We are lucky to have such a wonderful Green but have you ever given any though to all the benches around it? There are 23 of them, here is a little history behind each of them. In some cases, we don't know enough to give a meaningful tribute here, please do contact us if you can supply more details.
We have listed these clockwise, staring from the Cricket Pavilion
In memory of Alfred Peter
Raymond Figg - always known as ‘Ray’. He
was born at Carpoles on the Green, the son of William Percy and Rose Figg. Ray was a well-known village figure and a
popular landlord of the Cricketers Arms.
Donated by Ockley Stoolball Club to the Ockley Sports Club (which at
that time oversaw the Cricket, Football and Stoolball Clubs). A presentation ceremony was held in September
1986 when the bench was formally accepted by Michael Calvert on behalf of the
Sports Club. A photograph of the
occasion was published in the West Sussex County Times.
here: Clive and Cyril (and to the right) Remembering Jane
no details available, can anybody help?
General RTI Ridgway C.B 17/8/1868 – 11/11/1939
Father of Gwen Ridgway (see 8 below). This from Ockley Parish Magazine: “General Ridgway had a distinguished military
career and saw a great deal of active service from 1897 onwards including
campaigns on the North West Frontier of India and in the Great War in Egypt, in
France (where he was wounded) and later in East Africa. Later he commanded Brigades on the Indian
Frontier and in the 3rd Afghan War.
He retired from the Army in 1920.
He lived in London but was a frequent visitor to Ockley and took a great
interest in the cricket, football and Flower Show activities. In his memory, his widow and daughter placed
a seat on the Green for the comfort of those who, like the General, enjoy
watching the cricket or rejoice in the beauty of the surrounding scenery.”