The Atlas Sports and Social Club

- now the Marley Eternit Sports and Social Club

By Terry Dash and Tim Gane

The Sports and Social Club was formed many years ago and was run by and for the members. Besides the usual sports such as football and cricket, the club also supported darts, bowls and of course fishing in their own lake.  The Club arranged dinner dances and regular coach outings to the seaside.

If you can help us with any names from the collection of photos below please add a comment at the bottom of this page.

Photo:Atlas Seaside Outing (pos to Southend, pre-war)

Atlas Seaside Outing (pos to Southend, pre-war)

Christine Keith

Photo:Dinner Dance in Royston Town Hall in 1955

Dinner Dance in Royston Town Hall in 1955

Christine Keith

Left: Brian Whisken____, ____, Shirley Catley

Right: ____, ___, Sid Bowens, Alick Newman, Jesse Newman

Photo:Atlas Social Club Dinner Dance at Bassingbourn Village College 1971

Atlas Social Club Dinner Dance at Bassingbourn Village College 1971

Christine Keith

L to R: Jack Woods, May Woods, Vincent Hurley*, Ann Hurley*, Alan Woods, Fred Dance, Florrie Dance, Mike Keith, Christine Keith, Brian Newman, Melanie Newman, Alick Newman*, Jessie Newman.

Photo:Dolly Pettit (became Catley) dancing with Dennis Cross 1940-44

Dolly Pettit (became Catley) dancing with Dennis Cross 1940-44

Dolly Catley

Photo:Bob Woods & Marge Cooper at an Atlas Dance in the 1950s

Bob Woods & Marge Cooper at an Atlas Dance in the 1950s

Linda Clarke

Photo:Linda Cooper (became Clarke) winning the sack race at the Atlas Sports Day in 1959

Linda Cooper (became Clarke) winning the sack race at the Atlas Sports Day in 1959

Linda Clarke

The Sports and Social Club owned its own sports field in Melbourn ( Portway ) although this was sold to finance the existing club house at Marley Eternit.

The Atlas had a Cricket Team for many years but very little  information has come to light. In 1954 the team was captained and coached by Fred Bakewell, the former England and Northants batsman. Other players mentioned were Derek Cooper, Claude Ellis and Jim Tucker.

The Darts Teams were very successful in the 70’s with both the ladies and the men. Snooker and Table Tennis were also popular, as was the Fishing Club.

Photo:A Photo from a Social Evening at the Atlas Sports and Social Club

A Photo from a Social Evening at the Atlas Sports and Social Club

Linda Clarke

L to R: Bob Jacobs, Marge Cooper, Joy Jacobs, Derek Cooper

Photo:Eternit Concrete Canoe Society

Eternit Concrete Canoe Society

Robert Henry

The Eternit Concrete Canoe Society

pictured at Thorpe Park late 1980s.  L to R:  George Payne, Robert Henry, Peter Baker, George Joyce Les Thurley.  (Yes, the canoe was made out of concrete!)

 

This page was added by Tim Gane on 11/02/2011.
Comments about this page

I'm pleased to see that Fred Bakewell coached the Atlas cricket team in 1954. He was clearly an exceptional cricketer, playing six times for England in the 1930's alongside such illustrious names as Hammond, Duleepsinhji, Sutcliffe, Jardine and Woolley. An opening batsman, he scored one hundred and three fifties and averaged 45 in his six Tests. For Northants he scored thirty one hundreds in a total of 14,570 runs, with a career average of 34. Fred's batting style was described as very unconventional. It would be good to think that he passed on some of his undoubted talent to members of the Atlas team. During his Atlas days Fred lived in Melbourn.

By Bill Pegram
On 28/04/2011

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