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The Society was founded in 1935 by the Hon FSG Calthorpe and Captain EIM   Barratt, and its first President was Sir FS Jackson. The Calthorpe and Jackson Trophies are contested annually.

The first AGM reported to be held at Worplesdon GC was in 1946 when FH Knott was elected Hon Sec: he also happened to be Secretary of Worplesdon! Professional cricketers were elected as full members for the first time in 1949 and a block subscription first paid to WGC in 1956.

The lists of candidates and those elected to membership reads like a pantheon of the game:

  • Douglas Jardine was a candidate in 1936 when Lord Tennison was on the Committee and Lord Hawke was a member.
  • Don Bradman was invited to join in 1947 but it is not recorded whether he accepted.
  • Len Hutton was invited in 1949 but turned it down!
  • A selection of those elected includes Hobbs, Gover, Ames, Compton (both), Sandham, Strudwick, and the Bedser twins, along with GO Allen, HA Pawson, JG Dewes, K Cranston, DB Carr, GHG Doggart, TE Bailey, DJ Insole, and W Wooler.
  • Ted Dexter, Peter Parfitt, John Murray and Alec Bedser continue to turn out for the society today
  • 2010 will see increased promotion and awareness amongst all past and present county cricketers in order to continue the society's rich history





Alec Bedser



Ted Dexter