Sunday, 20 June 2021

Hog roast leaves neighbours fuming

A COUPLE have complained about a hog roast being left yards from their back garden two days after a cricket club fun day.

James and Jennifer McLean, who live next to the cricket pitch behind The Hamlet in Gallowstree Common, were shocked to find the roast still smoking on the other side of their garden fence on bank holiday Monday.

The leftover meat and a wheelbarrow full of coal were still there the following morning — two days after Kidmore End Cricket Club’s fun day.

Mrs McLean, 64, said she was worried it would attract rats and foxes to the area, which is used by dog walkers.

She said: “There was a fun day on the Sunday — great, we have no problem with that — but we woke up on the Monday morning and couldn’t believe that they had left the hog there. People come on to the land to walk their dogs and let them off their lead and they wouldn’t realise that this had been left around the corner.”

Mr and Mrs McLean, who are both retired, have lived in the village for about 20 years and have three sons who all played for the club. Mr McLean is also a former member.

Mrs McLean said: “This field was given to the local people and the parish council looks after it. I would just like them to leave it neat and tidy. The cricket pitches in Greys Green and Henley are spotless and the cricketers seem to take a pride in their grounds.”

Club chairman John Sheldon said it had not been possible to move the hog roast any earlier because of the time it took to cool down and the heavy rain on the Monday.

He said: “We have a hog roast every year and you can’t move the thing at night because it’s still red hot. It rained buckets on the Monday so we moved it on the Tuesday morning.

“We had a really smashing day. Everybody enjoyed it and we had lots of kids there. We have never had any complaints before. I hope we didn’t cause any problems and it was moved as soon as it was possible.”

Last year, the McLeans complained about the view from their back garden blocked by the cricket club’s sight screens.

They wrote to Kidmore End Parish Council after five 16ft screens were left in a row at the bottom of their garden.

The club said they had been left there because it was the only flat piece of ground.

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