Sandon Strollers Cricket Club End of Season report


click here for some photos with thanks to John Dingemans


Many thanks to everyone who made the 2014 season so enjoyable.


Particular mention for the fantastic work that David Green does preparing the wicket and to Robert Wornham for cutting the outfield.


Thanks also to all the Match Managers, Ian Roper for his work as Treasurer, John Inman as Fixture Secretary and Tom Wornham for the publicity and excellent new website :


Also thank you to everyone who has made teas this season or come to watch and support the cricket (on some occasions we have had large crowds, although this may be more to do with the company and the catering than the cricket!)  Also a big thank you to Keith at the Moon and Stars for staying open to refresh the sportsmen after the matches.


The Sandon Strollers Cricket Club only continue thanks to the voluntary efforts of so many people.


The Strollers played 16 games in 2014.  Of these, four were inter club games which were hugely enjoyable – the U40’s vs O40’s played on Fathers’ Day, the Charles Hunt Memorial Game, the Six a Side Tournament and the President’s Game.


Of the other matches played, the Strollers won four so there is room for improvement on the field!!


However the aim of Sunday cricket is to have a friendly enjoyable game with as many people participating as possible.  Overall, this was achieved.


One of the great successes of this season was that five local Colts played in the Sunday team with the adults on a regular basis.


Also a big welcome to all new players this season.


We are always on the lookout for more players and helpers, so anyone interested in getting involved next season, please contact :


JOHN INMAN 07971 470708

DAVE GREEN 07985 523801 

TOM WORNHAM 07801 349731

Recent burglaries in Sandon and Rushden

Seems the criminals are back targetting those who have replaced last years'  losses with nice new shiny stuff. (Grrrr)

Just to keep everyone updated regarding the recent run of thefts from garden sheds in Sandon and Rushden. We have arrested two persons from another County and recovered some property of which the serial numbers match those stolen from our villages. These people are now on police bail pending further enquiries. There is still work to do but I wanted everyone to know that our enquiries are progressing.

A resident recently had their shed broken into and garden equipment stolen. It was recovered on the weekend from an address in Surrey along with what I understand was 30 odd other items of garden equipment other tools and an amount of cash. I understand the matter is being handled by Hitchin CID and that three suspects were arrested on Saturday and transported to Stevenage overnight where they were interviewed yesterday and deny knowingly handling stolen goods and have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
I understand the matter is being handled by Peter Hankins and Maurice Burton (01438 757 543) at Hitchin CID (where all the recovered goods are now located). Peter and Maurice were in the process of contacting people to identify their goods but if anyone has not heard from them and has lost items might be worth them following up to check. If the owners have serial numbers of the items or any other way to identify them it will make things easier (if the owners know where the items were purchased from then the supplier should still have the serial number on file and be able to provide them to the owners). The more equipment that can be identified as stolen the better the chance of having the offenders held to account.

Nance gets a 'Hen night surprise ' at 'The Moon'.

Our resident jazz nightingale arrived at the Moon & Stars on Friday 15th August expecting a quiet evening meal and very quickly discovered that she was the star in a secretly arranged hen night. Buffet, drinks and a host of things she had to wear culminated in a 'rule' that she had to sing to any male of the species who was brave enough to cross the threshold en route to the loo.! An evening that Nance (and everyone else there for that matter) will never forget!

Perhaps of interest to some a link to the new district plan proposal for North Herts it went before Committee on 27th November 2014 for consultation.

The Quiz that took place on Saturday October 25th  in the village hall was a great success! 


Click here for some photos with thanks to John Dingemans extra ones added 16 November


Credit must go to Quiz Master Eddie Plune, who kept us informed and entertained. Thanks too to his helpers Gil and Jenny.


The shepherds pies provided by members of the committee were greatly appreciated in the interval, with many coming up for second helpings.  Thanks to the team in the kitchen, Wendy, Carole, Emma and Ben.  £610 was raised – most of that coming from the bar takings! Hopefully we’ll do it all again next autumn. 

A Floral Tribute to Penelope Rieu

Given Penelope Rieu’s love of Rushden Church and her long standing role in helping to decorate the church, in particular the pulpit, it seems only fitting that we should put on record the floral decoration that graced the church for the Service of Thanksgiving held for Penelope on Wednesday 12th November. 


A team of long standing friends of Penelope were involved, led by Eva Whitton, including Dulcie Laidlaw, Chris Jones, JoAnne Garrett, Janet Dingemans and Mary Roberts.


The service was full of memories of a wonderful Rushden personality who will be sorely missed.  CW

Photos with thanks to John Dingemans - Click here

A Big Thank You Served up for Volunteers 


A huge thank you was on the menu for dozens of Home-Start East Herts volunteers at a special summer meal.


Staff invited trustees and volunteers to a complimentary meal at The Anchor in Wadesmill as a thank you for all the time and effort they put into helping needy families in the district.


Home-Start East Herts’ senior coordinator Kay Pitt said: “It’s our way of saying thank you to our volunteers and trustees. Without them, our very important service would not be able to run so their care and attention is invaluable.”


The charity, based in Hagsdell Road, Hertford, provides volunteers to give practical and emotional support to families who need extra support. The families, who must have at least one child under the age, of five, may be feeling isolated or stressed, or struggling to cope with several young children at home.


Also invited to the meal was Mark Acford from Standon Charities which has given £3,000 to Home-Start East Herts.


Mr Acford said: “We are a local charity which supports local causes, and we think Home-Start is doing a fantastic job. We are honoured to be able to help.”


If you would like to volunteer for Home-Start East Herts, you are asked to give up one to two hours a week. The scheme provides full training. Please call 01992 505584.


Volunteers, trustees and staff celebrate a successful year with Home-Start East Herts.

A Stag 'do' with a difference (Would you trust Dave to put out a fire!!) 

After a successful hen 'do' for Nance, the Moon Riders decided to spring an equal surprise on the other half of the 'Jazz Duo'. It is a longish story but involves Dave clinging to the ladder of Chris Hill's Green Goddess as it processed through the villages en route to the Moon & Stars.(There's that name again!!) and then a night under the stars chez Manchester!
Probably best to draw a veil over those few hours. Indeed by the morning Dave would probably have liked a veil to hide the daylight.....anyone interested in detail will have to ask him! 

A new Rector for a new Benefice

The evening of Monday 2nd June saw the Institution, Installation and Induction of a new Rector, the Rev. Fiona Karen Wheatley,  for the new Benefice of Clothall, Rushden, Sandon, Wallington and Weston.
Officiating at the church at Weston was The Rt. Revd Paul Bayes, the Bishop of Hertford and The Venerable Dr Trevor Jones, Archdeacon of Hertford.

It was a moving service liberally laced from time to time with grandeur and humour. The church was full to capacity with visiting clergy, the local Ministry Team, Church Wardens and representatives of local councils, PCC’s, the local farming community and friends and colleagues from Fiona’s previous ministry.

There was a huge choir drawn from the five parishes which sang two magnificent anthems and led a highly vocal congregation in four other stirring hymns.

Fiona, who previously held the post of Team Vicar in the Bishop’s Hatfield Team Ministry, will live in the vicarage at Sandon and will shortly be assisted by a Curate in rural training, Mary de Salis, who will live in the vicarage in Weston



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Sadly it was announced on Sunday 20/4/14 that Peter Cannon had died earlier that day peacefully with his family around him at Hyde Hall.

Arrangements are in place for Peters Funeral on Wednesday 7th May 2pm. Sandon Church



Click here for some photos with thanks to John Dingemands

The Rushden Fete and sock commemoration!

The school children of Rushden school 100 years ago, who knitted socks for the troops at the Front, would have loved the 2014 Rushden fete which was a ‘sock’ commemoration! All put together by our Fete ‘coordinator extraordinaire’ Karen Pettyfer.


We had sock bunting, sock games, some (frankly atrocious) coloured socks worn on various parts of the anatomy and, naturally a sock competition which was won by Mary Glaze from Wallington. In the village hall was a copy of a very poignant letter from one Gunner Holmes thanking one of the children for the socks he had received…somewhere in France.

The day dawned fine and stayed like that banishing thoughts of the last two distinctly soggy fetes.


All the usual stalls were in evidence including delicious teas and a BBQ with a refreshing barrel of ale to help cool you down!

We had two live performances, Gabriel Taylor on keyboard and two ‘sets’ fromour fete nightingale Ellis Pettyfer who played and sang to perfection.


The fete drew to a close with a spirited tug of war from the younger fete goers.


With so many events taking place in the region there was always the danger that numbers would be down, but in the event there was a good steady flow through…apparently only 5 or 6 pints left in the barrel as confirmation!


Better still, and despite the competition, a princely sum of £3,714.57 was raised to help swell the coffers of the village hall and church.  


‘THE’ Wedding!!

David and Nancy (a.k.a. Mr and Mrs Wilson-Blyth), having survived their respective ‘hen’ night and ‘stag’ do were wed in Rushden Church at 5.00 pm on Saturday 23rd August with the Rev. Richard Morgan, Rural Dean, officiating.

Click here for more about the wedding with photos with thanks to John Dingemans and Chris Whitton

Fun in Paradise for families


FAMILIES had a fun time when they visited Paradise Wildlife Park on Home-Start East Herts’ annual summer trip.


Dozens of families and children had fun seeing the tigers, lions, monkeys and zebras, among other animals.


The visitors could also enjoy seeing shows, activities like making coloured sand bottles, and also splashing about in the water at the splash park despite the chilly weather.


Home-Start East Herts’ coordinator Zoe Hopkinson, who organised the trip, said: “It was a wonderful day. The children loved seeing the animals, and there were also lots of other fun things to do like bouncy castles and slides.


“Despite it being a bit chilly, the sun was out most of the time, and everyone seemed to have a great time.”


The charity, which is based in Hagsdell Road, Hertford, holds a summer trip each year for its families. In previous years, families have been taken to Clacton and Southend.


Home-Start East Herts has a bank of volunteers who give emotional and practical support to families in need across East Herts and Broxbourne.


Watching the animals: Coordinator Alana Robertson with Cherry Frost  

We are sorry to announce that Ray Fisher from the Cuckoo Sandon died on Saturday 1st March. He and Sheila have always been great supporters of village events.His funeral will take place at Sandon Church on Thursday 13th March at 2.30pm.