to an abrupt end with the lock down coming in March.
Please note that the shop will be delivering as usual this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Because of the way the shop roster works, we’d actually prefer if you could place your orders on Bank Holiday Friday, in preference to Thursday or Saturday, if at all possible. If you’ve already placed an order for Thursday there’s no need to change it.
As usual, we’ll attempt to deliver all orders received before 12 noon on the same day.
Suffering long term isolation and lockdown is not so rare an imposition as you may think for residents of our area. Not too many years ago the two institutions of King George V Hospital Hydestile and Milford Hospital were home to 100’s of patients suffering from Tuberculosis.
As it will have been impossible not to notice, our ‘Little Shop’ as it is often affectionately known, is not currently the shop we all knew and loved.Gone is the usual question ‘morning, how can I help you?’ from someone behind the deli counter, gone is the sound of milk being frothed for a cappuccino, gone are the people sitting at the picnic tables eating croissants and drinking lattes, gone are our army of volunteers manning the till and gone is the warm and friendly atmosphere that envelops you as you push open the door and step inside.But despite that, our Little Shop is still functioning, and remarkably even thriving, in these challenged times.