November & Bumper December Lowerhouse Draw

November 100 Club Draw:

£100 110 Cameron Smith

£60 20 Cathy Bullock

£50 115 Sue Walker

£30 45 Rachel Beneduce

£25 130 Chris Moorhouse

£20 55 Matt Stansfield

£15 78 Henry Bithell

December Bumper Christmas 100 Club Draw:

£130 35 Joe Beneduce

£100 10 Paul Shufflebottom

£80 65 Maggie Hope

£60 52 Edward Basnett

£50 128 Donnie Doran

£35 51 Scott Harrison

£25 119 Neil McSweeney

£20 86 Maureen Scaife

Annual Christmas Drink

The annual ‘Christmas Drink’ takes place at the club on the 29th December, from 12 noon. All the usual fun and frolics, everyone is welcome.

Stans Chairmans Column


The club has received a donation from Ray Bradley to cover the costs of the posters for the LCB final. Thanks very much Raymond for your continued support.

Following on from the heavy treatment from a muddy bonfire night, supporter Paul Grace has given the clubroom carpet a professional clean via his company Burnley Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning 07976208694. We are grateful to Paul and are more than happy to recommend his services.


Thanks to all those who gave up their night to unpack and assemble the new furniture. Highlight of the evening was when Jim Heaton was shown the sample for the new carpet and when asked what he thought of it replied “It doesn’t look big enough”.

Former junior and second eleven cricketer John “Willie“ Wilkinson was at Joe Waterworth’s funeral and kindly donated a copy of the 1914 Club Bazaar programme for the Heritage Collection. The programme contained as history of the club which has been reproduced on this website previously by Anne Cochrane.

Hoping that this may be a portent for next season, we reproduce the scorecard from a friendly against Rochdale. You can see the PDF here

A jaw-dropping revelation from the funeral was the discovery that Clifford Atherton was a former organist at Habergham Church. Clifford apparently had to curtail his career when the vicar objected to him playing in the somewhat flamboyant style of Johan Strauss.

Brewery Trip

The club have been afforded the benefit of a trip to JW Lees Brewery next Tuesday December 19th. It is proposed to travel to the brewery around 6.15 to arrive for 7pm. Although there will be a charge for the coach; the food and drink will be laid on by the brewery. Places are strictly limited and we would ask that only club member/supporters who use the club bar apply for a place as this is a sampling trip.

Requests to attend should be texted to Stan Heaton on 07941439741 ASAP please.

Bonfire Foodbank Collection Total!

We are delighted that last night we were able to hand over a cheque for £365 to Spacious Place Engage following the food bank collection at the club bonfire!

SPE said: Huge thanks to all the Lowerhouse Cricket Club bonfire attendees for this generous donation. The money will be used straight away and over the Christmas period, as we help and support families in the local area. A great start to our sponsorship season. #community

Hannahs’ 21st Party

One for your diary.

Message from Hannahs’ parents, Hils & Keith.

Hannah Till is having a belated 21st party at the club on Saturday 6th January. 7.30pm until late. Live band & potato pie supper with all the trimmings. We’d love for you to join Hannah and give her a good send off before she heads back to the States.

New Twenty20 kit!

We are pleased to be able to unveil or new Twenty20 kit. This year, the kit is yellow with a traditional red badge. (It used to be red!)

The kit is Nike as opposed to our Adidas kit of last year. Sponsors SPE Furnishings on the front and Opening Up Cricket on the sleeve. It also has The Harry Brooks Foundation on the back.

The kit is available to fans and juniors, get in contact on social media if you are interested.

Joe Halstead loved so much modelling the kit last year, we’ve got Lowerhouses’ Next Top Model to once again flex his muscles and show it in person.

Joe Waterworth – Funeral Details

Joe Waterworth’s funeral will be held at Saint Johns Church, Padiham on Thursday at noon. It will be a Requiem Mass followed by burial with a reception in the church hall.

The family would be pleased to see club members.

Opening Up Session at Rammy

We support Opening Up the charity that Promotes Mental Wellbeing & Suicide Prevention Through Cricket.

Ramsbottom Cricket Club are hosting a session which will be focused on mental health from a coaches perspective, specifically how to promote positive mental health within teams and how to work with players experiencing mental health problems/mental illness. It is suitable for coaches of all age groups and will provide some really good learning to help the club.

What it entails:

A practical and interactive session focused on two aspects of mental health awareness in the session

  1. Dealing with mental illness
  2. Promotion of positive mental health in cricket

To do this, the following topics are explored

  • Defining mental health
  • The importance to cricket
  • How to challenge the stigma of mental illness
  • How to spot the signs of declining mental health
  • How to have appropriate conversations
  • Where to signpost players to for specialist help
  • The coaches role in promoting wellbeing
  • How to promote mental health positively
  • Developing a plan for coaches to embed wellbeing into their work

The session lasts approximately 90 minutes and is delivered free of charge to groups thanks to National Lottery Funding. This workshop is cricket specific and suitable for all coaches, captains or leaders in clubs.

Anyone interested, more information here

Liberty wins Player of the Year

Liberty Heap has scooped the under 13s player of the year at the LCB 2017 Awards evening tonight!

Below is Liberty with her awards and Lancashire opener Haseeb Hameed.

1978 – Joe Waterworth – In Picture

Further to Stan’s tribute to Joe and his generation, we know from our records that there were Waterworths involved in the club pre-World War 1 and for many years afterwards, so presumably Joe was from the same family.</>

Anne Cochrane thought it might be nice to add a photo of Joe, and the attached is a good one, from Burnley Express, Lowerhouse awards night, February 1978

Left-Right: J. Waterworth (Secretary), A. Holden, N. Hodgson, S. Gee, M. Whitehead, J. Hayes (vice-chairman), M. Jones, R. Bromley.

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Friendly update

The Second/Third team will play Woodbank in the reverse fixture of the First team on the 14th April at Home

Sad news – Joe Waterworth Obituary

We are saddened to announce the passing of former club stalwart and secretary, Joe Waterworth.

Joe was well into his 90s and had been a resident at Eaves Hall of late.

Joe was prominent in the sixties, seventies and eighties and one of the dedicated committee who strove to keep the club alive during those times.

My memories of Joe are of a highly intelligent man who had an amazing memory and was very witty. He cared passionately about the club and was very pleased and proud about our rise from the depths. I often used to ring Joe about old players when relatives contacted us about them. He had no difficulty in detailing players from the 40s and 50s such was his memory.

He had a collection of amusing anecdotes which he used to manage to insert into his addresses at the club AGM to everyone’s delight. Joe enjoyed a vigorous discussion in the clubroom on any given subject and having won the argument would often refer to his opponents loss as a “collapse of a stout party”. The phrase still makes me chuckle.

The club are honoured to have been asked to host Joe’s funeral reception and details will be announced in due course.

We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Joe’s family.

Pre-season Friendlies

We are please to announce the line up for the 2018 first eleven pre-season friendlies. They are as follows:

30th March (Good Friday) Twenty20 vs @OpeningUpCC XI. (More details soon) at home

7th April vs Rainhill Cricket Club at home

8th April vs St Annes Cricket Club away

14th April vs Woodbank Cricket Club at home

2nd team friendlies to follow.

Pat Heaton’s funeral details

Pat Heaton’s funeral details are as follows;

Monday 20th November

Funeral cortege will leave Jim’s house at 09.30 for service at St. Mary’s Church at 10am. Committal will be at 11am at Burnley Crematorium.

A reception will be held at St. Mary’s Church Hall afterwards.

Once again we send our deepest sympathy to Jim and family.

The Curson Leaving Party – THIS FRIDAY!

For those that don’t know “The Park End Crisp Connoisseur”  Gary Curson (& family) are moving to Cornwall 😩

Gary, Nic and family have been great volunteers at the club, helping with can bars and the gate and we will be very said to see them go (but they are now fully fledged members of the “Far Away Members Club”)

They are having a leaving do at the club this Friday from 7.30pm, all are welcome!

Stans Chairmans Column


Some missing results and end of season League positions to complete the season

LHCC U15 Barracudas 102 – 7            Nelson u15 (8s) 62-6

Yousaf Nadeem 28                                Yousaf Nadeem 4-1

Kheiro Chir 24

LHCC U13 Lions 337 – 2                            Rawtenstall u13 188-10

Keagan de Vries 36*                                            Joel Sharpe 2-7

Rory Cormack 20*                                              Aden Aurangzeb 2-9

Dec Metcalfe 17*                                                Henri Cottam 2-14

Joel Sharpe 16*

Aden Aurangzeb 15*

Kerry Gibbins 14

LHCC U13 Lions 254 – 5                                 Salesbury u13 197-10

Liberty Heap 26*                                              Oliver Spendlove 2-8

Aden Aurangzeb 14                                           Phoebe Johnstone 2-10

Oliver Williams 13*                                          Nathan Porter 2-14

Euxton u13 248- 5                                           LHCC u13 Lions 273-1

Dec Metcalfe 2-5                                                   Aden Aurangzeb 17*

Church u13 220- 7                                                  LHCC u13 Tigers 252- 4

George Durkin 26*

Henri Cottam 20

Annabelle Uttley 14

Keir Greenwood 13

LHCC u13 Tigers 252- 5                                       Burnley u13 (2) 240-2

Oliver Spendlove 25

Phoebe Johnstone 19*

George Durkin 17

Rory Cormack 14*

Kier Greenwood 12

Great Harwood u13 324 – 2                               LHCC u13 Tigers 282-4

Thomas Yorke-Robinson 23

Grace Johnson 15*

Joel Sharpe 13

Sam Hancock 12*

LHCC u13 Tigers 261- 3                                  Rishton u13 261-3 (Tie)

Oliver Spendlove 15*

Oliver Williams 15*

Kerry Gibbins 10

Burnley u11 (2) 210-7                                 LHCC u11 Cubs 240-5

George Everitt McVay 2-5                          Marcus Niell 13*

End of season placings

U9 (1) Fagan and Whalley Hornets – Runners up Division 1 and LJL U9 Cup winners

U9 (2) – Fagan and Whalley Bees – 3rd Division 3

U11 (1) – Molly Rigby Bears – 3rd Division 1 and LCB Cup Finalists (pending outcome)

U11 (2) – Cubs – 6th division 2

U13 Full – A1 Motorstore Panthers – Runners Up Division 1, LJL Joint Cup Winners and LCB Cup Semi Finalists

U13 (1) – Lions – Champions Division 1

U13 (2) – Tigers – Runners Up Division 2

U13 (3) – Cougars – 4th Division 2

U15 (1) – Sharks – 5th Division 1 and LJL Cup Semi – Finalists

U15 (2) – Dolphins – Runners Up Division 2

U15 (3) – Barracudas – Champions 8 a side division

U17 Xercise4Less – Champions Division 1

As can be seen from the placings we have had another successful season.

3 championships, 4 runners up, 2 cup winners, 1 pending finalists and 2 cup semi finalists

Most people will know that we do not measure success simply in terms of league position. Neither do we always select the strongest team and certainly don’t simply use the strongest players in the match. We feel it is important to share participation throughout the squads as much a possible whilst operating within a framework that will give us a good chance of winning the game .The development of the children as cricketers and indeed as individuals in terms of confidence aspirations and fulfilment is far more important.

I would like to thank all junior players, particularly the new ones who have immersed themselves into the club. It is always comforting to see how well new parents and new players fit in seamlessly. There were no discipline issues during the season and our sportsmanship throughout the teams was a credit to the children, their families and the coaches and managers.

I would also like to thank those very coaches and managers who gave up their time week in, week out and in some case every night, to provide our cricket programme.

A special mention must go to our website administrator Adam Hope for his invaluable work in publicising and logging all our junior results and activity.

Finally I would like to thank our President Harry for his investment into the Brooks Foundation which is the umbrella for all our junior activities, and to the committee, tea room and bar staff who also make the whole experience possible.

Our presentation night this season will be held over for the next few weeks and maybe into the New Year. There are a number of reasons for this but I am sure that it will not detract from what is always a very well attended evening.


I have been overwhelmed by the help that has been forthcoming in putting the square to bed. Special thanks to Keith Fairclough, Tony and Caleb Greenhalgh, Eric Haworth, Derek Morris, Lucas Niell and Dave Waddington for their days sheer hard graft. Derek and Lucas have also been repairing the nets with the outdoor storeroom now having waterproof roofing

Many thanks also to Craig Marsden for his electrical work ahead of the Bonfire

Thanks to all those spectators and players who helped with the stacking of the bonfire, stewarding, providing services and tidying up afterwards. What a tremendous team effort.


Ben Woodall has left the club to join Brother Jamie at Read. It is always a wrench when juniors and parents leave the club and Ben has been with us since he was smaller than the wickets. Nevertheless this is a good move for Ben and we wish him every success.  Similarly to parents Chris and Vanessa who have been the ideal supportive parents.

Presentation Night

For a number of reasons , the junior and senior presentation will not take place until the New Year. Date to be confirmed


The club has received donations from Neil Whalley (junior donation) and

Graham Martin (scorebox maintenance). We thank both for their generosity and Rishton Glass likewise for the fitting of new windows in the clubroom, West End Room and scorebox – see below

From Cricket Field To Battle Field and back again – a long hard road

When you remember the fallen on Remembrance Day, spare a thought also for the survivors and the horrors they faced and had to live with for the rest of their lives.

In the summer of 1914, Robert Hammond was just a young man, in his early twenties. Together with his older brother Harold, he was a dedicated member of the congregation at St. John the Baptist, Gannow, and obviously enjoyed the social life of the Church, singing in concerts and in their comic musical “Cupid and the Ogre”.

After several seasons playing cricket for St. John’s, in 1913 he started playing for Lowerhouse, mostly in the 2nd XI. He helped to organise the hugely successful Bazaar in April 1914.  Then came the outbreak of war in August 1914.

When in November 1914 a popular local doctor, Captain, later Lieutenant Colonel Callam of the Royal Army Medical Corps appealed for about 200 local recruits to form the new 2nd (Reserve) East Lancashire Field Ambulance Robert Hammond was one of those who responded.  The winter was spent in Southport, where Robert probably joined in the popular concerts which the unit staged under the leadership of Harry Dent, a well-known Burnley musician. In spring 1915 they were sent for final training, and then to Sussex, where in July 1915 they were informed that some of the unit were to be sent abroad. As all were keen, the lucky 70, Robert Hammond among them, were chosen by ballot, and on 30th July 1915, they   embarked from Devonport on the “Royal Edward” heading for the battlefields of Gallipoli. Harry Dent and those of his concert party who were on board, sang lustily as they sailed away.  The “Royal Edward” sailed via Malta and Alexandria and on 11th August set sail for the Island of Lemnos for trans-shipment to Gallipoli carrying a total of about 1600 officers, men and crew,.

On the morning of Friday 13th August 1915 “Royal Edward” received a direct hit from a German submarine torpedo and sank within six minutes.

One of the first rescue vessels to arrive was the British hospital ship “Soudan” which fortunately picked up more than 400 survivors.  With the help of various other vessels, eventually a total of 600 men were rescued, some having spent 6 hours in the water.

News of the disaster reached Burnley, but details of survivors and casualties were painfully slow to arrive. However, as men reached safety they wrote home, and it was eventually confirmed that 36 men of the East Lancs. Field Ambulance had perished, along with two Burnley men from other regiments. The choirmaster Harry Dent was one of those lost.  Robert Hammond of St. John’s Gannow and Lowerhouse C.C did survive.

However, once that ordeal was over, and assuming he was re-united with the 2nd/2nd ELFA he and his pals will have experienced the hell of France and then the Somme in 1917 and 1918.  “The 2nd/2nd East Lancashire Ambulance were involved in all the 66th Division’s actions and although not involved in the fighting were involved in the Front Line collecting wounded and taking them for evacuation “down the line” via regimental aid stations and Casualty Clearing Stations to Base Hospitals.” **

According to club records, Robert was back playing for Lowerhouse 2nds in 1921, and also played a few games in 1922, but his Lowerhouse playing days seem to have ended there.   Let’s hope he then had a long and happy life.

Anne Cochrane 9 11 2017

**Grateful Acknowledgement:

Having only recently come across  old newspaper reports of the Royal Edward disaster, about which I knew nothing, I bought a copy  via  the British Legion of  “Burnley and the Royal Edward Disaster, The Story of Callam’s Own”,  by Dennis Otter and Andrew Mackay. My thanks to Andrew for his help.  This contains every possible detail about the event, including contemporary accounts, photographs, casualty lists etc. and is a superb resource.  It forms the basis for this brief summary, all errors are however my own.

Sad news – Obituary

Lowerhouse CC are saddened to hear of the passing of Pat Heaton, the wife of club coach, manager and cricket stalwart Jim Heaton.

Pat died suddenly today.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to Jim and son Anthony, Jim and Pat’s grand children, and all the family.

Vandalism Update – Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse…

We have again been visited by vandals. This time, we can pin it down to after 5.30pm and we believe them to be 3 of them around 13 years old. As well as footballing on the grass, this time over near the clubhouse lighting, they have caused further damage to the square.

It clearly isn’t a one off so If anyone is passing the ground early evening could they just have a drive round please.

Bonfire weekend ends on a low…

Sadly a fabulous weekend for the club ends on a low, the square at Lowerhouse CC suffered considerable damage yesterday, Sunday 5/11/17

Please contact Stan 07941439741 if you have any information which will assist us in identifying individuals who set up and played football on our square.

2017 Bonfire and Fireworks video!

Thanks to everyone who attended last night. Without doubt our biggest, your towns best bonfire & fireworks display again kindly sponsored by Alert Fire & Security. We had a lot more people on the ground, than were on Ewood yesterday.

Our magnificent volunteers are rewarded annually by your community support thank you all. Winter well see you in the spring. Thanks also, to those who donated towards the Foodbank with out partners Spacious Place Engage #SeanDycheisgoingnowhere #UTC

Here’s the full video of the fireworks: