Five new Honorary Life Members of Surrey County Cricket Club were appointed at the Club’s recent Annual General Meeting.
The title of Honorary Life Member (HLM) is given to a Club Member who has provided outstanding service and support to the Club or to the wider game of cricket in Surrey.
Honours are discussed and agreed by the Club’s Appointments Committee and ratified by Members at the Club AGM.
The five new HLM’s appointed at this year’s AGM are:
For more than 60 years, Jim Faulkner has endeavoured to ensure that cricketers – and those involved in other sports – have space to play.
He was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2017 for his services to sport and the community, first becoming involved in cricket aged 14 when he became team secretary for the colts section of a club which held its meetings in a pub run by his father in Caterham.
Jim joined Warlingham CC in the 1960s, where he quickly became involved in the running of the club, going on to become Secretary and then Chairman. Tandridge Sports Council also benefited from his presence and in 1982 he became the cricket representative of the Surrey County Playing Fields Association, going on to become the long-serving General Secretary. He received a National Playing Fields Association President’s Certificate from the Duke of Edinburgh.
Among many other sporting roles, he is a presence on the facilities working group of the Surrey Cricket Foundation, helping clubs across the county improve their grounds. His contribution to cricket and sport across Surrey has been enormous and far-reaching.
When the future of Purley CC – founded in 1905 – was in grave danger two years ago, it was no surprise that Andy Sugarman was heavily involved in saving the club.
He has filled many roles there since first becoming involved when his son Harry joined the colts more than three decades ago, including chairing the committee. His energy and resourcefulness being invaluable when they were threatened by a scheme to install a hockey pitch across their outfield.
Happily, that idea was defeated and, after much work, Purley lived to fight another day so that the many young players Andrew has helped take their early steps in the game – which included inaugurating the girls section – can look forward to playing on one of the county’s most impressive grounds.
The club have staged Surrey Second XI cricket on many occasions, in which he had a leading role. He has recently been awarded the Surrey Cricket Foundation OSCA for lifetime achievement.
Few people have enjoyed the insight into the inner workings of Surrey and the people around the club than Dingle Newton enjoyed over many years. It’s fair to say that Surrey County Cricket Club runs in her blood.
Her father, Sir George Edwards (president in 1979) was among the most influential people involved in the running of club over many decades, offering wise counsel to players and administrators alike, and when she was young Dingle would score matches he was playing in and around Guildford.
Dingle’s later partnership with Derek Newton (president in 2004) strengthened her role within the Surrey cricket family, a wonderful ambassador for the club at home and abroad over many years, making many friends on their travels.
Despite suffering a long-standing and serious illness herself, she remained a tower of strength for Derek during his own illness before dying last year. Bringing her own grandchildren to Surrey’s T20 games underlines Dingle’s determination to maintain her long-standing family link with the club.
Judy has been a wise friend and kindly host for many people over several decades, her commitment to the club echoing that of her husband David. Treasurer, chairman and then president – the only person to hold all three roles – David always made it plain that his contribution to Surrey would have been impossible without Judy’s presence and help, which included hosting in the committee room and travelling overseas. David’s death last year was a huge blow to everyone at the Kia Oval and Judy’s continued involvement – which will include opening the David Stewart Library later this season – is a delight to so many people.
First joining Surrey CCC as a young player in age-group cricket, Charlie Hodgson worked his way through the Surrey age-group sides, eventually playing nine games for the Second XI between 1997 and 1999 and winning the Surrey Championship three times with Weybridge CC.
After starting a career in the business of sport, Hodgson came back to work off the field at Surrey CCC. Starting out in sales and marketing, Hodgson was appointed as Commercial Director, promoted to Managing Director and then served as interim Chief Executive in 2021, where he led the Club through its second pandemic affected season.
Hodgson left the Club earlier this year after being appointed as Chief Executive of the South Australian Cricket Association in Adelaide.