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2022 Jubilee Celebration
Event Round-up

The Lord’s Taverners Celebrity Cricket XI held on the Jubilee weekend was a huge success with around 700 people joining in throughout the day.  We had plenty of sunshine and smiles with everyone saying how much they enjoyed themselves!

The grounds looked wonderful and as you entered you were greeted by a friendly smile, Jubilee Bunting everywhere and stunning brightly coloured, festival flags fluttering in the wind, you knew it was going to be a great day.

The day kicked off with a Cricket Masterclass for local young cricketers, by Stefan Jones, Andy Caddick and Mathew Hoggard and George Kennady, which was truly phenomenal and was thoroughly enjoyed by the cricketers and coaches.

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The Celebrity sporting lunch began at noon, with The ABSA Chairman, Chris Wood, thanking everyone and outlining his vision for the grounds.  The celebrities mixed and relaxed with the locals (have a look at some of the photos to spot the celebrities).  Nick Hancock entertained us with some amusing stories and Tony Hadley did really well in the True or False game but was pipped to the post by a well deserving young cricketer who has flourished under the tutelage of the Lord’s Taverners


Mathew Hoggard, George Schuter and Andy Caddick were then questioned hard by the locals and gave their thoughts on a wide range of sporting questions.


The auction was a huge success and thank you to Dave Bryon who skilfully helped the diner’s part with their cash and thank you to all those who donated such wonderful prizes.  We drew the raffle the following Saturday and the winners have been informed.

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During the afternoon the much-awaited Celebrity Cricket XI took place with spectators sitting around the grounds and enjoying the cricket, sunshine and beautiful space down at the grounds.  Lord's Taverners batted first making 148 for 6 wickets after 20 overs.

A Caddick made 41 and Matthew Hoggard 24 with Tom Stone and Stefan Jones putting on 32 and 21 not out respectively.  In reply ABSA XI captained by Crisping Taylor made 145 - 5 wickets losing the game on the last ball of the 20th over through a diving catch from Andy Caddick. ABSA notable batting was Will Maidstone 44, Matt Tracey 23 and Carl Clemenson 43 not out.

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Thank you to DJ Jose Luis who provided the chill music from the Star Tent which took (most)  guests smoothly from day to evening.  The Eighty Niners played pretty much non-stop all evening and the marquee was packed! Everyone was dancing, there was so much to celebrate and it rounded off the evening perfectly.  The usual Abbots Bromley dancing style was in evidence for most of the night and there were probably a few sore heads in the morning.

This event raised around £20,000 of our £200,000 target which was fantastic and we were, on top of this, able to give a substantial donation to the wonderful Lord’s Taverners youth charity who do so much to positively impact the lives of young people facing the challenges of inequality.

Thank you to all the Sponsors who helped make this day so special, we are truly grateful. 


We really want to say thank you to all those who volunteered on the day and leading up to the event,  to all the grounds people who, for years, have dedicated themselves to getting the pitches ready, to Katharine and all her events people who made the day run so smoothly, to all of the volunteer marshals, DJs, Celebrities, to all the local businesses  and all the many other people who helped – we could not have done it without you. 

Thank you!

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