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.

Hyde900 presents a season of concerts at St Bartholomew’s Church, Hyde.

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King Alfred statue, WinchesterHyde900 presents a weekend of events around the theme of Alfred the Great, jointly organised by Hyde900 and St Bartholomew’s Church.

Ruler of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex from AD871 to 899, Alfred subdued the invading Vikings and brought about a new era of learning, culture and law that built the foundations of our modern society. Having been buried in the New Minster in central Winchester for over 200 years, his remains were transferred to the newly-built Hyde Abbey in AD1110. October 26th 2015 marks the 1116th anniversary of his death.

Since 2012, Hyde900 has organised an annual weekend of events on subjects relating to King Alfred and Hyde.

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Welcome at the King Alfred statue

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.

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