Frittenden Cricket, Sports & Social Club formed in 1996 to put sport back on the local map. The village has a long history of sporting achievements, but by the 1980s it had practically been played to extinction. Apart from the Tennis Club’s one court and a rough football pitch on the recreation ground, the village was devoid of sporting facilities. The school has no dedicated playing field and it is difficult for many people, particularly children, to attend town sports centres due to the absence of public transport.
Building on the foundation of informal cricket and football matches, organised between the village’s “young guns” and its “old gits” at The Bell & Jorrocks pub, the club was formed to encourage the playing of cricket and organise social events for everyone in the village.
Thanks to the generosity of landowner Mr Colin Highwood, a sheep field at SandhurstBridge (see image above), which decades ago was the village cricket ground, has again been put to sporting use. Volunteer workers have toiled endlessly to produce a fine cricket field and ever-improving pitches.
With men, women and children taking part, the club has gone from strength to strength. It now has a busy timetable of matches against village and pub teams, has played in tournaments in the Dordogne in southern France, has enjoyed tours to Wiltshire, and in the 2005 season joined the Kent Village League.
Yet despite its success, other than a field in which to play and a couple of bags of equipment, until recently the club had no facilities. It was therefore decided to raise funds to build a pavilion to give Frittenden cricket a permanent home. Members strived to raise the huge sums of money such an enterprise demands. Fundraising events included a New Year’s Eve Party, Barn Dances, a Race Night, Fireworks Parties, Quiz Nights, and the now legendary Frittenden Burns’ Nights.
The tragic death of one of the club’s young founder members in 2000 led to the some generous donations to the Pavilion Fund, which helped to turn our dream into reality.
After four years of fundraising and eight months of hard work by dedicated members who turned out for weekend working parties, the pavilion was officially opened by Nora Bearsby during the May Cricket Festival in 2004. Since then, it has acted as a magnet to attract new players to the club and has made playing cricket at Frittenden even more pleasurable than before.
This seems a fine opportunity upon which to again thank everyone who supported the project, whether with fundraising, building, decorating, or simply offering encouragement when the task seemed never-ending. The club could never have achieved so much, so soon, without your help.
Now, let’s play cricket!
Nick Bull, Vice Chairman
For general enquiries or to arrange fixtures with the club, please contact the Chairman, Tim Bull, on 01580 852317. Alternatively see the new Club Website www.frittendencricketclub.com