03 – ENTREPRENEURS
Howick & Brooker Property // Harlow Cricket Club
It’s no secret to anyone who knows him, that Alan Howick loves his cricket, and Harlow Cricket Club in particular. Alan first played at the Marigolds ground in Old Harlow as a colt in 1965. “Due to my entry into estate agency in the late sixties I was only able to play Sunday cricket although, if asked, I would say that I preferred social cricket and its traditions rather than the highly competitive league version.” He was captain of the Sunday side for 5 years in the 1980s, latterly Club Chairman (twice), Club Secretary (twice) and is now in the ninth year as Club President.
Alan describes himself as ‘old-fashioned estate agent’ who is now in his 50th year in the industry. He is founding director of the Howick and Brooker Partnership, which has been practising in Old Harlow since 1975, and from their current home, Gothic House, since 1978. Since formation, the agency has been instructed to sell many thousands of homes in Harlow and the neighbouring villages and as far off as Hertford, Dunmow and Saffron Walden. The company is also a member of the Guild of Professional Estate Agents.
Howick and Brooker expanded in 2010 with the creation of HB Lettings Limited which has become a very successful business managing many hundreds of properties in and around Harlow.
But his first love, apart from the Balinese dancer he met at 14 (skip this bit – Ed) has always been cricket. In 2015 he wrote and published ‘Cricket in Harlow – The first 139 years (I was there)’, and was instrumental in the development of the new pavilion at the ground, which opened in December 2016. “The project was kicked off by the hugely generous legacy of a former Club President, Vince Dunn, who left the Club a sum in excess of six figures,” said Alan. ‘The Club then managed to secure half a million pounds of lottery funding via Sports England and a number of other grants from charitable sources.”
The resulting Clubhouse is an extraordinarily modern and stylish construct that still retains the traditional feel of a village cricket pavilion. It is not only home to xxxx cricket teams, both male and female of all age groups, but is also used as a facility for community and social groups who often have nowhere else to meet.
If you would like to contact Alan or the Harlow Cricket Club, please use the details below
Howick and Brooker – 01279 418888
Alan Howick – firstname.lastname@example.org
Harlow Cricket Club – http://harlow.play-cricket.com