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Will all council delegates please note the AGM will be held at Edgbaston on   

SATURDAY 24th March 2018.




Venues  and Speakers for week  Saturday 17th March to Sunday 25th March 2018.

Tue 20th March

Northern have a Spring Dinner + Paul Nixon

Cricket Society Midlands have Derek Randall

Wed 21st March

Sussex have a spring Lunch + Derek Randall

Thurs 22nd March

Herefordshire have Winston Davis

Sat 24th March

Council Cricket Societies AGM at Edgbaston



Check who’s speaking and when in your area. Look under the calendar tab on this Home page, or CLICK on your local society.






The Council Press Officer, Anthony Collis, as just finished a new book about the Foster Family, who all played for Worcestershire CCC

Fostershire The biography of the Foster family. Rev. Henry Foster’s wife, Sophia gave birth to seven sons and four daughters. Each of the boys played first-class cricket before the First World War for Worcestershire – hence the title of the book. All persons – sons and daughters – led extremely interesting lives outside of cricket. The book contains many previously unpublished photographs kindly obtained from present-day family relatives.

Rev. Prebendary Mike Vockins kindly wrote the foreword to the book along with Andy Murtagh and Jonathan Fisher. To have three contributors is unusual, but each was chosen to represent the County Club, Malvern College and the Foster family respectively.

A copy of the front cover of book is attached. The perfect-bound book contains 243 pages and includes a comprehensive index.  The book is priced at £14, but is offered to cricket society members at £12 plus £3 p&p.

To order your copy, please send name and full address details together with your cheque, payable to Anthony Collis, for the amount of £15 (£12 + £3 p&p) to:
34a Chawn Hill, Stourbridge DY9 7JB
Please also include the name of the cricket society to which you belong.


Anthony Collis, publicity officer for the council, sent the article below to the Cricket Paper for publication.                                                                       There’s a Cricket Society near You!

Do you look back nostalgically to cricket matches? Do you have fond memories of the stars of yesterday? While cricket societies cannot perform miracles, they can offer opportunities to meet interesting cricket personalities who have graced the game with distinction. Consider the following persons who will be addressing various cricket societies during the coming winter season. Dennis Amiss, Jack Birkenshaw, Jeremy Coney, Geoff  Cope, Phil DeFreitas, Norman Gifford, Chris Lewis, Mushtaq Mohammad, Derek Randall – all former Test players. Others coming possibly to a cricket society near you include the ever-popular former Sussex skipper John Barclay, the noted cricket historian David Frith and current umpire David Millns plus many more entertaining guests. In addition to the significant tasks of arranging meetings and publishing newsletters, many cricket societies undertake projects of significant heritage value. Several societies have been directly responsible for the renovation of prominent cricketers’ graves. Historic information appertaining to the Cinderella world of club cricket at local level is currently being researched by individual cricket societies. Most cricket societies meet monthly between October and April on regular evenings, although some meetings are held in daytime. Get-togethers are held at most County Clubs and all should be able to provide information of cricket societies in your area. The Council of Cricket Societies’ website carries details of forthcoming meetings of individual cricket societies – visit www.councilcricketsocieties.com




An old friend of cricket societies up and down the length of the land, Stephen Chalke. As written the article below about societies, and included it with his book list. This article will now go out to 1400 people on Stephen’s mailing list.


Up and down the country, through the winter months, there are Cricket Lovers Societies which meet regularly, usually with a guest speaker. Twelve of these groups, gathering one evening each month, hold their meetings at county grounds: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester-Le-Street, Derby, Hove, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton and Worcester. There are also groups in Barnsley, Barton-under-Needwood, Bath, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chesterfield, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hereford, High Peak, Hull, Liverpool, London, Norwich, Sheffield, Stourbridge, Southport, West Norfolk and near Bournemouth. The last of these groups – the Dorset Cricket Society at the Hurn Bridge Sports Club – is exceptional in that it meets every Thursday afternoon through winter, with those in the mood staying on for a cricket net in the adjoining building. All rely on volunteers, and the enthusiastic dedication of those volunteers can be most impressive. Fifteen years ago the Stourbridge group attracted an audience of about 30; now they get 80 or 90, and they also organise a Christmas lunch, an annual outing and a regular newsletter. West Norfolk, where Peter Parfitt recruits the speakers, fills a pavilion at North Runcton; Sheffield, where David Drabble is still in charge 57 years on from setting up the society with his father, stages top-drawer events such as the 2009 dinner for the 1959 Yorkshire team; and High Peak, where the tireless Bob Wood knows in advance how many to expect for its mid-evening hot-pot, always has as good a programme as any, with speakers such as Geoff Miller, Henry Olonga and Michael Holding. Then there is Cheltenham where, till his death, the President Tom Graveney could always be spotted in the audience; the Wombwell at Barnsley where you will often see Dickie Bird; and Leicester which, for all its Cinderella status on the field, draws in the biggest crowd on the circuit. The Cricket Society, which stages the London meetings, has branches in the Midlands (at Edgbaston), in the North-East (at the Riverside) and also here in the West of England where we at Fairfield Books have been closely involved in the recent revival of the group. We meet on Tuesday afternoons at Bath Cricket Club, attracting an audience of sixty. Speakers in the past year – every one of them a joy – were Fred Rumsey, Mark Alleyne, Matt Maynard, David Leatherdale, Ralph Dellor, Vic Marks and Mike Procter. Most were interviewed by Stephen Chalke, though the wonderfully entertaining Fred Rumsey needed just the one question to set him off. So much stays fresh in the memory: from Mark Alleyne’s description of the ordeal of facing a Shane Warne over to Fred Rumsey’s hilarious tale of the time he shared a hotel room with Geoffrey Boycott. They are great meetings; they brim with a love of cricket and, with the Bath club close to the railway station, we have been attracting cricket lovers from as far afield as Weymouth, Witney and Weston-Super-Mare. For further details of meetings in your area, or the West of England Society’s programme for 2017/18, do get in touch.

Stephen Chalke

Thanks Stephen for this boost in promoting the Cricket Society Movement



The Council of Cricket Societies (CCS) was founded in 1969. The organisation’s primary purpose is to further the interests of cricket lovers and societies during the winter months.

The CCS provides a forum for societies to meet and exchange views of their activities. This interaction ensures that cricket lovers are well supplied with fresh ideas for the furtherance of the individual societies. The CCS also can offer help to those who may be interested in the formation of a society.

The CCS holds biannual meetings. The spring meeting, incorporating the Annual General Meeting, is  usually held at Edgbaston, with an autumn meeting at  Derby or Trent Bridge. Representatives of all member societies are entitled to attend. The CCS is extremely grateful to Warwickshire CCC for its  continued sponsorship and support.

The CCS strives to represent the views of over than thirty cricket societies in the United Kingdom and around the world.

In this regard, the CCS also serves as a contact address that overseas members can approach for help regarding club tours, visits and advice of a cricketing nature. Individual societies in Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe reciprocate and numerous individuals have enjoyed hospitality and a warm welcome when supporting relevant Test teams. However, it must be noted that neither the CSS nor individual cricket societies undertake to arrange cricket tours or make any arrangements.


Individual cricket societies hold monthly meetings generally between October and March (some have meetings in April), occasional dinners / lunches are arranged so that the cricket lover can join others to listen to cricket personalities – past and present – and discuss topics of mutual interest.

Members of cricket societies are kept informed of activities by newsletter, local papers, local radio, email, twitter, social media and in many cases, have their own website.

Most societies raise funds for local charities and worthwhile causes.

Individual societies may offer or provide support for coaching to promising young cricketers.

Some societies may offer practical help to arrange events and support for cricketers in their benefit years.

Without exception, cricket societies rely to a great extent on voluntary support from their members. Besides serving on the committee, help is always warmly welcomed to those willing to provide assistance in various ways – selling raffle tickets, obtaining raffle prizes, writing newsletters – lively societies have active members!





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