Emancipation/Cupmatch walkabout in Sandys

Friends of Sandys welcome members of the public to share in an Emancipation “Cup Match” walkabout in Somerset. Two Sunday morning walks are planned for July 3 and July 17, with July 24 as a rain date in the event that there is inclement weather on one of the mornings.

The walks will begin at 8:00a.m. sharp at Springfield, Somerset, a Bermuda National Trust Property, and ought to be concluding by 10:00a.m. The group of Friends will remain available to answer questions at the conclusion of the walks.

 The route will include sites which tell stories of yesteryear…times pre-emancipation; the story of Emancipation Day and “Cup Match” observances from 1834 to 1947; the story of the Friendly Society in Somerset which was directly  involved in the creation of “Cup Match”; the story of the earliest years and locations of the Somerset Cricket Club; the story of the first “Cup Match” ; the story of the relationship between West End Primary School, the Somerset Cricket Club and “Cup Match”; and a few highlights of Somerset Cricket Club’s more recent “Cup Match” history, bringing us to the 120th anniversary of the Annual Cup Match Classic in 2022…July 28, 2022, Emancipation Day and July 29, 2022, Mary Prince Day.

Parking will be at the Warren Simmons Community Field. Please then walk to Springfield, just north of the Market Place on the eastern side of Somerset Road. All are asked to bring sufficient water for self-refreshment along the walking route.

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