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.
In more normal times we publish our twice-yearly magazine in the Spring and in the Autumn, but as we all know we are not in normal times. Our printer is in lockdown so we are unable to print and distribute the magazine to our Members. However, we have decided to publish an electronic version which is now available not only to Exiles but on this occasion also to all cricket lovers, and especially to followers of Gloucestershire cricket.
Click here for the Spring 2020 edition of Outside-edge.
In addition to the recent publication, and to give you a wider picture of the history of the Exiles and its link with the County Club, below is a link to the 100th edition of Outside-edge which includes highlights and pictures through the years from the formation of the Exiles in 1971:
Click here for the 100th Edition of the Outside-edge.
Outside-edge editor Martin Jones welcomes all contributions and ideas for articles. We would be delighted to hear from you, especially with your 150 words. Please email him at email@example.com
Exiles Player of the Year 2019
We are pleased to announce that the Gloucestershire Exiles Player of the Year for 2019, voted for by the Members, is Ryan Higgins. Ryan is shown here receiving his Exiles Player of the Year Award for 2018 at Lord’s from former Exiles Membership Secretary Simon Franklin, along with Jon Paine who organised the poll. Many congratulations go to Ryan for this award. Let us all hope that it will not be long before we see hm and the team back in action.
Exiles AGM 2020
We regret to announce that the Annual General Meeting of the Gloucestershire Exiles, scheduled for March 31st at Lord’s, has been cancelled due to restrictions put in place by the corona virus outbreak. Members who have already reserved and paid for their places for the evening meal will be contacted regarding their refunds. We will update all Exiles regarding a re-arranged date as soon as the picture becomes clearer.
Lord's Dinner 2020
Gloucestershire Exiles launched their 2020 programme of events with another successful and thoroughly 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 David Jones, the Club’s Deputy Chairman, Gloucestershire skipper Chris Dent, and all-rounder Ryan Higgins, all of whom happily mixed throughout the evening with Exiles and their guests.
The event has a history of attracting high-class speakers and this year's Guest of Honour was Ian Lovett who is currently ECB President and a former ECB Vice Chairman. As well as reminiscing about cricket over the years he spoke about the future direction of the game and the spirit of cricket, a theme picked up by Sarah when she thanked Ian at the close of his address. The event typified the part-social, part-fundraising role of the Exiles. As well as the excellent meal and convivial company, the evening also included a raffle and an auction which helped to lift the profit from the evening to almost £3000. Grateful thanks were also extended Jon Paine, the Exiles Treasurer, who organised the event.
Exiles Day at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival
Under beautiful blazing sunshine over 150 Exiles and their guests gathered in mid-July last year at their spiritual home, Cheltenham College, for the Exiles Annual Lunch and once more it was a rousing success on a number of fronts. It took place in a private marquee on the third day of the Championship match against near-neighbours Worcestershire.
Many of the Exiles present, though, had travelled somewhat farther than a few miles down the M5. The Lunch gives Exiles the opportunity to catch up with friends and like-minded Gloucestershire cricket followers from wherever they hail and who they may only see a few times a year.
Among the guests were the former County star Mike Smith, along with Norman Gifford, the Worcestershire CCC Vice-President, Fanos Hira, Worcestershire’s Chairman and Paul Pridgeon, Worcestershire’s Vice Chairman. Plans are still being put together for a 2020 event and as soon as details are known Exiles will be notified.
How can I get involved?
If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Mark Brunt via email on firstname.lastname@example.org