Sir Edward Evans-Lombe – A true cricket lover!
It is with great sadness that the Club was informed last Friday (20th May) of the death of its Patron and benefactor Edward Evans-Lombe, at the age of 85. The former High Court Judge, who in the last few years has lived beside Melton Park at ‘Park House,’ was always a keen cricketer. In fact he was a team-mate of the Chairman when he played his first-ever senior match for Barford C.C. as a 15-year-old in 1967. Originally Edward lived at Marlingford Hall and, having established a club in the village, he turned his attention to Great Melton. In the late eighties Edward kindly offered us a piece of land for a pitch and in 1993 we moved to Melton Park, ending our 19-year nomadic existence. He later financed the purchase of a wooden pavilion which was, unfortunately, destroyed by fire before it could be transported to Melton. However, a successful insurance claim led to the building of the present pavilion which Edward insisted should double-up as a village hall. In 2003 Edward gave us some more land on which to establish the junior pitch as well as providing us with a wooden pavilion.
As our Patron since 1994 he allowed us to use the ground free of charge and always showed a willingness to accommodate many of our developmental ideas. He played in many of our Patron’s/President’s matches, in the early days selecting his own team of guest cricketers and showing himself to be a talented batsman with a well-honed forward defensive. He also presented the awards at some of our Junior Festivals. A relatively quiet, modest man who didn’t like a lot of fuss, he was proud of the way the club has developed and enjoyed the fact that his grandsons Nat and (occasionally) Atticus and granddaughter Hope played for Great Melton. We are eternally grateful to him for all his support over the past 29 years. He will be sadly missed. Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife Marilyn, son Nick, daughters Sophie, Sarah and Harriet and the rest of the family. As a mark of respect and, in celebration of Edward’s life, all 4 Saturday teams held a minute’s applause before their matches on Saturday 18th May. R.I.P.