Dennis Amiss MBE
Do you love cricket, but don't know how to pass those interminably long winter evenings? In that case, have you ever thought of joining a cricket society where you can spend time in the "off season" with like-minded cricketing addicts, listening to talks by players, ex-players, umpires, scorers, writers, journalists or just plain enthusiasts like yourself who can pass on this enthusiasm?
Joining a cricket society is certainly not expensive as you can enjoy a whole winter - usually about seven or eight evenings - for an annual subscription of under £20. I, myself, have spoken to many societies and have found it most rewarding to see the great enthusiasm there is for the game and the love of both reminiscing on great events and players and of considering its present and future.
There should be a cricket society within reach of most of you, so if you are interested why not contact our Secretary, Bob Wood, who will be pleased to give you further details and put you in touch with a society in your vicinity.
The next meeting of the Council of Cricket Societies will be the AGM, which will take place in Birmingham on Saturday 8 March 2014
Picture from Left to Right
Dennis Amiss MBE, Barry Rickson, John Bridgman, Murray Hedgcock and Irene Bridgman.
Tom Graveney, our distinguished President since 1998, when he succeeded the first President, Lord (Denis) Howell, stood down at the AGM at Edgbaston on March 9. Now 85, he had been unable to attend recent meetings for health reasons.
Vice-Chairman Barry Rickson paid tribute first to Tom's memorable quality as a batsman, and then to his dedicated involvement with the society movement, recalling that he had paid regular visits to societies.
His successor is another prominent former England batsman, Dennis Amiss of Warwickshire. Dennis played 50 Tests between 1966 and 1977, later becoming Warwickshire chief executive. He is now deputy chairman of the ECB, but will retire this year, to leave more time for other activities - not least the cricket society movement.
Chairman John Bridgman, a Warwickshire stalwart who served on the county committee for many years, also stood down, having held office for 20 years. He had succeeded Len Horton of the Northern Cricket Society in 1993.
Council PRO Murray Hedgcock, the Australian CS delegate, made a presentation to John, thanking him for his commitment to the movement, and noting that he had kept in close contact with societies up and down the country, making regular visits. He also had actively represented our interests with the ECB, which recognised our societies as the voice of genuine cricketlovers.
Barry Rickson, of the Lancashire and Cheshire Society, a former Council Secretary and long-serving delegate, was unanimously elected Chairman, with Chris Coleman of Cheltenham CS as his deputy.
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