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Welcome to the new Essex Cricket Society website which will be updated and expanded when more content becomes available.   Its aim is to give a brief introduction to the Society, and also some advanced notice of events coming up for the new 2019-20 season, along with the new membership details.

The Society was founded in 1974.  It currently arranges a Programme of Meetings which run from October through to March.  We meet usually on the second Tuesday of each of these months in the Doug Insole Pavilion at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford between 8:00pm and 10:00pm.

At these meetings we have a cricket-related speaker who is usually either a current player, ex-player, author, administrator, coach or as at a couple of the 2018-19 meetings, members of the Essex County Cricket Club staff, who gave us enlightening talks and presentations on the work that the Essex Cricket Foundation does in taking cricket out into the Essex community.

Drinks are available to purchase at the licensed bar throughout the evening, and also tea, coffee and biscuits are available at the interval for a nominal charge.

The 2019-20 meeting schedule is almost complete - click here for the latest on our list of guest speakers.

Members of the Society also receive the Society newsletter - WILLOW TALK - which is published 3 times a year.
Guests and non-members are welcome to attend any of the meetings upon payment of a £6.00 entrance fee.

Membership forms are available for download on this website, and if you wish to join you can either follow the instructions on the form, or come along to a meeting and join on the night, where your guest fee will be refunded.

We are planning to run two Quiz Nights in conjunction with The Essex Boundary Club (the official ECCC supporters club) during the Society meetings season.   More details will be available on the website, and at the Society meetings.

One of the categories we are working on for inclusion on the website is an archive of material from the Society's inception to the present day, the first addition just made being a list of past meeting guests.   If you have anything related to the Society that you would be willing to share then please let us know.  For contact details - click here.

The two meetings so far have been well received, with Robin Hobbs and author Rob Kelly visiting in October and author Stephen Chalke in November.   The AGM precedes the December meeting when ex-player David Steele will be our guest.  A reminder to members - the AGM starts at 7:15pm, followed by our guest at 8:00pm.

The Winter edition of WILLOW TALK (no.180) will be published in time for the AGM.  Those members that have elected for a paper copy will either be able to collect it at the meeting on the 10th, or failing that, will receive it by post.  Those who have chosen to receive it by email, will receive it electronically.

As a one-off, from January 1st MEMBERSHIP FEES for the remainder of the meeting season have been reduced.
Click here for details.

The first of the archive additions to the site is now available - the complete list of past meeting speakers.   Click here for the Meetings page, and follow the links at the bottom.   Also, a new page detailing the current ECS COMMITTEE, and the special membership offer from January 1st as detailed above.

NEW - Details of a March 2020 Test Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka, which is available to Cricket Society members.
Click here for more.

NEW - A newpaper cutting of the 1979 University match at Lord's where Derek Pringle scored 103 not out for Cambridge against Oxford.   Derek will be our guest speaker on Tuesday 14th January next year.  Click here.

Finally, the RIVER GATE ENTRANCE remains closed at this time - further updates will be posted on this website - click here - and the ECCC website, when more information becomes available.

LATEST UPDATES:  The ECS current Committee - click here,  Archive of past meeting speakers - click here,
Reduced Term Membership Fees - click here,  March 2020 Test Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka - click here,
Derek Pringle's 1979 Lord's University newspaper match report - click here.

For information about Membership, click here.
Any membership enquiries, newsletter feedback/items of interest for the next edition or just want to get in touch? - click here.