The Sunday of this year’s Community Festival weekend (5th June) incorporated a special event at Baileys Court to mark the 25th anniversary of Bradley Stoke Cricket Club.
The day included many attractions, the main one being a visit from Jack Russell MBE, the former England and Gloucestershire wicketkeeper. Jack is a very talented artist and there was an exhibition of some of his paintings, sketches and books on display. He also made himself available to sign autographs and pose for photographs and always had time to talk to everyone who came on the day.
The club held a prize draw which included six fantastic prizes, including three of Jack’s works of art, a signed cricket bat by the Australian cricket team that toured in England in 2005. There was also another cricket bat and a family ticket to a Gloucestershire Twenty20 match.
Other attractions on the day included a demonstration of ‘kwik cricket’ from some of the youngsters in the club and a Twenty20 match involving Bradley Stoke Cricket Club versus a celebrity team that included former footballers Scott Murray, Alex Russell, Lewis Carey, David Meyhew, and from rugby, Sean Marsden – all of whom helped the celebrity XI win the match.
The weather was absolutely fantastic and it is estimated that over 300 people were present on the day, many of whom stayed until the celebrity match had finished.
Photos: 1 Players all set to take part in the Twenty20 game. 2 Jack Russell MBE (left) and Mike Mundy (club president). 3 Spectators enjoy the Twenty20 game.
This article originally appeared in the July 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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