It is difficult to imagine Lymm Old Students' Association
without Henry. He became Hon. Treasurer in 1947 and maintained
his enthusiasm and commitment until his death last November.
He was such a colourful character. Meetings and functions
were never dull when Henry was present! He loved his old school
and for many years served as Governor and Trustee.
Henry was an Honorary Life Member of the OSA and served as
President in 1952-53. Sport was an abiding interest, indeed
an obsession, throughout his life as both player and spectator.
Henry's most wonderful attribute was his love of life and
people. With his wide interests he could, and would, converse
comfortably with anyone at any time.
With the approval of the family, the Committee has decided
to present to the School 'The Henry B. Collin Cricket Trophy
for the Best All-Rounder' as a memorial to Henry from the
There will be many people who will feel able to say that
I was privileged to have known Henry Collin. I was one of
Henry was known so widely and had friends in all walks of
life. It is a testimony to him that the service to commemorate
his life at St Wilfrid's church on the day of his funeral
was so well attended. Often when one attends the funeral of
someone so old there are few attendees, their friends and
relatives having already passed on. Not so with Henry, he
was still making new friends in his latter years. He was always
interested in people. He was always prepared to spend the
time of day asking about one's friends and family.
We all knew that Henry had led a full life. Perhaps we did
not appreciate just how full and fulfilling it had been until
we heard the excellent eulogy delivered by Henry's son Harold.
Henry was, by some standards, an 'old man' in his early sixties
when as a young old student I first got to know him. And yet
I feel that I have known him all of his life. It was only
in listening to Harold that one became aware of and appreciated
how much he had done in those first sixty years.
Henry had been involved in Lymm Grammar School and its successors
for most of his life and was still an active old student and
trustee of the school at the time of his death.
He felt passionately about the school and of course the old
students' association of which he must have been a founder
member in 1934. He was treasurer for most of the time since
the association's formation.
Henry will be forever known for his love of cricket and it
is fitting that the OSA has donated a prize to the school,
to his memory. This will be awarded to the best all round
cricketer each year.
MEMORIES OF HENRY B. COLLIN
My first recollection of Henry Collin was as an 11-year-old
going to Arpley on a Saturday afternoon to watch my father
and him play cricket for Warrington in the Manchester Association.
Henry would have been in his late 30s and was the opening
quick bowler with a memorable and distinctive low delivery
style and flowing black hair.
My next contact with him was in 1953 when I first got into
the School's 1st cricket XI and was selected for the annual
Founders' Day fixture against the Old Boys. This meant the
daunting prospect of facing Henry on the rather indifferent
school pitch, bowling at a pace 'with which I was not familiar!'
In 1955 Henry persuaded me to part with two guineas in return
for Life Membership of the OSA-which must represent an all-time
bargain! He had already by then been Treasurer of the Association
for several years and remained so until the time of his death
Henry retained an infectious enthusiasm and interest in so
many things, particularly cricket, the OSA, his family and
life in general. My last special memory is of Norma and I
spending a lovely summer day with Kath and Henry at Old Trafford
last year watching his beloved Lancashire play. No doubt he
will be delighted that they have won the first game of this
It has been a great privilege to know such a wonderful Gentleman.
I and many others miss him greatly.
Michael John Olver (1948-55)