PASSAGE OF PLAY : A rationale
One of the best books on cricket ever written, ‘Beyond a Boundary’ is unusual in a number of ways. The author, C.L.R. James was an academic, versed in the arts and social history. West Indian, a native of Trinidad, writer and political activist,he was also an astute observer of the human condition and a perceptive commentator on the game of cricket.
In the preface to ‘Beyond a Boundary’ he writes, ‘this book is neither cricket reminiscences nor autobiography. It poses the question, ‘What do they know of cricket who only cricket know? To answer involves ideas as well as facts.’
‘Passage of play’ has been informed by that understanding. In some ways it evolved with the writing. Partly autobiographical, it begins with my being named after an Australian Test Match cricketer* and tells of my growing love affair with the game. I have come to understand the truth which James so eloquently expounds, that cricket is a reflection of human life and society. So I have related significant aspects of my own story through the lens of cricket..how it has informed my perception of class, racism relationships, change, etc. The book explores this through cameos of players & events. In the introduction I say: ‘For me, cricket, especially in its longer form, mirrors life in all its varied shades and meanings . In the interaction between play and lived experience, both humorous and serious, I have been enriched, enlightened and inspired. What do they know of cricket who only cricket know? asked James. Perhaps he might have added that only those whose lives have been marked by the experience of failure and tragedy as well as success, and happiness can fully appreciate the game of cricket.
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*Warren Bardsley (New South Wales and Australia 1909-26) was an accomplished left-hand
batsman, made over fifty first-class centuries, and was the first player of any country to score a century in both innings of a Test Match (the Oval 1909)
Children, Youth & Families Worker in the South Worcestershire Circuit based at Bromyard Road Methodist Church, Worcester WR2 5DL
Pay: £12.50 per hour, 15 hours per week.
To start February 2020 for 3 years
Closing date: 12 noon Friday 10th January 2020
Interview date: Friday 24th January 2020
We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and self-motivated person to work with us to lead and develop our ministry among children, young people and families. This will be a friendly and supportive working environment with opportunities for development and working with others.
The current work includes working with children and young people and volunteer leaders in the Sunday Club and our two thriving toddler clubs but we are also looking to widen our mission to youth and families through other events and activities.
An application form and further information is available from Vanessa Hearn at the Circuit Office, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Equipment Amnesty
Saturday 16th November, Four Oaks Methodist Church
Walking frames, sticks, wheelchairs and other aids are needed. We can ‘upcycle’ them to Sierra Leone as part of Deacon Marilyn’s Sabbatical Project. A full container is planned for! Bring your items please at any time on Saturday 16th November. For further information contact Peter Cashmore, 07966 875 585.
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