1885 – Cricket Club

The Hampshire Chronicle – 1885

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May 2    Corhampton – Cricket Club – At a meeting held at Corhampton House yesterday week to reorganise the Corhampton Valley Cricket Club, Mr R. King Wyndham was re-elected president, Mr  T. H. Wilson vice-president, Mr W. Newman secretary and Mr A. Pratt treasurer. A committee was also formed, and new rules were made, one of which was that no member pay less than 5s., and no playing member less than 10s. yearly.  About 35 members were enrolled, and as the ground on Corhampton Down has been judiciously chosen and relaid it is thought, now that the Swanmore Park Cricket Club is dissolved, there is every probability of the Corhampton Club being established on a permanent footing.  A most successful entertainment was given on the evening of the 17th ult. in the schoolroom, to liquidate a debt of the old club, Mr King Wyndham, as chairman stating that the new club would begin with a clean balance sheet.

Oct 24   Corhampton – Harvest Festival – On Friday week a day’s pleasure, with harvest supper and evening entertainment, was given by R. King Wyndham Esq., to his work-people.  The day commenced with a cricket match on Droxford Down, which was witnessed by Mr Wyndham and family. During the interval between the innings Mr Wyndham, at the cricket pavilion, gave an address on the political situation, with advice to the new voters. He said they were to vote according to their conscience. He would not think less of them for doing so whether they were Liberals or Conservatives; but he would tell them, if they were dissatisfied with the policy  of the late Government, and the depression in agriculture which all, from the landlord to the labourer, keenly felt, there was now a chance of a change. Each one could now vote for those no doubt could make things better.  Mr Nicholson was the conservative candidate, who, if they returned him to Parliament, would do his best to alter the present state of things.  Mr Wyndham then left, amidst ringing cheers. Tea was afterwards provided, and subsequently supper was provided at the farm by Mrs W Stubbs, to whom great credit is due for the arrangements. After supper the health of Mr R. King Wyndham was proposed by Mr W. Stubbs, and other toasts followed, including the health of the agent, Mr Austin (responded by Mr Austin jun.) and the rector, the Revd. F. R. Flemming.  A programme of singing brought the evening to a close.