The next meeting of the Society will take place at Queen's Park on Tuesday 13th January 2015.
Our meetings take place in the pavilion at the Queen's Park cricket ground unless members are informed otherwise. Membership costs £5. Visitors are welcome for a small fee which will be refunded if the visitor becomes a member on the evening.
Meetings begin at 7.45 p.m. and are held monthly from October to March. The evenings vary from Monday to Thursday.
Founded in 1963, we are the "senior" of the three societies in Derbyshire.
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The photo shows Peter Pyemont, Niven Roper & Christopher Pyemont
Photo courtesy of John Windle
Ex Headteachers Peter and Christopher Pyemont certainly achieved this with a distinctive, unconventional talk to CCLS members that could be better described as a performance or an entertainment.
Whatever the definition it left members thrilled with such a different evening which incorporated speech, drama, song, film, humour and ‘props’. Despite their long trip from Sussex on which they encountered serious delays they displayed an infectious love of the game and boundless energy.
The subject for the two brothers was ‘A History of the Ashes’, their presentation starting with the ‘birth’ of cricket and ending with the last Ashes series, of which we really did not wanted to be reminded.
A typical comment from the evening was, when describing the Bodyline Tour it was stated that it had ‘shifted cricket’s tectonic plates’.
Film footage of W G Grace, Harold Larwood, Bradman, Laker etc. were shown, with commentaries from amongst others, John Arlott who, when commenting on Bradman’s first ball in his last innings in an Ashes series said ‘ he plays back and gently hits the ball in the direction of the Houses of Parliament’. The next ball Arlott is rendered speechless for obvious reasons!
During the evening tributes were paid to another commentator, Christopher Martin – Jenkins who had attended the school the two brothers had taught at.
The Movietone News clip of Laker’s final two wickets at Old Trafford showed when the 19th wicket fell just gentle handshakes all round rather than the ‘high fives’ which may have been offered in modern times.
When the last ball of the 2005 Edgbaston Test was shown, Niven Roper was unable to comment on the question of if it was out. Of course it was?
In a span of 132 years there has been 320 Ashes matches of which Australia have won 128 (40%), England 103 (32%) with 89 (28%) being drawn.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening ended with great appreciation being shown by all present.
Five Batsmen, One All-rounder, One Wicketkeeper, Three Fast Bowlers, One Spinner. You should also nominate a captain. Good luck with that.
David Marshall & James Pipe
John Barclay & Edwin Smith
David Marshall & John Barclay
Trevor Bowring, David Marshall & Bob Wood
John Barclay meeting,134 people enjoy a superb meal
John Morris & David Marshall
Trevor Bowring, Jim Parks & Jim Brailsford
Matthew Maynard & David Marshall
Niven Roper & Chris Kelly
Ray East & Mike Taylor
Chris Read & David Marshall
Steve Garratt & Niven Roper
Steve Franks & Alan West
Steve Kirby & David Marshall
Keith Loring & Mike Taylor
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