Saturday, November 10, 2007
Later that evening, at a gathering in the Crown, the general consensus was that the fixture should become an annual event and thoughts turned to a trophy. With a clarity of thought that is often associated with the mind freeing qualities of ale it became obvious that the'bat' should become the Ashes. The owner, Freddie (Pullen not Flintoff), generously agreed to the proposal, although then displayed a degree of sentimentality by delaying delivery for some weeks, rather like his bowling.
The urn was acquired and a magnificent wooden plinth was prepared by the craftsmen of Woodwork II, Bedford College.
Finally, the bat was ceremoniously burned a specially prepared fire so that nothing would contaminate the Hallowed Ashes.
The trophy was presented to the 2007 winning Captain, Tony Moss by Church Captain Bernard Hopperton with the words 'we'll be back..'
Such is the stuff of legends!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Our President writes:
Our season draws to a close as hot summer days shorten to golden autumn evenings. The sun shone briefly and the light faded towards the end of the day. But it was a great for the village, an entertaining cricket match between the Church team captained by Bernard Hopperton and the Village team captained by Tony Moss. Additionally over 200 hundred balloons were released at tea time, as the finale to the fund raising for more children's play equipment. Thanks to Louise King for arranging and leading the work. After the game Mary Jordan conducted the first draw of the village 200 club. Results are published on the web and in the next newsletter.
The Church team won the toss and decided that they would field first. The village got off to a solid start as Jody Arch quickly assembled 30 runs and then retired. The first round father and son competition was engaged with Olly Middleton bowling and Dad Noel batting. Freddie Pullan had to face the demon very slow bowling of Dad Pete. Of course the biggest challenge was to Adrian who had to contend with daughter Maya batting, but he successfully missed a stumping chance. The main benefit of the innings was that the scoreboard kept ticking over. Alas wickets fell as well James Moss and Fred contributed a few runs before Noel came in. Noel played well even with his limping running! Maya was still stroking the ball around the field. Eventually Richard and Tony replaced Noel and Maya. Still the runs were being added. Kevin replaced Richard and Tony was dubiously run out (again), for Gregson to join the fray. Kevin saw the innings through with Ryan after Gregson succumbed. The bowling suffered a little as the batting was building a good score, but all contributed to a good match. A great innings with a target set of 136. Which would be challenging as the light was beginning to fade.
Time for tea, and time to thank the "Wonderful Tea Ladies" for providing savouries and cakes in the best of cricket traditions. All washed down with orange squash and local ale from The Crown.
The Village team took to the field and Church team led by Bernard and Clive started to bat. Bernard was bowled early on, but Clive provided dogged resistance, including breaking Freddie Pullan’s bat! (we can burn the bat for an ashes trophy). Olly Feltz came in next and played a few good strokes and after Clive was bowled LBW, Olly Middleton was in. This spurred a change in bowling on came Dad Noel, who duly did the deed by getting his son out! Fortunately for the Village the scoreboard was not turning over too quickly, but a succession of wides and no balls proved the generosity of the Church team. Next Dad in was Peter Pullan, but unfortunately Fred could not follow Noel, and bowl him. Eventually Peter was out and in came one of the big guns Adrian. Adrian hit a few meaty blows and was soon joined at the wicket by James Hopperton. Expectations were high of quick runs being added. Then Adrian's son Olly came on to bowl his leg spin. An interesting contest was expected. However in his second over, Adrian hit a ball short and called for a quick run, but "Lead Boots" Hopperton had not moved very far from his crease. Alas Adrian was run out, much to the delight of Olly. The church tail did not wag for long after James was superbly caught and bowled by Jody. Mark and Michael did contribute a few more runs before the inevitable final wicket fell. The match end with a victory for the Village by over 50 runs
A resounding victory for the Village and commiserations to the Church team. Better luck next year.
We also gave a few over for the younger players at the end of each innings, which gives them a chance to experience the game.
Thanks got to the umpires, properly dressed and attired for the day, Martin Banks and Roy Hopperton - you must get some glue for your hat!
Thanks to Catherine and Alison for scoring, albeit quite tricky to keep the numbers on the board with the strong breeze!
After the match we retired to the Crown for pork rolls - Pig donated by Bernard and James -and cooked by Kevin and Maria who stayed open to serve the rolls and a few glasses of well earned beer. So started the inevitable stories and tales of heroics as befits such a sporting event.
A big thanks to all who turned out for the day - Attendance count was over 100 - who gave their support to the game and a successful afternoon's entertainment for the village.
Watch out for the cricket awards night date to be announced soon.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Staughton’s fielding was punctuated with some shining stars in the form of Bob’s three well deserved wickets and some less commendable catching, which resulted in Middleton senior having three catches dropped (one by himself!).
With a creditable target of 94 to chase, Staughton’s run rate was initially pedestrian until Ollie Jordan was able to punish some wayward balls and send fielders scurrying into the surrounding fields and hedges. The run rate required was challenging right up until the final delivery. Gregson was able to clinch the match for LS with some well placed boundary shots resulting in victory.
The evening was completed with our own Tornado fly past courtesy of Clive’s son who is stationed at Marham.
Thank you all for an enjoyable and entertaining evening
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Incidentally, visiting Professor from Hamburg thoroughly enjoyed experience, and thinking of setting up home team...pointed out to him that there has been cricket in Germany since middle of 19th century due to links with public schools. Also discovered that all cricket disbanded there at time of WW2 as was politically inappropriate to associate with English game....Now there is even a German Cricket Board !
Just a note of thanks from the Baptist Chapel/C.Saunderson XI for the game on Friday evening. We all thought it was great fun and played in exactly the right spirit. A final over result in a close game was an excellent finish even if we were the losing side. Fish & Chips was a welcome addition and we’re looking forward to repeating the occasion next year. If it’s as close next year I won’t bowl the final over a avoid going for a maximum over long on!
Well done to all involved.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Hastati: One of three categories of heavy infantryman in the Roman Legion of the mid-republican period (3rd and 2nd century BC). The Hastati were the youngest soldiers, and formed the front line of the legion. The standard legion contained ten maniples of Hastati, each numbering between 120 and 160 men. They were equipped with two Pila, the famous Gladius, and a long semi-cylindrical body shield, made of calfskin stretched over plywood. As the soldiers had to pay for their own armour, most made do with a simple bronze chest plate, while the wealthier soldiers had either a mail or scale cuirass. The Hastati were expected to take the first clash of battle and blunt the enemy attack before the second line, the Principes.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
To be preceded by opening of new pavilion at noon, and followed in the evening by refreshments in The Crown. Cricket to start at 1:30, so assemble at 1pm.
James Hopperton (capt)
Monday, June 11, 2007
Tony of course adds that extra strategic dimension and given todays technology he could still captain on a "virtual" basis even while in Africa.
Given hoppys anorak approach this wouldn't be the case whilst on a combine.
Jasons too involved with property development whilst Ian Harris has yet to prove himself at the lowest level.
Jeremy will be applying his trade elsewhere if the MCC grapevine is to be believed
That leaves Roy Hopperton, Martin Banks and Pete Pullan and it's difficult to make a case for any of these without a huge stretch of ones imagination.
I have my supporters but I'll be spending more time with an extended family, which one remains to be seen.
To conclude I'd take Adrian as Captain with Tony offering added value governance from deep third man.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Kimbolton Sunday 17th June
HM tax Office Sunday 1st July
Great staughton Friday 13 July (7pm)
LS Church Invitation XI special fixture Sunday 2nd September
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Please find attached a financial statement on the expenditure for the Sports Pavilion.
There are a couple of points that I would like to bring to your attention.
There is an excess of expenditure over budget, but the budget numbers did not include VAT
The VAT return does mean that we have un-budgeted expenditure of nearly £400, although over 50% of this is for local council services (planning and building control)
We have received the payment from the Rural Grants
There is no further major work to be completed, at this stage. But there is still work to be completed, when funds permit. Mary Jordan is considering ways of raising further funding for the playing field, which will be a new source of funding.
Any other ideas, suggestions or thoughts will be gratefully received, can I suggest that you contact Mary in this instance.
Thanks and regards
Monday, May 28, 2007
I am very pleased to advise that the Sports Pavilion erection has now been completed. But as with this type of project there is an amount of "post construction" work to be completed. In the short term we should consider:
provide a means of security/cover for the windows;
provide guttering and drainage (recommended by Hodgsons);
possibly provide solar security lights to deter;
clear away rubbish and tidy up the area around the base;
lay block paving to the front of the pavilion (we have been offered some FOC from Marshalls);
provide a ramp for disabled access;
arrange a formal opening of the pavilion
In the longer term - hopefully as capital development we could consider the provision of water and power supply.
Any suggestions or further ideas for development that I have omitted from the mail, then please do let me know. Or if anybody has any ready made solutions then it wouldbe good to hear of them.
Insurance cover has been arranged and the final payment made to Hodgsons, so the pavilion is ours.
I currently have the keys if anybody needs them, I will also lodge a set with Marion.
We do have a series of pictures that we should collate, not only for the feedback to the grant organisations but to act as record of achievement within the village.
Finally on behalf of the Parish Council and the village, I would like to thank you all for the tremendous effort and hard work that each of you has contributed to get where we are today. It is very much appreciated and has been fun as well.
We have started so now we need to continue and move forward
With very best wishes
Little Staughton Parish Council
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Good news received after Christmas that £10,000 awarded from a lottery fund towards this project ('Awards for All' scheme). Still need another £8-10,000 to commission build, but we are currently in negociation with Bedfordshire Rural Grants, and are hopeful of positive outcome in near future.
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