Archive for May, 2018

Malcolm Webster – Funeral Arrangements

The funeral will take place at Emstrey Crematorium, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 5th June at 11:30 am. The family has requested that no black is to be worn. Donations will be for Macmillan Nurses.

Malcolm Webster – a St. Georges Hero

All those currently associated with the club will be aware that Malcolm has been unwell for the last couple of months. We were all shocked when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer only weeks ago, and despite his determination to fight it in any way possible, and to enjoy whatever time remained to him, the deterioration in his condition was extremely rapid and tragically he passed away today 14th May 2018 at 2:30 pm. He was 57 years old. We received the news just as we were about to begin our regular Monday evening Junior Practice session, which despite the tears in everyone’s eyes, proceeded as normal. It was what he would have wanted. Malcolm has been an important member of our club for over twenty years. He has been Vice-Chairman for several years. He has been a regular scorer on Saturdays for many years. But his greatest and most valuable contribution was as a junior coach and team manager, a role he has performed for all of his time with club. Many current and also former senior players were introduced to the game by Malcolm. Amongst these are some whose lives have been influenced by him in ways that go beyond the game of cricket. It was he who suggested and implemented an “entry level” coaching group for the youngest primary school children – “The Junior Dragons”. This, many years before the “AllStars” scheme was introduced by the national governing body ECB. There are many people who keep the club going by putting something back: players, ex-players, and parents. This a great thing which we always try to encourage. Malcolm was unique in this respect. He was neither a player nor a parent. He had taken nothing out of the club. All he did was contribute, and his contribution was huge. We have lost a very valuable member but more importantly a good friend. He was also heavily involved with the organisation of local schools football. In his working life he was a primary school teacher, and latterly was responsible for home-educated children. Many of his former pupils and their parents have posted messages during his illness. Too many to list here, but the phrase that cropped up time and time again was “the best teacher I ever had” . I know that these comments gave him great comfort during the last weeks of his life. We at St.Georges will miss Malcolm greatly and he will not be forgotten.

Funeral arrangements will be posted when they are known.

 

Doug Parry

Word reached us today from Audrey Parry in Australia, that her husband Doug Parry passed away on 28th April, aged 90, after a short illness. Doug was a leading player for the club in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He was an allrounder who represented Shropshire many times. At the time of his emigration to Australia in the 1960s he was county vice-captain. He never returned to this country, but followed the club’s progress regularly via this website. Stan Higgins, club president, remembers him as a fine player and a good friend. Click on pictures to enlarge.

Doug Parry is pictured here on his wedding day at St.Georges with Stan as best man. Older members might spot one or two other St.Georges oldtimers in the picture.

St.Georges Cricket & Bowls Club members with trophies 1960s. Back: Ron Davy, ?, Bob Tranter, ?, ?, Peter Bradley, Stan Higgins, ?, ?. Front: ?,?, Lou Edwards, Doug Parry, Cliff Cadman, ?, Cliff Smithies

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