Listed below are the current officers of the CMS.
President - Keith Hayhurst
Keith Hayhurst is one of the founders of CMS and served as Chairman for 28 years before becoming President of CMS.
After leaving Grammar School, Keith did National Service in the RAF. In his training Keith worked as a Radar/Communication Airman travelling to the Changi Base at Singapore and was later posted to Negombo in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). During his stay he led a group of talented musicians who entertained the airmen and officers. His band became popular and was asked to play for the forces radio station. On one occasion his group performed at Mount Lavinia Hotel in Columbo where he briefly met actors who were filming ‘The Bridge On the River Kwai’. Alec Guinness even danced to his band!
After eighteen months he returned home and went to work in a bank before deciding to go to University and study various qualifications in Education. After five years of training he was fortunate to be granted a two year secondment to work in many countries around the world. He feels this was his greatest degree. After serving as a Headteacher he was offered the role of Education Advisor to help schools with their inspections.
Besides being a pianist his other great interest is cricket. He has written three books as Lancashire’s historian including the Lancashire volume of the 100 Greats Series. He was elected onto the county’s Committee and Board for 25 years and started the first large museum at the club in 1982.
Keith edited over one hundred CMS quarterly magazines from 1988 to 2014 and has played a unique role in CMS since its foundation. His most recent book ‘The story of a cricket stained glass window’ was published in 2016. As President Keith continues to attend every meeting of CMS and to support the Chairman and Committee.
Patron - Sir Clive Lloyd CBE AO
Cricinfo says: " 6'5" with stooped shoulders, a large moustache and thick glasses (his eyes were damaged when he was 12 as he attempted to break up a fight at school), Clive Lloyd was the crucial ingredient in the rise of West Indian cricket. A cousin of Lance Gibbs, he was a hard-hitting batsman and one of the most successful captains in history. An almost ponderous, lazy gait belied the speed and power at his command and the astute tactical brain that led the West Indies to the top of world cricket for two decades."
Chairman - Richard Brown
Richard joined CMS in 2005 and in recent years has attended nearly every meeting. A supporter of Worcestershire since the early 1970’s, despite never having lived in the county, he collected autographs as a schoolboy and resumed the collecting habit in his forties. Richard organises the annual memorabilia market at Worcester and assists with the heritage related activities of the county. He wrote his first article for the CMS magazine volume 70 in March 2006 – an essay about the delights of the Worcester Old Players’ Association day.
He regularly attends Knights Sporting Auctions, travels the country watching county cricket and can often be found collecting autographs before play. He remembers watching Kapil Dev score his only hundred for Worcester at Lord’s in 1985 when snow stopped play at tea!
Richard is an Executive Headteacher in East London and has been teaching for over 30 years.
Secretary - Steve Cashmore
Very soon after joining the Society in 1992, Steve accepted the role of Membership Secretary; a role which became Secretary in 2001. With careers in education, aerospace and IT now consigned to history, Steve is currently a member of Gloucestershire's professional coaching staff and works on the ECB's International Pathway Scouting Programme.
Assistant Secretary - Bill Greenwood OBE
Bill, with the exception of two years National Service, has spent virtually all his life in education - as a pupil, student, teacher and finally ending up as Assistant Director of Education for the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan. He was awarded his OBE in 1989 for his services to education. Upon taking retirement he established his own education consultancy before finally leaving the “world of work.” He has continued to contribute to the community by being a school Governor since 1993 and being a Governor of the local Hospital Trust (Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh) for the past 10 years.
Cricket has always been a passion: his formal playing career started as a schoolboy before becoming a regular player for Nelson in the Lancashire League. From his raft of memories he cites winning the league and cup double with Nelson, when Saeed Ahmed was professional, along with two very special occasions/matches, one against Sir Learie Constantine and the second with Keith Miller, as the most notable. He has been fortunate enough to have played with, and against, the worlds best during the years of the late 50’s and 60’s - John Wardle, Wes Hall, and Sir Gary Sobers, while watching Geoffrey Boycott coach Wigan school boys was also special. Bill also played for Baxenden, Chorley, Skelmersdale and, finally, as anno domino and illness caught up with him, Wigan College. Finishing completely in the mid 90’s he took to collecting memorabilia and became a member of the CMS. His interests are catholic in nature but his focus is upon that which he has personally encountered, which provides some kind of framework to his collection.
Treasurer - Paul Goddard
My Dad, Ian Goddard, joined the Society in the early 1990s. He enjoyed membership enormously and so I joined a few years later. On his insistence, I volunteered for CMS Treasurer in 2005 when the position became vacant and have had the responsibility ever since. I am a Chartered Accountant and following a career in business I am just about retired and so able to spend more time on my various hobbies. I am Treasurer of two cricket clubs and still play regularly as an opening bat and off spin bowler. In the winter I am a Rugby Union Referee, I cycle all year and follow most other mainstream sports. I am proud to be a Life Member of Yorkshire CCC, and so my cricket collecting interest is mainly Yorkshire CCC related material but plus anything else that catches my eye.
Committee Member - Ken Burney
Ken lives in Cheltenham and has been a member of CMS for several years. He has been collecting cricket memorabilia for around 10 years. His areas for collection include The Ashes, Gloucestershire CCC, W.G. Grace, Wally Hammond, Gilbert Jessop, Warwickshire CCC and Dennis Amiss (a boyhood hero). He collects books, ceramics, cigarette cards, photographs, postcards, prints and programmes. He has been on the committee of Cheltenham Cricket Society since 2002 and has been their Programme Organiser since 2012. He is Treasurer of the Cricket Societies' Association. He has given cricket memorabilia talks to several cricket societies. He inaugurated, and has run, the Cricket Memorabilia Market at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival since 2018.