Carrie Hastings, World Squash Doubles Champion

Sports Academy member and Hunts County Squash Club Ladies Champion, Carrie Hastings is now a World Champion. Carrie won the seventeenth biennial J.P Morgan & Trunk Club World Squash Doubles Championships partnering  Suzie Pierreport to the Gold medal.

Nicky and Stewart Hastings are incredibly proud of Carrie's achievement and the Trustees extend their congratulations for this wonderful achievement. You can read the full write up at



What a sensational month it has been at Hunts County Squash Club

   Thursday 7th May 2015 will see some of the world’s finest squash players compete for the most prestigious club title in world squash at the Hunts County Squash Club, in Hemingford Grey Cambridgeshire. This will bring to an end a stunning month for the club, which has seen the quality and magnitude of event build on a weekly basis since Sunday 12th April.

   The Sports Academy 2015 “Court Challenge” began the sequence on the 12th April, with 48 players of all ages and standards from clubs across the county playing against the club’s two professional coaches (Colin Griggs – Head Pro, and Rob Dadds – Assistant Pro’) as well as the top juniors from the programme in 9 hours of continuous match play. Promotion of future events (namely the British Under 23 National Championships) and inter-club relations was the aim of the initiative, and it was a great social event for the sport internally as well as externally. Click here to Colin and Rob

    Following this saw the first season of the club hosting the Redmayne, Arnold and Harris Cambridgeshire Senior County Closed, with 85 players contesting 9 categories over 3 intense and high quality days of squash from Friday 17th – Sunday 19th April. Rob Dadds (Hunts County SC) and Ali  Hemingway (Cambs’ University) prevailed as the Men’s and Women’s Champions for the season in a competition that marks the beginning of a new and reinvigorated chapter of squash in the county as part of the development programme lead by the counties governing body.

    Next up, and another step up in class, was the 2015 Synergy British Under 23 National Championships. 42 of the very best young professional and semi-professional players that the British Isles has to offer battled over three days from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th April for the last age category title available, and the standard was some of the best seen in the seven years that The Sports Academy has been hosting the event at Hunts County SC. Declan James (World No’ 67, from Nottinghamshire) and Millie Tomlinson (World No’ 59, from Derbyshire) won the two events in front of over 100 spectators on finals day, in a wonderful display of the mental and physical demands of the game at the highest level. Click here to see the Finalists

   Completing the Cambridgeshire County season for 2014/15’, Saturday 2nd May brought together the 6 best club sides to contest the three senior cup competitions for Cambridgeshire at Hunts County. Peterborough Town SC (reigning Champions) played Hunts County in the Light Blue Cup (Men’s Divisions 1 & 2), with the home side securing an unexpected 3-2 victory by winning all 3 of the first matches at 5th, 4th and 3rd strings against the favourites. Cambridge SC beat Hunts Counties 4th team convincingly 4-1 in the Hereward Cup (Division 3 and below) turning out a very strong team that combined two of their league sides. Hunts County Ladies (reigning Champions) again faced Comberton SC Ladies in a repeat of the 2013/14’ Portway Perpetual Cup final. Hunts County recovered brilliantly from losing the first 2 strings to record a 3-2 victory in a tight fixture. Travelling and home support made for yet another great afternoon of squash for the county, and a fitting end to a season of battles across the counties courts.

   All of these events have escalated in size and quality week on week, and the The Sports Academy and Hunts County Squash Club are delighted that the sequence ends this Thursday 7th May with the 2014/15’ Premier Squash League (PSL) Final. The biggest title in world club squash, with some of the world’s greatest players making up the five player teams (4 men and 1 woman per team) will compete in the biggest event the club has ever staged in its 50+ year history. PSL legends Duffield Squash Club will take on either St. George’s Hill (Surrey) or Coolhurst London (semi final to be played on Tuesday 5th May) in a truly world class showdown that could see Nick Matthew (former World #1, 3 x World Champion, former British Open Champion,  and current world #2 on the PSA circuit) leading the multiple PSL Champions Duffield into another final. It’s a massive privilege for the club, and a great reward for the dedication and hard work the team of professionals and volunteers have put into the club recently.

Hemingford PavilionTea Dances support good causes

The monthly Tea Dances organised by Mike and Margaret Gledhill have grown from strength to strength since they started eighteen months ago. For just £5.00  dancers get three hours of dancing, tea and cakes and a chance to meet up with old friends and make new ones.

In the short time the Tea Dances have been running  they have donated nearly one thousand pounds to good causes. Arthritis research benefited by £120.00 and Macmillan Nursing received £140.00 through special charity afternoon dances. 

The Hemingford Pavilion, itself a Charity, has benefited from donations funding bean bags for the free Kids Cinema and replacement curtain rails in the Hayward Hall

Most recently, a contribution was made to fund the replacement of the Pavilions bulkhead lights with new LED units to improve security, reduce running costs and, with the increased illumination provided by these units, make the facility a safer place to visit.

The Trustees wish Mike and Margaret continued success with this popular monthly event


Macmillan Mammoth Quiz at The Hemingford Pavilion, Friday 27th February 7:30pm

Come along to the Pavilion and enjoy a quiz night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 27th February starting at 7:30pm. Ticket price is £10.00 including a Ploughman's Supper. The bar will be open and there will be a raffle on the night. Teams maximum of 6.

Tickets: Hemingford Pavilion or call: Charlotte 07790 531933 or Miranda 07447 966246

Click here for the poster

A message from Steve Williams, Hemingford Bowls Club

I will be County President for the coming season and I am very proud to represent Hemingford Bowls Club.

It will mean that the Adams Trophy (inter County matches) will be held at the club as will the Presidents Day on Sunday 24th May,2015 and the joint Presidents Day on Sunday 6th September,2015.

With two teams in Division 1 and one team in Division 3. This is the first time in the Clubs history that we have had 3 mens teams playing in the higher leagues. With our ladies teams who are getting stronger each year I wish them every success for the coming year.  I also wish to extend my congratulations and thanks to all members new and old who have helped the Club maintain such high standards and hopes that the coming year will be a happy and successful one for all our members in the forthcoming County matches and league games. Particular thanks go to the committee and all those who maintain the green and surrounds and to those ladies who assist in the catering and social events that we all enjoy so much.

Steve Williams.

Hinchingbrooke Woodlands Cancer Centre Extension Project benefit from Charity Dinner Dance

A dinner dance was held in the Hayward Hall on Saturday 3rd January to raise money for Hinchinbrook Woodlands Cancer Centre Extension Project.

A full house of nearly 100 guests enjoyed a lovely meal and then danced into the night with music from local band Chumbucket. 

A silent auction was held with a fantastic range of gifts generously donated by supporters of project ranging from a laptop to VIP tickets at one of Peterbotough United football matches.

At the end of the evening it was announced that a total of £2,611 had been raised.......A fantastic result.


Pavilion Tea Dance raises money for Macmillan Cancer Support

On Sunday, 21st December Mike and Margaret Gledhill held an end of year charity tea dance party in the Hayward Hall. A total of £130.00 was raised which was donated to Macmillan Cancer Support; a splendid effort by all those involved.

Tea Dances are held at the Pavilion every third Sunday of the month throughout the year  2:00pm - 5:00pm. The cost is £5:00 inclusive of tea and cakes.

Click here to view the Macmillan Cancer Support acknowledgement and thank you letter


In 2012 a defibrillator was acquired for the Hemingford Peace Memorial Field using funds from the Community First Responders (CFR) and the  Hemingford Grey Open Gardens event. 

The Trustees have now approved the purchase of a cabinet which is heated and alarmed to allow the unit to be re-located from its inside location in the squash area to the front of the Pavilion. This will allow quicker access to the unit should the need arise and make it available to all users of the facility, at any time.

Training courses have been held to train staff and club representatives on the use of the equipment. However, it should be noted  that the defibrillator can also be used by untrained people as it talks the operator through the procedure and will not function if it detects that  its use is not appropriate for the person being treated.


Pavilion Lounge re-furbishment

This week we had our carpet fitters in to lay a new carpet in the Lounge Bar which is part of our continuing programme of Pavilion re-refurbishment.

Why not come along to our Family Sunday event from 2:00pm onwards and enjoy free films for the kids, free newspapers, live sport on the TV and a wide range of toys for the younger members of our community. Enjoy our range of hot drinks or a drink from the bar.

NEW Family Sundays at the Pavilion, starting TODAY

As a result of the success of our fortnightly free Sunday afternoon films for the children we are showing children's films every Sunday afternoon throughout the winter months.

Whilst the children are enjoying their film why not relax in the Pavilion lounge over a coffee or a drink from the bar. Free newspapers and a  range of toys for the little ones to play with  plus and live sports on the large screen TV's. so there is something for everyone

Come along to the Pavilion and enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon amongst friends and family.