Welcome to Hyde900
Hyde900 is a community project in Winchester, Hampshire, to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the founding of Hyde Abbey. For more details see the "What is Hyde900?" page.
Sunday morning 19th July saw the largest ever number of cyclists leaving the King Alfred statue in Wantage following a warm send off by the Mayor, Cllr St John Dickson, and a loud “Oyez! Oyez!”, and ring of his bell by the Town Crier.
The riders enjoyed the dry and sunny conditions, though were less pleased with the strong head winds, as they made their way first west, then south along the excellent route through the beautiful countryside of rural Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire, before entering Winchester from Kings Worthy via Hyde. Read more…
The first Hyde900 cricket competition, a pairs event on 28th June, saw Ben Robbins of the King Alfred Pub and Graham Barrett of Monks Road triumph with a score of 50 after 70 runs and 2 outs.
Start of play on the North Walls Recreation Ground pitch was delayed slightly by morning rain but brisk competition was soon underway between batsman pairs drawn from the renowned Scrummagers Team, and King Alfred Pub Eleven. A tense finish saw Ben and Graham grasp victory in the final innings.
Post-match refreshments were enjoyed courtesy of the King Alfred Pub, and Ben and Graham shared their winners’ prize, a barrel of Saxon Bronze from Alfred’s Brewery Winchester, with fellow cricketers and spectators.
Chair of Hyde900, Steve Marper said “We are glad to have added another sporting event to our repertoire, alongside the long standing Wantage to Winchester Cycle Ride which takes place on July 19th this year. For the future, we hope to maybe join with organisers of the King Alfred Trophy match first played at last year’s Grand Day Out, and hold a single, and perhaps larger Hyde event”.
Hyde900 would like to thank the King Alfred Pub, and Alfred’s Brewery Winchester, for support in staging this event.
“My aim is to make stones interesting!” said David Spurling to a packed Hyde Parish Hall in late April. A tough challenge, you might think? But not really. David, who lives in Headbourne Worthy, is passionate about the stones from Hyde Abbey. He hunts them down with the true spirit of the adventurer, climbing ladders, peering into foundations and getting his hands dirty in rescuing them from the bowels of skips.
W2W Cycle Ride, 10am, Sunday 19th July
Now in its 8th year, the W2W is a 53-mile cycle ride from Wantage in Oxfordshire to Winchester in Hampshire, starting in the birthplace of King Alfred the Great and finishing at his final resting place.
Along the way, you travel along quiet country lanes along the Vale of the White Horse, over the Marlborough Downs, across the Thames valley and over the North Hampshire Downs, then enjoy miles of easy cycling through the sleepy villages of the Bourne valley.
The ride is non-competitive. We provide directions, signs and marshals to keep you on track and refreshments en route and at the end. Entry is £7 for Hyde900 members or £10 for non-members.