Cobbwebs News & Views


Here the Trust provides News & Views that are of interest to the family and to a wider audience.  They can be downloaded as PDF documents. 

Cobbwebs stay in this section for up to 6 months. Thereafter they go to the Cobbwebbs Archive.

Cobbwebs News & Views

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Dr John Blatchly, MBE, MA, PhD, HonLit...October 2015

John Blatchly, a highly respected and much loved former Headmaster of Ipswich School, and Suffolk historian extraordinaire died on 3rd September 2015 after a short illness.

Whilst I would be the last person chosen to write his obituary, I have no hesitation in offering this tribute on behalf of The Cobbold Family History Trust.

From my very first contact John was immediately helpful and he remained continuously supportive.  He forgave some early mistakes and answered my questions fully and willingly, sensing my limited experience. Amongst many act of kindness John gave the Trust an original watercolour painting of the Wilkinson coat of arms and copies of many Cobbold bookplates.  He facilitated our purchase of the Ipswich New Town Hall Polka dedicated to Mrs J Patteson Cobbold (1868) and wrote the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entries on Elizabeth Cobbold, Rev. Richard Cobbold and Margaret Catchpole.

I well remember my joy when he agreed to write the Foreword for Cobbold & Kin, Life Stories from an East Anglian Family.  It turned to excitement when he told me that he knew one of the subjects well; my second cousin, Nicholas Hammond who had been a Kitchener Scholar at my Cambridge College, Gonville and Caius.  John wrote ‘The first headmaster to interview me for a Chemistry post in 1957 was N. G. L. Hammond of Clifton.  He carried my case to my room, a practice which I have tried to emulate since.’

I invited John and his wife Pam to come to the reopening of Holywells Park one Saturday this July.  They were well enough to come on the Sunday and they sat comfortably in the warm conservatory and chatted freely with us.  It was a half hour of peaceful contented friendliness which has left me with the happiest of memories.

 

 


REMEMBRANCE DAY 11th November 2015 October 2015

The Trust will be involved in three act of remembrance this year.

As previously we will insert a memorial paragraph in the Daily Telegraph under the heading ‘IN MEMORIAM THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE’

We will again place a cross in the Westminster Abbey Field of Remembrance dedicated to the 48 Cobbolds lost in two World Wars.

For the first time we will this year also place a poppy in the 2015 Flanders Field beside the Menin Gate remembering the 35 Cobbolds who died in WWI.

‘When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.' 

 


COBBOLDS of WOODBRIDGEOctober 2015

At a talk given earlier this year to The Woodbridge Society the Trust offered £100 to kick start a small fund for the refurbishment of the lantern in the porch of St. Mary’s Church.  The lantern was given in memory of Rev. Rowland Francis Cobbold (#258 on the family tree) and his wife, Lilian née Parkes.  The offer was accepted, further funds being raised by a concert and an additional donation from Rear Admiral Richard Cobbold (#545), so that the work will begin shortly.

Amongst the connections between Cobbolds and Woodbridge we know that Felix Thornley (#201) was the unsuccessful Liberal parliamentary candidate for Woodbridge in 1900 and in addition to Rowland Frances (above) who retired to Farlingaye Hall, his older brother, Alfred Townshend (#253) chose Holly Lodge, Seckford Street for his final home.

In an article on this subject in the Society’s Newsletter, Autumn 2015, Chairman Alan Vaughan quotes the obituary of Maj. Ernest St. George Cobbold (#199) who had been managing partner of the Woodbridge branch of Bacon Cobbold and Co’s bank and Secretary and Trustee of the Woodbridge Savings Bank.

‘He was commanding officer of the Woodbridge Rifle Volunteer Corps, a county magistrate and Chairman of the Woodbridge Board of Guardians.  Upon the formation of the Seckford Reading Room and Social Club, Mr Cobbold, then a governor of the Seckford Charity was chosen as a Senior Vice-President, and he has left reminiscences of the interest he took in that institution in the large and handsome cases of stuffed birds and natural history specimens that now ornament the Reading Room.  He was also the Worshipful Master of the ‘Doric’ Lodge of Freemasons and Treasurer of the ‘Deben’ Lodge of the Oddfellows.  In the halcyon days of the Woodbridge athletic sports he was a warm supporter of that popular Easter Monday gathering.’

As Alan Vaughan observes ‘Ernest’s obituary is a window on life in Woodbridge at that time.’


Connaître et Apprécier: David CobboldOctober 2015

The Cobbold family’s association with beer, and for that matter wines and spirits, in Ipswich needs no elaboration.

Not so well known is David Cobbold’s extraordinary position as a bona fide Englishman, much respected and sought after, at the very heart of the wine trade in France.  David (#466 on the family tree) has lived in France since 1973 and has been a full time writer, broadcaster and teacher in wine since 1983.  He is an independent writer and journalist as well as teaching wine knowledge to wine lovers and professionals.

David writes articles for specialist wine magazines in France, Canada, Japan and India as well as Great Britain and has been Editor in Chief for two such publications; he has a weekly radio slot and has hosted TV wine programmes in USA and France.  More recently he has formed ever popular wine clubs and co-founded a French-speaking web site devoted to wine for which he writes regularly.  www.eccevino.com 

Despite these demanding activities he has somehow found time and energy to author or co-author more than 20 books.  The Trust was delighted to meet up with David recently when he generously donated copies of six of his books which added to those already in the Trust’s library brings our collection up to eleven.  The Trust also holds in its archive a complete list of his published books, articles, editorial works as well as notes of his Radio and Television contributions.  It is unquestionably a formidable body of work.


SILKEN STRANDS 2October 2015

The Trust is pleased to record the following acquisitions.

19th C. Silhouette, marked ‘Great Uncle Thomas Cobbold’.  All the evidence points to this being Rev Thomas Cobbold (1742-1831) #51 on the family tree.

Minute Book of Lowe, Son and Cobbold, Ltd. of 6 Broad Street, Stamford from 1915 to 1951 when the company was liquidated on 25th July.

3 Prints.

St. Mary Tower, ILN 30th January 1864
The New Town Hall at Ipswich, ILN 8th February 1868
Church of St. Bartholomew, Ipswich, The Builder, 3rd October 1896.

Programme for Great Jubilee Celebration at Ipswich, Tuesday June 22nd 1897

Edwardian Grand Hotel by L J Ramsey, self published 1995 – The History of Harvest House, Felixstowe – the first ninety years.

Last Curtsey by Fiona MacCarthy, published by Faber and Faber 2006

Vin cherche Plats by David Cobbold published by Fleurus, Paris 2004

 

The Trust wishes to thank Mr Leslie Ramsey for his generous gift of the Great Jubilee Celebration Programme and his book Edwardian Grand Hotel.


SILKEN STRANDS 1October 2015

The Trust is pleased to record the following acquisitions.

Church Stretton Illustrated, 7th edition 1924, edited by E S Cobbold (#250 on the family tree).  This is important as the Trust now has 7 of the 10 editions edited by Edgar Sterling Cobbold between 1903 and 1937.

Musical Recollections of more than Half a Century, by Lindley Nunn (#1146) published by W E Harrison, 1899.

Conveyance of Alton Hall, Farmhouses, Cottages, Buildings and Land by the Personal Representatives of P W Cobbold (Deceased) (#324) to Captain L A H Wright RN.

The Suffolk Gipsy by John H Steggall, edited by Rev. Richard Cobbold (#106), published by Ward, Lock & Co, 1856.  This is a better copy than the one the Trust already owns.

Ipswich Speedway Race Card and Score Sheet, 16th October 1975, Tolly Cobbold / Dave Bickers Grand Challenge Match for £200 on a winner takes all basis.  Tolly Cobbold lost 37-41.

The Press and the General Staff, by Neville Lytton (#3710, later 3rd Earl Lytton), published by W Collins, 1920.  A contemporary writer said ‘Here is possibly the wittiest and shrewdest view of the war that has yet been given us….’  The book includes a passage in praise of Capt. Cobbold (almost certainly Maj. Guy Fromanteel Cobbold MC) (#350): ‘I thought especially of Captain Cobbold and his splendid example.  I have not seen him from that day to this; I heard that he had been badly wounded on the Somme.  If ever his eye should light on these pages I should like him to know that in the hour of death and on the day of Judgement I shall think of him and hope to have a small particle of his glorious courage’.  Guy was indeed injured on the Somme in 1916, the year in which he won his Military Cross.


COBBOLD & KIN A FINALIST!October 2015

We are delighted to announce that Cobbold & Kin, Life Stories from an East Anglian Family, by Clive Hodges has been chosen as one of 3 finalists in the Biography & Memoir category for this year’s East Anglian Daily Book Awards.

The finalists will be announced in the Eastern Daily Press on Saturday 10th October.

Congratulations to Clive Hodges and if you don’t have a copy already buy it from this website please.


NICHOLAS COBBOLD OBEAugust 2015

It is with profound sorrow that we have to announce the death of our patron, Nicholas Cobbold on 15th August 2015 aged 81.  Nicholas died at his home in Wiltshire.

On behalf of the wider family the Trust sends deepest condolences to his widow, children and siblings.


HOLYWELLS RE-OPENINGAugust 2015

Saturday July 18th dawned bright and the sun shone all day!  The good people of Ipswich arrived in force and nobody could have judged the day anything but a huge success.  We launched our new book Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds with author Clive Hodges signing and dedicating copies.  The paper-cutting demonstration by mother and daughter team, Erika and Lois Cordelia was as popular as ever and the Elizabeth Cobbold paper-cut Valentines were much appreciated under the skilled guidance of Erica Burrows, Chairman of the Friends of Ipswich Museum.

The Trust would like to thank most warmly all its helpers, family and friends who came along in support of the event and particularly those who purchased books.  The Trust knows it only survives through your support and wishes you to know that it is hugely appreciated.

What may not be so well known is that the Trust has played a small but worthwhile role from the start of the restoration project. In the early days we wrote in support of the funding application; we have encouraged the team on the ground throughout by answering questions and providing photographs and we were instrumental in providing very high quality interpretation boards.

As a result your Keeper was invited to speak at the opening ceremony following The Mayor, The Chair of the East of England HLF and the Chair of The Friends of Holywells Park.  For the benefit of those not present here is a synopsis of what he said.

He opened by reminding his audience that Holywells – Bring the Magic Back had been the title chosen by Adrian Howlett for his dissertation way back in 2004.  Was that a question, a command or perhaps a plea he asked.  It doesn’t matter now!  The magic is back!  He went on to thank all those who had made it happen, from the most senior executive to the most reluctant volunteer.  He also remembered to thank Lord Woodbridge whose gift it was back in the 1930s.  Sadly, he continued, two things could not be brought back: the house and the family.  To fill that gap the Trust was launching, that very day, a book Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds by Clive Hodges, the first full, historically accurate account of this magical place and its people.  As such the book would appeal to every lover of the park.  If as I close, he said, you feel moved to clap, don’t applaud me – applaud the team that brought the magic back!

Since restoration Holywells Park has Heritage, Tree and Wild Life Trails some equipped with an Aurasma facility.  Well worth a visit!


SILKEN STRANDS - 2August 2015

The Trust is pleased to record the acquisition of 5 items this month.

The April 1947 Conveyance of Alton Hall, Farmhouses, Cottages, Buildings and Land situate in Suffolk by The Personal Representatives of P.W.Cobbold Deceased to Captain L.A.H.Wright.  Philip Wyndham Cobbold DL JP was born in 1875 and died in 1945.  He is #324 on the family tree.
The document is signed by his son, Lt. Cdr. Alistair Philip Cobbold RNVR (1907-1971) (#472) and by his co-executor, Francis Alfred Worship Cobbold (1882-1947) (#361) a lawyer who had won a DSO in WWI.
It is possibly Francis’s last signature for the document is dated 3rd April, just 18 days prior to his death.

Freedom We Died for You by David Miller (of Newton Abbot, not Ipswich!) being an account of Old Blues (Christ’s Hospital) who died in WWII, one of whom was Peter Charles Victor Cobbold (1897-1942) (#7595) victim of the Long Nawang massacre.

2 photographs of Tolly Cobbold pubs, both called The White Horse, one at Tattingstone, the other at Kersey.

Advertising playing card promoting Lowe, Son & Cobbold, brewers of Stamford carrying the image of an overweight monk astride a long suffering donkey, exclaiming:
Oh Lowe, Son & Cobbold, our hearts you do cheer
Through supplying the world with such excellent beer
For though to our grief from Chartreuse we’re turned out
We shall lessen our sorrow by drinking your Stout!

200th Anniversary Waterloo Campaign Medal to archive alongside Elizabeth Cobbold’s Ode on the Victory of Waterloo, of which we reproduced 3 verses here back in June.


SILKEN STRANDS - 1August 2015

THANK YOU!

Your family history trust archive and collection continue to grow a pace thanks to the gifts of family and friends.  Here we recognise all whose generosity is appreciated by this generation and will be appreciated by future generations.

Bill Humphreys and Jonathan Shackleton for financial donations,
Chris Heath for information on, and photographs of, his family of successful Victorian Midland Industrialists, who once owned Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire.
Two Heath sisters married two Toynbee brothers.  Family member, Julian Gibbs lead the National Trust team which restored the Biddulph garden to its Victorian splendour,
Rowell Bell for weekly newspaper cuttings,
Prim Cobbold and Neville Cobbold for more family photographs,
Sarah Cobbold for more information on the descendents of William Cobbold (1742-1827) and Elizabeth Snell (b. c.1743)
Rachel Gibbs for a tribute by her son and an obituary by the BMJ for her husband, Dr Denis Gibbs who died in January this year,
Philippa Bagnell for copies of moving tributes to her mother, Geraldeen Tatton-Brown née Mortimer, born in 1919 who died in June this year,
Alexander MacEwen for correcting a major error on the family tree and for further information and,
Anne & Belinda Hasted, Jeremy Douglas, Richard Cole and Chris Lloyd for valuable information for the family tree.

(Please accept apologies for any accidental omission)


SILKEN STRANDSJuly 2015

Due to the time involved in preparing for, and attending, the reopening of Holywells Park, Stables and Conservatory we are unable to offer Cobbwebs this month.  The event was a huge success and sales of Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds have got off to a flying start.  Our thanks go to all those who attended and purchased books.

Normal service will be resumed in August!


HOLYWELLS, HOME of the COBBOLDSJune 2015

First in the Cobbold & Kin Series written by Clive Hodges

Holwells Park, Stables and Conservatory will officially re-open on July 18th.  Everyone is welcome and you need to be there before 12 noon for the opening ceremony and the musical events which follow.  The Trust will be there displaying the Elizabeth Cobbold paper-cut Valentines and there will be a live paper-cutting demonstration in the newly restored conservatory.

That day will also see the official launch of Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds by Clive Hodges who is now Author in Residence at the Trust.  The restoration of the park, stables and conservatory is a wonderful achievement but it leaves an unavoidable gap.  What about the house and the family that lived there?

Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds fills that gap!  It charts the connected histories of one of Ipswich’s best-loved public spaces and the Cobbold family who lived there from 1814 to 1829.  To tempt you here are the chapter titles:

 

1. Early History
2. The Cobbolds Arrive
3. Victorian Transformation
4. John Dupuis and Lady Evelyn
5. Public Park
6. A Park for the People
 

Holywells, Home of the Cobbolds, a paperback at £7.99 is within everyone’s reach and will be available on this website before the end of June.  Watch for its arrival at Books for Sale.


SCATTERED MEMORIESJune 2015

An Autobiography by Nicholas Cobbold with Clive Hodges

“As a young man, he led a glamorous life at full tilt.  He drove a succession of fast cars, sped fearlessly headfirst down the Cresta Run and flew aeroplanes and helicopters, surviving not one but two air crashes.”

Scattered Memories tells these stories and others that mark Nicholas Cobbold out as a man of boundless energy and enormous fun.  A daring and accomplished practical joker since childhood, his creative prankshave rarely, if ever, landed him in hot water, whether he has been deploying whoopee cushions, firing billiard balls from a cannon or impersonating the Archbishop of Canterbury’s right hand man.”

Available from this website now: http://cobboldfht.com/books-for-sale


A STRING of HAPPY COINCIDENCESJune 2015

Back in April Gerry Lowth (#4532 on the family tree) whose family has, like ours, strong connections with Caius College, Cambridge, kindly alerted the Trust to an article in the Ross Gazette which told that a lady resident, whilst sorting through papers, had found a copy of a sermon preached on 21st June 1887 by Rev. R H Cobbold (#148), Rector of Ross, to mark Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.  Through the good offices of the Ross Gazette and Gerry Lowth the lady was contacted and she agreed to donate the sermon to the Trust and as a token of appreciation the Trust made a donation of £25 to her church.

Coincidentally, Gerry recalled that in the 1930s a Lt. Col. Cobbold (#391) lived in Alton Street in Ross with their daughter Prudence (#509) and that they had a niece called Ann Jamieson (#1792) who was for a while the Lowth’s governess.

A few days later I noticed a rather large and handsome three-handled silver plated drinking cup was to be auctioned.  It had been won by Francis Edward Davy Cobbold (#237), son of the Rev. R H Cobbold, for winning the half mile when he was up at Cambridge.  Coincidentally, F E D Cobbold, later ordained, was a curate of Weston-under-Penyard (Gerry’s parish) from 1902 to 1904 whilst on furlough from his post as Senior Chaplain in Punjab.

In writing to us just recently the lady donor, Mrs. Ruby Price mentioned that she had been to a ‘Meeting with Michael Palin’ (he of prodigious talent and endearing personality) and had discovered that Michael’s grandfather, Rev. Edward Palin had been Rector of Linton for 38 years.  Coincidentally, Rev. Edward’s daughter, Brita (#242) married another of Rev. R H Cobbold’s sons, Henry Ralph (#241) who became a prosperous merchant in Calcutta.

That is not quite the end of the story because not long ago the Trust acquired a miniature Hymns A & M, not much larger than a £2 coin, but beautifully leather bound, which had been given to Henry and Brita’s daughter, also named Brita, when she was 7 years old in Calcutta.  Lovingly tucked within is a little picture of her pet puppy, James.

Our thanks, of course, to the Trust’s family and friends in and around Ross who made this vignette possible!


ODE on the VICTORY of WATERLOOJune 2015

In the fervour of national pride which followed Wellington’s victory at Waterloo, Elizabeth Cobbold put her prolific pen to work.

Her Ode on the Victory of Waterloo, in some 21 verses certainly met the expectation of length and also the requirement of dedication, in this case to His Royal Highness, George, Prince Regent.

Printed in Ipswich by J Raw and distributed in London, Bury St. Edmunds and Colchester, profits from the publication were appropriated to the Waterloo Subscription.

We show here the title page and reproduce just verses V, X and XXI together with Thomas Lawrence’s painting of the hero.

Three years later when the Duke of Wellington visited Lord Granville at Wherstead Lodge our ancestor presented him with a copy of her work splendidly bound in Morocco which it is said, was most graciously received and acknowledged.  Perhaps it remains in the Duke’s library to this day!

V

By treason rous’d, Napoleon sprung / Like lurking tiger from his den,
And far and wide the death cry flung, / And rear’d the blood-strip’d flag again:
But Britain’s firmness prov’d a charm / To wither that despotic am,
Which, grasping empire, would have hurl’d / Destruction o’er a subjugated world.

X

But O what song the praise can tell / Of those who, self-devoted, fell,
When ev’ry gallant leader fought / As if that glorious day he sought
To win as bright a wreath from fame / As circles Wellington’s name?
Each persevering soldier too, / A leader in that battle grew,
And felt as resolute in fight, / As firm, in British hardihood,
As though upon his single might / His country’s bulwark stood.

XXI

Again the tide of commerce pours / Its flowing wealth on Britain’s shores;
Again from all her rocky bounds / The festal shout of Peace resounds;
Her dusky artisan prepares / From swords to form the shining shares,
The massy anvils ring: / To sickles chang’d are gleaming spears,
And as they reap the ripen’d ears, / Her jocund peasants sing:
All rich in flocks and herds are seen / Her fragrant hills, her pastures green:
To e’vry gale her flag unfurl’d, / Triumphant floats the waters o’er,
And as it greets each franchis’d shore, / United Empires, great and free,
Hail BRITAIN,EMPRESS of the SEA / And GUARDIAN GENIUS of the WESTERN WORLD.


SILKEN STRANDS - JUNE 2015June 2015

Heartfelt thanks are due this month to Martin Riley for a generous donation and continued support and also to V Narayan Swami for allowing the Trust to acquire Emily Caroline Farr’s album on very favourable terms (see Gallery).  Thanks are also due to Adrian Howlett, Holywells Historian for continued dedicated help and to Pamela Watts for lots of information on the Roe family and the Ipswich Institute for a donation following a talk given to members.

Books added to the library this month include:
Scattered Memories, 2015 by Nicholas Cobbold with Clive Hodges
Outsider II 2012, by Brian Sewell
Ipswich Town, A History, 2013 by Susan Gardiner
The Essential History of Ipswich Town, 2001 by Mel Henderson and Paul Voller
Ipswich Town on this day, 2008 by Dan Botten.

Other acquisitions include:
A pair of pre-WWI binoculars belonging to Ralph Patteson Cobbold (#316)
EA Notes & Queries 1905-1907 (but with Sept. 1905 missing)
More pictures of Tolly Cobbold pubs.


SILKEN STRANDS - MAY 2015May 2015

Acquisitions this month have included:

17 items of Tolly Cobbold breweriana;

Cross stitch project pack based on artwork by Julia Cobbold;

Plymouth Navy Days first day cover from HMS Brilliant, 1989 signed by the Captain,   Richard Cobbold;

A fine little book The Wild Garland, 1827 by Miss S Waring which contains 12 hand coloured illustrations, once owned by Elizabeth Harriet Cobbold (1817-1910) #155 on the family tree.  See Cobbweb, The Wild Garland.

Thanks are due this month to:

Bill Humphreys for information on the Amys, Humphreys and Cobbold families;

Leslie Rhodes for sorting out the Parkin family;

Rachel Gibbs for the BMJ obituary on her husband Denis but more importantly for a copy of the excellent tribute given by their son, Nicholas;

The Ipswich and Suffolk Club for a donation and for scans of John and Patrick Cobbold.  See Cobbweb, The Football Brothers.

Dr. Mark K Fulk, Assistant Professor of English at Buffalo State College, USA for a copy of his paper entitled Eliza Knipe’s “On the Lake of Windermere” and the Limits of the Aesthetic Gaze, which is published in the current edition (22.1) of Essays in Romanricism.

Administrative Matters:

The trust is happy to confirm that it has completed its accounts for the year ended 30 November 2014 and these will be filed as required shortly. Thereafter its annual return will be submitted to the Charity Commission well before the deadline.


THE WILD GARLANDMay 2015

Or Prose and Poetry Connected with English Wild Flowers, Intended as an Embellishment to the Study of Botany.

A beautiful little book by Miss S Waring, author of ‘The Life of Linnæus, in a Series of Letters’ printed for Harvey and Darton, Gracechurch Street, London 1827

This book interests us for two reasons.

Firstly the prose and poems selected are sheer delight for any reader who is happy to be taken back to a time when description was simple, elegant and accurate.  He or she is reassured that indeed some things never change and where better than in an English wild flower meadow.  There are twelve hand coloured plates of which we show just two.  Of the book itself it is interesting to discover that Copac (the national and university library index) gives seven locations for this title in UK libraries all of which catalogue iv pages at the start where ours has vi.  Comparison with other copies at the Bodleian and in Cambridge suggests that ours is an early copy.

Secondly, ownership inscriptions in the front tell us that the book belonged originally to Elizabeth Harriet Cobbold of Eye, (1817-1910) #155 on the family tree, daughter of Robert Knipe Cobbold (1792-1859).  In 1837 Harriet married Canon Charles Shorting (1810-1864) and amongst their seven children was Henry Francis Shorting (1847-1919) whose daughter Edith (1871-1929) was the recipient of our book.  It is inscribed “

Edith K Shorting from Grandmama Shorting, August 25th 1887” the year of Edith’s 16th birthday.

 


THE FOOTBALL BROTHERSMay 2015

Mr John and Mr Patrick as they were affectionately known were much admired for their enthusiastic leadership in the brewery business but even more so for their dedication to Ipswich Town Football Club.

John Cavendish Cobbold (1927-1983) #575 on the family tree was appointed to the board of ITFC at the age of 21 which made him the youngest ever football club director.  He was chairman from 1957 to 1976 and remained a director until his death in 1983.

Patrick Mark Cobbold (1934-1994) #576 took over as chairman in 1976, a post he retained until 1991.

The trust was invited to speak about the family at one of the Ipswich and Suffolk Club’s Thursday lunches last month.  Our talk was much appreciated by the capacity audience and we would like to put on record our gratitude for the hospitality received.

The walls of the bar in the club are graced by numerous caricatures of members and our thanks go to Robert Coppin for copies of those of Mr John and Mr Patrick.  In case the wording is not easily read we reproduce it below.

JOHN COBBOLD

What is thy wish, O my master?
Is it for the love of the most
beauliful Woman on earth?

No, it is for the
biggest bottle of
Wine on Earth!

Amo versus Vino
latest score
Grapes 20 Apples nil

PATRICK COBBOLD

‘You ‘orrible idle dozy man you’
Leslie, do any of
your Thursday Club
play football?
I need – a striker –
a winger, a defender,
a midfield, a goalie
A CAPTAIN
& A MANAGER

No, Patrick.
the Spirits are
Strong but the
Flesh is Weak



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