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Handcross Stoolball team 1929
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Handcross Stoolball team 1929

The Handcross stoolball team are smartly dressed in this picture from August 1929.
Standing from the left are Vi Johnson (née Boniface), Ethel Jeffery (Slaugham), Cicely Weller, Edie Blaby?, Lily Jakes, Winnie Greenfield (née Faukner), Kath Owen?, Unknown.
Seated are Nellie Stoner (née Newman)?, Betty Mitchell, Kitty Leppard, Hepsy Brown (née Doggett).
Cath Owen died in about 2008, aged 100.
There are several queries; please can anyone help with identifications.
Picture added on 15 November 2012 at 17:53
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I think Hepsy Brown was my great-aunt.
My grandmother's maiden name was Doggett and my grandad's name was Brown and Hepsy married my grandad's brother.
Very confusing!
Added by Helen Paisley on 24 July 2013
Confusing indeed! Two sisters, Hepsy and Constance Doggett, married two brothers, Arthur and Peter Brown in 1937 and 1943 respectively.
Constance and Peter went on to have eight children, and one of those must be your father or mother.
Added by Barry Ray on 25 July 2013
Oh my god!
Yes, Constance and Peter are and were my grandparents. Constance died in 1997 but my grandad is still with us.
So Barry how do you know the family?
Added by Helen Paisley on 25 July 2013
I certainly knew Arthur Brown and Hepsy Brown (née Doggett) very well. Even though they lived at Three Bridges their social life centred on Handcross. Both were keen on sport, being golf and stoolball, and their son, Jim, carried on this tradition by playing cricket and football for Handcross, and also golf in later years.
Jim, who passed away quite recently, and his wife, Pam, had one child, Karen, who lives with her husband in Brighton Road, Handcross. You and Karen are of the same generation, sharing the same great-grandparents and are therefore second cousins.
Added by Barry Ray on 27 July 2013
Yes, it is my mum Nellie Stoner (née Newman).
I also played for Handcross from 1948 to 1958.

Added by Audrey Mitchell (née Stoner) on 26 September 2013
I have found this story told by my father, Roger Ray, many years ago.
He writes:- My account of Handcross cricket club being all out for one run evidently stirred the memory of Winnie Greenfield because she rang me and reminded me of the time when the lady stoolballers suffered the same fate. The year was 1927 and they were playing Lower Beeding who went on to score 100 runs after dismissing Handcross for one run. They had the cheek to say it was good bowling practice for Handcross!
It was the year that Handcross won the league too.
Added by Barry Ray on 24 April 2014
I think that my grandmother, Mrs Lily Jakes, still holds the world record for batting and bowling when she played for Sussex. I still have her stoolball bat.
What a special lady!
Added by Christine Donnelly (née Atkinson) on 23 December 2015
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