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Leisure and Entertainment


Upcoming events at Hurstbourne Priors Cricket Club in September 2021:

4 September, Hampshire girls U15

19 September, HBP Cricket Club 

2011 Winning Team
Hurstbourne Priors Team 2011

GroundIf you wish to play or know anyone who would be willing to join the Hurstbourne Priors Cricket Club team, please contact Mark Hamson at markhamson1@aol.com

Committee Members
President: Alan Elkins
Chairman: Martyn Page
Treasurer: Mark Matthews
Secretary: Steve Cady
Club Captain: Mark Hamson
Vice Captains: James Bayliss/Rajiv Kumar
Club Vice President: Geoff Rampton

Play or Book?
If you are interested in playing for the club, please contact Mark Hamson on 0788 4253641 or by email at markhamson1@aol.com

Cricket Ground Bookings
To book the Cricket Pitch for a Match, please contact Mark Williams, email mark.williams@btopenworld.com or telephone 01256 892081. To review current bookings, click on the following: HBPCricketGround

History of the Club
Old Cricket team Photo
Details are proving difficult to obtain. If anyone can help, please contact the site administrator.

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Equestrian Centre

Equestrian CentreManor Farm
Hurstbourne Priors
RG28 7SE
Tel: 01256 895988
Email: hicksequestrian@btinternet.com


The Hurstbourne Equestrian Centre is located on the Longparish Road, close to the centre of the village. It is now run by Matt Hicks and his partner Matt Metcalfe.


Matt has been successfull based at a number of small yards, before taking on Hurstbourne Equestrian Centre, near Whitchurch, Hampshire at the end of 2011. Since then, he has enjoyed continued success, winning four National titles – Albion Medium Open 2012, Spillers Freestyle Open 2012, Hickstead Masters Champion 2012, Spillers Freestyle Open 2013 and Albion Medium Open 2014. Matt also competes internationally, winning the Nice CDI Freestyle Championships in 2013.

Matt first competed at Grand Prix on ex-eventer Highmark, who he trained from Novice to Grand Prix. He regularly competes at home and abroad, and enjoys training horses and riders at all levels.


There are 2 American style barns with 26 large stables all stables are rubber matted with rug and tack room in each barn. Securely locked and alarmed with CCTV in both barns. All have a watering system and a choice of straw or paper bedding. 

There are 2 indoor schools. The larger school is 30 x 60 and is well lit, including a Martin Collins surface and seating for approximately 355 spectators. The smaller school is 20 x 40. There is also a large sand, outdoor school which is 30 x 60.

There are 2 hot and cold wash down bays and Solariums. Hurstbourne EC has a host of individual post and rail paddocks suitable for all year round grazing weather permitting and some larger paddocks for youngster turnout. There is also off road hacking around the grass gallops of Hurstbourne EC. Equally there is the village of Longparish and St Mary Bourne both providing good local lane hacking.


The previous Manager of the Centre was Anne Dicker, BSHII / BSHI- SM(Reg), NPSD, PC "A" Hons, and International Level 3 Riding Instructor.

Following the inital closure of the Centre, Anne and her husband, Brian,  left the village and now manage an equestrian centre elsewhere in the county.

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Footpaths and Walks

A map of the footpaths in Hurstbourne Priors is displayed in the thatched bus shelter at the cross roads on the B3400 Andover to Basingstoke Road.

The area office serving Hurstbourne Priors is the North West Area office:
Basing House
Redbridge Lane
RG24 7HB
Fax: 01256 326283

Area Manager
John Tickle
01962 846000

Rights of Way Officer
Matt Beale
01256 329663

Parish Council Officer
Clare Read
01256 896672

Area Admin Officer
Lorraine Grogan
01256 844214

A map of the local area showing footpaths and bridleways is available at whereilive.hants.gov.uk just search Hurstbourne Priors or your Post Code.

Detailed maps showing all rights of way in Hampshire are shown at http://www.hants.gov.uk/

For further information on footpaths in Hampshire see Hantsweb

Test Way
The Test Way passes through Hurstbourne Priors. It is a 44 mile long-distance walking route which starts high on the chalk downs at Inkpen and follows much of the course of the River Test to Eling, where its tidal waters flow into Southampton Water. This is without doubt Hampshire's longest and finest chalk stream, world famous for its superb trout fishing. For more details, see www.hants.gov.uk/walking/testway

The Test Valley is a beautiful area to walk around, with lovely river scenes and many pretty villages. The Longparish Handbook has some ideas for short walks around the village.

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Playground 1
There is a small children’s play area to the left of the entrance to the recreation ground and cricket pitch to the north of the village on the St Marybourne Road (B3048).

It offers a safe area for children to play with swings, slides, climbing frame and rocking horses.Playground 2 Playground 3

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