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Date(s) - May 31, 2024
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

William Angliss

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Our next luncheon – at William Angliss Restaurant, 550 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne on Friday, 31st May, commencing at 12 noon fill be a feature on women in cricket.

The cost is $70 for members and their partners and $80 for non-members. This includes a two-course meal, tea/coffee plus entry into the Raffle. Drinks can be purchased at Bar Prices.

We will be joined by representatives of Victorian women’s cricket to talk all things related to the development and continued emergence of women’s cricket.

Our special guests will be author Inga Simpson and bat maker Clare Johnston.

Inga is a novelist and nature writer, her work explores our relationship with the natural world. Her book Willowman intertwines the stories of a batmaker and a prodigious junior talent.

Cricket has a willow heart. Batmakers around the world have tried everything, crafting bats from birch, maple, ash, even poplars . . . After two hundred years, cricket bat making is still beholden to a single species: salix alba caerulea – or white willow

Willowman is a love letter to the art and beauty of cricket and a meditation on the inner lives of certain kinds of men and women, for whom it is a way of life. Award-winning author Inga Simpson writes exquisitely about a national sport you will never view the same way again.

Clare Johnston played cricket from the age of 14 and was handy with the bat and particularly good at wicket keeping. She met the former Australian Cricketer, Ian Callen, at this time. Ian owned the local sports store and he asked an English team mate working in his shop to train Clare in the finer art of wicket keeping.

Many years later Ian put the call out across Australia to see if there was interest in reinvigorating the grand tradition of cricket bat making in Australia.  A ‘pod shaver’ himself Ian wanted to train people so that they could provide a service to their local cricketing community.  Clare took up the challenge and was the first female trained by Ian in March 2015.

​​“It was a fantastic experience and the fact that I can provide local support to cricket clubs where I live and produce bats that are beautifully crafted and will give someone great pleasure is a wonderful thing to be able to do!”

Payment for tickets can be made by;

Direct Deposit to: Australian Cricket Society – Account 143226314 BSB: 633000 Reference: [Your surname] WIC, e.g., Pahoff WIC

Cheques should be forwarded to: Australian Cricket Society PO Box 435 Doncaster Heights, 3109

You can also pay over the phone to: (Brian Tooth) 0400 501 473 You will need to provide Credit Card details (Name, Number, Expiry Date & Security number)


Inga Simpson

Clare Johnston