What a fantastic time we had today opening the cricket pavilion for London Open House Weekend.
The pavilion is usually used by members of the Mitcham Cricket Club (the other MCC!) and their guests, but today it was opened to the public free of charge.
We ran a couple of special events at the same time. Local author Keith Booth, a Surrey and England cricket scorer, signed copies of his book “Lives In Cricket: Tom Richardson – A Bowler Pure and Simple” before dashing off to take part in a cricket match.
Meanwhile a specially organised walk around the Cricket Green took in some local historic sights and culminated in a tea in the pavilion.
We also had a display of historic photographs and a rolling slideshow of interesting information about the pavilion and the cricket club.
Not to mention tea and cakes on tap!
We had lots of visitors, both local and from further afield. All in all a very good day.
You can see the photos we took on the day at our Flickr site here.
We’re really delighted to be able to announce that there will be a book signing at our London Open House event at the Cricket Pavilion on 22 September.
Surrey and England cricket scorer Keith Booth will be signing copies of his latest book “Lives In Cricket: Tom Richardson – A Bowler Pure and Simple” between 10 am and 12 noon at the pavilion on Cricket Green.
Although there have been a number of profiles and copious mentions of Richardson in cricket literature and his statistical achievements have been well documented, there has not until now been a full-scale biography. Keith Booth has written a detailed and lively account of Tom Richardson’s life which should appeal to local people because of his long association with Mitcham Cricket Club.
Keith Booth said “I have played on the Cricket Green a few years ago, but that was before I knew very much about Tom Richardson. It is a pleasure to be returning now to where he played his early cricket. It should be a great day.”
Mitcham Cricket Club is the ground where cricket has been played longer continuously than anywhere else in the world – over 300 years.
The pavilion is opening free of charge to the public as part of London Open House weekend between 10am and 5pm.
The London Open House event is being hosted jointly by Mitcham Cricket Club and Mitcham Cricket Green Community and Heritage.
London Open House is an annual event which takes place every September. Over a set weekend hundreds of locations in London open to the public free of charge, allowing people to see places that in many cases they would not normally have access to.
For the second year we are working with Mitcham Cricket Club to open the pavilion on Cricket Green. It is a fantastic building, stuffed with historic photographs and cricketing paraphanalia. It is unique in being the only cricket pavilion separated from its ground by a main road – the A239, and it is a common sight to see players crossing the road during matches.
The cricket pavilion is open to all from 10.00am till 5.00pm on Saturday 22 September.
The pavilion is one of several Mitcham locations opening to the public and there are many more throughout the borough. More details from Merton Council’s web site.
If you would like to know more about Open House venues throughout London then visit the London Open House web site.