A little bit of history

Frittenden Cricket, Sports and Social Club was resurrected in 1996 to put sport back on the local map. Building upon the foundation of a number of informal football and cricket challenge matches, organised between the village’s ‘young guns’ and its ‘old gits’ at The Bell and Jorrocks pub, the club was formed to further encourage the playing of cricket and to organise social events in order to raise funds to support all sports in the village.

Thanks to the generosity of landowner Mr Colin Highwood, a sheep field at Sandhurst Bridge, which decades ago was the village cricket ground, was once again put to sporting use. Volunteer workers have toiled endlessly to produce a fine cricket field and ever-improving pitches. In 2000 we started a massive fundraising effort to build a pavilion. Numerous bonfire nights, quiz nights, race nights, raffles and much appreciated donations later, we reached our target. The spirit and generosity of the villagers and local suppliers was incredible.

Pavilion ProgressThe intention was to have the pavilion up and running in 2003 and we were well on our way to reaching our target. Then along came a 'friendly' local builder who promptly ran off with our deposit, setting us back some months and a few thousand pounds. A concerted effort by an army of club members (some of whom happen to be builders of the honest kind) finally gave us the pavilion we wanted. It was opened with much celebration and drinking in May 2004.

Since that time the club has gone from strength to strength. Our fixtures list has been full for a number of seasons, initially with just friendly fixtures, but since 2005, when we entered the Kent Village Cricket League (Division 7), we have been able to provide more challenging cricket for those who want it.

First and foremost we are a social, family club. Our children have grown up thinking that hanging out at the pavilion is perfectly normal. We have been on a number of tours: to Eymet in the Dordogne in 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2006, each time accompanied by kids and partners, and three times to Wiltshire. Over recent years some members of Frittenden CC have joined forces with Egerton CC on tour. We are also famous for our superb teas!

Every year we hold a themed bonfire party which is the club's main fundraiser for the year and allows us to keep our subs nice and low. The many themes have included a haunted house, a spaceship, a galleon, London burning, Battle of Britain, Monsters Inc. and the Olympics. We're always blessed by the weather and a huge crowd of spectators.

If you are looking for a club where the standard of your game isn't the most important factor, then Frittenden could be the club for you. Set in a beautiful location and with a relaxed and social form of cricket, what better way could there be to spend an afternoon in the sun.

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