A fitting memorial to keen Fakenham all-rounder Dick Seppings

Memorial to Dick Seppings
Memorial to Dick Seppings
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A memorial to Dick Seppings, a keen all round sportsman and captain and founder member of Fakenham Town Bowls Club, has been installed at the ground where he played and won many trophies.

To honour his memory a seat with a suitably inscribed plaque on which spectators can sit and watch Fakenham’s members in action was consecrated by the Rev Francis Mason. It was then unveiled by county president, Brian Taylor.

“It’s a fitting memorial for a man who did so much for bowls in the Fakenham area,” said Mr Taylor.

Dick Seppings, who was born in 1931 and died last year, played both cricket and football for Fakenham in his younger days before taking up the game of bowls with equal success, both indoors and out. In a long career he belonged to various outdoor clubs, both at Fakenham Royal British Legion and in Hempton and Raynham where he was born, and from where he moved to Fakenham in the early 1980s.

“He was also a member of the Fakenham Gallow indoor bowls club for more than forty years,” said son, Chris Seppings. “He won everything indoors – singles, pairs, triples and fours.” Chris Seppings picked out his being a member of the Fakenham RBL team that won the County Cup in 1992 as one of the highlights of his outdoor bowling career.

Former Fakenham Town captain Philip Edge said: “He was a stalwart member of the bowls club. One day he and Paul Childs, Keith Utting and David Baldwin were sitting in the bar at Fakenham Town FC when he said it was a shame the newly laid green at the football club was not used.

“Then he suggested they form a team.”

That was in 1999 and since then Seppings had been such a large influence on the success of the club that when it was suggested they bought and installed a seat in his memory the committee vote was unanimous.

“My dad was our hero. He was a generous and real family man,” said daughter, Pauline Girdlestone.