JRV Woods RIP

JRV ‘Dick’ Woods sadly died on the 28th October after a short illness.
He became a member of the Bluemantle’s in 1948 and played cricket with the likes of Maurice Williams, Peter Neild, Ian Fleming, Keith Linney, Hector Munro and Nigger Wright amongst others. Later on he played with Ted Rose and his brother Gerald , who became a member whilst still at school in 1951.
JRV Woods opened the batting for Kent Young Amateurs against Surrey at the Oval in September 1949. Colin Cowdrey batted at 3 for Kent and Micky Stewart at 3 for Surrey. He also opened the batting for The Army in 1952 at Fenners, DRW Silk (later Chairman of TCCB) and Robin Marlar were playing for Cambridge.
For a view of these and other miscellaneous matches of JRV Woods, see this link.

Images from Bluemantles Week 3-7 Aug 2015

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BM vs Moose 2015

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Dignitaries table 2015

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Presentation of the Ros Bairamian Cup to James Howie, The Moose CC by George Burrough

 

Pre-season Drinks 9th April

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This year’s pre-season drinks will be held from 6pm on 9th April at…

The Antelope
22 Eaton Terrace
London
SW1W 8EZ

All members and guests are welcome. This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and introduce potential new members. Use the form below to let us know whether you can be there or not.

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Rex Roberts 1939-2014

Many Bluemantles will be sad to hear of the passing of Rex Roberts. Rex was a regular at all Bluemantles matches throughout the eighties and nineties. His fearless wicket-keeping and batting will be well remembered by those who played with him, and the Club is indebted to him for his meticulous record-keeping and statistics.

The following was published locally about Rex:

A funeral service was held at St Jude & St Simon Church in East Dean on Monday 24th March for former village resident Rex Roberts who died recently after a long illness.

Rex was born in Highbury, London in 1939 and went to school at St Michael’s Prep in Limpsfield – along with his brother Guy.
The brothers later boarded at Eastbourne College before Rex went on to Dundee University to study Advanced Mathematics, before taking a Masters in Statistics.

Mr Roberts’ family had moved to East Dean in 1953 when his mother Nellie was appointed head of the village school.
On returning to the area Rex’s career was spent as a maths master and he served for many years at Claremont private school in St Leonards and later at St Bede’s.

In 1971 he was inspired to volunteer to teach at a school in Kenya where he stayed for three or four years.
He returned to teach there a few years later and also travelled to Botswana – his work oversees lasting almost a decade.
But his first love was always cricket and he played many roles for East Dean Cricket Club.

He was primarily a wicketkeeper on the field and also organised the fixtures for a number of years.He either umpired, scored or played for the East Dean Club for the best part of 50 years and was very well-known in cricketing circles in the Eastbourne area. In addition, he was a stalwart of Bluemantle’s cricket at The Nevill, Tunbridge Wells and was both player and secretary for many years. He meticulously kept all the players aware of their performances on the field by way of the season’s averages.

He became poorly with bowel cancer in 2007 and underwent major surgery.He made a partial recovery but spent the remaining years of his life being well cared for at Hailsham House Nursing Home. Warm tributes were paid to Rex at the funeral by his niece Alison and he was then buried at the East Dean church cemetery alongside his mother Nellie.

Pre-season drinks 3rd April 2014

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This year’s pre-season drinks will be held from 6pm on 3rd April at…

The Antelope
22 Eaton Terrace
London
SW1W 8EZ

All members and guests are welcome. This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and introduce potential new members. Use the form below to let us know whether you can be there or not.

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Gentlemen, Gypsies and Jesters

gentsjestgypA book released in July this year will feature The Bluemantles among the Gentleman cricket clubs it reviews in its “Wonderful World of Wandering Cricket”.

It also includes in-depth studies of 75 wandering clubs and a good look at old-boys cricket including The Cricketer Cup.

The book has been created by Anthony Gibson and Stephen Chalke and will contribute part of its earnings to Chance to Shine, the charity giving more schoolchildren access to cricket.

Download the PDF for more details and how to order your copy.

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