7 March 2016
Fundraiser at Lord's
King’s parents, OAs, friends, staff and sponsors gathered at Lord’s recently to celebrate the success of King’s cricket with international star, Jos Buttler, a former Tuckwell House pupil who left King’s in 2009.The evening started with a tour of Lord’s and an insight into the history, art, and nooks and crannies of the Pavilion. Guests were taken into the changing rooms, saw the famous honours boards and heard about the superstitions and routines of some well-known players. A drinks reception was held in the Bowlers’ Bar, with Roger Knight OBE welcoming guests in his role as as Custos of King’s Schools and also the current MCC President.
The Writing Room, overlooking the ground itself, was a grand setting for the dinner. Five tables of guests ranging in age from 23 to 86 enjoyed a wonderful meal, followed by an auction in aid of the King’s College Sports Hub Appeal. The auction was led by a King’s parent and governor, Charles Clark, whose persuasive skills meant that a substantial amount of money was raised on the night.
The highlight of the evening for the cricket fans was the Q&A session with Jos Buttler and King’s Director of Cricket Phil Lewis, also a former pupil. Jos answered a range of questions about the Indian Premier League, bat technology, captaincy and influential players, and provided a valuable insight into England cricket. He captivated the room with his honesty and his thoughtful responses.