Horley Cricket & Hockey Club

 
Welcome to our web site which we hope you will find to be of interest.
 
We are a thriving Community Sports Club our principal sports being Cricket, Hockey and Squash although as you will see Perrywood Football Club also has an affiliation with us . In addition to sport we also value the social side of club life and acknowledge and strive to play a positive role in our community. 
 
We have thriving junior sections in both Cricket and Squash and acknowledge the importance of child safety witnessed by the fact that we have secured the coveted Clubmark accreditation as awarded by Surrey Cricket Club.
 
We encourage you to explore the site to learn more about our sporting sides and how our associate members play such an important part in the promotion of our sport both on and off the field.   
 
The history of our club goes back over two centuries. Records reveal that cricket was played in Horley as far back as the late 18thcentury but the game was very different then, as it was played on a single wicket, and with no crease marked out you could only be out if bowled, caught or run out. The method of scoring was by cutting notches in a stick!
 
The original name of the club was Shab Green it playing games on land adjacent to the Chequers Hotel. There was another club in Horley at that time known as the Clutterpouches who had their headquarters at the Station Inn which was quite appropriate as the majority of their team was comprised of railwaymen.
 
In time both these clubs died and from the ashes was formed the Horley Star club who had their ground adjacent to the Kings Head Hotel. It was not long however before leading residents decided to form a team in opposition and this is when the Horley Club was created it moving to its current ground in 1879.  Soon after, Horley Stars folded with many of its players switching allegiance.
 
Initially the ground was given to the club through leases on a peppercorn rent, but its long term future was always in doubt all the while it was beholding to benevolent business men. Equally it could not develop properly, an example being that the original benefactor insisted that a line of Oaks remained in the ground which meant that a local rule was adopted whereby you could be out if the fielder caught the ball out of the tree!
 
As to be expected over the years the land was sold on a number of occasions but fortunately the new Landlords always were sympathetic offering peppercorn rental agreements. Eventually the ground was purchased by a Mr G H S Parsons who became the Club President and in conjunction with Mr J H Hunt and Mr W V Wickens they steered it through the difficult years of World War Two.
 
1951 was an important landmark as Mr Parsons generously presented the ground to the Club’s Trustees for the benefit of cricket and this allowed the club to develop.
 
It is hard to believe but in 1949 the turnover of the club was just £303. The facilities at that time were fairly basic but despite that fact the club nevertheless hosted a number of benevolent matches with some teams fielding international players.
 
In 1964 the club was approached by some of its players to see if they could form a hockey section, and in 1965 the first game was played at the Horley Row  ground. For many years the Hockey Club played all its home games at the ground but following the advent of League Hockey the need for an astro turf pitch has caused the club to hire pitches away from Horley Row as astro turf and cricket are not very compatible!
 
As a result of this expansion the old Pavilion was no longer fit for purpose and on the 26thSeptember 1969 the current pavilion was built and opened under the stewardship of Bob Bunkell (President), the then local fishmonger. 
 
Then in 1978 a joint venture was entered into with the Horley Squash Club resulting in this club moving to the Horley Row in 1980 when two new courts were opened on land that was adjacent to the main ground. At that time the sport was very popular with over 300 members.
 
Over the ensuing years the club as a whole grew, and in 2006 after much internal debate the decision was made to extend the Pavilion to allow more flexibility.
 
Over the years all the sports played have enjoyed mixed fortunes but now the club is going back to its roots and is intent on developing its junior sections, blooding young players into the senior teams to give them much needed experience for the challenges ahead.
 
If you want to play a role in its future please come down and visit us as you will always be assured of a friendly welcome.
 
Paul Woodburn
Hon Secretary

Junior Cricket Coaching 2015

Our Junior Coaching sessions are now being finalised and we set out below the arrangements.   These coaching sessions are for members of our various squads but if you are interested in joining please feel free to contact us by email (see Contact) and we will talk you through aspects relating ...

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Christening Party Venue

  Christening Party Venue Horley Cricket Club offers a fine venue for a Christening Party as you can reserve a private lounge. With a fully stocked private bar and relaxing outlook over the cricket ground the venue offers you the chance to relax in the company of your family and friends. Bei...

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Disciplinary Code

The Management Committee has decided that the Club's Disciplinary Code as detailed in the Rule Book is now too vague and needs to be tightened up. As a consequence a new Disciplinary Code has been drawn up which at this stage has been adopted as a By-Law with the intention that it will be incorporat...

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An animated explanation of Cricket Law

The link below is very good in putting in an animated form some of the laws of cricket. We hope that this might prove useful for some of our junior players as well as some parents who perhaps have been tempted to help out with umpiring. http://www.lords.org/mcc/laws-of-cricket/laws-of-cricket-ani...

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CLUBMARK ACCREDITATION

  Horley Cricket Club has now been awarded the coveted ECB accreditation of Clubmark, demonstrating its determination to become a club of first choice for junior players. This qualification demands high standards both relating to safeguarding of junior members but also looks for club...

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