I hope you are enjoying the fine weather and the performance of the England Test side recently. Let’s hope it won’t be too long before the T20 and ODI teams achieve similar standards! In addition to all the former Johnners Scholars currently playing first class cricket, special congratulations to Ben Foakes for his successful return to the Test team, Reece Topley for his recent record-breaking six wicket haul in the ODI against India at Lord’s, and Heather Knight and Danni Wyatt in the England Women’s team.
Annual Dinner, Monday 7 November 2022
At present, we are unable to confirm who will be the guest speaker in November, but we will let you know as soon as we have the necessary confirmation. Nonetheless, we hope we will have another full house as last year. I strongly recommend that you book early.
We held our Awards Panel meeting in April, partly in person and partly via Zoom, and were delighted that the new Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, Mark Curtin, joined us. As in recent years, we again agreed to support Blind Cricket England & Wales (BCEW) both for their Annual Development Festival at Leicester University in September and also their flourishing Women and Girls programme throughout the country. The total funding for both these applications was in excess of £18,000.
As anticipated, this year saw a greater demand than ever for our Johnners Scholarships to talented young cricketers in financial need. Currently we have awarded around 50 scholarships of £500 each, payable in two instalments, making a total outlay in excess of £25,000 – an all-time record.
There are too many Scholars to mention individually, but I thought you would be interested to know of the extraordinary circumstances of Solly Hicks, who lives on the little island of St Agnes in the Scilly Isles, 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. He must travel to the mainland for training sessions at weekends with Cornwall Cricket Academy and this involves either staying over the weekend, taking the ferry three hours each way, or a more costly flight – all of which are extremely expensive. When practising his wrist spin at night, he has on occasions used his father’s Coast Guard search and rescue torch to light up his home-made cricket nets made from washed-up fishing nets!
In line with many organisations, we are looking to communicate with members and supporters of the Trust more by email where we can. We have email addresses for a small number of members, but would like to increase that number, so that we are sending only a minimal amount by post. In order to be contacted by email, please go to this address: http://eepurl.com/glZyQv.
With best wishes and hope to see as many of you as possible at the dinner.
Johnners Trust Secretary.