“Dickie Bird my life in cricket” – Exhibition at Barnsley Museum

Visitors will be bowled over by the latest free exhibition to arrive at Experience Barnsley. ‘Dickie Bird: My Life in Cricket’ celebrates the life, times and achievements of one Yorkshire’s most famous sportsmen.

On display for the first time, between Saturday 18 February and Sunday 14 May, is a selection of Dickie’s personal objects as well as a new film about his life. The exhibition charts his story from early days as the footballing son of a miner to becoming the world’s most famous cricket umpire.

Full details can be found on the Barnsley Museum website

Dickie and Dave Callaghan’s Question of Sport

On 10 November in the Old Pavilion, Headingley this was supported by some 105 people including several new “support” tables who plan a repeat visitDave Callaghan had recovered from illness  and presented the event perfectly with assistance from Melanie and Jo.  Our new Trustee Peter Mason brought his friend Aria Tahieri who had appeared as “A secret Millionaire” in the Channel 4 TV series.  The team that won the £200 Quiz Prize very generously donated the money back to The Foundation. We plan to hold the fourth of this annual event in November 2017.

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Brook Scoops Award

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The Dickie Bird Foundation is supporting the development of Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s individual Academy players. This year’s nominated player is Harry Brook.

Brook, 17, who made his First Class debut for Yorkshire against Pakistan A at Headingley in June, was selected in recognition of an outstanding season.

Dickie, who presented the award outside the Carnegie Pavilion, hopes that it will be possible to make an annual award to promising young Academy players.

“I am particularly delighted to support young Harry who has so impressed Martyn Moxon and the coaches during the last year,” he said. “It is especially satisfying that my Foundation can honour someone from my beloved Yorkshire County Cricket Club – the most well-known cricket club in the World.”

The vision of Dickie’s Foundation is to assist young people to participate, to the best of their ability, in the sport of their choice irrespective of their social circumstances, culture or ethnicity and to ensure that, in doing so, they improve their chances both inside and outside sport. On this occasion Dickie and his fellow Trustees are particularly pleased to include cricket as one of the numerous sports receiving donations.

Yorkshire CCC’s Academy & Development Coach Richard Damms said: “I am delighted that Harry has been awarded the accolade by the Dickie Bird Foundation. Harry is a talented young batsman who has come through the Yorkshire Schools age group teams and is now a member of the YCCC Academy.

“He is a regular in the 2nd XI and has most recently been selected to represent England U19s in the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka. We all wish him well.

“This most generous award will help talented young players on their journey to becoming professionals for Yorkshire. It is a fantastic gesture and one that is very much appreciated by Harry and all at Yorkshire CCC.”

St James’ Place Wealth Management Donation

St James’ Place Wealth Management has donated £1,000 from its Charitable Foundation.  Adrian Brook (Partner) is shown presenting the cheque to Dickie.  We are most grateful for the support shown by this high profile Company.

Adrian Brook of St James' Place Wealth Management presents their cheque to Dickie

Adrian Brook of St James’ Place Wealth Management presents their cheque to Dickie

Golf Day Success

On a glorious day in July The Foundation and The Ryan Sidebottom Cricket Academy held their first Charity Golf Day that is expected to become an annual event.  The splendid course and facilities at Moor Allerton Golf Club was an excellent venue and enjoyed by all who participated.  There were prizes for “longest drive”, “nearest the pin” and winning team and runners up.  An impromptu ladies prize was also provided on the day.  After a buffet and drinks Dickie recounted some of his cricket memories with our Event Organiser Dave Callaghan (BBC voice of Yorkshire cricket and SKY).

The success of the Golf Day has encouraged us to repeat it in future years.  Details will be posted on the Site in March 2017.

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Dickie Bird visits the pub in Keighley named in his honour

On 6th March 2016 Dickie Bird paid a return visit to ‘The Dickie Bird’ pub in Long
Lee, Keighley where he generously gave his time to allow fans and supporters to take photographs, sign autographs and buy memorabilia to boost funds for ‘The Dickie Bird Foundation’ which helps disadvantaged young people participate in sport. Dickie is a real ‘trooper’ and has already donated £55.000 of his own money to help The Foundation.

Many thanks to Colin and Bev who run the pub and support The Foundation. The
hospitality received was first class.

Dickie behind the bar with Colin and Bev

Dickie behind the bar with Colin and Bev

The Ryan Sidebottom Foundation

In December Dickie, Vic and Ted visited Ryan Sidebottom’s Cricket Academy and met the children (see photo)  This a very worthy cause that we have supported for the first time this year.   A more formal visit with a Press Call will be arranged in the summer.

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Dickie’s Question of Sport/Meal/Comedian/Auction/Raffle

The event was very successful, being supported by some 120 people (increase from 80 last year).  Principal guests were Kate and Ryan Sidebottom together with Martin Moxon as captain of the CNG team (sponsors of the evening).  For a second year, the Dickie Bird Pub won the Quiz and donated the £200 prize back to The Foundation.