Bishops Cannings Cricket Club Sportsman’s Dinner 2020
Wednesday 1st April, 2020
Bar Opens: 6:30pm Dinner Served: 7:30pm
Dress Code: Collar, tie & jacket
Now in its 30th year, the Annual Sportsman’s Dinner will be taking place at Dauntsey’s School, West Lavington on Wednesday 1st April, hosted once again by our adopted “Bad Grandpa” and ex-England hockey goalkeeper Roger Dakin. Master of the “double entendre” and, according to some, omnipresent, Roger will be keeping the evening moving along and introducing our speakers.
There will be a large bar offering a selection of ales, lagers & ciders (kindly staffed by the Devizes Round Table). We are promised an excellent three-course meal prepared by the catering team at Dauntsey’s School all to be washed down with Ed’s plonk (if you must) or The Peppermill’s fine wines.
Mike Tindall, MBE
Hailing from Otley, West Yorkshire, Mike played club rugby for Bath & Gloucester and made his England debut in the 2000 Six Nations against Ireland (scoring a try). He went on to play for England for the next 11 seasons – including being part of the 2003 World Cup winning team. Shortly before retiring from the game in 2014, he enjoyed a brief amateur career in Dwarf Throwing before returning to grass roots rugby at Minchinhampton RFC.
Apart from breaking his nose on 8 occasions, his other claim to fame is being married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips – 18th in line to the throne.
Today he works with a number of charities including the Matt Hampson Foundation and Rugby for Heroes.
One of the first black comedians on the UK circuit, Ian’s humour is as fresh, original and contemporary today as it was when he first came on the scene. Rising to prominence as a stand-up comedian in the eighties, Ian first appeared on Cilla Black’s Surprise Surprise before going on to perform on talent show, New Faces.
The resulting success catapulted him into his very own theatre tour where he captivated audiences nationwide. Since then he has never looked back.
More to Come
I am informed by “Uncle Ed” that there will be more surprise entertainment to celebrate this 30th year. I have secured assurances that this does not include any brass bands or opera singers but he is keeping his cards close to his chest (for once!)
Tickets £50 per head (Tables available)
For tickets and tables, contact Ed Davies – 01380 860305 / 07967 022137 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the availability of Schedule 106 money, the club is planning to replace and increase the height of the netting on the road side of the ground. Huw Vaughan Johns please take note! And at the close of the 2020 season, we’re going to be carrying out extensive ground levelling work to create a flat surface in the outfield.
Where are they now?
We continue to be delighted that so many of the former club juniors continue to play for Bishops Cannings midweek and Sundays, and that so many of them are also playing all standards of league cricket – many for our partner club Potterne, plenty at other Wiltshire clubs (and for the county), and some even further afield.
Neil Clark captained the Potterne team that won their first West of England Premier League title – a major achievement. Our congratulations to Neil and Potterne.
Owen Alsop is now the player/coach at Burbage Cricket Club and helps out with the Wiltshire Youth County Cricket coaching programme.
And Tom Alsop established himself as the first choice wicketkeeper/batsman at Hampshire during the 2019 season, including an appearance at the last 50 over final to be played at Lords (Hampshire came second to an all-conquering Somerset team).
Most importantly, hardly a week goes by when one of the current Bishops Cannings’ playing or admin staff doesn’t bump into a former club junior still playing cricket somewhere else in Wiltshire!
Our biennial Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot returns this year and will take place at our spectacular, regular venue – The Wellington Barn, Calstone. This year’s event is our seventh and takes place on Friday 5th June.
The six previous shoots have raised some £250,000, with all proceeds going to a range of local and national charities, including Julia’s House, Dorothy House, Ataxia, and the Devizes Opportunity Centre.
In response to the huge interest shown in this event, we’re increasing the number of teams from 40 to 50, with additional stands planned, alongside the post-shooting dinner and charity auction.
This is a great event in which to be involved, whether as a shooter, sponsor or as a volunteer helper.
The 2019 season statistics
Last year, we hosted 85 games of cricket at our Coate ground, from U11s to our senior citizens, Old Farts, and all ages in between! We were proud to host representative games for various Wiltshire county youth teams, including an U17 girls’ game, against a range of other counties, including Dorset, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
We also hosted the county final of the Schools National Under 15 Competition – between Marlborough College and Dauntseys School.
We continue to be sponsored by the Peppermill of Devizes, and we are enormously grateful to Phil O’Shea for his generous, ongoing support.