“OPEN WEEKEND” – welcome to all

Two very special days for the Club have welcomed new members and thanked the many supporters and volunteers who have achieved so much progress in recent years.

Official Opening of new entrance and accessibile facilities

The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Geoff O’Brien, officially opened the new accessible facilities, inviting the Hardy family to do the honours and unveil the plaque.

Lord Mayor Geoff O'Brien and cricketer Will Hardy with RGS headmaster Bernard Trafford (front left) and Club co-chairs Olwyn Hocking and Nick Humble

Supporters, funders and the many individuals involved in the three year project at the Official Opening

And two days later, the Open Day shared with more than a hundred visitors the club’s many activities, the Pavilion Suite refurbishment (thanks to sponsors Thomson Travel) and the remarkable heritage archive.

These highlights came during the 125th anniversary for the Jesmond Ground.

Newcastle Lord Mayor invites the Hardy family to unveil the plaque

The Open Day offered the chance to have fun on the Jesmond turf, and try out activities for all ages and abilities. Archery was provided – echoing the fact that Lords will host the Olympics archery. Cricket drop-in was followed by the Banks Salver Cup match, between Newcastle CC Firsts and Durham Academy.

Inside the pavilion was a chance to meet the organisers of regular events – Zumba fitness, Slimming World, and Advintage which provides wine-tasting evenings and even runs Wine Weekends and holidays to European vineyards.

There was a glimpse of some of the amazing pictures in the archive of the 125 year heritage, plus a cafe service and afternoon tea.

A Gallery album of pictures from two memorable days will be added to the website, plus a more detailed report on the Official Opening. Click on any of these pictures for larger versions.

Junior Coordinator Peter Hirst hosted the raffle draw – adding even more excitement for a huge audience for the Premier League decider matches. Many thanks to Marstons for their generous donation of seven pairs of tickets for Durham CCC Twenty20 and Pro 40 matches.

PAIRS OF DURHAM CCC TICKETS:
Bobbie Harding
Sharon Richardson
Neil Curry
Peter Woodley
John Telfer
Phil Hardacre
Malcolm Coulson

LORDS KEY RING – Jeremy Hardy
LORDS “rain stopped play” UMBRELLA – Gavin Tremble (no contact information – please get in touch!)
AUTOGRAPHED BAT (two former England captains – Michael Vaughan and Mike Gatting)– Murray Owen