Monthly Archives: February 2017

Cricket Club History

The Cavendish Wanderers Cricket Club dates back to the Victorian era and, like most village teams of the time, it was characterised by the lord of the manor playing alongside local tradespeople. Many clubhouses still bear the hallmarks of their Victorian heritage given they were in essence wooden sheds with little creature comfort. The photograph below shows that the original clubhouse was a thatched affair.

Sports Ground and Clubhouse

The Sports Ground – Cavendish

The inter-war years saw Cavendish as a team to be reckoned with under the captaincy of Tom Ambrose; Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds being their major rivals: the two photographs below shows some of the stars of that era.

Cavendish XI 1920

Cavendish Cricket Team c 1920

Cricket Team c1930

Cavendish Cricket Club c1930 – Tom Ambrose in the centre

After the war it was Basil Ambrose and Maurice Finbow who steered the club to considerable success with the club fielding two teams in the 70’s and 80’s. It was during that period that major fund-raising saw the new extension to the clubhouse completed; the era culminated with the club hosting a match against Cavendish NSW (Australia) in 1988.

The club remained competitive during the 90’s but suffered the fate of many village teams of not being able to recruit sufficient youngsters into the ranks and was forced to amalgamate with ex-Sudbury CC players to become Cavendish Wanderers. Fielding a single team they enjoyed much success in regional leagues, but latterly have struggled to continue: it is a sad reflection that in the last two seasons no more than two players from the village take the field.

The team was relegated from division two of the Hunts County bats last year (2010) having won only two matches but are looking strong for the coming season and the reinstatement of the Presidents Challenge.

The ground behind the Memorial Hall is an idyllic spot to stretch your legs on a sunny Sunday afternoon and listen to the gentle sounds of leather on willow.

Nick Burton, Chairman 2011.

(Photographs from the Foxearth and District Local History Society collection)

Writing for the Website

The Cavendish website is intended as a source of information for locals, tourists and future villagers. The contents are provided by members of the community who want share their love of the village, their interests or their sport. New material and updates are always welcome, so get writing, drawing or photographing and email it to the webmaster John Gunn.

The Diaries section is intended for groups to publicise their programme of events for the year. Links can be included to point to the ‘notices’ section, or to other websites. Pictures are welcomed.

The Facilities section provides a brief overview of what’s here in Cavendish. Are there others that should be mentioned here? Are there whole categories missing? Can the existing text be improved?

The Organisations section allows groups to share their history and achievements and entice new members. In three or four paragraphs (or 100-200 words) can you capture the essence of your group? If appropriate, please include where and when you meet, whom to contact and a picture.

The History section needs expanding. Any local historians out there with a topic of interest?

The Notices section is a flexible space that could be used for football fixtures, AGM reports, event flyers, council minutes, and much more. Posts are categorised, tagged and dated for easy reference. How could you use this?

Now for the rules.

To enable text to display on a variety of devices and computers, it must conform to strict HTML rules. Consequently, most of Word’s formatting will be removed, and multiple spaces and tabs will be reduced to a single space (so don’t use these for layout). For short pieces, pasting into an email is easiest. For longer and regular postings, I am happy to discuss formatting, et cetera.

Pictures are welcomed but please identify the source since images taken from the net may be subject to copyright constraints. Often this is just a credit to the artist, etc.. If you created the picture, let me know how you want to be credited. Uncredited pictures on the website will be published under Creative Commons CC BY-SA licence with attribution to

Pictures will normally be displayed as 620 pixels wide, or 300 pixels if alongside text on a three column page. This means that high resolution pictures will be reduced before publishing.

News and Magazine types of postings will be discouraged. The website is unable to match the quality of service provided by the monthly Cavendish Magazine.

So please, let me have your ideas and contributions.

John Gunn, Webmaster