Bob and John are still keeping active

LIGHTCLIFFE Cricket club President John Brooke and former player and committee member Bob Horne may both be retired but they are far from taking it easy when it comes to exercising the mind, writes Emily Anderson

Friday, 7th December 2012, 7:37 am

John, who is the former head teacher at Lightcliffe Primary School, has had a work recently published, but not for the first time.

Not wanting to boast, John is a little blasé about the subject but says this is his fifth or sixth book!

With the help of Rastrick High School and as featured in the Echo, Cruel Lives: A history of some West Yorkshire epidemics, is now on sale around Yorkshire but closer to home at the Lightcliffe Tea Rooms, Colin’s News of Hipperholme, Just Books, Brighouse, Wades Halifax and WH Smiths in Halifax and Huddersfield.

“The book is selling well and all the proceeds are going to the Overgate Hospice,” said John.

With his main interest in social history, around five years ago, John did write, along with Kelvin Lawton, the history of Lane Head Cricket Club.

John is also the secretary of the Lightcliffe and District Local History Society, of which Bob is the chairman.

With his main interest in the history of Lightcliffe cricket, Bob recently gave a talk on the early history when the club was formed in 1875 to when the current standing clubhouse was built in 1922.

Although originally an English teacher, Bob worked at Brighouse High School for 20 years as the Head of Drama.

Currently he is writing and hopes to have it published in around 18 months about the history of Lightcliffe Cricket Club up to 1870, before cricket leagues were formed.

“This era particularly interests me as there was an explosion of cricket teams around the Brighouse area which was a result of the mills closing an hour early on a Saturday at 1pm.

“By 2pm they were playing cricket until early evening, and it fascinates me that these people were choosing to give their free time to this sport,” said Bob.

John is also an avid reader of the broadsheets and a keen follower of most sports, plus taking a keen interest in the railways, past and present.

When Bob has some free time he likes to take off to the Lake District where he and his wife have had a residence. Walking has long been a passion of his and he is also a well known cyclist these days around Lightcliffe, Hipperholme and Coley.

Bob’s son James, a former Old Brodleians fly-half or full-back and a notable all rounder with Lightcliffe CC, has won the player of the year award in his first season with the Chesterton club in Cambridgeshire.

James took 50 wickets and scored just over 300 runs for the league champions.