Treasurer Hooper Celebrates 40 years!

Steve Hooper (left) with Chairman Justin Hodges

Volunteering is the beating heart of any community organisation and the club recently thanked Steve Hooper for a fantastic 40 years of service as Club Treasurer.
Steve started the role in 1980, the year that The Police’s Don’t Stand So Close To Me dominated the singles chart and England drew with Australia at Lord’s in the centenary of the first ever Test match played in England. He took over from a gentleman who was Chief Exec of Stroud and Swindon Building Society, so had big boots to fill. He has since kept meticulous files, with all 40 years of accounts being stored neatly in his garage. He has been with the club long enough to see the pavilion/shed move three times from next to the tennis courts, to under the trees (with it having been wheeled over!) to its current, more permanent, position.
On the playing side, Steve was well-known for his long Sunday afternoon bowling stints in the 90’s. He regularly bowled one end all innings (back when there were no limits on bowlers) and frequently racked up 20+ over spells. A very canny left-arm bowler!
He was a big factor in the financing and building of the pavilion we are in today, built in the late 90’s. Whilst Steve has called time on his innings, it should still be noted that he continues to make a big contribution to the upkeep of the playing field with his cutting of the grass boundaries. 
As a thank you for all his years of support, the club presented Steve with a print of the Cheltenham College ground by Gloucestershire CCC and England wicketkeeping legend, Jack Russell. As Steve is an avid Gloucestershire CCC member, the club thought it was the perfect gift. Jack even personalised it with a message that perfectly sums up the sentiment of all at the club… ”Steve, Congratulations on 40 years’ service to Minchinhampton CC, Best Wishes, Jack Russell”