Hungerford Archers. Contact for membership/information Robert Bainbridge (01488 683711)
Hungerford Hares running club was established in June 2007 and now has 30 members. We meet every Tuesday night at the Triangle Field (Rugby Pitch) at 7.30pm and we cater for all runners of varying abilities. We’ve run a very successful beginners programme and most of those beginners are now entering races. We hope to do this again throughout the year. If you are interested in running or just bored of running on your own come down on a Tuesday night and you will be very welcome. For more information email Mandy Rouse on Mandyjrouse@aol.com,
call Claire Digweed on 07810 886673 or go to www.hungerfordhares.co.uk.
The Badminton Club plays on a Friday evening at Hungerford Leisure Centre (John O’Gaunt School, Priory Road). It is a small, friendly club that play socially rather than competitively - we do not field teams in leagues or competitions. The club consists of people from all ages and has a mixture of new joiners and members who have been with us for many years.
We almost exclusively play doubles - games are either mixed, ladies or mens. Shuttles are provided but please bring your own racket. We play on Friday evenings from 7.30 - 9.30 PM, from the beginning of September until the end of May. The club is always looking for new members of all ages and playing abilities!
We are a very sociable club. A number of us usually go for a drink in a local pub afterwards. Membership varies year on year depending on court hire costs. Potential members can pay a guest fee for their first four visits before deciding to join. This is then deducted from the full membership fee.
For enquiries about the club, whether you are interested in joining or simply have a general query, then please ring Amy Sherborne on 01488 644604 or email infobad@HungerfordBadmintonClub.org.uk.
We look forward to seeing you.
HUNGERFORD BOWLING CLUB, The Croft
A friendly club catering for all age groups, with special rates for juniors and senior citizens.
FREE COACHING For more details, please contact:
JAN BEARD The Ladies Captain (01448 682236); JOHN MORGAN The Mens Captain (01488 683613)
Secretary : John Conn (01488 683584)
Hungerford Bridge Club. Meets every Wed (and Mon from 17 Jan 05) in The Corn Exchange. Starting time is prompt at 7.15pm for duplicate bridge.
Hungerford Cricket Club
Hungerford Cricket Club’s detailed history is lost in the early part of the 19th Century. However, there are items of great significance that must be highlighted. The first is the recorded fact that the Club played against the full English professional team in 1852, 1853 and 1854. These gentlemen toured the country, playing challenge matches for large bets, which were placed by wealthy landowners. In 1852, the England team came to Hungerford straight from ‘Gentleman v. Players’ match at Lords in July. They played the match at Hungerford Park and England were dismissed for twelve runs. The home team, as was usual at the time, fielded a team of twenty two players, but never doubt the facts, as the original score books are lodged with the County Archivists in Reading and there are printed copies of all the circumstance available.
In the early 1890’s, Rev Denning came to Hungerford as a curate and schoolmaster. He totally dominated local cricket for the next fifty years, until his death in 1939. He played cricket and football all the year round and was later joined by his two talented sons. He regularly took over two hundred wickets per season and many are the tales of his phenomenal energy and prowess.
Hungerford won the Newbury Challenge Cup in 1939. Unfortunately, the cup was lost in the following six years. Indeed, the Club and its premises were in a poor state when the war ended. Fortunately, the town saw fit to incorporate all the sporting facilities into a Memorial for those who lost their lives during the Second World War and quite quickly the Club was reformed in 1948. There was great competition for places in the teams and the Club was able to field three teams each weekend.
Cricket against local teams with good-hearted rivalry continued until fire destroyed the prefab pavilion in the early 1960’s, but with the tremendous money-raising skills of the Chairman, Hugh Curtis and Secretary, Norman Barr, a new modern pavilion was very soon in place.
With the new pavilion in use, league cricket was soon upon us and Hungerford Cricket Club were founder members of the Hampshire Cricket League. Over the next 15 years the First Eleven worked their way up the Hampshire Cricket League pyramid system and in 1990 achieved automatic promotion to the Southern Cricket League. After a period of consolidation, the Club reached a record high by winning the Southern Premier League in 1998 and 1999, along with the Southern League Cup in 1999.
After the highs of Southern League championships, the Club is now in the stage of re-building with the First Eleven finishing the 2004 season in 4th position in the Southern League Division 3, with the Second Eleven finishing in mid-table of Region Division 1 North of the Hampshire League.
The Club has a very active youth policy, running sides at under 11’s, 13’s and 15’s and boasts one of the finest grounds in Southern England.
Hungerford is ideally situated in the valley of the Kennet River and at the side of the Kennet and Avon Canal for anyone with an interest in fishing. This gives the visitor access to arguably some of the best chalk stream, trout and grayling fishing, in the south of England , and a coarse fishing water holding fish of prize winning proportions!
Although most of the Kennet system waters are in the hands of syndicates and occasional fishing can be hard to find, it will be worth it when you do. The river waters that pass through Hungerford are owned by the Commoners of Hungerford and they jealously guard their ancient rights to fish. But stop for a while on Eddington Bridge on a summers afternoon and marvel at the clarity of water and luxuriant growth of Water Crowfoot, and if you are lucky, you will see the elusive wild Kennet trout with its butter yellow belly or a flash of the huge dorsal fin of the silver Grayling as they feed on the abundant insect life that teems in the spring fed waters. You may even spot the rare species of Common Trout Fisherman practicing the black art of Fly Fishing.
If hunting Carp, Bream or Pike is more to your liking then a day
ticket on the canal through the Hungerford and District Angling Association will reward you with many enjoyable hours fishing. To while away a day on the towpath by St Lawrence’s Church is many a person’s idea of heaven. You are certain to see lots of wildlife, as it is the home of the Kingfisher, the Heron, and many wildfowl. Watch out for the delightful Water Vole as it potters along the bank – a protected species - it lives happily along the Canal and the River close to the centre of the town.
Want to know more about fishing in the area? Contact Roxtons in Bridge Street for the trout and grayling fishing or Howard’s Petcare for local coarse fishing. Tight Lines!
Hungerford Town F.C. For an overview, click here, or go directly to their website at www.hungerfordtownfootballclub.co.uk
Hungerford Town Juniors FC is an FA Charter Standard club which provides boys and girls football for all abilities and all ages from 5 to 18. If you are interested in finding out more then please visit our website at www.htfcjuniors.co.uk
Hungerford RFC Hungerford RFC is a community orientated rugby club with a strong social side,
based in the Berkshire market town. We run three teams, our first team are in
the Wiltshire/Dorset North Division 2. The second team this year have combined
with Aldbourne and play in Wiltshire/Dorset North Division 3. We train on
Tuesday and Thursday, at our ground, the Triangle Field in Priory Road.
The club 's website is here.
Tae Kwon Do & Self Defence
Hungerford school of Taekwon-do meets at Hungerford Leisure Centre, Priory Road
Training days and times:
Contact: Jason Cooper (07770 882315 or 0845 600 1967)
websites: www.jasoncooper-tkd.co.uk and www.puma-uk.com