Reverend William Lee

He was an English inventor who devised the first knitting machine in 1589, the only one in use for centuries. Its principle of operation remains in use.

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Kevin Evans

Former Nottinghamshire county cricketer

Born: 10 September 1963, Nottingham
Schools: William Lee, Colonel Frank Seely
Major Teams: Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Norton in Hales
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium Fast
Career Statistics:

First-Class (1984 - 1999)
Batting & Fielding

M         I        NO   RUNS    HS       AV.    100

Christopher Dean

1984 Olympic Ice-Dancing Champion

Olympic, World and European Ice Dance champion, Christopher Colin Dean was raised in Calverton during the 1960's and 70's. He was educated at two of the village schools. 

He used to borrow my brother's bike to travel to his job at Timmerman's  Roses!

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Michael Hugh Waitt

Former professional footballer and former coach of the New Zealand national side (The All-Whites)

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Admiral George Brydges Rodney (The man behind the pub)

1st Baron, George Brydges Rodney, 1719-92, British Admiral. He served with distinction in the seven years war (1757-63), his most notable achievement being the capture (1762) of Martinique in the West Indies. Pressed by debts, he lived in France from 1775 to 1778. In 1778 he was recalled, made an Admiral, and despatched again to the West Indies. On the way he defeated (1780) a Spanish fleet off Cape St. Vincent, thus relieving Gibraltar, and became a national hero. In 1781 he captured St Eustatius in the West Indies and confiscated large quantities of goods belonging to British merchants illegally trading with the American revolutionary forces. He was hounded with lawsuits for the rest of his life by the outraged merchants. Because of ill health he resigned (1781) his command to Samuel Hood, but he returned to the West Indies in 1782 and won a resounding victory over the French fleet of Admiral de Grasse off Dominica. He was rewarded with a peerage.   
Tim Seely 

Actor (usually playing very posh people) Educated: Eton Born: January 1st 1935

Son of Major James Seely one time Master of the South Notts Hunt.

Tim trained at RADA. He made his professional debut in "Tea and Sympathy" at the Comedy Theatre, playing the juvenile lead Tom Lee, a role he repeated for Sam Wannamaker's New Shakespeare Theatre in Liverpool, along with Rodolpho in Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge". He played opposite Maggie Smith in "The Stepmother" at the St Martins Theatre. He has appeared in numerous TV plays, notably opposite Julie Christie in "Dangerous Corners", and opposite Eileen Atkins in "No Time for Heros". Other work includes "The Offshore Island", "The Human Jungle", "Crossroads", "Emmerdale", "Trainer", "Kavanagh QC" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood". Tim was a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company, for whom he played the title role in "Pericles". He has extensive experience of Shakespeare, having played Baptista, Capulet, Polonus, Leonata and the King of France.
Wilfred Flowers

Former Nottinghamshire & England cricketer 

Born: Calverton on December 7, 1856 Died: Carlton on November 1, 1926

Position: All-rounder

Starred for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club between the years 1877 & 1896. Played for England in eight Test matches, including the Australia tours of 1884 and 1886. Test Debut: England versus Australia Adelaide 1st Test 1884 
Last Test: England versus Australia London(Lords) 1st Test 1893

​In the 1883 season Wilfred became the first ever Notts player to get a 'cricketers double' i.e. 1000 runs and 100 wickets. He was the last survivor of the Notts XI that played the touring Australians in 1878. In that same year he was in the Marylebone Cricket Club side that was beaten by Australia, a loss that rocked English cricket to its core. In that match Flowers scored 11 of the teams total of 19!! in the second innngs. He had the misfortune to have had the shortest ever benefit match on record. On May 23 1899, the match was finished in three hours and five minutes. The first innings saw Middlesex score 86 all out. Somerset could only muster up 35 and 44 in both innings. Middlesex winning by seven runs. When he retired he became an umpire, but bad eyesight cut that career move short. At the time of his death he was being employed in the lace trade for a hosiery manufacturer.

Colonel Frank Evelyn Seely

 Who was he?

Frank Seely was born in 1846, the son of Sir Charles Seely. After obtaining a BA at Cambridge in 1886 he joined the family business at Babbington Colliery, going on to be Chairman of the company. He gave a considerable amount of his time to charity work around Nottinghamshire. 

He held office of JP, Deputy Lieutenant of the County and was High Sheriff for six years. He represented Calverton on the County Council. 

Malcolm Nabarro

Born in London, Conductor Malcolm was brought up in Calverton village.

His late father, David, was a prominent member of the Calverton community, in fact one building 'Nabarro Court' is named after him. He spent much of his life in the East Midlands, where he built his career around a passion and vision for orchestral provision in the area. Following a successful start in 1974 he founded the 'Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra' as the 'Nottingham Sinfonietta', with the aim of providing a platform for local musicians to perform orchestral music to the highest standards they could achieve. The orchestra was soon performing regularly at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, and working with soloists of international calibre.  

Then in 1982 he founded the East of England Orchestra, which under his guidance as Artistic Director established itself as one of the U.K's most distinguished regional orchestra's. Indeed this orchestra is now known as VIVA and is the only professional chamber orchestra in the East Midlands. Providing classical concerts and outreach activities that make live orchestral music accessible to all. Malcolm's commitment to new music, in addition to the traditional classical repertoire, led to the commissioning and recording of a number of new works, for labels including ASV and Collins Classics, as well as for BBC3. Malcolm Nabarro began his career as a trumpeter and composer; experience which has been invaluable as he has made his way to the forefront of today's new breed of conductors. As Artistic Director of the EOEO, his work is notable for its freshness of insight and his championing of rarely heard music.  
161       220      44     4198     104      23.85      3   
Steven Reginald Cherry

Former professional football goalkeeper

Born: 5th August 1960, Nottingham
Height: 6'01
Schools: William Lee, Colonel Frank Seely

Career Statistics:

1978 - 1984: Derby County 90 First Team Appearances, 1980: Port Vale (Loan) 8, 1984 - 1986: Walsall 78, 
1986 - 1989: Plymouth Argyle 82, 1988: Chesterfield (Loan) 10, 1989 - 1995: Notts County 297, 1995 - 1996: Watford 4, 
1995 - 1996: Plymouth Argyle 16, 1996 - 1997: Rotherham 22, 1997 - 1998: Rushden & Diamonds ?, 
1998 - 1999: Mansfield Town 1, 1999 - 2000: Oldham Athletic ?
Vivian 'Vic' Leaper 

He was brought up in Lambley village, Nottinghamshire. In his younger days he was a Choir Boy at Lambley Holy Trinity Church.

Later he settled in Calverton village where for over fifty years he was a well-liked Chimney Sweep. But, it wasn't for sweeping peoples chimneys that he will be remembered with great esteem!!

Vic was the first winner of the prestigious Hucknall Open Pool tournament.

He played in and was Chairman and Treasurer of the Pool league for many years throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s, winning so many individual and team titles that there isn't enough room on this page to list them all!!
Kevin still holds the record at Notts for the highest 9th wicket partnership. This was achieved in 1994 when Kevin and Jimmy Adams put on 170 versus Somerset at Taunton.

Major Honours:  County Championship 1987,  Nat West Trophy 1987,  Benson & Hedges Cup 1989,  Refuge Assurance League 1991
​Sir John Coape Sherbrooke

Sir John Sherbrooke was born at Oxton in 1764. He entered the British Army in 1780 as a junior lieutenant and later transferred to the 33rd Regiment of Foot where he first Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington.

He served first in Flanders before serving in India, where he distinguished himself at the Storming of the fortress of Seringapatam in 1799. Though slightlywounded, Sir John's nerves and general health suffered terribly from the hot and humid climate and in 1800 he was returned on sick-leave to England with the approbation of the future Duke of Wellington.

In 1805 he became a Major-General and was sent to Sicily. From there he served with General Wellesley's forces in Portugal and Spain at the battles at Oporto and Talavera (1809) before once again being forced to return a very sick man to England. Sir John married in 1811 and as a newly-promoted Lieutenant-General was sent to Nova Scotia to act as 
Governor just in time for the declaration of war against England by the United States of America, during which Sir John actively opposed the American attempt to capture Canada. In 1816 Sir John was awarded by the Prince Regent (later George IV) a Grand Commander of the Order of the Bath and appointed Governor-General of Canada. He suffered a stroke in 1818 requiring his recall to England where he retired and finally died in Calverton in 1830.

Sir John Sherbrooke had a lengthy military and public service reflected in the rewards given to him, and he featured in a well-publicized famous ghost story in 1784. Sir John's life and times in full detail complete with illustrations are planned to be the subject of a booklet published by the Sir John Sherbrooke School.
He was always a great ambassador, not only for the Calverton and Arnold League, but also pool in general across Nottinghamshire. Vic was a revered gentleman and was respected greatly by everyone who met him.

We played alongside the great man in the "FANTASTIC" Calverton Miners Welfare side of the early 1980's - the team that trounced everyone in Nottinghamshire and other places in England. Opposing teams used to hate it when Vic walked into their pubs for a match, but we loved it because WE had the best player in the league!! I'd compare it to the treatment Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo gets now from away supporters.

I can still remember a game at Forest Tavern, Nottingham in the early 1980s. The place was as rough as hell, prostitutes lined up everywhere, our players were getting threatened by the locals and to cap it all the whole match was refereed by a black fellow who was the spitting image of Marvin Hagler!! Needless to say the GREAT Welfare team bottled it this night getting beat 7-1 - but guess who won his leg? Vic.

Vic used to turn up, for nearly every game, in his Royal Blue jacket with Pool emblem emblazoned on it. (a lot of people didn't realise he was a fully qualified referee and it was in fact Vic's refereeing coat!!)

We can categorically state here and now that Vic was the best "match player" we ever played with, nothing seemed to phase the man and boy did he get some abuse!! In fact Vic was so good that the rules of the game of UK 8 Ball Pool were changed to get him beat!!  

Yet in 1998 he still won the Averages title, at the ripe old age of 64, a record that will probably never be beaten.

Vic Leaper died on Wednesday 7th January 2009. Unbelievably, at his funeral, one young man turned up dressed as a "Water Babies" type Chimney Sweep, covered from head-to-toe in soot. Now that is respect!

Vic Leaper, the man will never be forgotten by loads of people who knew him. Thanks Vic!