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Hurstbourne Priors Cricket Club
Hurstbourne Priors Team 2011
Hurstbourne Priors Cricket Club did play in the Hampshire League but, due to a lack of players, it will not be playing in the 2017 season. If you wish to play or know anyone who would be willing to join the team, please contact Mark Hamson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Cricket Ground Bookings
To book the Cricket Pitch for a Match, please contact Mark Williams, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 01256 892081. To review current bookings, click on the following: HBPCricketGround
History of the Club
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Tel: 01256 895988
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:
Fax: 01256 326283
Rights of Way Officer
Parish Council Officer
Area Admin Officer
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
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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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.
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