On Monday 13th September, at the Northampton County cricket ground Geoff Hastings, a retired Stamford hotel owner, was awarded a “Grassroots Cricket Award” by Cricket East, (a local arm of the ECB); a further thank-you award was given by the Border Counties Youth Cricket Association for Geoff’s work as chairman of the League.
Geoff Hastings receiving awards
Geoff Hastings has been involved in Junior cricket for thirty years, first as junior coach/organiser at Burghley Park cricket club in the 1990’s entering the club into the Border Counties Cricket Youth Association.
At the beginning of 2004, Geoff and Fred Trueman were thinking of starting a league for state schools. They approached schools and asked them for help and advice on the issues in playing cricket at these schools. Geoff was invited to become Chairman of the David Cross Schools Cricket League (later to become the Fred Trueman Schools Cricket League). Eventually in 2006 Geoff and Fred were ready to start with a committee of teachers and volunteers, inviting schools to participate. Together the committee set up a strategy to encourage schools to take part; they raised over £15,000 to purchase 36 cricket kits! Schools were approached in the Huntingdon cricket Board and South Lincs areas. Huntingdon Cricket Board helped out in all of this and ensured the administration and running of the league was successful. Under 13’s and under 15’s teams have been playing ever since! Unfortunately, Covid 19 has prevented the games being played.
2022 will see the games resume again.
Furthermore the 2022 season is being planned and invitations will be going to nearly 50 schools in Stamford, Bourne Spalding Peterborough, Huntingdon, and Bedfordshire. Over the next six months fund raising efforts are being established to ensure every child boy or girl has the necessary kit to play the game of hard ball, limited-over cricket; this will end up in July 2022 with a festival of cricket ‘The Grand Finals’ in Bedfordshire and Stamford .
Border Counties Youth Cricket Association
Geoff was Chairman of the well-established and successful Youth League prior to his Chairmanship. This Association, which covers the area where four counties meet; Rutland, Northants, Cambs and Lincolnshire, was set up over over fifty years ago.
Children with learning difficulties
For the last four years Geoff and his wife, Trish, have organised cricket games for several Special Schools; the latest one was played in 2021 at Uffington Park Cricket Club in June.
Geoff serves as a Trustee of the National Cricket Society Trust, a charity which raises money for Youth Cricket and cricket for children with learning difficulties.
Geoff served two years as Burghley Park Cricket Club President and is an honorary member of York Wanderers Cricket Club.
The Cricket Society Trust held a fundraising event with Geoff Miller on Wednesday 16 October 2019.
Janet King reports:
The recent Cricket Society Trust evening in London was very enjoyable. I hope it was successful for the Trust. We were welcomed with drinks, canapes and good conversation amongst attendees. Then Geoff Miller entertained us, relating many experiences of his cricket following and playing days. These ranged from the 10 year old Geoff finding his father listening to the Ashes in the early morning in a “two up two down in Chesterfield”, through his tours as an England schoolboy (with the headteacher ensuring he remained a “schoolboy” long enough), to his retirement as a player.
There were of course many anecdotes entertainingly told but the talk was also impressive for its structure. It was a lesson to anyone speaking about anything. The flow and feeling behind much of it was impressive and the regular return to the “two up two down in Chesterfield” helped remind one of the overall story. For those such as me who had not heard Geoff before the evening was a treat, and clearly it was for others too. Questions could have gone on all night but several people had travelled considerable distances to be there. The questions were mainly about Geoff’s days as an England selector, his replies thoughtful and very amusing; all entertaining for us oldies and clearly to those much younger attendees. In support of the Trust Geoff acted as auctioneer and sold a bat signed by Joe Root and a framed picture of cricket cartoons.
Very importantly Trust Chairman Ronald Peterson thanked two long serving, retiring Trustees: Alan Porter, former Chairman and Keith Merchant, former secretary. They were presented with especially engraved glasses from the other Trustees.
Thanks to Eversheds and in particular to Ronald for the evening in pleasant and comfortable surroundings. Except for these events I have had little contact with the Trust but have enjoyed all three evenings I have been to. The Trust always welcomes donations and continues its work through cricket. Look out for next year’s event and put it in your diary!
The Trust has organised an evening reception at Eversheds Sutherland, One Wood Street, London EC2V 7WS on Wednesday 16th October 2019 beginning at 6.30pm for a 7pm start and ending at 9.30 pm.
Our Guest Speaker will be Geoff Miller OBE, former England test stalwart, the first National Selector of the ECB and most recently President of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
Geoff Miller is a hugely respected figure in the world of cricket both through his time playing the game and his responsibilities afterwards, and a very experienced speaker.
This should be a very entertaining evening.
Members of The Society are invited to apply tickets using the attached form.
The price per ticket is £40.00 which includes a range of canapés plus a glass of wine or beer.
Payment can be made by cheque or bank transfer.
Please support this event to enable Cricket Society Trust to continue and expand our programmes which enable a range of youngsters to enjoy and love the game of cricket at every level of involvement.
The Trust continued with financial support the work of Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation and its programme designed for children with Special Needs. Also The Trust continued with financial support the work of Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust on its programme of training in Primary Schools around the Rutland/Leicestershire border. Alongside this, the Trust continued to support the expanding Fred Trueman State Schools Cricket Leagues as they are now in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
The support which The Cricket Society Trust has given us over the years knows no bounds and we are forever grateful. Thousands of children with special needs have benefitted from the joy of visiting Arundel on very unique days in their lives, which has been due to the support of the Cricket Society Trust.”
John Barclay, Director, Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation
“We have been very fortunate to have had funding for our Teach Cricket Programme from the Cricket Society Trust for the last 5 years. This funding has allowed us to deliver the programme and importantly to us, their continued support has allowed us to plan for future years which have given us a continuity of delivery. It is right to mention that since 2011 over 32 different schools have been visited and over 790 children have benefitted from our project.”
Darren Bicknell, Chief Executive, Belvoir Cricket and Countryside Trust
“May I on behalf of the Committee thank the Cricket Society Trust for the donation of £1,000. The money will go towards establishing the League in Bedfordshire, where 30 more schools have signed up.” Geoff Hastings, Chairman, Fred Trueman Schools Cricket League