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Quorn Cricket Club - Tea Room for Pavilion 1934

Loughborough Echo - 31st August 1934

Some few years ago the field known as Cave's Close, and which had been long used by the Quorn Cricket Club, came on to the market for building purposes. It was then bought by the late Mr George Farnham and given to the village as a cricket field and was vested in the Rawlins Charity Trustees.

Having a field of their own, the club soon set about to build a pavilion to replace the shed that had done duty in that capacity. Soon after the pavilion was completed a large sum was spent in restoring the pitch, and a great improvement made. It then became apparent that one thing was lacking, viz. a better means of entertaining visiting teams.

Thanks to the generosity of Mrs Farnham, of Quorn House, this has now been provided, and a handsome tea room, with lavatory accommodation, was open by that lady on Saturday afternoon in the presence of a large number of people.

Mr J J Stirling, chairman of the Urban District Council, presided, supported by Mr J A Hartopp, vice-president of the club; Messrs D H Bream, captain; F K Bream, hon. secretary; E W Parkinson, architect; and Mr H Facer, builder.

The Chairman extended a welcome to the company who were met together under such favourable circumstances, not the least of which was the presence among them of the lady who had provided the tearoom. The field where they met was associated with the late Mr Farnham, and the young men of the village were indebted to him for it. "Indeed I might say the young women as well," continued the speaker, "for I understand that they also are showing a desire to be initiated into the mysteries of the ritualism of cricket. (Laughter). In conclusion, I cannot do better than quote the well-known text with reference to Mrs Farnham, "Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.'"

Mr Parkinson then presented Mrs Farnham with a gold key and requested her to open the tea room. Having done so, Mrs Farnham expressed her regret that her daughter Miss Farnham, was unable to be present owing to indisposition. She had sent her best wishes and had contributed financially to the building. Cricket was essential for bringing together all classes and all countries, and she herself had played it in days gone by. The club owned much to Mr Frank Bream, its secretary, and the thanks of all present were due to him, also to the architect and builder.

Votes of thanks to Mrs Farnham were proposed by Mr Hartopp and Mr D H Bream, and the tea room was inspected by the company, most of who remained to put it to practical use while the club proceeded to win a victory over Bardon Hill.

It is safe to say that not many country clubs are so well equipped as Quorn now is. They have worked hard to help themselves, and thanks to their own endeavours and those of their friends should have a long and successful career.

The caption to the photograph reads "Mrs Farnham receiving a gold key from the architect (Mr Parkinson). The group comprises: Mrs Farnham, Mr J A Hartopp, Mr H Facer, jun., Mr J J Stirling, Mr E W Parkinson, Mr D H Bream (capt.) and Mr F K Bream (hon. secretary)


   
 Submitted on: 2011-02-16
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1201

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