Planning for Festival Field 2022

Festival Field 2022 – Our Next Village Fete

Festival Field is 2022's Village Fete

Festival Field 2022 is the working title for next year’s Village Fete. Planned to take place on 4th June 2022 it will be closely linked to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations with the beacon lighting on 2nd June. Planning started in September with a group of parish councillors and members of the public sharing ideas. Their outline plans for Festival Field include:


Sporting plans so far include:

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Cricket Colts Prepare for New Season

West Bergholt Cricket Club logoCricket Colts Prepare for New Season

West Bergholt Cricket Colts have active youth activities even before the main cricket season starts, they have provided the following update.

Indoor Training.

Colts training indoorsThe cricketing new year started off for us in March with our latest indoor cricket training sessions for our young cricketers (Colts) at Holmwood House school.  We held sessions for our Junior Colts who are those still at primary school and the Senior Colts who are at secondary school.

Over the course of the sessions, our Junior Colts were shown the basics of the game and got to try out their newly acquired skills through a range of fun mini-games. Our Senior colts also had some fun games to improve their techniques and improve their reaction times before finally padding up for batting and bowling practice.

We still have two more weeks of the indoor training to run in April getting the players ready for the outdoor season which will start on the 5th of May with Colts Registration and training at 10.30 a.m.

Colts with Essex County Team's Specsavers trophySpecsavers County Championship Cup.

Hearing of all the effort we had been putting into re-energising the Colts Section and cleaning up the Club House, Essex Cricket chose us as one of only 6 Clubs to visit on Nat West Club Force Day with the Specsavers County Championship Cup, of which Essex are the current holders.

Our youngsters (and some of our older volunteers too) enjoyed the opportunity to hold the cup and dream big.  The Essex representative also brought some positive news that after being unsuccessful in an earlier funding bid to provide a separate changing area for ladies and youths we are being considered for some alternate funding so fingers crossed we are successful in that!

Nat West Club Force.

On Saturday the 24th March we took part in the Club Force Initiative which brings volunteers and clubs all over the country together to get Cricket Grounds and Club Houses ready for the forthcoming season.  We were lucky to have 15 volunteers both adults and children come along and give us a hand to get the club ready.

All Stars Cricket youngstersECB All Stars Cricket.

March also brought the start of the registration process for All Stars Cricket, which is a training programme specially designed for 5- to 8-year-olds.  The programme provides eight weeks of training plus a bat, personalised shirt and backpack all for £40.

We are very lucky to have Mr Gareth Minter, P.E. Co-Ordinator from Heathlands Primary School, leading the programme for us.  At the time of writing, we already have 18 children booked onto our sessions which start on the 2nd June, so we are very much looking forward to welcoming these little cricketers to the club.  We welcomed 3 of the All Stars on Saturday when the County Championship Cup came to visit, they were very excited to have their first mini-game of cricket on the Club’s cricket pitch.


Cricket Festival 2015

Cricket Festival 2015Cricket Festival 2015

This year West Bergholt Cricket Club’s annual cricket festival runs from Wednesday 1st July to Sunday 5th July and features the following events:

  • The Queen’s Head Challenge – a T20* Match, with Bar & BBQ, taking place 6pm – 11pm on Wednesday 1st July,
  • A T20* Match, with Bar & BBQ, also between 6pm – 11pm on Friday 3rd July,
  • Six-a-side* tournament, with bar, BBQ & side stalls, between 10am – 7pm on Saturday 4th July,
  • Quiz night, with bar, BBQ & side stalls, between 7:30pm – 11pm,
  • Junior six-a-side* tournament, with bar, BBQ & side stalls on Sunday 5th July (times TBA).

The Saturday & Sunday events are geared towards fun for all family members to engage with.

*nB. For those unfamiliar with cricket formats, both T20 and Six-a-side are short formats designed to provide for more exciting matches.  T20 comprises a single innings of no more than  20 overs for each team whilst Six-a-side are a number of even shorter matches of just 5 overs where a number of teams play each other acquiring points to determine the winning team.

Tom-Bowdidge-FoundationDon’t Forget

The Club’s other great event coming up is the Treasure Hunt in aid of the Tom Bowdidge Foundation, the closing date for entries, 5pm on 18th June, is fast approaching.




Treasure Hunt

Treasure-HuntTreasure Hunt

West Bergholt Cricket Club are organizing a Treasure Hunt in support of the Tom Bowdidge Foundation on Sunday 28th June.   Starting from their pavilion (Manor Road, West Bergholt, Colchester. C06 3JQ) at 2pm, the event promises an afternoon of fun and adventure for everyone.

The event costs £10 per car and registration is now open, closing at 5pm on 18th June.  Registration is by email – [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].  All enquiries to 07702 344679 or by email [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].  50% of proceeds will be donated to the Tom Bowdidge Foundation, a charity registered in England & Wales, 1156553, which has been established in Tom’s memory to support teenagers and young people with cancer.

Family Inflatable Fun Day 16-17 August

Family Inflatable Fun DayWest Bergholt Cricket Club are holding a Family Inflatable Fun Day between 11am – 4pm over the coming weekend (16th – 17th August).  For those wanting to bounce the day away there will be a charge of £5 per wristband per day.  With free general admission there will also be access to:

  • BBQ
  • Ice Cream Van
  • Donut Stall
  • Licensed Bar
  • Toddler Area &
  • Kwik Cricket.

kwik-cricketKwik Cricket is a short, fun game, designed for youngsters (mainly under-11s) and is fast becoming a regular addition to team sport, encouraging fair play, in primary & middle schools.

Cricket Festival – 28th June – 6th July

Cricket Festival 2014Cricket in many guises and several other activities are on offer from West Bergholt Cricket Club between 28th June and 6th July.

The cricket festival starts on Saturday 28th at 1pm with a league match against Maldon; expected to finish by 7pm the bar will be open from 6pm and a quiz night held from 7:30pm.   There will also be an Ice Cream Tricycle, raffle, BBQ & desserts and a sweetie table.

Moving on to Friday 4th July and it is time for the youngsters to have a go with Kwik Cricket between 6pm – 9pm.  Once again, the bar is open from 6pm and there will also be a bouncy castle, tombola, cake table, BBQ & desserts, bottle table, raffle and the Ice Cream Tricycle again.

An earlier start and later finish for Saturday 5th July with a six-a-side tournament running between 10am – 7pm and then World Cup football evening with large screen TV between 7:30pm – 11pm.  With an all-day bar, BBQ and raffle and bouncy castle, sweetie table and  Ice Cream Tricycle during the day there is something for everybody.

The festival continues on Sunday but detailed events are still to be announced (although the webmaster suspects there might be an Ice Cream Tricycle involved!)