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18-01-2021: We have been contacted by the editor of a new magazine launched last year.
She introduces the publication below, and provides a synopsis of its aims:

My name is Annie Chave and I’m Editor of a quarterly publication called County Cricket Matters.  It is a publication that was initiated last year by me and a few other supporters on Twitter with the primary aim to champion & celebrate County Cricket.

We started the magazine to highlight what is happening to English cricket over the last few years and what we feel are the likely consequences for the county game.  We want to question what is happening with the advent of The 100; and most importantly we want to champion County Cricket.   The magazine features articles from established writers and journalists, like Duncan Hamilton and Paul Edwards as well as giving new writers a platform.  There are also interviews with cricketers most recently David Gower and Jason Gillespie.

Looking ahead, cricket in all its forms faces many challenges, but also has new opportunities to win new audiences, including for the county game which will have a different, perhaps more competitive format in 2021.   Our magazine has a balance between articles which celebrate the past and those which chart a path to a healthy future.  We want to encourage readers to give their views on questions such as:  How would you like to see county cricket develop?   What are the priorities for the county game?  How can more people be attracted to watch it?  And where should the county game aim to be in 2025?

May I end by saying that this is all totally self-funded.  It is not a money-making exercise, just purely to help County Cricket have a platform.  I only hope to make the money I’ve spent on it back and if I can help raise the profile of county cricket then that is all the better.  The more people that subscribe the better!

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The magazine is £2.50, and it comes out in March, June, September and December.
For more, please visit our website -

She also wishes to encourage readers to submit articles for future editions and is also keen to point out that it is a publication for, and produced by, cricket lovers!

To give a flavour of the magazine, Annie has kindly consented to allow us to reproduce two articles from recent editions featuring Robin Hobbs - Robin Hobbs and Jason Gillespie - Jason Gillespie.  It is certainly worth a look.

The Society Archive contains collections of currently available archive material:

※ MEETINGS - The complete list of meetings and speakers from the Society beginnings.   UPDATED 

※ GUEST SPEAKERS* - A photo gallery of past speakers.   UPDATED 

※ PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS* - A photo gallery of player of the year awards.

The archive will be expanded and more categories will be added, but for now - click here.

*These sections are incomplete so if anyone has something we can add, please get in touch -

Peter Edwards Museum and Library

The Friends of The Peter Edwards Museum and Library organisation was formed twelve years ago with the express purpose of supporting, in a variety of ways, the efforts of the band of volunteers who run the museum on a day to day basis.
Volunteers are responsible for cataloguing the collection, researching, purchasing items for the museum, arranging exhibitions and the displays, assisting visitors (who are very welcome), and answering enquiries, both verbal and written, all with an Essex flavour.

It is encouraging for our volunteers to feel that their varied input is appreciated by our 'Friends' and it is important that our activities are communicated.   To this end we publish an occasional Newsletter and, separately, the results of our research.  These are circulated to 'Friends' free of charge.

We are always delighted to welcome new 'Friends' and will be pleased to send the latest Newsletter to anyone who might be interested.  Application may be made to Tony Debenham either by email at or by post to
4 Vere Gardens, Henley Road, Ipswich, IP1 4NZ.  Please ensure in either case that you include your name and address.

With my thanks and best wishes,  Tony