A chance encounter has led to the emergence of a classic postcard view of Hambledon’s village shop taken by the camera of the proprietor who lived there from the late 1960s.
The encounter was with Alison Heath who, with her twin brother Duncan, spent her childhood at Cricket Green Stores, which was run by her parents Geoff and Margaret Heath between 1968 and 1982.
Alison, now 55, recalls growing up in Hambledon with great fondness. Her home was what was then called Duck Cottage, now Pendle Cottage, and her parents were the last to both live in the house and run the adjoining shop and Post Office.
The shop featured on a postcard, one of a series entitled “Scenes of Interest and Beauty in and around Hambledon, in Surrey”. The reverse of the card states: “Real photograph. Supplied by G.A.M Heath, Cricket Green Stores and Post Office, Hambledon”.
Alison’s mother died in 1987 from a brain aneurysm but her father is still alive, in his eighties, remarried and living in the New Forest.
Here Alison recalls her life growing up in Hambledon:
In a hastily arranged rematch on Sunday, Hambledon Cricket Cub did what they are meant to do and won a tightly fought game against the Hambledon Village Shop team.
The Cricket Club (friendly 2nd XI, not the mighty 1st team) scored 168 in their 30 overs with a belligerent innings of 84 from Woody, aided by 11 year old Oscar holding down the other end. The Village Shop bowlers did their best to restrict them and some tight bowling from Callan McIntyre and Deeg Garrod kept the cricket club score relatively modest. One of the highlights of the day was Andy Falk for the Shop team bowling to young Oscar for the Cricket Club, rumour has it there was an age difference of 102.
The Shop team responded strongly with an opening stand of 60 from Oscar Parker and Remi Trovo. Their demise saw a sprightly innings from Sean Sinnott (unfortunately curtailed by a pulled hamstring), then Andy Falk held down an end, while Callan McIntyre scored a sumptuous 56 not out before retiring. With 20 runs needed from 4 overs the Village Shop were in the box seat, but some excellent death bowling from the Cricket Club proved their undoing and the Shop fell 9 runs short at the end of their 30 overs.
The Team take a moment
It was a lovely day: sun shining but not so much as to fry the fielders or blind the batsmen. The two teams turned up and immediately it was clear who were the more professional: not only did the Hambledon Village Shop XI knock the sartorial spots off with the most elegantly tailored team shirts, but also they gathered, just like the Fijian rugby team, in a tight morale-boosting and shoulder-hugging huddle to listen to a passionate Captain’s passionate words of encouragement, inspiration and oppo-bashing. Fired up and feeling fearsome, the HVS XI won the toss and opted to bat. Bottles of beer were opened in celebration: perhaps a little early, but the Dutch courage argument seemed to hold sway.
At this point the Hambledon Friendly XI, who, above all, were friendly, gently pointed out that there appeared to be 13 players in the HVS XI. Expressing surprise, the HVS XI entered negotiations. After some diplomatic to-ing and fro-ing, agreement was reached: all 13 should be allowed to bat, if needed, in the allotted 30 overs, but only 11 would be allowed to field when the time came (if only Brexit negotiations could be handled with such courtesy and confidence).
Hambledon Cricket Club actively encourages youth cricket and holds popular training sessions for boys and girls on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings.
This season’s sessions begin later this month and new recruits are welcome to join. The first Saturday session is on April 21st and NOT April 22nd, an incorrect date in the poster below.
For more details contact Caroline Tristem at email@example.com or 07860 618262.
A large gathering of villagers, family and friends assembled to enjoy a picnic on the terrace and lawns of Malthouse Farm while listening to live music ranging from opera, to jazz, to pop.
The evening raised money towards the conversion of Busbridge Rectory into a meeting place for church and community use, together with other related projects. Busbridge is part of a joint benefice with Hambledon.
Called Midsummer Music, the event last Saturday evening (June 24) was a great success. The Luard Trio performed operatic classics by Mozart, Strauss and Delibes and music from shows such as South Pacific and Porgy and Bess. The Gilbert and Sullivan Ensemble picked favourites from the Savoy Operas, including a highly-contemporary version of the Policeman’s Song, adapted to reflect current political upsets. The Restless Band had the audience dancing to modern chart hits. During the interval a medley of jazz classics was played.
The evening was organised by Carol Jones and it was compared by Andrew Blagden. And special thanks went to George and Caroline Pitt who hosted the evening at their Malthouse Farm home in the centre of Hambledon village. The sloping gardens looked splendid with trees adorned with lights and balloons and guests enjoyed a fine view down to the marquee where the musicians performed. Many of the audience were members of the congregation St Peter’s Church, Hambledon, together with Catherine McBride, associate minister.
The event raised money for the Old Rectory Fund. Planning permission has been obtained to convert the rectory beside St John the Baptist Church, Busbridge, from residential use to a church community building, to include staff offices, a kitchen dining area, youth area and meeting rooms. Church Cottage, on the opposite side of Brighton Road, will be converted back to residential use.
Following a late cancellation from Cranleigh on Saturday afternoon, the league side picked up 28 points without a ball being bowled. Good for points but disappointing not to play to be perfectly honest.
On the plus side, the Friendly side were short of 4 players so the difference was easily made up with the addition of few eager league players. We played a very enjoyable match at Bramley with Hambledon agreeing to bat first without the need to toss a coin.
This was a timed game so that Bramley had a chance to draw 😉 We put on 181 all out without runs coming freely from Ben Plant 45, Oli Bayne 40 and Mark Burton 24. It was clear that 150 was probably too much for Bramley as they lost early wickets and never looked liked getting close to our score. We managed to spread the bowling about generously so that the game lasted until the final over. (stats are on Play cricket website) Euan Pusey got 3 for 6, Joe Herman 2 for 5 and Lee Hacker 2 for 22. The final over was given to Chase Pusey for his first bowl of the day with about 6 slips in the cordon! He got the final wicket lbw with just 2 balls left in the match!
It was a very entertaining afternoon with plenty of beer, cider, pimms and wine on offer all afternoon as well as a fabulous BBQ. A good day was had by all which was continued by the hard core in the Jolly Farmer in Bramley!
Thanks to all and especially the organisers at Bramley.
The Cricket Club’s pre-season nets at Charterhouse School sports centre will start soon on Thursday evenings (7pm-8pm). Dates are:
Thursday 24th March
Thursday 31st March
Thursday 7th April
Thursday 14th April
Thursday 21st April
Thursday 28th April
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