The Hemingford Peace Memorial Field
A brief history

1944 The Beginning

A public meeting was held on 12th December 1944 when it was decided to inaugurate a Scheme for commemorating the Peace. For this purpose Hemingford Grey and Hemingford Abbots should combine.

The form which the memorial was to take was that of a playing field to serve the needs of the two villages


The Scheme

The thought of thanksgiving for victory

A tribute to all those who served their country 

The provision of something which would be of permanent value to residents and their children 

The form which the memorial is to take is that of a playing field to serve the needs of the two villages


The inauguration of the Scheme

The Vineyard was gifted by Lt.Col.S.D. Hayward to the villages for this purpose.

The cost of turning the Vineyard into a playing field was estimated by the National Playing Fields Association to cost £2,500

The ministry of Education offered £1,350 subject to the balance being provided by the villages.

A committee, formed by representatives of the two villages,  was formed to take the necessary steps.

An appeal was made to obtain funds to layout and equip the field


The Hemingfords' Peace Memorial Field

The appeal for funding December 12th 1944


December 1946 to May 1949

Construction of the Playing Fields

Construction of the first Pavilion
Cricket table
Football Pitch
Hockey Pitch
Two tennis courts
Bowling green
Children’s play area

19th August 1948     Hunts Post

19th August 1948     Hunts Post


11th August 1949 

The Grand Opening

The opening was attended by over three hundred villagers

The official opening took place by the unveiling of a  plaque at 3:00pm by the actress Lana Morris

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Lana Morris Click on the picture to find out more about Lana

Lana Morris
Click on the picture to find out more about Lana


The Nissen Huts

The Nissen Huts served their purpose for many years but were eventually replaced in 1964 

One of the reasons given was that a long six from the cricket square landing on the hut resulted in showers of rust falling onto the cricketers sandwiches.

Volunteers outside the Nissen Hut ready to serve tea to our cricketers

Volunteers outside the Nissen Hut ready to serve tea to our cricketers


1964

An order was placed for a new Pavilion to replace the two Nissen Huts in August 1964 

The design was of a single story wooden construction at a cost of £3,066 

The construction was completed in June 1965

The new Pavilion was opened by Col. Alexander Woods, Hon. Treasurer National Playing Fields Association 12th June 1965

The new Pavilion was opened by Col. Alexander Woods, Hon. Treasurer National Playing Fields Association 12th June 1965


1982

The old wooden Pavilion was coming to the end of its useful life and an ambitious plan was drawn up to replace it with a two story brick built Pavilion at a cost of £70,000 

Grants amounting to £41,000 were secured with the balance raised by the Trustees and Constituent clubs

17th September 1983 John Major MP opens the new Pavilion

17th September 1983
John Major MP opens the new Pavilion

 

Click on the picture to see how six of our intrepid squash players raised funds to help finance the cost of the new Pavilion


The Hemingford Peace Memorial Field

1986


1999

The Hayward Hall and Manor Room

Built at a cost of £250,000

£130,000 from Hemingford Grey Parish Council
(which included £90,000 from Beazer Homes as part of the Pinders Green planning agreement)

£51,000 raised by the constituent clubs

£35,000 from a brewery loan

£20,000 raised by the trustees

3rd September 1999 Sir John Major MP opens the Hayward Hall and Manor Rooms

3rd September 1999
Sir John Major MP opens the Hayward Hall and Manor Rooms


2004

New  Squash Courts and Bowls Clubhouse

The Sports Academy, a non profit making organisation, was set up in 2003 by David Morgan, a village resident, to develop a Cambridgeshire based centre of excellence for young squash players.

A fourth squash court was required, with a viewing area, if Hunts County Squash wished to apply to run National Championships and create capacity for increased coaching time.

A planning application for a fourth glass back court with viewing area and an improved clubhouse for the bowls club and its members was approved in July 2004

For more information on The Sports Academy, and David Morgan, and the support they have given to the Hemingford Pavilion please click here to be taken to the Hunts County Squash Club website


2011

The Hayward Hall benefited from a £13,000 refurbishment funded by grants from The National Lottery and AmeyCespa

New chairs, refurbished floor and state of the art audio visual system were installed

 

Pavilion Pictures

The Community Cinema was opened in December 2011


2013

In January 2013 the Manor Room benefited from a £10,000 refurbishment funded by The National Lottery and funds provided by the Trustees 

New chairs and tables, a multi purpose floor and state of the art audio visual equipment were installed


2014

A grant was awarded to the Hemingford Peace Memorial Field by The National Lottery to install air conditioning in the Hayward Hall and Chris Page Room

The Chris Page Room

The Chris Page Room

The Hayward Hall  

The Hayward Hall