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Horses and Brushes
Wednesday 24th June 2020
Last Monday (22nd June) while power hosing the front of the pavilion, I kept an eye on the cutting of the grass on the outfield and reminised on days gone by and the variety of machinery used over the years, the groundsmen who laboured away with frequent difficulties using their often outdated equipment.
This was a magnificent machine ably controlled by a young man I'd never spoken to before but knew his name 'from the grapevine'.
I stopped him right in front of where the old original pavilion had been and he turned the engine off and we chatted for a while, he enthusiastically about his cutter and its rollers and brushes and me lost in the significance of horse power and brushes of a different stroke.
I knew his name was Curtis Glover and I told him that I knew his father Stuart and his uncle Richard, who had played at The Green.
I think that he was 'taken aback' when I told him that his grandfather Stanley was a fine cricketer in the 50s and demonstrated Stanley going out to bat with both batting gloves in his left hand and the 'fag' in his right thrown back to the pavilion steps as he progressed.
I pointed to the flagpole and told him that I had a photo of his grandfather painting the pole in 1957. Stanley was an excellent Painter and Decorator by trade.
Stanley in action 1957
The brushes on the machine fulfil an important roll and the roller patterned the ground beautifully and as for horse power...