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The Harold Dinnis Memorial Bench

Posted on 16th May in Announcements

Many of you will have seen the elegant oak bench that now adorns the western perimeter of the Cricket Ground. We are very grateful to John and the Dinnis Family for their kind gift, which is dedicated to John’s father Harold. The bench was hand-carved by John from a tree that blew down in the 1987 hurricane.

Here is a little of Harold’s background and association with Shoreham CC:

Harold was a very capable cricketer serving the Shoreham and Otford Casuals Cricket clubs with distinction. He was a wicket-keeper and batsman and captained Shoreham. Our President Peter Walker remembers one occasion where the opposition were asked to continue batting after tea to enable Harold to score 50, a milestone that was clearly cherished in those days!!

During the 2nd World War farming was a protected occupation and Harold was able to continue playing cricket with the Home Guard, and luckily for the cricket club, he was on hand at the end of the war to lead the reinstatement of the ground following bomb damage.

In his later life Harold liked nothing more than seeing John perform his ‘miracles’ with bat and ball, and of course making the odd tongue-in-cheek comment about the quality of his fielding.

Our picture below, taken last week at the cricket ground, features the next generation of Dinnis cricketers – George, Hattie, Rosie and Issie.

The initial inspiration for the bench came from Jamie Bromfield, who it is reported, had difficulty in walking round the ground without a mid-point resting spot. Thank you Jamie for your idea, and we look forward to seeing you shortly on completion of your university year. We hope you will enjoy the rest!!

Martin Wells
May 2007