We would like to thank all those who supported the memorial event on the 28th July for another enjoyable cricket match and entertaining evening celebration. The day saw £708 raised for the Memorial Fund. Selection is now underway for our second bursary student for Pathshala South Asia media Academy. Without such generous attendance, performance (on the field and on-stage) and encouragement the day would not be the special part of the year it has become.
Earl of Rochester’s XI secure third win
The third annual cricket match for the Sam Banks Memorial Trophy was played on a low, slow wicket on 28th July. Batsmen on both sides found it a difficult pitch to judge and found themselves into their strikes too soon. The Earl of Rochester’s XI only just passed 130, but at tea that looked as if it might be enough given the conditions.
In the event the Old Duns, captained as ever by Colin Baty, only mustered 100 in reply. It was not as nail-bitingly close as the first two encounters, but still a very enjoyable game of cricket with some fine moments. Given that it was a bowler’s wicket, Hugo Boatright’s patient 44 not out won him the Man of the Match award.
Thanks to the team of sandwich makers whose work was greatly appreciated by both players and spectators. Donations for the tea really helped boost funds too.
After the game there was a barbecue to enjoy and then an evening of live music. Sam’s uncle, John Gower, provided sausages and marinated loins of pork produced from his own free range pig farm in Devon, Quiet Waters Farm. The recipes, including homemade Gremolata, Chimichurri and green sauce and a vegetarian option of smashed beetroot and goats cheese were all prepared by him. Thanks to all those who provided salads and puddings.
The live music was kicked off by the exceptional talent of Freddy Sheed on drums accompanied by improvisations from Jamie West Oram on guitar. Together they drew the crowd to the marquee to begin a night of skilled musicianship with a wonderfully receptive audience. We’d like to say a big thank you to all the performers: Maria Guy for bringing together a three part harmony with Flo Robson, Kate Banks and Jordon Theis on violin; Gabriel Bruce’s soulful baritone; Charlie Millar on guitar with a beautiful new composition in memory of Sam; the hauntingly lyrical songs of Emma-Lee Moss; Jack Finch’s striking solo voice with folk songs including one of Sam’s favourites, ‘A Health to the Company’; Daisy Gower’s stunning debut; Joe and Graham Banks performed ‘Summertime Blues’, shortly followed by Graham, Freddy Sheed, Jamie West Oram, Charlie Millar and Joe Summerfield in some excellent improvised blues that got the audience on their feet. Finally, Johnny White, Josh Alexander and Joe returned to play ‘Lord Antenna’ by popular demand (the track is available to listen to on this website). The standard of musicianship remains undeservedly high and we really can’t express our gratitude enough.