Here are three major events concerning Britain in 1771 with the most important shown last.

  • Arkwright builds first cotton mill at Cromford
  • Spain cedes the Falklands to Britain
  • Henfield Cricket Club is constituted to become (possibly) the oldest cricket club in the country and hence the world.
  • Yes, in 2021 Henfield Cricket Club will be 250 years old! We aim to have lots of exciting events and special matches to mark the occasion and would love to welcome people to help us celebrate. Updates on what will be happening, including our new look pavilion fundraising plans, will appear in BN5 and the local press, on and the club’s Facebook page.

    To keep in touch with what has happened in the past 250 years, and more, check out the history pages on our website, Dr Squire’s 1949 opus “Henfield Cricket in its Sussex Cradle”, the historic pictures on the pavilion walls plus the brilliantly researched cricketing snippets in former club stalwart Eddie Colgate’s forthcoming book filled with tales of the 19th century goings on in our village.

    2020 is also an important year with the 1st XI promoted to the 3rd tier of Sussex cricket. New playing and non-playing members are always warmly welcomed and anyone considering joining in the latter category is welcome to try us out on a match day where from 6 o’clock onwards the bar is open for a drink as you watch the final thrilling (hopefully) overs.

    HCC Warbler

    Originally published in the February edition of BN5 Magazine (Page 20)