The Essex Boundary Club are pleased to announce two special upcoming events for Members and supporters. Essex County Cricket Club will first be commemorating those who fell during the Great War between 1914-1918 with a trip to Ypres in Belguim. This will take place during October with travel and accomodation included.
This event is followed by the annual City Lunch at the Minster Exchange in London which will look back and celebrate the 1979 County Championship victory, joined by special guests John Lever and Ray East.
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Great War Commemoration:
The Essex Boundary Club in association with the Peter Edwards Museum and Library have arranged to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate in Ypres as an act of remembrance for the twelve Essex cricketers who lost their lives in the First World War.
This will take place during the nightly 8pm ‘Last Post’ ceremony at the Menin Gate on Thursday 9 October 2014.
There is an overnight package so that any Essex Cricket Members and supporters who wish to attend may do so together with friends or family.
Travel will be by executive coach from the The Essex County Ground at 10am on the Thursday 9 October and, following a ferry crossing to Calais, would hope to arrive in Ypres at approximately 4pm. Overnight accommodation at the Albion and Ambrosia Hotels has been arrange, which are both within five minutes walking distance of the Menin Gate.
On the following day we plan to visit the Essex Farm Cemetery at Ypres Salient. This battlefield location is where it is believed that, on the evening of the 2 May 1915, Major John McCrae composed the now famous poem “In Flanders Fields”.
Following that will be a visit the town of Poperinghe which billeted quarter of a million soldiers in 1917 whereas its population was just 12,000. It was affectionately known as “Pop” by the British soldiers.
The return journey will be early evening on Friday 10 October.
The cost is £165 per person (based on two people sharing) and includes all exclusive travel to and from Chelmsford and one night’s bed & breakfast at either of the hotels listed.
35th Anniversary Lunch – Celebrating Essex’s County Championship Win in 1979
The Essex Boundary Club are holding this year’s City Lunch to celebrate Essex winning win the County Championship for the first time in 1979.
The venue will once again be The Minster Exchange, Minster Court, London on Thursday 13 November 2014.
Our special guests are two of the most popular players from that triumphant Essex side – Ray East and John Lever.
East is widely regarded as one of the cricket’s funniest characters and was also an outstanding slow left-arm spin bowler with 1,010 first class wickets to his name. Lever’s playing career spanned 22 years with Essex and he took 1,473 first class wickets with his left-arm fast bowling.
As always at The Minster Exchange, an excellent three-course lunch is assured and the cost to Essex Boundary Club Members is £55 per head (£65 per guest).
If you have any queries or would like further details on either of the above events please contact Malcolm Rowley on 01245 284929 (direct line) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.