Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club

Opening the Pavilion

The Opening of the Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Pavilion in John Burrows in 1953
From the Ron Curtis article, " Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club"

Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club was founded in 1946 following the amalgamation of two local clubs who had played in the area before the 2nd World War.  After using temporary changing facilities as well as Solby’s House for this purpose between 1946 and 1953, a pavilion was built which became the new home for the club. It remained in use until a fire destroyed it in 1971.

The picture shows the late T. (Trevor) E. Bailey CBE (Essex and England) as an honoured guest of the club raising the club flag to mark the opening of the new pavilion in John H Burrows Recreation Ground on Rectory Road, in August 1953. In attendance are Eddie Jeans (left) and Jack Sheavill (right.)

A cricket match between H&TCC and a Southend and District Cricket Association XI was played on the day in front of a large crowd and T. E. Bailey played a cameo innings to mark the occasion.

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  • I might be wrong but I think you’ll find the Sheavills’ were associated with the Castle Pub not the Crown in fact I am sure the last Sheavill left the Castle and went to the Plough in Westcliff.

    By Robert Keen (16/08/2018)
  • The 14 year old boy standing admiring Trevor is Robert Sanderson and seated on his right are his parents, Frank & Marjorie Sanderson. If my memory serves me right he was caught for 18 runs by Bobby Sims off Geoff Byford. I asked Trevor for his autograph and he asked me to go away. (Later years I played hockey with his sons Kim & Justin for Westcliff Hockey club and knew Trevor rather well! My father used to walk round the ground selling ice creams to boost the club funds. I left H & T CC when I went into the RAF and never returned. I was really annoyed when I went to a dinner at the Westcliff Hotel to be told that despite being top of the bowling averages for the year (56 or 57?) that I hadn’t bowled enough overs so the cup went to a senior player. What a swizz!!!! And yes Jack was the publican, he and his wife lived on Marine Parade in Leigh close to the Hadleigh Downs boundary.

    By Robert Sanderson (30/08/2013)
  • Was Jack Sheavill the publican of the old Crown pub in Hadleigh ?

    By Ian Hawks (29/03/2012)

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