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.
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.
Annual General Meeting
This year’s Annual General Meeting will once again be held at the Indoor School at Lord’s, on Tuesday March 31st at 6.45pm. The venue is an ideal meeting room, and the Indoor School will be offering a top-quality meal afterwards for all who wish to eat. We have already guaranteed a minimum number of diners and your support for this would be greatly appreciated. Exiles will be gathering in the bar area from 6.00pm. This year’s event will be different to that of previous years.
We plan to keep the formalities to a minimum, after which there will be a presentation from Will Brown, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, and David Jones, the club’s Deputy Chairman, who will talk about the Club’s proposed Five-Year Plan. The County is seeking the views of the Regions and of all Members; meetings such as this give Exiles the chance not only to hear of the Club’s plans for the future but also to contribute to them. In addition to the presentation we expect to be joined at the meeting by members of the coaching and playing staff.
This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle not only with fellow Exiles but also with our visitors from Bristol in a relaxed atmosphere, especially as regretfully fixtures dictate that there will not be a Meet the Players event this year. We urge you all to support the event and you are welcome to bring guests. It is an AGM with formalities to go through but is also a very pleasant social evening. For further information please contact Mark Brunt whose details are at the foot of this page.
Exiles Player of the Year 2019
Ryan Higgins is shown here receiving his Exiles Player of the Year Award for 2018, but who will win the 2019 award? Voting has recently closed and the results will be announced at the Exiles AGM in March, after which details will be posted in Outside-edge and on this website.
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.
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 email@example.com
- How can I get involved?
If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Mark Brunt via email on firstname.lastname@example.org