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Lord's Community Group

The Lord’s Community Group (LCG) is the informal consultation group and conduit between MCC and local communities around Lord’s.

It meets three times a year and is the forum for sharing information with local residents and organisations on subjects such as match-day operations, ground redevelopment and community engagement projects.

When necessary, MCC hosts extraordinary meetings or public fora on issues of heightened importance or complexity, such as the Club’s ground development plans.
The LCG is chaired by Regent’s Park Ward Councillor, Robert Rigby, and attended by MCC’s Head of Cricket – John Stephenson – and Head of Estates – Robert Ebdon – as well as representatives from the St John’s Wood Society, and relevant Westminster City Council officers when necessary.
The group also provides an opportunity for residents to report issues and problems so MCC can seek to resolve these directly or through the relevant body.

Where these issues are outside the Club’s control, MCC will be responsible for raising the matter with the relevant statutory body and/or cricket authority e.g. Westminster City Council, TfL, the Metropolitan Police, the ECB and Middlesex CCC.
Currently the group has around 50 members; should you wish to find out information about joining, please contact:

What is the Lord's Community Group?

The Lord’s Community Group is a community group established by MCC as a way of effectively communicating with the local community surrounding Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Why was the Lord’s Community Group been set up?

The group was formed to assist communications between MCC and local communities.

It provides a forum where MCC can brief residents on operational and planning issues that have an effect on the local area. The group also enables MCC to inform members of forthcoming matches.

Additionally the group provides an opportunity for local residents and businesses to report any issues and problems so MCC can seek to resolve these directly or through the relevant body.

When does the Lord’s Community Group meet?

When does the Lord’s Community Group meet? The Lord’s Community Group meets three times a year: Pre-season (March); mid-season (July); and post-season (November).

Special meetings can be called should a specific Lord’s issue arise that needs to be communicated or discussed with the group.

Who chairs the Lord’s Community Group meetings?

Robert Rigby, one of the three Westminster City Council Councillors for the Regent’s Park Ward, chairs the Lord’s Community Group.

How were the members of the Lord’s Community Group chosen?

The membership of the Lord’s Community Group is made up of representatives from local businesses, residents’ associations and community groups in the geographical area surrounding Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Can I join the Lord’s Community Group?

If you live locally or represent a local business or organisation and would like to join the LCG, please contact

Who do I contact at Lord’s if I want to report an issue or problem during a match?

If you have an operational issue please contact Abi Carter at MCC on 0207 616 8677 or email If you have a problem with noise during a match please call the noise duty officer on 07527 320529.

For weekend non-major matches please contact the Duty Officer via the Main Switchboard on 020 7616 8500.

We will respond as quickly as possible to each enquiry although please be aware that some issues may require investigation.

If local residents or businesses have a police related issue during a match then they should call the local non-emergency number: 0300 123 1212. If there is a major security issue then they should dial 999.

How do I contact the Lord’s Community Group?

The Lord’s Community Group secretariat can be contacted by using the the LCG email.

Who is responsible for policing on match days?

Within Lord’s Cricket Ground policing is the responsibility of the Metropolitan Police and MCC stewards and groundstaff.

Outside of the ground policing is the responsibility of the Metropolitan Police.

When do matches start at Lord’s?

The start time for cricket matches is dependent on the type of match that is being played.

The earliest gates will open is 8:45am and the latest a match will finish will be 9:50pm.

How do spectators travel to and from Lord’s?

Spectators have a range of public transport options including underground stations at St John’s Wood (Jubilee line), Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan) and Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo) plus local bus services and Barclays Cycle Hire services

What have you done to encourage people to use alternative transport rather than St John’s Wood station?

We recognise the pressure on St Johns Wood tube and make an active effort to inform crowds attending matches at Lord's that there are alternatives ways of getting to and from the ground.

Public announcements are made on match days, information is provided with the ticket and there is a journey planner on the Lord's website.

Additionally we have worked with Westminster Council to improve the signage for pedestrians using Baker Street.

Games Maker” style volunteers are on hand outside the Ground to provide way-finding information and encourage people to use different transport hubs.

What are you doing to address parking problems in the local area on match days?

MCC is aware that parking is very limited in and around the ground and we recommend to spectators that they do not to bring cars to the area.

There are parking restrictions on ten roads immediately adjacent to the Ground during weekend major match days between 8.30-18.30 which protect residents’ parking bays.

When will the floodlights be used for matches at Lord’s Cricket Ground?

MCC can use its floodlights during 14 day matches and 10 day/night matches each season.

In recent years floodlights have tended to be used more to enhance poor natural light during Tests and ODIs.

Evening floodlight matches – such as those in the NatWest T20 Blast – are designated as such on the fixture list

What time will the floodlights be turned off?

MCC’s planning conditions for the floodlights state that the floodlights must be switched off by 9:50pm.

What monitoring/testing of the floodlights takes place?

The floodlights are tested each season to ensure that they accord with the terms of the planning permission.

Who should I contact if I have an issue with the floodlights?

Please contact Abi Carter on 0207 616 8677 or email

When is amplified music played at matches at Lord’s?

Amplified music is only played during Twenty 20 matches at Lord’s. There is no amplified music during Test matches, one day internationals and any other Middlesex games.

Does Lord’s host any non-cricket events?

Lord’s hosts receptions, dinners and other events in the Pavilion and other hospitality areas throughout the year.

For the Bicentenary of the Ground in 2014 these will also include banquets and balls in a marquee on the outfield, linked to the Pavilion Concourse.

As with the matches at the Ground, MCC works hard to minimise the impact of these events on the local area.

Who should I contact if I have an issue with noise during a match at Lord’s?

If you have a problem with noise during a match please call the noise duty officer on 07527 320529.

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