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Johnners Club Newsletter: Summer 2020

I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well during these difficult and challenging times.  At least the series against the West Indies has now commenced, albeit behind closed doors. At last some real cricket to look forward to!

Despite the lockdown, our Trustees have been extremely busy and proactive in a number of different ways.

 

Change of Name

Firstly, after twenty-five years we have decided to change the name of the Trust.  Henceforth we will become The Johnners Trust, which we feel is much less of a mouthful than the present name. We do hope you will all be happy with this change!

 

Annual Dinner, Monday 9th November 2020

It will come as no surprise to you, I am sure, that we have decided to cancel our dinner at Lord’s this year.  The MCC have informed us that they do not anticipate making any revenue from any events this year, as they believe that social distancing will make this very difficult, if not impossible.

Even allowing for the recent relaxation of lockdown rules throughout the country, there seems little likelihood that events such as our dinner will stand any chance of returning to normal in the foreseeable future. This is extremely disappointing, bearing in mind it would have been our 25th anniversary dinner with one of our Vice Patrons, David Gower, and also the great Ted Dexter lined up to join us. We obviously hope they will still be able to join us in 2021 and the date for next year is Monday 8th November – a bit early I know, but let’s live in hope and make a note in your diary now!

We are considering whether other options might be possible, not only to launch the new logo and name of the Trust, but also to keep you all involved with the Trust as far as possible.  For instance, maybe a virtual event such as an online cricket forum later in the year with, Covid permitting, a cocktail party in the spring. We will fully explore such possibilities and let you know.

 

Awards Panel

We were able to hold our Awards Panel meeting in April, albeit via Zoom, and despite the lack of foreseeable cricket at the time, we agreed to make the following awards –

  • Scholarships in the sum of £300 to twenty or so promising young cricketers, both girls and boys, in financial need, recommended to us as usual by David Graveney OBE, National Performance Manager for ECB. These Scholarships were intended to compensate the scholars for some of their cricket expenditure during the winter months.
  • Blind & Visually Impaired Cricket: to support Blind Cricket England & Wales (BCEW) for their annual Development Festival at Leicester University, obviously provisional upon it being able to go ahead.

The Panel kept their options open to make further awards in the event of cricket activity resuming, both in the cases of scholarships and blind cricket.

 

Lord’s Test Match Tickets

It is obviously very disappointing that no cricket has been played at Lord’s this summer and refunds are in the process of being made for those who purchased tickets.  However, I am sure you will appreciate that with all the staff at the office working from home and some furloughed, the repayments are taking a bit longer than usual.

Best wishes and I hope that at least we get some live cricket to watch soon.

Richard Anstey

BJMT Secretary