History of the Club

After talking with some of our senior social members who were players in years gone by, they were able to provide us with some facts and figures from previous times at Winchmore Hill Cricket Club.

Did you know that Winchmore Hill Cricket Club was establised in 1918 and became affiliated to the Club Cricket Conference with the Club colours being yellow and green.

Our first Patron was The Earl Howe whose ground we now play on.

The ground itself was created by hand and was never professionally worked on until some 3 years ago, because the table had become layered and much larger machinery was needed to break it up and repair it. Each season the ground was and is lovingly prepared and maintained by volunteers some of whom were Nobby Clarke, Robert Payne and John Payne. John Payne is to this day our groundsman and continues to provide fantastic wickets each weekend for us to play on, ably assisted by his brother Dabba Payne and Paul Massey. It takes many hours to keep the standard to the high level we have come to expect.

Our current President is Mr Anthony Banham who is the father of our Cricket Section Chairman Mr Stuart Banham, and he can be regularly seen watching on a Saturday afternoon with his wife. Previous Presidents have included Mr F Rose and Mr F Pursey.

The original pavilion was owned by Robert Donat who was an actor, however we started playing cricket on the village common, how many of you can remember playing there?

When changing rooms were first provided they were built voluntarily by John Payne, Mick Cotterell, Johnny Morris and Bonny Calder, who all had building skills and were also playing members. Then followed the main bar area, which has been modified and extended over the years.

We have played against a lot of different sides over the time some of which are Wheeler End, Cadmore End, Bradenham, Hampden, Fiddlers, Farnham Royal, Berkshire Ramblers, Kidmore, ICI, Leverstock Green, Hemel Hempstead to name but a few, also our own Married -v- Single competition and over the last 23 years we have played The Calthorpe Cup which was provided by The Earl Howe from his racing days.

The Albert Barnes Cup is played against Penn Street each year but was originally played against Fencibles. The Cup was established in memory of Albert who died whilst playing cricket against Fencibles.

Winchmore Hill Cricket Club now comes under the umbrella of Winchmore Hill Cricket Pavilion Club which also encompasses a Darts Section as well as a social section, who attend funding raising events throughout the year to help support the running of the Club. Mr Derek Sears is the Chairman of the Pavilion Club and has been an active members of the Club for many years and keeps the machinery for the ground running each season. The President of the Main Club is Mr E Bennett another stalwart of the Club who was for many years the Treasurer, since when Mr Bill Calder has taken up that mantle alongside organising and running Darts evenings and Quiz nights to raise much needed funds. The Club continues to be run by a band of volunteers both during the Winter and Summer and welcomes new members and their families every year.

We have a thriving and every growing Kwik Cricket Section that was established by John and Glynis Culley and has provided us with a young band of talented cricketers, some of whom made it through to represent Bucks Cricket and together with others have joined and supported our senior section, moving through from the Second XI to the First XI.

The Kwik Cricket Section provides, qualified coaches and players to work with the children, also fully trained First Aiders and a Welfare Officer. Friday nights is training for our Hard Ball Junior Members and more often than not when the weather is good they bring out the BBQ and make an evening of it. Whilst Sunday mornings are for all Kwik Cricketers and refreshments are available for those who wish to stay and relax with the Sunday papers.

We currently have a Junior Website which is winchmorehilljuniors.co.uk

If you have any interesting anecdotes or memories that you would like included in next year's fixture card please let me have them by emailing gaye_massey@hotmail.com or leave in an envelope behind the bar.