WE’RE glad to report that Malc’s back with one of his Ripley’s Reminiscences!
THIS PHOTOGRAPH has been sent in by Malc Ripley and is of the Hedon Sports Committee that was meeting in the early 1960’s.
“This Committee composed of Hedon British Legion Officers, The Hedon Women’s Institute
plus members of the South Holderness Cricket Club (SHCC), where the two-day event, usually in August of various ‘Sports’ was held over a period of roughly fifteen years, on the Middle Lane ground, before due to changing times, it was finally abandoned.
“It was always a popular time of year for the local community, mainly for the children, but Men’s Tug Of War teams participated, together with a Pet Show, just held for one year.
Back row:- (L to R),
Fred (‘Rask’) Hopper, Walter (‘Ginger’ ) Norrison, Tom Ribee, Reg (‘Buckrat’) Skinner , Harold (Ducky’)Rudd, Unknown, Jack (‘Happy’) Hunter.
Norman ‘(Squeaker’ ) Hodgson, Stan Scott, Bill Fussey , Alderman, John (‘Johnnie’) JJ Warne, S T (‘Sid’), Johnson, OBE JP, Cec (‘Shiseh’), Beet, John (‘Johnnie’) Frankland, Unknown, Herbert (‘Bert’) Horseman, Unknown, Unknown.
Mrs J Ford, Mrs WH Rudd, Mrs Maud Beet, Mrs Agnes Scarah, Mrs Mary Hopper, Unknown, Alfred (‘Titch’ ) Wilson.
“Messrs Hopper, Norrison, Ribee, Skinner, Hodgson, and Warne, all played cricket for SHCC, plus the well-liked Sid Johnson, who was the Headmaster at Hedon County Primary Schools on Market Hill for 30+ years. He was a councillor as well as Mayor, and also found the time to be the Chairman, Hon. Treasurer, a Trustee and an Umpire with the cricket club, albeit he never actually played the game. Nicknamed at school ‘Gaffer’, he lived with his wife Molly, son Gordon, daughter Kay, in Kings Place off George St.
“Fred ‘Rask’ Hopper still holds the SHCC Club record with his very accurate almost square arm bowling action, having 105 dismissals for the 1st XI in 1949. The nearest to approach this, being Jack Hill with 81 victims in 1971. It is extremely doubtful if Rask’s feat will ever be surpassed! He took on the role as a Groundsman, acted occasionally as Scorer and Umpire.
“Left handed batsman, W ‘Ginger’ Norrison scored the first century on the present ground, with 105 not out in 1956, against Newland Parish Church CC. Also captaining the Club, (formed in 1882) for seven summers. Ginger was a self-employed electrician.
“Tom Ribee joined SHCC from Reckitts CC, where he worked as an Engineer, going on to become a feared, accurate quick bowler, his best return being 8 for 42 v Ellerman Wilson Line. After back trouble curtailed his Umpiring career in 1962, after he retired from playing, his injury led myself to being thrown into the fray to take over the officiating role from him.
“Harold Rudd, who lived on New Road, was a hard-working, popular, and long serving Hon. Secretary of the Hedon British Legion Club, he was self-employed as a poulterer.
“Jack Hunter, was a bachelor, living in Lambert Park Road, with his mother and another two unmarried brothers Tom and Ron. He worked for a time at Johnson’s Garage.
“Reg Skinner was a first change bowler with the local club, a School Teacher in Preston.
“NN Hodgson, managed Carrick’s Provisions shop in Amethyst Road in Hull, his sporting and organisational talents allowing him to Captain the An XI, in 1951 for a record thirteen seasons, his lack of natural playing abillty easily overcome by his sheer enthusiasm. Also being a Groundsman, Social and Fixture Secretary (and for 29 summers), acted also as a Scorer. In addition, he regularly organised the Ladies Cricket Tea rotas, even telling these willing helpers when their Tea date was due, rarely did any of them dare to give ‘NN’ a back word! One of, if not the, best worker, the old-established Club has ever had.
“JJ Warne, would run NN close the this honour within SHCC, as he could turn his hand to most things on the administrative side of cricket, playing a big part in getting the Club up-and-running again after World War II, acting as a Guarantor when the Middle Lane ground was purchased in 1936, as well as being well-known to dip in his pocket when funds were low. A useful wicket-keeper, not many ‘Byes’ going past him! His additional talents included – Club Chairman, Treasurer, An Xl skipper, Scorer & Umpire. Also stood as a local Councillor, holding office as the Mayor of Hedon four years into the bargain. Jonnie was employed by Fields (Provisions) in Hull.
“Herbert Horseman worked for many years at the Hedon Co–op, living in George Street, also a staunch British Legion Member.
“Stan Scott served time as a well liked Steward with the Hedon BL Club.
“John Frankland was a long serving, very well-known wholesale local butcher, and was a President/ Chairman of the British Legion Club.
“Bill Fussey, despite only having one arm, managed an allotment near the Holderness drain.
“Mrs Joyce Ford lived on New Road, being a Hedon County Primary School dinner lady for some years, Mrs Annie Rudd helped husband Harold with his business, Mrs Agnes Scarah was the Caretaker of the Town Hall, living with husband Harry, in the cottage at the rear of the Town Hall, this now houses the Hedon Museum.
“Mrs Mary Hopper was the House keeper for the Clarkson family who resided in Sheriff Hall, whilst Fred was their Gardener/ Handy man.
“Alf Wilson lived in Charles St.”
(MALC RIPLEY – OCTOBER 2015).