Rye Cricket Club celebrates 260th season

Rye Pottery's The Rye Cricketer - The Bowler James Lillywhite

The Rye Cricketer – The Bowler James Lillywhite

Rye Pottery is delighted to share in the 260th year celebrations for Rye Cricket Club.  There’s a whole season of events, not least the First Team hosting a special match against the LASHINGS WORLD XI on May 26th at 2.30pm on the Rye Cricket Salts.

We are very pleased that one of the prizes at this important fixture will be the presentation of a Rye Pottery Cricketer – The Rye Bowler – James William Lillywhite. As aficionados will know, he not only played for Sussex and England but Rye as well. Hence the fact that we paint him wearing the Rye Club colours!  He was also one of the founders of the famous Lillywhites Sports store in Piccadilly.

The figure will be presented to the Man of the Match – but will it be a big-hitting former superstar or a local Rye hero?!

The internationally renowned LASHINGS XI  always produce a very entertaining and exciting day’s cricket. The Harlem Globetrotter’s of the cricket world are picked from a squad of past & present greats – expect to see a host of star names including West Indian legend Gordon Greenidge plus Phil Defreitas, John Embury, John Lever, Saqlain Mushtaq and Yasir Arafat amongst others.

With a hosted lunch event in a marquee from 11.30 and live music after the game this promises to be a day not to miss.

If you are coming to see us in Rye, why not double up and catch some top class cricket too? Play starts at 2.30.

To find out more please contact Club secretary Martin Blincow or follow the links www.ryecc.play-cricket.com  & www.lashings.co.uk

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November and no Downton Abbey to watch!

So the third Downton Abbey series has finished, what are we all to do I wonder, on dark winter Sunday evenings?  At Rye Pottery we are busy planning all the changes involved in the next Cole generation of Joshua and Tabitha taking over from Tarquin and me.

There will be lots of changes with all their new ideas and energy, but I am very pleased that they still want to go on making the lovely Neal French Country House figures, which fit so well with the Downton Abbey lifestyle.

Elegant and stylish the Rye Golfers, Gardeners and Cook all blend into the Downton story, perhaps in the next series they will even employ a Male Chef rather like our Escoffier Chef!  I was pleased to realise that we already have 2 Rye Cricketers for the anuual Downton versus the village match, though our Batsman and Bowler are from a rather earlier cricketing period they make quite a good match for Mr Carson in his whites I felt!

The Rye Bowler: James Lillywhite  played for Sussex and England, and also had a few games for Rye, before retiring and helping his family found the famous Lillywhites sportswear shop in Piccadilly.

Biddy Cole

Presents for Downton Abbey fans

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