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Shaka shaking a leg at Horsham Cricket & Sports Club

Horsham Cricket & Sports Club has appointed a seasoned professional – Chris (Shaka) Shambrook – as their new Bar Manager and a number of popular events at the club are developing. 46 year old Shaka is no stranger to Cricketfield Road, his 22nd season playing cricket for Horsham Thursday XI beckons and he told the District Post: “Sport is my passion and I enjoy a drink. So, working in a sports club bar is as good as it gets, it’s my ideal job. I even met my partner Sandy here!”

What is special about Horsham Cricket & Sports Club for Shaka? “The tradition and the first class facilities, hosting top cricket and the town’s hockey, tennis and squash clubs, who all play in competitive leagues and provide excellent coaching. We’ve got a gym upstairs here, ample free parking and our new function room is about to open. There’s an especially great atmosphere at the club when we show big matches like the home nations games on our big screen and we’re putting on a lot of music now. We have Fred Woods’ Big Band here on the first Wednesday of the month and regularly showcase the best local music on offer with top artistes. We also really enjoy hosting functions – its great to see the club full of people enjoying a family wedding celebration or other special occasion and we’re happy to lay on the catering.”

The club is also home to many other activities from Weightwatchers, Well Women, the French Circle, Pilates, to pool and darts leagues, business networking and Probus lunches, and monthly quizzes – with Shaka as Quizmaster.

During the cricket season there are games on both grounds, often simultaneously, featuring a full programme of Premier League fixtures and many other adult matches, including women’s games, a large number of  colt’s fixtures and representative matches. First time visitors to the club are frequently heard to say that they never realised how exceptionally pleasant the setting is, especially just a few minutes walk from the Carfax – and, what a walk, down the iconic Causeway, through the parish churchyard and across the river.

Shaka cut his teeth with a 21 year stint at Billingshurst’s Kings Arms. He has played cricket at Haywards Heath, Wisborough Green – and Billingshurst, where he took over as first team captain, a role subsequently inherited by Sandy’s son Ben Williams. Shaka’s son Dan captains Billingshurst’s thirds, so cricket is very much in the family blood and he sums up with: “The club’s a hidden gem! And, we’re open to non members – but members get a substantial discount at the bar. We’re expanding the opening hours of the kitchen and have just started putting on Saturday morning breakfasts. Also, apart from our many regular activities, we’ve got some special events coming up, for example the Beer Festival on St George’s weekend, a big cricket day on June 21, when Sussex will be playing two competitive T20 matches as part of Chris Nash’s testimonial, and the Music Festival on June 24. And, of course, our annual fireworks and fairground extravaganza on October 27 – which entertains 5,000 visitors to the club”

It’s all systems go at Horsham Cricket & Sports Club and the friendly office will be pleased to answer membership and room hire and catering enquiries – Horsham 254628 – www.horshamsportsclub.com

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