There was a sizzle and a sting in the air at the annual charity cricket match and barbecue between The Beehive pub and White Waltham Cricket Club.
The pub, which is run by Dom Chapman, former head chef at the Michelin-starred Royal Oak at Paley Street, continued its tradition of taking on its neighbours on the other side of Waltham Road to raise money for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice yesterday (Sunday).
Despite a lower order collapse that saw the gastro-pub side lose by 30 runs, there were smiles all round as the weather held long enough to finish the game, which was expected to have raised at least £300.
Speaking at the event, Chapman said: “It’s really fun, that’s the number one reason for it, but it also does a bit for charity and it’s a great way to get families from the village into the pub.
“There’s lots going on here, everyone’s having fun, we’ve got sport, we’ve got a hog roast and we’ve got live music.
“On a summer’s day, what better way to have a celebration?
“And it’s important for the village too, to have these sorts of events – it really brings the community together.”
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