Assistant Secretary Bill Greenwood OBE, Chris Hardy, and Brian Sanderson have announced what we hope will be the first of many informal regional meetings for CMS meetings. Bill writes:-
"In response to the Chairman's suggestion made at the AGM and endorsed by the Executive committee, related to holding small locally based meetings for CMS members, colleagues from the Lancashire/Yorkshire sub-continent have arranged such a meeting to be held on the morning of Saturday, March 2nd. at Headingley, the home of Yorkshire cricket.
The meeting is open to any CMS member but is designed to cater for colleagues in the "northern power house". Chris Hardy and Brian Sanderson have agreed to host such a meeting and will talk about the museum collection and the Yorkshire archives in general. Time - 10.00am.ish for a 10.30am start (see our diary page).
The museum room will not hold more than 15 persons so if you intend joining the meeting, participants will be on a "first come, first served basis". Bill Greenwood is the point of contact and can be reached by phone - 01257/426335 or email
Refreshments are unavailable at the museum, but may be obtained from nearby shops, so, it's flasks and/or bring your own sandwiches if you are so inclined.
We are pleased to announce our membership of the Cricket Societies Association (CSA). Our shared interest in all things cricket has already been reflected in the CSA's most recent newsletter, with a report by CMS member Roger Gibbons (page 9) on Gloucestershire's newly-opened Museum and Learning Centre (visited by many members attending this year's AGM at Bristol) and another on the Memorabilia Market held at the Cheltenham Festival last season and organised by CMS member Ken Burney
AGM - Bristol, November 2018
Highs and Lows - In All Their Guises
Vastly differing fortunes in the playing careers for our two Gloucestershire greats, David 'Syd' Lawrence and Mike Smith came to the fore in our Q&A session at the Brightside County Ground. David's untimely and ultimately career-ending injury was witnessed by many watching TV coverage, while Mike's experience with selectors' whims meant that his international career was shortened by a series of events somewhat out of his control!
Among the items discussed at the AGM which followed an excellent lunch was the need for the Society to ensure its long-term future by continuing to recruit members.
Our Chairman identified the need for our constitution to better reflect our digital world; the meeting agreed to allow the Committee to communicate the appropriate changes to the membership through the magazine.
Nominations have been received for our Award Of Excellence this year. The Committee are tasked with agreeing a suitable award to one of the nominees.
The AGM was invited to support the following: Grants of between £250 and a maximum of £500 can be made by the Committee to any CMS member to support them in cricket related research, especially in relation to areas where there is little current published material. The CMS membership will be updated about the research at meetings and via the magazine. The funds can be used in any manner related to the project – travel expenses, printing costs, for example. Committee members, Vice President and President cannot apply for the grant and neither can anyone whose main profession is or was directly linked with cricket.
All Committee Officials were re-elected
CMS At Old Trafford, October 2018
Honesty, Humour and Insights
Lancashire stalwarts, even legends; our guests Jack Simmons and Ian Austin entertained members in a Q&A session which enthralled with some no-nonsense answers and opinions on how these two former players viewed the game, past and present.
Our first auction of the winter 'season' followed lunch
CMS At Lord's 2018
Three fantastic guests, a new President, a new Chairman, a new Patron for the Society!
The Home of Cricket - where better to formally introduce our new President, Chairman and Patron? Like many a great cricketer Keith Hayhurst decided that this meeting would mark his retirement as Chair of CMS after an astonishing 28 years in post. Keith already holds the position of President and still intends to play an active part in CMS. Richard Brown, formerly Vice Chair will become Chairman as outlined at the AGM. Our Vice-President (of 30 years!) in his role of M/C, also announced that Clive Lloyd CBE has agreed to become our first ever patron and will serve for a three year period.