A word from the Exiles
“Firstly the Exiles and I really want to congratulate you on being awarded your Benefit year. It is so well deserved, as you are such a great member of the squad and such a great advert for all that is positive in the game we love. As you probably know, you are a ‘fave’ of the Exiles – they always have one!”
About the Gloucestershire Exiles
The Gloucestershire Exiles is a part-social, part fundraising organisation that has been running since 1971 and boasts a membership of several hundred Gloucestershire supporters from across the country and even around the world.
Originally conceived to bring together supporters from outside the county, the membership now includes many who live in Gloucestershire and Bristol who wish to enjoy the benefits offered by the Exiles.
We produce our Exiles magazine, Outside-edge, which is published twice a year and sent to all of our members. Outside-edge keeps our members in touch with the Club news through articles submitted by members and contributions from county players past and present, cricket writers and other cricket lovers.
We organise events both during the cricket season and winter months. These include an Annual General Meeting at Lord’s, a day at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival for members and friends and also a ‘Meet the Players’ evening during one of our matches in London. Every other year we hold a Fundraising Dinner in the Lord’s Committee Dining Room.
Membership of Gloucestershire Exiles has an annual subscription cost of £15 (concessions offered). Life membership is £100.00 if you are over 65.
Arendsig – The home of Single Vineyard Wines
Arendsig (Eagle’s View) is a privately owned farm with its own vineyards and boutique cellar situated in the (southern part) foot hills of the Robertson Valley. It is in this beautiful valley that Lourens van der Westhuizen and his team hand-select grapes of the finest quality, from which he hand crafts his quality wines with its unique and distinct aroma, flavour and character.
International cricketer Jack Russell MBE has been a professional Artist for nearly 30 years. Self- taught, he decided to become a painter as a result of frustration at being stuck inside cricket pavilions when “rain stopped play”.
Jack paints a wide range of subjects. From landscapes, wildlife, military, portraits and sport. His paintings hang in public and private collections worldwide, from the Tower of London to The Bradman Museum in Bowral Australia. Sittings for his portrait paintings have included HRH Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Duke of Kent, ten Field Marshals of the British Army, Sir Norman Wisdom, Eric Sykes, and Eric Clapton.Sporting icons include Sir Bobby Charlton, Dickie Bird and Phil Taylor.
Jack’s cricketing pictures are legendary. He spent over 20 years in the thick of cricketing action for both Gloucestershire and England. Whether it’s a Test match or County match who could be more qualified to paint a cricketing scene? He knows the atmosphere and the technical detail of a cricket match inside out. After all, many of the cricket scenes he paints, he’s in them!