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Eastern delights!

Two organisations based in St Martin have chosen Autism Jersey as their charity for 2017.

They are the Farmers Cricket Club and St Martin’s Musical Society.

The Farmers Cricket Club holds three charity matches at the Farmers Field in St Martin during the year, calling on the ‘more mature’ cricket players. The focus is on fun, participation and avoiding injuries!

Club president Rob Perchard said: ‘Each season the club chooses a Jersey-based charity of the year and for 2017 we are delighted to be working with Autism Jersey, an organisation that undertakes such important work supporting families, individuals and carers affected by autism. Over the summer we play three friendly fundraising matches at our beautiful ground in St Martin, involving two teams of invited “veterans” and “enthusiasts” where the accent is on having fun and raising awareness of the chosen charity – as well, of course, as raising some cash.’

St Martin’s Musical Society are going back to their roots and putting on their show at St Martin’s Public Hall from 9 to 11 November. Come to the Cabaret will be packed full of singing, dancing and sketches.

St Martin’s Musical Society has been in operation since 1974 and fundraising from their shows and events has raised more than £125,000 for local charities.

Roberta Rainbow, who chairs the society, said: ‘When a show is put on, the producer can choose which local charity they wish to support for that financial year. I work with Neil Little whose little boy Ted has autism and it was following a conversation with Neil whilst making a coffee, I was totally smitten with the image in my head of Ted saying to his dad “I’m awesome, aren’t I, Dad?” and thus wanted to nominate Autism Jersey.’

Autism Jersey Fundraising and Marketing Manager Caroline Moody said: ‘We are delighted to be experiencing both sport and drama in our fundraising activities, and we look forward to having fun with both the Farmers Cricket Club and St Martin’s Musical Society this year.’

Full details of matches and shows will be announced nearer the time.