On Sunday the 5th May at Parsonage Meadow (from 1.30pm) a cricket match is to be held in memory of local butcher and well known resident, John Dennett.

The Whitchurch Wednesdays
John sadly died of cancer last August. As well as being known as the local butcher in the town for many years, as his father (Harold) was before him, John expertly played the drums for a local band and played cricket for the ‘Whitchurch Wednesdays’.

John Dennett

This was in the days when the town’s shops and businesses would close down for an afternoon to encourage some bonding between local residents, your butchers, bakers and candlestick makers, fireman, police…unthinkable now, which is a great shame.

John loved his cricket and spent many happy summer afternoons down the ground at Parsonage Meadow, watching his father play cricket for Whitchurch C.C as a child (Harold was an extremely fine batsman) and then playing games there himself for the ‘Wednesdays’ as his father looked on doing the scoring.

John Dennett XI
Whitchurch.C.C first team will be playing a John Dennett XI, who will assemble a mixture of ex-players and good friends of John’s. Ellen Dennett, John’s wife, will attend with their two daughters, Ellie and Liz and other family members. There will be a presentation at the end of the game in John’s memory and the money raised from the match will go towards Cancer Research UK.

To tempt you along to watch some great cricket, remember a real local gentleman and to raise funds for a good cause – all in a truly English setting, there will also be a BBQ and cold beers.

It would be wonderful to see local residents coming down to the ground and watch a relaxing and enjoyable game of cricket in memory of a genuinely lovely bloke.

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Comments (1)

  • Ellen Dennett

    Thank you to the organisers and players who made the cricket match such a success. The Dennett family were out in force supported by wider family and friends. Look out for reports in the local papers. I truly hope this will become an annual event.
    Edit note:
    Glad it went well.
    Would someone like to provide a report for the official town website?

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