The Lunch at Lords Event on the 28th of November was a huge success, with over £22,500 raised.

Below is our Chairman’s introduction and a summary. I hope you enjoyed the event, if you attended and thank you again for a year of support for our wonderful Trust.

Chairman’s Introduction – Ronald Paterson

Thank you all for being here today to support the Cricket Society Trust and our work with the MCC Foundation.  We could not do this without you.  I hope that you enjoyed the Exhibition of the Evolution of Women’s Cricket.  Before I hand over to Roger Dakin to continue today’s entertainment I just want to take 2 or 3 minutes to thank some of the people whose work has made today possible and to tell you a bit about the cause you have kindly come to Lord’s to help.

Ronald Patterson, Chairman

It is a great thrill to be here in the Long Room at Lord’s, one of the world’s great venues, with the President and Chair of MCC, Clare Connor and Bruce Carnegie-Brown – thank you both for allowing us to be here today and for joining us.   You will be hearing more from Clare later.  Thank you also to Sarah Fane, Director of the MCC Foundation, for making this event possible – you will also be hearing from Sarah later – and thanks to Daniel James and the rest of the MCC team for all your work in advance and today.  I must also say huge thanks to Izzy Duncan, President of the Cricket Society Trust, and my co-Trustees Geoff Hastings, Bill Allen and Jeff Barnes for all your work on this event.

Those of you who know me will know that cricket, the enjoyment of watching and playing and the friendships that come with cricket, have been a huge part of my life.  I have been very lucky in this respect.  I learned to play cricket when I was 5 and I have been playing cricket ever since.  I was educated at, or at least I went to, a school where cricket was a big deal and the importance of Lord’s and the MCC was relentlessly promoted by my first cricket master Jack Mendl who had played for the club on a tour of Canada in 1946 and did his shopping in Edinburgh on a Saturday in a full MCC touring blazer with a St George and the Dragon badge and egg and bacon piping. I was lucky enough to be taught both the skills of cricket and, equally important, how to play in a team and how you support the rest of your team. I was also incredibly lucky that my sister Jane was seemingly willing to spend hours bowling to me in our back garden. As a schoolboy I was sent to Easter coaching classes in the old sheds at the Nursery End here.  I first walked into this wonderful room as a member of MCC in 1976 during the England/West Indies Test Match and it is a great thrill to have one of the England players in that match, and a great hero of mine, David Steele, here today on Table 1. And 45 years later I am still playing cricket with my delightful team mates from the Cricket Society XI here on Table 8. 

Now the point of all of this, the point of today, is it was easy for me to become involved in cricket and everything that it has brought me; easy in the sense that I really just had to take advantage of the opportunities that were in front of me.  The Cricket Society Trust, which I became involved in under my wonderful predecessor as Chair, Alan Porter here on Table 1, and the late and much missed Ken Merchant and others, raises funds to support programmes which help young people who don’t have the same easy opportunities to learn and play cricket.  Throughout its entire life the Cricket Society Trust has supported the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation’s programme for special needs children. We also support the Fred Trueman Schools Cricket League, which Geoff Hastings will be happy to tell you more about.  Since 2018 we have supported the MCC Foundation’s training hub for state school girls at Felsted School, which provides professional coaching to talented female athletes from state schools, coaching them to attain high standards of play, encouraging them to join local cricket cubs and mentoring them in county and district squads.  I am sure Sarah will tell you more about that. We are raising funds today primarily to develop our partnership with the MCC Foundation in relation to training hubs for girls.  Thank you all for being here today and I hope that you are feeling generous.

Ronald Paterson

A summary of what the event achieved

  • The Cricket Society Trust in association with the MCC Foundation organised a luncheon on Sunday 28th November at Lords in the Long Room at Lords to celebrate Women’s cricket.
  • With a tour of the exhibition in the Museum followed by a reception, luncheon followed with opportunities to contribute to a raffle, silent auction and auction of a selection of donated items.
  • Roger Dakin was our host and auctioneer.
  • Sarah Fane OBE (Director of the Foundation) explained the work of the Foundation. 
  • The opportunity followed for attendees to join in a Q&A session led by Trust President Isabelle Duncan with Clare Connor CBE (MCC President) and Cordelia Griffith (MCC Foundation Ambassador).
  • The measure of the success of the event was the money raised – around £22,500 –  The profile of the CS Trust was enhanced and the publicity for the MCC Foundation and the contribution made from the event (£15,000) will see two further Foundation Hubs for girls in possibly Birmingham and Guildford.
  • Can I on behalf of the CS Trust trustees Izzy Duncan, Ronald Paterson, Geoff Hastings, Jeff Barnes and Bill Allen thank everyone who came and made the event such a success.