A new book celebrating 175 years of village cricket opens up a window on life in Somerset through the Victorian and Edwardian eras to the present day.
The book, published by Congresbury Cricket Club in association with Congresbury History Group, tells much more than the story of cricket in the village over the generations.
“The more research I did, the more people I spoke to, the more I realised how the fabric of village life and the development of cricket were intertwined,” said local historian and author Clive Burlton.
The book, with 112 pages, 60,000 words and 250 images draws on the archives held by both the cricket club and the history group as well as recounting the memories of villagers and players, past and present.
Clive, a club vice president, explained: “Among the many nuggets we’ve found is a photograph and an account of a 1907 men v women cricket match in the village with men batting left-handed with broomsticks!
“We also found recipes for all sorts of cakes and pies written by village ladies with known links to cricketers of the time which sparked the idea for a cricket tea bake-off at the Congresbury Fete on June 29.”
The oldest document uncovered is the scorebook from 1919. The first match after World War One was against Weston-super-Mare – the two clubs met again in April this year in a pre-season friendly almost 100 years later.
The book tells far more than the story of Congresbury CC, looking at the development of cricket in North Somerset from the middle of the 19th century with extensive use of newspaper archives since the 1850s.
175 Years of Village Cricket will be launched at The Old School Rooms in Congresbury on Friday June 21 with a presentation by Clive Burlton starting at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm.
The book was designed and produced by Bristol Books and can also be obtained online at www.bristolbooks.org
Congresbury bowler Anthony Page is an England champion after winning an indoor tournament in Nottingham last weekend.
Ant won the Disability Bowls England National Singles for Non-classified members at Nottingham at his first attempt.
He won three tough rounds before winning overall in the fourth round 19-13.
“The last round was nip and tuck at first, then I managed to get ahead in the last few ends,” said Ant, aged 45, who lives in Worle.
He was brought up in Wolverhampton and first started bowling at age 11 on crown greens.
“My father got me into it. My four uncles played too,” said Ant.
“It was my life. It was everything I did, six nights a week from April to September.
“I got to county standard and played for Staffordshire at junior level.”
He started bowling again in 2017 when he joined Congresbury, and in 2018 won three of the club’s singles titles and reached the final of the men’s championship.
Ant, who works in a supermarket bakery, was born with a condition called scoliosis – curvature of the spine – which is painful at times.
Congresbury Bowling Club’s 2019 season starts on April 13.
New members are welcome. Turn up every Monday at 6pm for coaching. Equipment provided.
These are photos of some of the work completed at Love Congresbury’s St Congar’s Day
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Tropical temperatures did not deter villagers from flocking to St. Andrew’s church paddock, for Congresbury village fete and Flower show, which was better than ever this year, with attractions for all ages.
The upbeat sound of the Cadbury Saxophones encouraged slackers to the event, and the paddock was filled with stalls, manned by different village groups, coupled with a bouncy slide and ball pool, and a display by Avon Owls.
The Morgan car display of handmade luxury vehicles, and the vintage cars displayed by Debbie Fortune, the Audi shortly destined for Le Mans, drew appreciative crowds, mainly men.
This evening, the members and committee of the Congresbury and District Horticultural Society voted to change the name of the society to Congresbury Gardening Club. The well attended AGM was followed by an American supper and raffle. If you are interested in joining our active and friendly club, click here for the form.
Thank you to the organisers of the Horticultural Society Autumn Show for a very successful day which was well attended. There will be a write-up of the show later. If you’d like to enter something next year, the Spring show is on Saturday 24th March. Click here for website.
See lots of photos on our Facebook page.
A difficult Spring for local gardeners did affect the entries at the Congresbury Horticultural Society Spring Show on Saturday, but villagers pulled out all the stops and produced a colourful and enjoyable event.
Show Secretary Lyn Bacon summed it up when she said that the warm weather encouraged all the daffodils to open early, and they were then drastically damaged by wind and rain.
However the Old School Rooms still blossomed with a feast of colour and perfume, and, once again, children’s entries were numerous and fascinating.
Congresbury Cricket Club fell agonisingly short of victory in their debut season of the SuperCric8 indoor competition.
Having put a disappointing summer campaign behind them, Congresbury embarked on this new challenge with relish, finally falling at the semi-final stage to Weston-Super-Mare C.C.
The Congresbury afternoon WI meet in the Methodist Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2.15 and are a small, very friendly group, always happy to welcome visitors and new members.
Further information from our President, Val Harding, on 01934 833396 or the Secretary, Susan Hibberd, on 01934 833544
Click here for the 2017 programme
This historic photo of Congresbury Scouts was taken in 1922. Can anyone identify the two scouts on the right of the back row? One of them may have had the surname HUNT. The others have been named.
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Registered welfare caseworkers Mr and Mrs C Dyer.
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For information regarding the Poppy Appeal please contact Mr Irving Prowse on 01934 832004.
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