The 24th annual Johnners Dinner was held in the Long Room at Lord’s on 4 November 2019. The event was a sell out and we would like to thank Chris Cowdrey and our guest speakers Dan Norcross and Ebony Rainford-Brent from BBC Test Match Special for making the evening such as success. We raised more than £10,000 for the Brian Johnston cricket scholarships. The photo shows Barry Johnston checking the tables before the dinner.
Well done, England, for a truly sensational victory in the Cricket World Cup. We are also thrilled that a key member of the team was Adil Rashid, one of our first Johnners cricket scholars when he was a teenager in Bradford, and now a part of world cricket history.
Many congratulations to one of our former Johnners Scholars, Ben Foakes, for being named Man of the Series in England’s brilliant 3-0 series whitewash in Sri Lanka last month, the first time the England team have achieved such a feat in a three-match Test series overseas for more than fifty years. Another former Johnners Scholar, Adil Rashid, also played a vital role in the series, including career-best figures of 5 for 49 in the final Test.
The 23rd annual Johnners Dinner took place in the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 5 November 2018. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it such a great evening, especially Sir Richard Stilgoe for his witty introduction, Chris Cowdrey for his brilliant interviewing and auctioneering and, of course, actor, comedian and broadcaster Miles Jupp for his very entertaining speech. We raised more than £10,000 towards funding the Brian Johnston cricket scholarships. This is a photo of Miles Jupp with Brian’s youngest granddaughter, Olivia Johnston.
We are thrilled that our former Johnners Scholar Anya Shrubsole has become the first female cricketer ever to be featured on the cover of Wisden. It is a great honour and very well deserved. Anya is a wonderful ambassador for women’s cricket and we wish her even more success in the future.
We are proud to announce that two former Johnners scholars have received medals in the New Year’s Honours list. Heather Knight, the captain of the England Women’s Cricket team has been awarded an OBE for leading her team to victory in the Cricket World Cup in 2017 and Anya Shrubsole has been awarded an MBE for her outstanding performance as the player of the match in the World Cup final with her bowling figures of 6-46. Many congratulations to them both!
The 22nd annual Johnners Dinner was held in the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 13 November 2017. Many thanks to the brilliant impressionist Jon Culshaw for his very funny speech and to our master of ceremonies Chris Cowdrey for hosting another wonderful evening. More than £10,000 was raised towards funding the Brian Johnston cricket scholarship awards. This is a photo of Jon Culshaw in the Long Room with Johnners’ youngest grandson, Sam Johnston.
Many congratulations to former Johnners Scholar Anya Shrubsole for being named Player of the Match in the thrilling Women’s World Cup Final at Lord’s yesterday. Anya took six wickets and made a vital run-out as England beat India by nine runs. The Brian Johnston Memorial Trust first granted a scholarship award to Anya when she was only thirteen years old in 2005 and we continued her funding for the next two years. We are absolutely delighted with her success.
Congratulations also to the other Johnners Scholars in the England Women’s team, their captain Heather Knight and Jenny Gunn, and not forgetting another former scholar, Ebony Rainford-Brent, who did such a brilliant job in the BBC radio commentary box!
The Awards Panel of the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust met on 26 April 2017 at the head office of the Lord’s Taverners in Chancery Lane and a total of £45,000 was awarded in Johnners Scholarships to 24 young cricketers in need of financial assistance to help with their coaching expenses, as well as a continuing grant in support of the BJMT/ECB Elite Spin Bowling Programme, and the funding of the annual Blind Cricket England & Wales national development festival at Leicester University in September 2017 and the new BCEW UK Women and Girls regional programme.
The annual Johnners Dinner took place on 7 November 2016 in the Long Room at Lord’s. This year we celebrated the 21st anniversary of the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust and the evening was sold out, raising more than £13,000 towards the Brian Johnston cricket scholarships. Many thanks to our vice-patron Sir John Major for his brilliant speech, and to Chris Cowdrey, Peter Such, and everyone from the Lord’s Taverners who helped to make the dinner such a great success. We look forward to seeing you next year!