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Stoolball at the Weald & Downland Museum, 6-7 May

Friday 7 April 2017, 8.21pm

On 6 and 7 May we’ll be at the Weald & Downland Museum letting people try stoolball at their Games Weekend. Come along, and bring your friends and family. We’d love to hear from volunteers too: help us for an hour or two, and you’ll get free entry into the museum as well as helping our wonderful game to flourish.

Stoolball at the Weald and Downland Museum

Stoolball at the Weald & Downland Museum

You’ll also be able to try your hand at cricket, and there will also be images on display of craft skills from Gray-Nicolls, makers of cricket and stoolball bats since 1855.

Did you know that 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the first writing-down of the rules of stoolball? This took place in Glynde (East Sussex) in 1867 by the Rev De St Croix, vicar of Glynde. De St Croix’s daughters all played stoolball with the ladies of the ‘big house’ Glynde Place and the women/girls of the village, and being a true Victorian man, he felt the rules should be formalised.  2016 was the 150th anniversary of the first officially recorded stoolball match in the same village between the Glynde Butterflies and the Firle Blues.

Take a look at the Weald & Downland website for a full schedule for the weekend.