Family notes for William Ian HUGHES and Lilian STUBBS
The webmaster particularly remembers Lilian and Ian for they were our
first neighbours when my wife and I moved to Bollington in 1975, and
wonderful neighbours they were. Our properties adjoined and we were
frequently in each others gardens. 
Notes for William Ian HUGHES
Ian was a noted cricketer, a successful batsman playing for Bollington for
many years, which lead to his meeting Lilian Stubbs who he later married.
As a waterboard Inspector, Ian knew Bollington and it's people
intimately. He was the first to respond whenever someone had lost their
water supply. One day it was his own wife Lilian who had cause to
enquire as to why she had no water. Thorough investigation determined
that the problem lay in the supply pipe from Hurst Lane to the house and
the place to look first was the stop cock buried under the street. A
digging squad were called in and the potentially offending stop cock was
removed. Sure enough it was obstructed - by just half a frog! The first
question was how on earth did a frog get into the water mains? The
second question was where was the other half frog!? Neither of these
questions was ever answered!
Notes for Lilian STUBBS
Lilian was brought up in a cottage behind the Methodist church in Park
Green, Macclesfield, where her parents were caretakers to the church.
She had a sister seven years older than her. Lilian was good at school,
passing her 11+ and GCEs.
She started work at about age 17 in the Cheshire Building Society office
in Macclesfield. When she returned to work after having her three
children she was employed at the HM Inland Revenue office in the town,
retiring at age 60 in 1995.
She had a great love of singing and joined several choirs including
the Oriana, the Thomas Cranmer, the Bollington St John's, and others
over the years, often singing in three different choirs in a single
week. Her funeral was marked by beautiful singing from members of the
Oriana and Thomas Cranmer choirs.
Lilian had a love for sport - watching not playing! It was through
watching cricket that she met her husband, Ian Hughes, and they married
in 1960, and lived their whole married life at Nor'Breck, Hurst Lane,
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