Monday 11 Dec 2017

History - Presidents

PRESIDENTS

YEAR

                           

YEAR

                           

YEAR

                              

1904

G.Nicholson

1946

R.Oliver

1988

I.McMillan

1905

 

1947

C.Stewart

1989

K.Lamb

1906

 

1948

S.Dumble

1990

P.S.Mallaby

1907

 

1949

T.Lloyd

1991

E.Wren

1908

 

1950

G.D.Hewitt

1992

G.A.Bradburn

1909

 

1951

T.H.Lewis

1993

K.J.E.Colwill

1910

 

1952

T.A.Walker

1994

G.Roberts

1911

 

1953

R.Johnston

1995

K.J.E.Colwill

1912

T.A.Griffiths

1954

M.Peacock

1996

K.J.E.Colwill

1913

T.A.Griffiths

1955

E.Lodge

1997

W.Millward D.F.M.

1914

 

1956

N.W.Clarke

1998

W.B.Johnson

1915

 

1957

W.A.Stainsby

1999

G.W.Taylor

1916

 

1958

J.F.Coffield

2000

G.W.Taylor

1917

 

1959

F.Hunter

2001

K.J.E.Colwill

1918

 

1960

C.Ball

2002

K.J.E.Colwill

1919

 

1961

A.D.Fairless

2003

K.J.E.Colwill

1920

 

1962

L.R.Davey

2004

K.J.E.Colwill

1921

 

1963

G.R.Hardy

2005

K.J.E.Colwill

1922

 

1964

N.W.Clarke

2006

K.J.E.Colwill

1923

 

1965

K.Atkinson M.B.E.

2007

K.J.E.Colwill

1924

 

1966

W.Marsh

2008

K.J.E.Colwill

1925

 

1967

J.B.Hewitt

2009

K.J.E.Colwill

1926

 

1968

C.McCune

2010

R. Smith

1927

 

1969

P.Roberts

2011

M. Hayton

1928

 

1970

J.H.Higgins

2012  

P. Williamson

1929

 

1971

J.B.Hewitt

2013 P. Williamson

1930

 

1972

L.Blackwell

2014 P. Williamson

1931

 

1973

L.Blackwell

2015 J.W. Brown

1932

 

1974

B.Dobson

2016 C.N. Skinner

1933

 

1975

S.Hird

   

1934

A.Fawcett

1976

W.Millward D.F.M.

   

1935

T.Iredale

1977

W.Millward D.F.M.

   

1936

T.Iredale

1978

K.Hiles

   

1937

T.A.Kennedy

1979

K.Hiles

   

1938

J.F.Moreland

1980

L.Blackwell

   

1939

W.F.Hornby

1981

G.Graham

   

1940

B.Wood

1982

K.Hiles

   

1941

T.S.Fletcher

1983

E.Pinder

   

1942

A.F.Jennings

1984

R.D.Moore

   

1943

R.Porritt

1985

J.B.Hewitt

   

1944

G.L.Fordy

1986

E.Pinder

   

1945

A.H.Ridley 

1987

D.Allison 

   

 

 

Members & Presidents:

 

T.A. Griffiths  – President in 1912 and 1913.

 

Tom Iredale  – President in 1935 and 1936. Tom was a wholesale and retail tobacconist.

 

Les Oliver  – Les joined the club in 1935. On his death in July 2002 at the age of 95 he was our oldest member, as well as being the longest serving member. He served in the R.E.M.E. during the Second World War as a Staff Sgt and spent some time in Alexandria. He had a wry sense of humour and very sharp wit. Les was a proud honorary life member of the club.

 

Tom Kennedy  – President in 1937. Tom was a former Trustee of the club and the the managing director of Allan Kennedy’s who manufactured diamond tread steel flooring. He had a factory in Stockton and another in Germany, the latter being lost during the Second World War. He presented the club with the ‘Snooker Handicap Cup’ in 1958

 

Jack Moreland – Jack was president in 1938. On one dark night during the war years, Jack left the club and unfortunately turned left in the car park before arriving at the exit onto Darlington Road. In so doing he fell into the beck and drowned. Captain Stan Clarke (a member of the club being in the Merchant Navy) upon hearing of this tragedy, allegedly turned his ship around, headed home to Middlesbrough and married Jack’s widow.

 

Laurie Fordy - President in 1944. Laurie was a former Trustee of the club and a master builder.

 

Stan Clarke – On retiring from the Merchant Navy as a Captain, Stan took on the role of looking after the fruit machine for the club. Change was no problem as the machine only took sixpence pieces and Stan was well known for always keeping a number of sixpence pieces in his top pocket.

 

Ken Atkinson MBE – President in 1965. Ken was a Bank Clerk and served on the committee as Secretary for some time and unfortunately died in harness. A couple of the committee arranged to go to see Ken’s widow, at the matrimonial home with the view to collecting records such as minutes, general records and correspondence. To their amazement the ‘Cupboard was bare’, Ken apparently had not kept records during his time as secretary. (This could be the reason for absence of records pre 1972)

 

Sid Dumble  - President in 1948. Sid was a much feared teacher at Stockton Secondary School, teaching a variety of subjects and finishing up as deputy headmaster.

 

Granville Hewitt  - President in 1950. Granville was a former Trustee of the club and a senior executive with ICI and a member of the main board of directors.

 

Bert Walker - President in 1952 and former Trustee of the club. During his year of presidency Bert donated and presented us with the ‘Walker Cup’. Although Bert took great interest in the Walker Cup league and West Ends performance, he never played a game of bowls. Bert was a wholesale newsagent and lived in the village of Hartburn. On the 40th anniversary of the Walker Cup (1994), a match made up from all teams in the Walker Cup League was played at the West End to celebrate the occasion, Bert’s widow Freda was in attendance and presented the cup to the winners of the league for that year.

 

Norman Clarke – President in 1956 & 1964. Norman was a chemist by profession.

 

Bill Stainsby – President in 1957. Bill was in the business of plant hire.

 

Jack Coffield  – President in 1958. Jack was a well-known bookmaker & presented the club with its first snooker table.

 

Frank Hunter - Manager of Blacketts stores in Stockton.

 

Vince Ingle - Well known printer in Thornaby. He created nicknames for all those around him.

 

Arthur Fairless – President in 1961. Arthur was chairman of Fairless Engineering. His company amongst other things, developed and patented between deck cable glands and were suppliers to the Royal Navy for many years. He played a major role in the first structural development of the club in the early 60’s.

 

Geoff Hardy – President in 1963. Geoff was a local director for Tarmac.

 

Wilf Marsh  - President in 1966. President of the English Bowling Association (EBA) in 1971. Wilf was a builder of high repute.

 

Jim Hewitt – President in 1967, 1971 & 1985 and a former Trustee of the club. Jim was a manager at ICI. Being a member of ICI’s Norton Hall club, Jim was entitled to buy wine having the Norton Hall label. He advertised this wine quite freely, as when friends or tradesmen did any work for Jim, invariably payment would be offered by way of a bottle or two of this wine.

 

Charlie McCune  – President in 1968. Charlie ran and owned ‘McCunes Haulage & Coach’ company. For many years he was a town councillor.

 

Peter Roberts – President in 1969. Peter served with the Chindits in Borneo and later returned to Nigeria, whereupon he set up a travel business. After Nigerian Independence, Peter returned to Stockton and set up a travel business in Silver street. His company was well known for its ability to plan and provide comprehensive holidays and travel anywhere in the world.

 

Leo Blackwell – President in 1972, 1973 & 1980. President of Durham County Bowling Association in 1978. Leo started bowling in 1964 and by 1969 he had won all singles competitions together with champion of champions. In 1970 he was picked for Durham County and skipped for the county for 5 years. In 1972 he met David Harrison of Ainsty Bowling Club, which resulted in the West End playing Ainsty both home and away for 30 years, until sadly Ainsty as a Club, folded in 2002 due to the loss of their green, However, the traditionof the York festival has remained as some players including David Harrison have inssited the fixture be played with their new clubs, Bertkeech, Nestles and curently Rowntree.

 

Brian Dobson  – President in 1974. Brian was a Trustee of the club. A dispensing pharmacist by profession.

 

Stan Hird - President in 1975. Stan was a former Trustee of the club and was a director of Moorhouse & Barker (Builders)

 

Billy Millward D.F.M  – President in 1976, 1977 & 1997. Billy was a butcher by trade. During the Second World War whilst in the RAF he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

Ken Hiles – President in 1978, 1979 & 1982. Ken was a draughtsman and decided to emigrate to Cyprus, but returned in 2013.

 

Gordon Graham  – President in 1981.

 

Eddie Pinder – President in 1983 & 1986. Eddie was the founder President of Cleveland County Bowling Federation (EBF), first formed in 1986, he was also president the following year. Most of Eddie’s working life was as an engineering manager with ICI.

 

Alfie & Les Lewis – Father and son, both butchers. They were and still are the only father and son to be Mayor of Stockton.