Our Vice President Ian Brent-Smith has let us know that his dear wife Clarissa died last Wednesday after a protracted illness. Her last visit to the Club ground was in 2021 when with Ian she watched the latter stages of a game on a beautiful summer evening. She enjoyed meeting old friends and for many it proved to be the last occasion she was seen there before she succumbed to the degenerative brain disorder. To Ian and his family the Club sends our heartfelt sympathy.
In the mid-eighties Clarissa took a full part in the successful running of the Club, particularly in keeping alive our reputation for providing superb teas which, of course, has continued to this day. She was a great supporter of Ian and her graceful, friendly personality ensured that she was very well liked. Although not recorded in our fixture cards, our season in those days was not complete without the “Ladies Match’ and in this Clarissa joined in the general mirth displaying all round enthusiasm with bat and ball! We also held a few “black tie” dinner/dances in a large marquee erected opposite the pavilion, which provided great fun and were enjoyed by Ian and Clarissa.