Cricket Society Trust Lunch at Lords on 28/11/21

Cricket Society Trust Lunch at Lords on 28/11/21

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.
Book your tickets for ‘Lunch at Lords ‘, 28th November 2021

Book your tickets for ‘Lunch at Lords ‘, 28th November 2021

The Cricket Society Trust has arranged an event in aid of the MCC Foundation on Sunday 28th November 2021 from 11am.

We have a form to allow you to apply for tickets for our ‘Lunch at the Lords’ event, and would love to hear from you if you’d like to book.

The itinerary for the day is:

At 11.30 am there will be a viewing of the Evolution of Women’s Cricket Exhibition in the Lord’s Museum

     12.30 pm Glass of bubbly

     1 pm Lunch will be served with entertainment

     Close of play 4.30pm

Roger Dakin our MC will host a live auction, heads & tails and raffle. A silent auction will be available, offering bespoke experiences and unique items.

We will hear from Sarah Fane, Director of the MCC Foundation and Ronald Paterson, Chairman of the Cricket Society Trust  

Isabelle Duncan BBC Radio Cricket Commentator will host a Q&A panel with past England Captain and MCC President Clare Connor, an England Women’s player, and MCC Foundation Young Ambassador and Middlesex CCC Cordelia Griffith

All in all, it will be a very engaging day, and tickets are limited, so please download the form here and book yours now!

Geoff Hastings awarded ‘Grassroots Cricket Award’ 2021

On Monday 13th September, at the Northampton County cricket ground, Geoff Hastings, a Trustee of the Cricket Society Trust, 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.

To contact Geoff. please email him. He can also be contacted at 07889606371.

All funds donated need to be paid to The Cricket Society Trust.