Month: April 2006

Dr. Alan Hall

Dr Alan Hall, who spent his working life as a General Practitioner in Sleaford, Lincs, has died at the age of 85.

He was at Shebbear from 1930 with his younger brother Keith and then entered St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, as a medical student.

Keith, two years younger, writes: “We were both very happy at Shebbear. Alan was quickly spotted as a high flier. He matriculated at fourteen, then spent three years in the sixth form before he was able to get entrance to St Mary’s Medical School.
“Alan was a very good all-rounder. He was opening bat for the 1st X1 when Don Farley was captain. Her also got his rugger colours as a centre three-quarter.

“He finally went into general practice as Assistant GP in Sleaford where he was to spend the remainder of his medical career.

“He lived a very full and active life and read the Daily Telegraph every day. He wrote his first letter to the Telegraph from the sixth form at Shebbear. If I recall correctly it was about the New Prayer Book.

“He continued to write to the Telegraph all his life, usually about politics, about which he was very passionate.”

Dr Hall died in Lincoln County Hospital on April 2. He leaves a widow and two daughters.

Trevor Ward

Trevor Ward, outstanding Shebbearian sportsman in the early 1950s, has died after a short illness. He was 71.
After Shebbear, he played cricket and rugby for the RAF, rugby for Dorset & Wilts and Devon, and cricket for Devon in the Minor Counties Championship..

As a left-handed batsman, he formed a formidable opening partnership with Paddy Hipperson. Against Bideford Grammar School in his last season at Shebbear in 1953, Ward scored 105 not out and Hipperson 116. The school declared at 252 for 2.

He trained as a teacher at St Luke’s College, Exeter, and taught for more than 30 years at schools in Paignton.

He had a long association with both the cricket and rugby clubs in the town, scoring more than 1,500 points at fly half for Paignton and was top scorer for 14 seasons.

He was immensely proud of his ability to spot young sportsmen with talent.

One of them was Chris Read who went on to play cricket for England and another, Les Mears, a former pupil, who was picked to play rugby for England recently.

In a tribute, former Test umpire Dickie Bird, who was the cricket professional at Paignton in the late 1960s, said: “I know that helping young youngsters find their way in the sporting world was immensely satisfying for him.”

Old Shebbearian Roger Horrell, with whom Ward played schoolboy rugby for Devon, said: “Trevor was a school hero and immensely popular. Of course, that went with being such a good sportsman, but it owed much to his rather gentle, modest and undemonstrative manner.”

Another OS, author Leslie Scrase said: “I shall always remember Trevor as modest, unassuming, gentle, quiet, good-natured, cheerful, friendly, decent and honest – a man of absolute integrity and reliability.”

The funeral was at Preston Church, Paignton, on April 7.

He leaves a widow Ann, and three children, Rosemary, Joanne and Tim.