Old Chelmsfordians
Sports and Social Club

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The Old Chelmsfordians Association (OCA) was established on the 19th October 1895 when the first Reunion Dinner was held at the Grammar School and shortly afterwards the Old Chelmsfordians Football Club was formed.
Over 50 years later, in December 1947, as Old Chelmsfordian members returned from serving in the Second World War, the Association took another leap forward in the expansion of the Sports and Social sections through the organisation of a War Memorial Fund. This led to the acquisition of the Memorial Field in Lawford Lane in 1947 and this is still our home today.
The Association has grown considerably since that time. The old Green Hut has been burnt down and the Chicken Shed clubhouse has been built over. Membership is worldwide and there are now close to 1,000 members. Football, Cricket, Tennis, Table Tennis, Summer Hockey, Golf Outings, Indoor Bowls and Snooker are all part of the Association’s sporting profile. The facilities at the Lane have also been constantly improved and the pitches for football and cricket are some of the best in the area.
But if sport is not your thing and you just enjoy having a relaxing drink and a chat with old and new friends then the Old Chelmsfordians is an ideal place for that. And it’s a great place for networking too!
Membership of the Old Chelmsfordians has never been easier. As a club we welcome all KEGS students, staff and governors to become members, but now that more and more of the KEGS students live outside the Chelmsford area, we have become a community sports club which welcomes anyone who wishes to join the Old Chelmsfordians. So please do get in touch!
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We are a club that welcomes new members of all ages and abilities for our Youth, Ladies and Senior Sections, so get in touch if you want to play for a great club with one of the best grounds in Essex.
On Saturdays we currently have 4 adult teams that play in the T Rippon League and 1 adult team that plays friendly matches. We have a very successful ladies’ team that usually plays on Friday evenings in the Beaumont Seymour League. We also have a thriving youth section with U15, U13, U11 teams plus our Saturday morning coaching for 4-11 year olds.
To find out more about the cricket section visit our website https://oldchelmsfordians.hitscricket.com


The football section has adult teams from 16 to 60! Indeed one of our greatest players, Peter Gillott, played past his 70th birthday! So whatever your ability we have a team for you. Our sides play on Saturdays and Sundays in the Essex Olympian, Mid Essex, Essex Veterans, and Chelmsford Sunday Leagues. We have great facilities with pitches that have won a number of awards over the years. We train on a 3G floodlit artificial grass pitch every week, so there’s no excuse for not being fit. We pride ourselves on being a friendly club that welcomes anyone to join us. To find out more please email Dave Grainger at awayina@hotmail.com


We welcome players of all ages and abilities and we have a thriving coaching programme, open to both non-members and members. Social tennis, singles ladder and league tennis opportunities are available for members throughout the year and our on-line court booking system makes it easy for players to arrange their own matches. If you'd like to know more, please visit our website www.chelmsfordianstennis.co.uk or contact our membership advisor, Suzanne Biscoe on her email at membership@chelmsfordianstennis.co.uk .

Table Tennis

Our 6 teams play in the Chelmsford District Table Tennis League. Practice sessions take place every Tuesday. They commence at 6 pm and end at 7.20 pm, if there are any home league matches commencing at 7.30 pm. If you are interested in playing competitive table tennis for the OCA we accept new members at all times of the year so please contact David Porter (by email to DJPEssex@aol.com). All standards of player can be accommodated across the teams we enter in both the main Chelmsford League which runs from September to the following April and the Central Essex Summer League which operates in June and July. You can see how the teams are getting on this year by visiting the Chelmsford and District Table Tennis League website All division tables for Winter 2022-23 - Chelmsford Table Tennis League


For anyone interested in playing summer hockey, please contact David Kitchiner at kitch@kitchiner.com

Function Hall

For all enquiries please contact Alan (alanball333@gmail.com) or Jez (jnc.edu@gmail.com).

The Old Chelmsfordians Function Hall offers a large main hall separate from the sports club with its own bar, toilets and professional kitchen space. This is a versatile space which can accommodate a wide range of events including: family gatherings and parties - funeral receptions - small to medium seminars and conferences - committee meetings - groups and clubs. It can be booked throughout the year, has disabled access, and offers ample parking for all events. We also have a caterer who can provide buffets to your specification. To discuss your requirements further please contact Alan Ball on alanball333@gmail.com

Club Lounge

The Old Chelmsfordians Club Lounge is also available to hire and offers a modern function room with licensed bar and kitchen. The Club Lounge is available for a range of events including: family gatherings - funeral receptions - small to medium seminars and conferences - committee meetings. It can be booked throughout the year on weekdays and it may be available to non-members on a Sunday depending on what is happening at the club. Saturdays are not available to book as we have sports fixtures every week. It has disabled access and offers ample parking for all events. Our caterer can also provide buffets to your specification. If you would like to discuss hiring this space please contact Jeremy Crook on jnc.edu@gmail.com

KEGS Alumni

On leaving KEGS students are invited to become part of the Old Chelmsfordians Association. The Association has enabled former pupils of KEGS to stay in touch with the school and each other since 1895. We are always happy to receive stories of success from our Alumni and help former pupils connect and communicate with each other - let us know if we can help! Follow our page on LinkedIn - 'Old Chelmsfordians Association' - to keep up-to-date! Old Chelmsfordians Association | LinkedIn

How to join

Everyone that uses the facilities either socially or as a member of one of the sports sections has to be a member of the Old Chelmsfordians Association. To become a MEMBER of the Old Chelmsfordians Association please complete the joining form here or email Kristoff Ahlner old_chelmsfordians@outlook.com or contact Kristoff Ahlner, Honorary Membership Secretary, Old Chelmsfordians Association, Lawford Lane, Roxwell Road, Chelmsford CM1 2NS .

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The Old Chelmsfordians Annual Dinner

The Annual Dinner will once again be held in the hall at the Old Chelmsfordians Club in Lawford Lane on 23rd March 2024 at 7.30pm to celebrate the inauguration of our new president. The event will be overseen by our MC Nigel King. Drinks in the club lounge will precede this and the bar will, of course, be open after the dinner so that we can catch up with friends old and new.

  • Date: 23/03/2024 19:00
  • Location: Lawford Lane, Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 2NS, UK (Map)