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It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that Rupert died on Monday, 16th July, after a long illness. As a long-standing and active member of the club for the past 33 years, he will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts are with Liz and the family at this sad time.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, 26th July, at St. Bartholomew's Church, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA, at 1.00pm, and afterwards at Wilmslow Golf Club.


Martin Granger Brown was asked by the CA to write an obituary for Rupert that will be included in a future edition of the Croquet Gazette. Here is what he wrote:

Rupert Webb   30th May 1928 – 16th July 2018


Bowdon Croquet Club treasures the memory of Rupert Webb, an active member for the past 33 years.   He was introduced to the game and to the Club on his marriage in 1985 (to the former Liz Taylor, already a Club member for 7 years and a ‘Cover Girl’ for the CA development drive.    Rupert was a keen golfer and took to Croquet with the wholehearted enthusiasm which we all came to associate with his approach to everything worthwhile.   He had recently become Chairman of the Galt subsidiary responsible for their wooden toys, having produced their famous large wooden beech blocks in the 1960s, and receiving the Royal Society of Arts Award for excellence in Design in 1976.    He shared his wood manufacturing skills for 15 years through a British development agency to help worldwide developing communities, and found time to devote to charities nearer home.   He brought all his life skills and experience to his membership of the Bowdon Club, serving on the committee for some years and being a notable house manager (with Golf Club experience).    As a former Captain and President of his Golf Club his wise advice was often invaluable, and he was a generous benefactor to Bowdon on many occasions.   His splendid weathervane stands as a visible and lasting memorial to his time with us and the access ramp to the clubhouse was his last such donation – though confiding it was not as he would have designed it!

His retirement from Galt Toys in 1993 gave him time to improve his croquet and until 2008 he became a regular winner of handicap and Class events, off a handicap as low as 6 (like Liz!).   Rupert was kind, wise, witty, humourous, outspoken and enthusiastic, but above all a loyal friend known as such by many members of the Club.   He and Liz catered for many a tournament lunch or tea, and their Saturday Club Teas were always very popular.    Hurlingham and Budleigh were his favourite external tournament venues in the UK, both he and Liz travelling widely to play croquet and to make friends in the USA, South Africa and Corfu.    Their plans for 2018 were cancelled at short notice when he became ill.    His life was celebrated at St Bartholomew’s Church in Wilmslow where more than 300 attended to remember him as a man who could always be relied upon for a word of encouragement to ‘do the right thing’ in play and in life.   He is sorely missed.