‘How we all pitched in to make Grantham’s first Howzat Festival a success’

Jo Green, secretary of Grantham Cricket Club and member of Howzat Festival's organising committee 3C Promotions.
Jo Green, secretary of Grantham Cricket Club and member of Howzat Festival's organising committee 3C Promotions.
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The first Howzat Festival at Grantham Cricket Club in July had people bowled over by local musicians uniting to fund-raise for local causes.

Following its success, we spoke to Jo Green, Grantham CC secretary and committee member of organisers 3C Promotions – which stands for ‘charity, cricket, concert’.

Crowds soak up the atmosphere at the Howzat Festival.

Crowds soak up the atmosphere at the Howzat Festival.

How did you become involved with the club?

I applied for a PA role and was told my new employer had become chairman of Grantham Cricket Club, and I would be secretary. I knew very little about cricket, but received a very warm welcome from a fantastic group of volunteers who have kept the club going over many years. Club secretary is a varied position – I’ve looked after league administration matters, sorting fixture dates, registrations, kit orders, committee meetings, health and safety, and child welfare. Last year I spent about six months preparing the club for its Clubmark accreditation, which recognises Grantham CC as a well-run, well-managed club with good procedures for keeping its members, particularly our 100-plus junior members, safe. This was a requirement for our first team to be promoted to the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League, and we were delighted to pass on the first visit. There’s a massive amount of work behind the scenes, but I’m really proud of how the club has progressed over the last two-and-a-half years, and to have been instrumental in that progress.

Tell us about 3C Promotions.

The committee members are chair Ian Mihill (also chairman of Grantham CC), Barry Phillips of the Rotary Club of Grantham, Paul Wilson from the Grantham Preparatory School, treasurer Jo Batey, me, and Joe Peck and Charli Baynes (website and publicity). Joe plays for our Saturday and Sunday first team and is under-11 coach at Grantham CC. Charli is our first team scorer on Saturdays and Sundays. Our aim is to use local musical talent to raise funds for local charities, and our excellent space and facilities to raise awareness of Grantham CC, giving people the opportunity to find out more about local cricket and maybe inspire them to have a go.

Howzat Festival, Grantham: Premier Cru

Howzat Festival, Grantham: Premier Cru

What made 3C Promotions decide to organise the Howzat Festival and how do you feel it went?

It was Ian’s idea to host a concert to coincide with the Lincolnshire CCC fixture in the minor counties league, which we hosted over three days in July. We only started planning in April, so it was an incredibly busy few months and a very steep learning curve, but I feel the event was a huge success. I was delighted with the turnout and feedback from performers and people who attended. Roy Wright and Sharon Evans of the Grantham Carnival and Events Group were incredibly helpful in the planning stages, so special thanks have to go to them, and to the Rotary volunteers who helped marshal the event. Many from Grantham CC helped with car parking and stewarding – I’m really grateful to them all for giving up a very rare free Sunday in the season.

Are there plans for more?

Definitely, we hope to have the date for next year’s festival soon, then planning can begin. Keep up to date by checking our Facebook page, Twitter and at www.howzatcharityfestival.co.uk

We are hoping to involve the local business community to a greater extent, with details on sponsorship opportunities being sent out early in 2016. To get involved with the club or the festival, contact me on jogreen@thetrustgroup.co.uk

Any other events coming up?

At our last match of the season on September 20, the President’s XI will take on the Chairman’s XI. All are welcome. On October 10, Grahame Lloyd is coming to the club to give a talk on his book ‘Howzat: the Six Sixes Mystery’ which celebrates the 40th anniversary of Garry Sobers hitting Malcolm Nash for six sixes off six balls for the first time in the history of the game in 1968. Email me to purchase tickets.