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1917: Where can Cuckfield children play?

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 03 July 1917


—This being National Baby Week, the Rev. S. MADDOCK preached a most interesting sermon in the Congregational Church on Sunday evening, heading it "The Wealth in the Cradle." Mr. Maddock drew attention to the lack of a playing field or a recreation ground for the children of Cuckfield. An American lady visiting England once asked, "Where do your children play?" She could ask the same question in Cuckfield.

Congregational Church Cuckfield c 2020

It is strange at least, in a town of the public spirit and wealth of Cuckfield, that while they had golf links they had no public cricket ground. Mothers in Cuckfield and Balcombe had said to him "The children are forbidden to play in the streets and they must not trespass in the fields." London boys were better provided for in the matter of cricket and other field games than several towns and villages in Mid - Sussex.



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