Our 3rd Annual Summer Ball took place at Church Meadow, on Saturday 8th July. First organised in 2015, with the aim of raising funds for our new clubhouse, the Summer Ball has become an important part of our Summer calendar and a fun social event for players, families, members, locals and sponsors to look forward to!
This year we had 20 tables in the marquee, with 2 bars, a raffle, an auction and popular, local band ‘OX9’ performing live. The theme of the event was ‘Movies’, so everyone attending was encouraged to decorate their tables (and in some instances people dressed up themselves) in the theme of a chosen movie. The winners of the decorate-your-table competition were the guests of Angus Lachlan (vice-Chairman) with their excellent interpretation of the 1959 film “Some like it hot”. Photos of all of the tables can be found in the slideshow above.
Attended by nearly 200 people, the event raised over £5k towards our new clubhouse, which we aim to start building at the end of this season. Our biggest thank you goes to XT Brewing of Notley Abbey, Long Crendon for their sponsorship of the Ball.
We would like to thank the following for their kind donations to the auction:- J Bennett & Son Insurance Brokers, Travelodge, Upward Bound Trust (gliding experience), Andy McStay and the Studley Wood Golf Club, Andrew Sherratt, Matt Swain, Angus Lachlan, Rich Fisher at Red Bull, Chris Hanks and the Castle Royle Golf Club, Racquets Fitness Centre and Ben Buckland at Northants County Cricket Club.
We would also like to thank the following for their kind donations to the raffle:- Brothers Hair Salon, The Thatch, The “FROM” shop, Laura Yoga, CAAOS computer shop, Treacles Tea Room, Jack & Alice, Bliss Beauty, XT Brewing at Notley Abbey, James at JV Self Defence, Monera, Petcare, Rebellion brewery, Serious Cricket, Russett Jones Clothing and Tracy Anderson at CPM.
The Summer Ball would not be possible if it were not for the hard work of the Cricket Club’s volunteers. The organisation of the event itself was once again led fantastically by Ian McStay and Andy Jinman. Countless other volunteers from the club helped set up, take down and clean up, while the bars on the night were run by some of our younger, adult players. We owe a huge thank you to Mark Fellowes for supplying and setting up some of the audio equipment and then also filling in as auctioneer, at short notice.
Finally, we can’t forget that new clubhouse that we all want and need so badly! The Development team have done a brilliant job in raising hundreds of thousands of pounds, with huge support from Thame Town Council. Now it really is up to all of us, who will benefit from it, to raise the final tens of thousands. If you haven’t already done so, please consider buying a brick, which will be placed on a wall in the new clubhouse, so that your support for the building will be witnessed there for the next 40 years or more. You can find the link to buy-a-brick here. For more information about the new clubhouse itself, click here. Any further questions, please contact the Chairman, Matt Swain on firstname.lastname@example.org