At the heart of every village is its green, and Soddenham is no different in this respect. The green is a pleasant space to enjoy the fresh air and plays host to many village events throughout the year, and is the home of the local sport ‘cricketball’ which has been played here every summer since its inception in 1933. This complex and unique game of strategy is played by three teams of four, all smartly attired in identical crisp, pressed whites, with each player designated a distinct role in the game.
The rules are somewhat complex, but involve all three teams trying to kick a single, lead-filled cricket ball into a single football net, whilst attempting to distract and demoralise each other in a variety of cunning ways. Very much a spectator sport (invented in response to the dullness of regular cricket) tens of people congregate around the green on match days. It has been speculated upon that J.K. Rowling hatched her idea for ‘Quiddich’ from the game, as it is thought that she may have visited the area as a child.
The green is also the setting for the start of the ‘Oppen Eve’ festivities (featured separately) and other local events, each requiring a specific decorations and constructions, which makes it an ever-changing scene throughout the year.