In November 2017 Michael Savage once more arranged a fund raising luncheon on behalf of Primary Club.
This seemingly indestructible octogenarian – whose infectious enthusiasm and energy fill the room – has again achieved a very successful result for Primary Club funds, raising just under four thousand pounds this time.
Nov 8th saw the gathering at Northamptonshire County Golf Club, the well established venue for this annual charity luncheon. Welcoming around sixty Primary Club members and friends to the occasion Michael had great pleasure introducing his guest speaker Matthew Fleming, immediate past president of the MCC.
Prior to the speaker’s presentation several fund raising activities took place with renowned auctioneer John “Bomber” Harris touring the tables to auction copies of the hot-off-the press autobiography by Henry Blofeld “Over and Out”, and then he presided over a general auction of nine items.
During the meal Primary Club hon. rep David Bentley gave a brief welcome on behalf of Primary Club and related inspiring experiences visiting blind tenpin finals over a number of years. He then presented greetings and apologies for absence from long serving Primary Club Hon Sec Chris Larlham who had been bowled out for just one run by the guest speaker during an old-boys cricket match in 1984. Tribute was then paid to Michael, and the value and importance of his contributions over the seven years was stressed.
Speaker Matthew Fleming gave a polished presentation and regaled his audience with anecdotes and stories, and even mentioned his admiration for Michael Savage’s dedication to the Primary Club cause, pointing out that Michael was single minded when it came to fund raising. He then cited undivided support for the Primary Club and particularly blind cricket, and stated that he would personally support an application for the blind cricket knockout finals to be played at Lord’s on the Nursery Ground.
A number of professional cricketers were in attendance including Laurie Johnson Northants CCC, Robin Matthews Leicestershire CCC, and Clive Radley Middlesex and England.
The total raised over the years by Michael’s fund raising luncheons now well exceeds £26000 and is an important and irreplaceable contribution to Primary Club funds.
The 2018 luncheon is planned for Wednesday October 31st when it is hoped Sir Tim Rice will be guest of honour.
Michael Savage holding the Bat, to be raffled, which is signed by all the players from The Australian Tour of England 2001. Supported by the following ex-players left to right: Laurie Johnson, Northants CCC; Robin Matthews, Leicestershire CCC; Matthew Fleming Immediate Past President MCC, Kent and England; Clive Radley, Middlesex and England.