Worcestershire CCC’s players, coaches and backroom staff were given a fascinating presentation about the history, tradition and values of the club by Heritage Co-Ordinator, Tim Jones.
Head Coach, Alex Gidman, asked Tim to deliver a presentation similar to the one he had listened to and taken in when himself becoming a Worcestershire player six-and-a-half years ago.
Tim spoke about key moments and events from the County’s proud 156 year history under the banner of ‘how the past, our history and heritage, informs the present and the future.’
The hour long presentation sparked a positive response from all those present, including Gidman.
He said: “Tim Jones made a presentation to us about the history and traditions of the club. It was really important for a bit of a recap for some of us who have been at the club for a while and, for the new faces, an opportunity to learn a little bit about the history of the club.
“I remember when I joined the club as a player, I met Tim and he made a presentation to the team then and I found it fascinating.
“It wasn’t just about the new players and the younger players. It was a bit of a refresher for all of us really, especially with events of the last two years.
“It is easy to lose sight what a great traditional club this is and the values it was and is built on.
“Of course, I appreciate we’ve got to keep moving forward as well but at the same time it is very important that, as a playing group, we recognise the wonderful tradition and history of the club and learn as much as we can about it.”
Tim Jones said: “Alex asked me to do something and I talked to them about how the past, our history and heritage, informs the present and the future.
“It was a full house with all the players, coaches and backroom staff there.
“I had positive emails from Alan Richardson and Brett D’Oliveira who said ‘whenever I talk to you, I learn something different’ and good conversations afterwards with Dillon Pennington and Ed Barnard.”
Tim used events and figures from the club’s history including groundsman Fred Hunt, the Foster generation, Graeme Hick and the pavilion named in his honour, Fred Pearson, the club’s longest serving player, Frank Chester, who lost an arm in WW1 and became a Test umpire for 31 years, Basil D’Oliveira and his fight in the face of adversity, and winning the 2007 Pro 40 League after the great flood, to highlight key points.