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Edward “Ted” Cook Deceased

EJCookIt is with deep regret and sadness we announce the death of  Old Owenian (1953-60) and Old Owens Cricket Club stalwart Edward James “Ted” Cook.

Ted passed away on Monday 25th December 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Those who knew him will not be surprised to learn that he never let it get him down, and fought tooth and nail to retain his faculties and dignity until the very end. Those in the care home where he died remember him as a kind, generous and funny man, who rarely complained. Doubtless countless others will agree.

Ted left Owen’s in 1960, joining the North Thames Gas Board, and worked all his life in gas engineering, finally retiring in 2007. After leaving school, Ted was for many years involved with the Old Owen’s 2nd XI cricket team, and was team secretary for a prolonged spell (always of course ensuring the team bag was up to scratch). He was primarily an off-spin bowler, though general consensus was that this was not the case. Wicketkeeper Dennis Elston for one, suggested he had “never turned a ball”. Add to this an unparalleled prowess as a no. 10 or 11 batsman (6 and out being the usual story) and Sam Kershen regularly instructing him to “stop dancing about at the wicket”, you have all the ingredients for a long-serving stalwart of the team. His wife Sue spent some years as scorer and often organised the teas. Post-match, Ted frequently joined other members of the team in a game or two of poker and of course, the obligatory beverages.

During Ted’s time, regular players included Sam Kershen, Roger McHugh, Ian Dowty, Ken Rowswell, Roy Vandermeer, Bo Shepherd and Keith Freeman.

He leaves his wife Sue, son George, daughter-in-law Felicity and grandchildren Tobias and Elizabeth.

A memorial service will be held at Worcester Crematorium at 12.15pm on Friday 18th January. Please raise a glass for Ted on that date, preferably of whisky, though he wouldn’t be too picky!

Donations, if desired, can be made by cheque and sent to E.J. Gumery and Son, 68-70 Ombersley Rd, Worcester, WR3 7EU, or can be made directly to: Thames Valley Air Ambulance or the Salvation Army.

Old Owens Association and Old Owens Cricket Club sends sincere condolences to all the family for their sad loss. 

OOASC Full Committee Meeting Dates 2019

Dear Committee Members,

Please find below the list of dates for the OOASC Full Committee meetings for 2019, to be held in the Les Williamson Room at Old Owen’s Sports Ground, Coopers Lane.

Monday 11th February 2019 (7.30 pm)

Monday 1st April 2019 (7.30 pm) 

Monday 13th May 2019 (7.30 pm) – AGM 

Monday 10th June 2019 (7.30 pm) 

Monday 5th August 2019 (7.30 pm)

Monday 7th October 2019 (7.30 pm)

Monday 2nd December 2019 (7.30 pm) 



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Monday 24th December 2018 (CHRISTMAS EVE)

12 pm – 7 pm

Tuesday 25th December 2018 (CHRISTMAS DAY)

12 pm – 2 pm

Wednesday 26th December 2018 (BOXING DAY)


Thursday 27th December 2018

2 pm – 11 pm

Friday 28th December 2018


Saturday 29th December 2018


Sunday 30th December 2018


Monday 31st December 2018 (NEW YEARS EVE)

2 pm – 7 pm

Tuesday 1st January 2019 (NEW YEARS DAY)


Normal opening hours resume from Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

John & Lynn Clark

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Keith Freeman Deceased

Keith FreemanIt is with deep regret and sadness we announce the death of Old Owens Association member, Old Owenian (1960-66) and Old Owens Cricket Club legend & stalwart Keith Freeman who passed away in Barnet Hospital on Saturday 20th October 2018 after a bout of illness.

Keith captained the 1st XI from 1980-1990 and was an opening bowler who took many wickets with his ‘slingy’ action especially on bouncy wickets. He was also an aggresive batsman batting from any number between 1-5 whose favourite shot was the cover drive. His favourite fielding position was in the Slips where he made catches look easy.

During his time with the Cricket Club, Keith held many other roles i.e. Club Captain, Secretary, Treasurer &  Vice President.

Keith was a jovial character, very witty, generous, a good raconteur & quite easy going unless you upset him. His favourite drink at the Bar was a ‘Double Gin & Tonic’.

After his playing days finished Keith was an avid supporter of the Cricket Club and would come every week when available and watch all the Owens teams playing at Coopers Lane.

Keith will be missed by everyone at the Cricket Club & condolences go out to his wife Nobuko, children Lisa & Neil, grandchildren & other family members.

The Funeral details are as follows:

The Memorial Service will be held on Thursday 1st November 2018 at 3.30 pm at Islington Crematorium Chapel, 278 High Rd, East Finchley, London N2 9AG 

followed by a Wake at ‘The Kinks RoomThe Clissold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, N2 9HR.

For Memorial Contributions to the British Heart Foundation in memory of Keith visit 

RIP Keith

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Ken Southgate Deceased

It is with deep regret and sadness we announce the passing of Ken Southgate on 2nd July 2018.

Ken was a stalwart of Old Owens Cricket Club playing for the 1st XI and then captaining the 2nd XI for a number of years and was a very capable swing bowler who took many wickets for the Club . 

The Old Owens Association would like to send sincere condolences to Jodie, Jamie, David and the rest of the family for their sad loss. 

The family would like to invite everyone who knew Ken to give him a well deserved send off and to celebrate the life of a’lovely’ man (The family have also asked that attendees to the Funeral should wear Casual or Smart Dress but preferably not Black).

The details are as follows:

Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday 31st July 2018 at 11 am (
please ensure that you arrive at least 15 mins before the service)

at Woodland Hall, Green Acres Epping Forest, Kiln Road, North Weald, Epping, Essex, CM16 6AD ( 

to be followed by the Wake Reception at Welwyn Garden City Cricket Club, 288 Knightsfield, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 7NQ from 1.30 pm onwards.

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Tony Lane Deceased

It is with deep regret and sadness we announce the passing of Tony Lane on 28th May 2018.

Tony is the father of Tim Lane (Chairman of the Old Owens Association) and his siblings Danny and Sarah.

Tony would often be seen at the Old Owens Sports Ground over many years watching the Cricket, especially when both his sons Tim and Danny was playing together for Old Owens 1st XI and he would entertain everyone with his charm, wit & knowledge of the game. He also umpired many matches at Old Owens. 

The Old Owens Association would like to send sincere condolences to Tim, Danny, Sarah and the rest of the family for their sad loss. 

The family would like to invite everyone who knew Tony to give him a well deserved send off and to celebrate the life of a’lovely’ man.

The details are as follows:

Funeral Service will be held on Thursday 7th June 2018 at 3pm
at St. Thomas a Becket Church, Vineyards Road, Northaw, Herts. EN6 4NW

to be followed by the Wake at Old Owens Sports Ground, Coopers Lane, Potters Bar, Northaw, EN6 4NF.


Old Owens Association Clubhouse Windows Appeal

As at 14th June 2018 the total donations received so far is £4,859 with a target to be attained of £9,600. Work has commenced from the donations and the large Pavilion Windows and Back Door adjacent to the Car Park have been replaced, Donations are still required to complete the project

See below the latest pictures of the refurbishment (click images to expand):

Car Park Windows & Doors 1                                                                                                                                                                 

Car Park Windows & Doors 2


Please see below the ‘Appeal Notice’ sent out for donations with regard to the refurbishment of the Old Owens Association and Sports Club Clubhouse situated at Old Owens Sports Ground, Coopers Lane, Northaw, Potters Bar, EN6 4NF.  Also shown below are pictures of some of the Clubhouse windows needing repair. 




Dear Member, Affiliated Club Member or General User of the Clubhouse.

You may not realise that this Clubhouse was built 32 years ago, and is in urgent need of some refurbishment with regard to windows replacement and toilet areas.

We have managed to obtain quotes to carry out these works, at extremely beneficial rates which need to be taken advantage of.

The Old Owens Association currently do not have the funds available to pay for all these works. We therefore ask that if a greater number of people do just a little, the refurbishment can be achieved very quickly and to everyone’s advantage.

These works will make the Clubhouse, modern, brighter, quieter, pleasant, heat efficient and more secure for all of us.

We will be carrying out various fund raising activities and functions to help raise funds, and many members have pledged to donate sums to the appeal.

If you would like to make a donation (however small) to the appeal, you can make a bank credit transfer to:-


Sort Code:- 20-92-54

Account Number:- 40693731

Please use your “Surname” and “Windows” as a reference.

Alternatively you can make a cheque payable to Old Owens Zoo Club (windows), and give to John or Lynn at the bar and all funds raised will be published on the notice boards and website (, as we progress.

Thanking you in anticipation of your support.

Eamonn Dempsey, John & Lyn Clark

Project Organisers

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Death of Geoffrey Mather

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Geoffrey (Geoff) Mather on the 7th January 2018 at a hospital in Norwich after a bout of illness. Geoff was a former pupil at Owens School in Islington whose school years were 1954-60 and he was also a Life member of the Old Owens Association.

The Association would like to send sincere condolences to wife Jane and the rest of the family. If anyone wishes to contact Jane or send their condolences, her address is 45 Christopher Close, Northrepps, near Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 0GA.

Details of Geoffs’ Funeral received from his wife Jane & family are as follows:

Dear Friends,

The Funeral will be held on Friday 26th January 2018 at 3pm
at Cromer Crematorium, Holt Road, CromerNorfolk, NR27 9JJ
(Tel: 01263 511106 ,

and afterwards at:
Sheringham Golf ClubSweetbriar LaneSheringhamNorfolk, NR26 8HG
(Tel: 01263 823488,

We fully appreciate that some people live many miles away from Cromer and we do not want anyone to feel under obligation to attend.  Those who do will be made most welcome and we ask that those who are unable to attend raise a glass at 3pm to celebrate Geoff’s life. We would like the occasion to be a celebration of the life of a lovely man who would not have wanted anyone to be sad.  Geoff himself always enjoyed the company of his many friends and loved a party.

We ask that no one sends flowers and, that anyone who wishes to, makes a donation to:

The British Lung Foundation
73-75 Goswell Road
London EC1V 7ER

(Tel: 0207 688 5555,

We would like to thank everyone who has telephoned, sent messages, emails, cards and flowers – please believe that all these things do help.

Jane, Richard, Jonna, Laine and Miles
(Jane – 07919 685941, Richard – 07787 576996)




OOASC Full Committee meetings for 2018

  1. Dear Committee Members,

Please find below the list of dates for the OOASC Full Committee meetings for 2018, to be held in the Les Williamson Room at Old Owen’s Sports Ground, Coopers Lane.

  • Monday 5th February 2018 (7.30 pm) – Completed

  • Wednesday 4th April 2018 (7.30 pm)  – Completed

  • Monday 14th May 2018 (7.30 pm) – AGM – Completed

  • Monday 11th June 2018 (7.30 pm– Completed

  • Monday 6th August 2018 (7.30 pm) – Completed

  • Monday 8th October 2018 (7.30 pm) – Completed

  • Monday 3rd December 2018 (7.30 pm– Completed