Life Members

What is a life member?


Honorary Life Membership is an honour conferred on a Club Member who in the opinion of the Club General Committee has given many years of special service to the club.

Club Life Members

Mike Gatting OBE

BRONDESBURY COLTS AND ADULT CRICKET SECTION MEMBER 1970 TO 1975. MIDDLESEX COUNTY CRICKET CLUB PROFESSIONAL 1975 TO 1998.
CAPTAIN OF MIDDLESEX 1983 TO 1997. ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL 1977 TO 1995. ENGLAND CAPTAIN 1986 TO 1988.
AWARDED OBE BY THE QUEEN IN 1987 FOR SERVICES TO CRICKET.

MIKE AWARDED HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP IN 1986 FOLLOWING HIS APPOINTMENT AS THE ENGLAND CAPTAIN.

Tony Ayre

JOINED THE CRICKET SECTION IN 1969. GENERAL COMMITTEE 1976 TO 2012. CLUB TREASURER 1988 TO 2008. GROUND CHAIRMAN 1985 TO 2009.

CRICKET COMMITTEE 1972 TO 2012. CHAIRMAN CRICKET COMMITTEE 1985 TO 2012. BRONDESBURY CC FIRST TEAM CAPTAIN.

TONY AWARDED HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP IN 1994 FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE CLUB.

Peter Lowrey

JOINED THE CRICKET SECTION IN 1978. BRONDESBURY CC COLTS CHAIRMAN 1979 TO 2016. PLAYING MEMBER 1978 T0 1995. CAPTAINED 4TH ELEVEN. GROUND CHAIRMAN 1980 TO 1984.

PETER AWARDED HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP IN 2004 FOR 26 YEARS SERVICE TO THE COLTS SECTION.

RETIRED IN 2016 AFTER COMPLETING 37 YEARS AS BRONDESBURY COLTS CHAIRMAN.

Colin Kay

SQUASH SECTION MEMBER. BAR CHAIRMAN FOR MANY YEARS. 

AWARDED HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP FOR SERVICES TO THE CLUB.

Lawrence Bellman

СRICKET SECTION MEMBER

Tony Elkins

СRICKET SECTION MEMBER

Les Elliott

CRICKET SECTION MEMBER

Alan Goss

CRICKET SECTION MEMBER

Ian Kidd

CRICKET SECTION MEMBER

Jean Leppard

CRICKET SECTION MEMBER

Joan Lowrey

CRICKET SECTION MEMBER

Jamie McCombe

CRICKET SECTION MEMBER

Sylvia White

CRICKET SECTION MEMBER

Matt Bamford

TENNIS SECTION MEMBER

Matt joined the club in 1999 never having played tennis before but possessed of a remarkable talent for sports. Within a very short time he had learned to play well enough to join the club's second team, something that defies understanding, as he achieved this without taking a single tennis lesson. But then Matt is a very special person both in his talents and in his commitment to the club.

As a youth he was competing internationally at javelin but was forced to abandon the sport before achieving his potential due to injury. He has developed a highly successful career as a physical trainer, acquiring a first rate reputation in this field, and demonstrating a deep understanding of how the body works. On moving to West Hampstead with his family he joined the club as a family, with his wife and two children.

After a few years in the men's second team, Matt became its captain in 2003, and demonstrated a leadership style that inspires commitment amongst his team members. He became captain roughly at the nadir of its fortunes after a season in which it had fallen to the same level as the men's 3rd team, Division 9 in the Middlesex Slazenger NE league. The team achieved promotion in all but one of the subsequent years, including one year when it was promoted by two divisions, having won every match and led the division that year by a wide margin. This coming season the men's 2nd team is in Division 2, snapping at the heels of the men's 1st team, led by the club head coach.

During this period, Matt has suffered a significant health set-back that would have caused any normal person to abandon sport. Partly or possibly wholly as a result of a (benign) tumour in his back he has lost all sensation and most motor function in his left leg. Despite this obstacle, which any normal person, would probably consider insuperable, he has maintained his playing standard and continues to play at a 2nd team playing level. His mental strength rubs off on his team mates and, while victory at standard of Div 2 is far from assured, many would still expect it.

In addition, to this, in response to the need to raise funds to replace the rotting tennis hut, he has masterminded two talent shows in 2008 and 2009, which were stunning entertainment successes as well as raising roughly £8-9000 mostly from the auctions associated with the shows. This was a remarkable feat of leadership and organization which by itself probably deserved this award. Coupled with the sporting achievement it is unlikely to be surpassed, except, perhaps by himself.

The club owes Matt a great deal.  

  

Edward Ben-Nathan

TENNIS SECTION MEMBER

 

 

 

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