It is with great sadness that I have to report that our President Andrew Seeley died this morning (Wednesday 23rd March) at the age of 88. Andy had been hospitalised since early February.
A technology teacher at Wymondham College, Andy was also a maker of cricket scoreboards, a job that took him to grounds all over the world. He was very well known in Norfolk as a player, administrator and supporter following his long association with Ingham Cricket Club and Norfolk County Cricket Club where he served as Chairman. When he retired from teaching he and his wife, Pam, lived in the Old School in Great Melton and, when Ingham and Norwich Barleycorns amalgamated to form Norwich Cricket Club, he decided to support his village club and became our President in 1996.
During his 20-year Presidency Great Melton Cricket Club has grown enormously and Andy played a major role in that. Always very supportive, he provided the club with the expertise and many of the materials for its original electronic scoreboard and helped to coordinate the project to extend the ground and provide additional facilities for junior cricket.
Ill-health has dogged Andy in recent years preventing him from attending the Annual Dinner where he regularly presented the awards, but he and Pam were still frequent and welcome visitors to Melton Park. Andy could often be spotted zipping along Hall Road in his motorised buggy although his visits to the Park were considerably fewer in the last 2 seasons. A great servant of cricket, the club has indeed been fortunate to have Andy as its President and it is fitting that, for many years, the Norfolk Alliance has chosen Melton Park for the final of the Andy Seeley Trophy.
Our thoughts are with Pam, Graham and Michael and the extended Seeley family at this time. We’ll miss our chats with Andy down at Melton Park. Despite his recent disabilities, Andy retained his good humour. If you asked him how he was he’d usually say “All right from the waist up!”
Goodbye old friend. May you rest in peace.
Andy’s funeral is on Tuesday 26th April at Earlham Crematorium and, afterwards, at his beloved Melton Park.