18th December 2014. The eighteenth contribution to the Village Advent Calendar Windows, at 12 Spinners Cottages.
More pictures on the next page.
In the 1960s, 12 Spinners Cottages was the home of Aubrey Belcher and family. Aubrey, seen at the door in the above picture, was a keen angler and the best village billiard player of his generation. In the picture below he can be seen top left with the rest of a championship winning Sulgrave team.
The other character outside 12 Spinners Cottages is Albert Cleaver, who lived a few doors away in the house now called “Greenfields”.
Albert’s work on the farm required strong muscles and he used these to good effect on the cricket field. In the fifties his exploits with the bat were legendary. The Sulgrave team of the period played in Madam’s Close. The outfield at that time was much the same as it is today and so aerial shots were the order of the day. In Albert’s case the ball frequently cleared not only the boundary but also both the hedge and Manor Road, landing on house roofs in Tow Rise! It was said that he either got a duck or scored in multiples of six.