For many years we have been planning to have a lunch event instead of the usual spring dinner. This we did on 31st March and the lunch was held at The Oval. It was an enormous success with almost 250 guests - double the number we would have expected at our spring dinner.
We were privileged to have our President Jonny Barclay in attendance along with Vice-presidents Derek Underwood, Sir Tim Rice and Chris Lowe. Our guest speakers were Henry Blofeld and President of MCC Matthew Fleming.
The day started with a reception held on the roof terrace where members could look out over the historic Oval ground. After a fine lunch the usual awards were presented and a raffle and auction held. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly Matthew Fleming presenting to Henry the Ian Jackson Award for services to cricket. Henry then entertained the assembled guests to some amusing reminiscences from his life in cricket. A full report can be read in the next issue of the bulletin.
We look forward to a similar lunch next year after our more traditional autumn dinner on 27 October at The Royal Over-seas League.
Vice Chairman Phil Reeves with boyhood hero Derek Underwood.
From Left Jonny Barclay, Matthew Fleming, MC for the day Derek Barnard and Henry Blofeld
Sir Tim Rice delivers the Loyal Toast
Valeria and Henry Blofeld with President Jonny Barclay
Aaran Amin and family accepting his award from President Jonny Barclay
Katie Rowan presenting the Don Rowan award
Jason Fenn and wife accepting his award
Matthew Fleming presenting the Ian Jackson Award to Henry Blofeld