August 1896

On Wednesday, a cricket match was played at Tudeley between teams selected by Mr John Young, of Tunbridge Wells and Mr Horace Young, of Tudeley. The visitors won by 27 runs, notwithstanding that the home team had the services of the Rev. G. L. Lachlan, the Vicar. 

At the conclusion of the match, an adjournment was made to the Carpenters' Arms, where host T. Bowles had provided one of his capital spreads. The Rev. Lachlan presided, supported by lnspector Greenwood, of Tunbridge Wells who captained the visitors.

The committee met a few days later for the squaring up of accounts when it found that no less than 1,600 coins had been collected, amounting in all to £11 7s. 1 3/4d (about £1,500 today) which was shared between three charities.

Such a result is most praiseworthy and whilst reflecting the very highest credit upon the inhabitants of Capel, Tudeley, Five Oak Green and the surrounding neighbourhood, it must also give cause for great gratification to the committee who so ably made the arrangements, including a parade with three bands.