Trip down memory lane for Lodsworth stoolball players

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THERE was a chance to take a trip down memory lane for stoolball players in Lodsworth when members celebrated their very own diamond jubilee on Saturday (May 19).

More than 70 members, past and present, turned out for the 60th anniversary tea party which included the chance to look at old photographs and chat over old times with other long-standing members of the club.

Former scorer 90-year-old Tom Lane and the first vice-captain of the club Fay Bicknell joined forces to cut the anniversary cake. It was suitably decorated with a blue stoolball bat and ball and was made by Sue Wakeford for the occasion.

The club was formed on May 19, 1952, by Marie Bowers, who now lives in Haslemere. She was not able to attend the special anniversary on Saturday but Rosemary Hyde, who joined the club when it was formed, was at the tea celebrations.

Rosemary was 15 when the club formed and was one of the first players; she is still very much involved with the club now as president, match secretary and sometimes as scorer. “It was a very enjoyable and successful afternoon. We looked at the old photographs and exchanged memories.”