Heyford Cricket Club – February 2020


A lot has happened at Heyford CC since our last Prattler update in August 2019. The cricket season ended on a high with both the 1st and 2nd XI gaining promotion from Division 3 and 8 respectively. The 2nd XI cruised to promotion as league winners for the second successive season, while the 1st XI crept into second place on the last weekend with a convincing win and results elsewhere in the county going in our favour.

The Club continues to go from strength to strength; so much so that the Committee have decided to enter a 3rd XI into the Northamptonshire Cricket League in 2020. We hope this will enable us to provide cricket to even more local people and provide an excellent steppingstone into adult cricket for the juniors in our flourishing youth teams. We are excited to have arranged for our 3rd XI to play their home games at Everdon CC and would like to thank John Thorpe for allowing us to use his picturesque ground. So, if you would like to dust off your whites and sign up for a few games, or even help with scoring and umpiring then please get in touch!

Fixtures for the new season haven’t been released yet, but keep an eye on next months Prattler or our website for updates.

Junior Cricket in 2020

This summer we will be offering cricket for children aged 5 to 11 at the Playing Fields.

For 5-8 year olds we will be running the successful 8 week ECB ‘All Stars Cricket’ programme for the third time, starting on Friday 15th May at 6pm. Registration opens in February at www.allstarscricket.co.uk

This year there are two choices for 8-11 year olds. Dynamos Cricket is a new ECB initiative, ideal for beginners or children who have just ’graduated’ from All Stars Cricket. The first session will be on Friday 15th May at 6pm. Alternatively our U11
Junior Cricket will continue in the same format as 2019, with fun coaching sessions on a Friday afternoon and matches played against other local teams on Sunday mornings. Winter ‘Nets’ (indoor practice) starts on Tuesday 4th February at Quinton House School, from 6:30-7:30pm for U11s. Boys and girls of all abilities are welcome, and all equipment is provided.

Please get in touch if you would like some more information or to register your interest!

All Stars Cricket: Matt Baker 07779 795458 matt.baker@hotmail.co.uk
Dynamos Cricket: Ed Rogers 07713 416221 edr@emrogers.co.uk
U11s Cricket: Ross Cambray 07867 515819 / Martyn Cory 07484 638932

Bonus Ball:

A full list of Bonus Ball winners can be found on the ‘News’ pages of our website.

The December 2019 winners were as follows:

07/12/19 39 Annie John
14/12/19 56 NO WINNER
21/12/19 26 Rob Pardon
28/12/19 9 Colin Gillespie

Thank you to everyone who supports the Club by playing the Bonus Ball game. It
costs just £1 per week to play and you have a chance to win £25, so if you would like
to take part then please get in touch for more information.

More details about Heyford Cricket Club can be found on our website or via social media where we can be found on both Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to get in touch you can also email us.

Website: www.heyfordcricket.co.uk
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At Heyford we try to mix good cricket with good fun. We play to win but we always try to play fair and we hope that all our guests will feel welcome.

The Playing Fields, Middle Street, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire NN7 3NL

If you are approaching Heyford from the M1 (Junction 16), on the roundabout take the 1st local exit towards Upper Heyford. After about 600 metres as you enter Upper Heyford turn left (signposted Nether Heyford and Bugbrooke) Follow this narrow country lane for about 0.5 miles, until you cross a small bridge over the river. The entrance track to the Playing Fields is on your left about 30 yards past this bridge, just before you enter the village.

Archaeologist Dr Den Does It Again – October 2019

The installation of the Basketball/Netball Courts at Heyford Playing Fields was
brought a stage nearer over the weekend of 7/8 September by the efforts of local
Archaeologist Dr Dennis Taylor.

As part of Nether Heyford Playing Fields Association’s (NHPFA) aspirations, the
construction of the new courts was planned on the recently purchased land adjacent to the existing playing fields. The project was estimated to cost £30,000 by Sports Courts UK. Funding has been obtained by a grant of £20,000 from the London Marathon Charitable Trust and a £10,000 Capital grant from South Northants Council. Planning permission has been requested, however the County Assistant Archaeologist applied for a condition to be placed on the application. This meant that an archaeology investigation needed to be undertaken to identify the age and character of crop marks which showed on aerial photographs held in the County Archives.

The cost of this investigation had to be borne by the Planning Applicant. NHPFA
had no funding for this, consequently the whole project was in jeopardy of being
cancelled. The only solution was for the investigation to be undertaken, at no cost, by volunteers. When approached, Dr Den Taylor of South View Nether Heyford, despite being retired, agreed to supervise the investigation. Mr Daryl Welsh of Flore offered to loan and operate his digger for a weekend and Mr Dan Musson of Bugbrooke also offered plant assistance. A further crew of 6 able bodied volunteers was formed and the investigation was organised and carried out 7/8 September.

The County Assistant Archaeologist Liz Mordue and Cllr David Harries visited the
site on the Sunday morning and Dr Taylor showed them the excavations. After
discussions, Liz Mordue agreed that the particular area was of no further
archaeology interest and that the County Environment Records could be updated

This was the second time that Dr Den Taylor had come to the assistance of NHPFA,
as he carried out a similar investigation in 2012 to enable the Bowls Club to build their changing rooms.

Dr Den is an interesting village character. After leaving university with a degree in archaeology, he joined the RAF as a navigator. He flew in De Havilland Mosquito and Super Sabre planes with the 58th Squadron and is now one of two surviving members of his time in the Squadron; he says ‘it makes reunions easier!’. With 14 years service, he left the RAF as a Squadron Leader and worked at several jobs, including being a bricklayer.

On retirement, Dr Taylor returned to Archaeology and after several projects earned his doctorate. He has 4 children who paid for him to pass his Pilots Licence as a 86th Birthday present. Dr Taylor is now a very spritely 92 and serves on the Village Hall Committee.

Thanks again Dr Den, the Basketball/Netball Courts project is now back on track.

Submitted by Geoff Thorneycroft on behalf of NHPFA

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