The Gloucestershire Exiles is a part-social, part fundraising organisation that has been running since 1971 and boasts a membership of several hundred Gloucestershire supporters from across the country and even around the world.
Originally conceived to bring together supporters from outside the county, the membership now includes many who live in Gloucestershire and Bristol who wish to enjoy the benefits offered by the Exiles.
We produce our Exiles magazine, Outside-edge, which is published twice a year and sent to all of our members. Outside-edge keeps our members in touch with the Club news through articles submitted by members and contributions from county players past and present, cricket writers and other cricket lovers.
We organise events both during the cricket season and winter months. These include an Annual General Meeting at Lord’s, a day at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival for members and friends and also a 'Meet the Players' evening during one of our matches in London. Every other year we hold a Fundraising Dinner in the Lord’s Committee Dining Room.
Membership of Gloucestershire Exiles has an annual subscription cost of £15 (concessions offered). Life membership is £150.00 if you are over 65.
Gloucestershire Exiles AGM
The 2019 Gloucestershire Exiles Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place at the start of April at the Indoor School at Lord’s. Once more there was a very healthy attendance. Exiles’ Chair Sarah Blowen reviewed the activities of the previous year, during which £6000 had been presented to the County, predominantly to support the work of the Academy and the Emerging Players Programme. Successful social events had included a dinner in the Committee Dining Room at Lord’s as well as the annual Cheltenham Lunch.
Once the AGM’s formalities had been concluded the meeting was addressed by Will Brown, the County’s Chief Executive, Roger Cooke, the County’s retiring Chairman (and an Exile himself), and Ian Cockbain, this year’s Club beneficiary, with topics covered including the prospects for the County this season, the future of cricket in this country and especially in Gloucestershire, the growth of the women’s game, welcomed by everyone, and Gloucestershire’s crop of promising youngsters.
After the meeting Will, Roger and Ian joined Exiles for a very enjoyable meal which gave everyone the opportunity to mix and mingle, before the evening closed with the usual Exiles phrase, “See you in Cheltenham”.
Exiles Day at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival
Over 150 Exiles and their guests, a record attendance for what is now one of the Festival highlights, gathered in Cheltenham for the annual Exiles Day which took place in mid-July during the Championship match against Sussex, and what a success it was.
A good number of those present had travelled from all corners of the country to return to the Exiles’ spiritual home, with many using the event to catch up with friends and like-minded Gloucestershire cricket followers who they may only see a few times a year. Among the guests were Mike Procter, who took the opportunity to talk about his fundraising activities for the Mike Procter Foundation, and former England rugby star Rob Andrew, now the Chief Executive of Sussex CCC.
Linking the part-social and part-fundraising roles of the Exiles, during the lunch break Jon Paine, the Exiles Treasurer, presented a cheque for £4000 to Club Chairman Roger Cooke, to be used to support the Club’s academy and youth player development, the success of which had already been seen earlier in the match with Miles Hammond’s maiden first-class century. “This is a day which our members look forward to,” said Exiles Chair Sarah Blowen, “and I am very grateful to all of them for their support. It takes a great deal of work to put on a day such as this but seeing so many people having so much fun makes it all worthwhile.”
SAVE THE DATE
The Exiles 2019 Cheltenham Lunch will take place on Tuesday July 23rd, the third day of the Championship match against Worcestershire. Further details will be published at the end of April.
Exiles Chair Sarah Blowen at Cheltenham with Mike Procter, flanked by Exiles committee members.
Gloucestershire Exiles - Lord's Dinner 2018
Gloucestershire Exiles launched their 2018 programme of events with another successful and enjoyable dinner in the prestigious Committee Dining Room at Lord's. With a backdrop of a floodlit Media Centre, Exiles chair Sarah Blowen welcomed guests to the bi-annual event. Present from Bristol were Gloucestershire chief executive Will Brown, head coach Richard Dawson and club chairman Roger Cooke, along with Rex Body and David Jones.
The event has a history of attracting high-class speakers and this year's Guest of Honour was Tom Harrison, chief executive of the ECB. He spoke openly and candidly about a number of topics concerning the future of cricket in England and Wales, including the introduction in 2020 of the new T20 franchise tournament. There was also a major announcement from him that funds are to be made available for a campaign to attract a further 2 million active participants to the game in the coming years. One of Tom's highlights of the 2017 season had been the success of the Women's World Cup, a sentiment which met with great approval from the guests. And there was the bonus of England winning the event.
During the evening Exiles Treasurer Jon Paine, the event organiser, presented a cheque for £2,000 to Roger Cooke, a reflection of the part-fundraising, part-social role the Exiles carry out in supporting Gloucestershire cricket. The Lord’s Dinner itself raised nearly £3,500 for the club.
The Exiles plan to be back at Lord's in May. They hope to revive their Meet The Players Day during the Championship match against Middlesex. Exiles Day at Cheltenham will be on Wednesday, July 18th, during the Championship match against Sussex.
Earlier on this page you will find information about the Exiles twice-yearly magazine, Outside-edge. For a taste of what it offers, please click on the link below. This will take you to the 100th Edition issue of their magazine, which includes highlights and pictures through the years from the formation in 1971.
Outside-edge editor Martin Jones welcomes contributions and ideas for articles. Please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
- How can I get involved?
Contact the Exiles Membership Secretary Simon Franklin at Flat 6, Four Square Court, 405 Nelson Road, Hounslow, Middlesex TW3 3UN or e mail Mark Brunt via email@example.com