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VETERANS’ BRITISH LEAGUE 2016/17 – first weekend


After the first weekend of the Veterans’ British League played at Derby Arena, Ormesby I lie in 4th place in a very tight Division 2A, winning 2 matches, drawing 1 and losing 2.

The team started with an excellent 5-1 win over Joola Plymouth on Saturday morning, with 2 wins for Dave Ashwell, 1 for new signing Steve Crosby and 2 for Jevon Chan making his VBL debut. Ormesby I then drew with Dewsbury 3-3 and lost to Team Ecosse 4-2. Team Encosse had the Scottish Number One Veteran Gerry Campbell in their team.

Sunday started with a good 4-2 win over Pudsey. However they lost their final match of the weekend against top team Herford Challenges 4-2.

The player averages for the weekend were Carl White 2/6, Dave Ashwell 5/8, Steve Crosby 2/6 and Jevon Chan 7/10.

Team  P  W  D  L  SF  SA  GF  GA  Pts
1 Hereford Challengers 5  4  1 0 22 8 69 36 9
2 Team Ecosse 5 2 2 1 18 12 59 46 6
3 Dewsbury 5 1 3 1 16 14 62 46 5
4 Ormesby TTC I 5 2 1 2 16 14 54 52 5
5 Joola Plymouth 5 2 1 2 13 17 53 64 5
6 Pudsey 5 0 0 5 5 25 24 77 0

After winning promotion last season from Division 4B to 3B the Ormesby II team found the going tough drawing 2 and losing 3 matches. The drawn matches were against XLNT Draycott II and Blackpool. The team currently lie in 5th place with 2 points.

Michael Young won 6 from 10, Karl Shaw 3/10, Gary Whyman 0/6 and David Noutch 0/4.

 Team  P  W  D  L  SF  SA  GF  GA PTS
 1 Foresters B  5  5  0  0  29     1  89  20  10
 2  OLOP I  5  3  1  1  16  14  62  55    7
 3 Graham Spicer I  5  3  0  2  17  13  64  49    6
 4 ZLNT Draycott 2  5  1  2  2  11  19  45  62    4
 5 Ormesby TTC 2  5  0  2  3  9  21  38  71    2
 6 Blackpool  5  0  1  4  8  22  35  76    1

The next round of matches also at Derby Arena will take place on 18th/19th February 2017.

Senior British League – round one


  Ormesby 11 10and11 Sept 2016

Left to right – Martin Rutter, Team Coach – Denis Neale, Harry Dai, James Garrod and Joe Cope

With Northfield in second place and Ormesby II in third place in the National Division A-1, the Teesside Teams did well in the British League matches played last weekend.

In the matches that were played at Ormesby, Northfield were unbeaten with victories over Scarborough 6-4, Ormesby II 9-1, Nottingham Sycamore II 9-1 and Draycott 7-3.

Simon Noutch produced the best results for Northfield winning 7 out 8, whilst Karina LeFevre was 6 out of 8, Joe Clarke 4 out of 6, Billy Foster 5 from 8 and Andrew Wilson 2 from 2.

Ormesby also did well to finish in third position in the League table with a 9-1 win over Nottingham Sycamore II, a 6-4 win over Barrow Tornedos, 5 all draw with Milton Keynes plus the 9-1 loss to Northfield.

Harry Dai was the best Ormesby player on show with 6 wins from 8, whilst James Garrod won 5 from 8.  Jack Cope, who was making his Senior British League debut, excelled in winning 4 from 8, whilst Martin Rutter won 2 from 8.

In the National B Division 1 the Teesside Teams occupy the top three positions.  Swerve are on top having won all four of their opening matches against Derwent 9-1, Beaumont Accountancy by 10-0, Draycott III Team 8-2, and Pudsey by 8-2.

Steve Brunskill topped the Swerve averages with 8 from 8, whilst Josh Harland won 7 from 8, Nuradin Muktar and Dylan Curry both won 6 from 8.

Beaumont Accountancy are in second place having beaten Draycott III Team 8-2, Pudsey 7-3 and Ormesby III Team 7-3.

For Beaumont, Anthony Phoenix and Isabelle Ashley produced the best results with 5 from 8, whilst Steven Cooper was 4 from 8 and Mark Walpole 3 from 8.



Left to right- Kieran Wardell, Will Dobinson, David Gofton and Joe Cope

Ormesby III Team opened with a 7-3 win over Halton II, drew with Formby 5 all, defeated Derwent 7-3, before losing to Beaumont by 7-3.

For Ormesby, Kieran Wardell was top of the list unbeaten with 8 from 8, whilst David Gofton did well to win 6 from 8.  Jack Cope and Will Dobinson both won 2 from 8.

In National C Division 3, Ormesby IV Team produced their best results for some time with two victories against Bromley 8-2 and Wood Green from Birmingham 9-1.  Ormesby played a 5 all draw with Drumchapel Glasgow III Team and lost to Halton III Team by 6-4.  Carl White produced the best results with 7 wins from 8, whilst Michael Young won 6 from 8; Dave Ashwell won 5 from 8, and Peter Wilkinson 4 from 8.

Ormesby IV Team are in third place in the table with 5 points from the 4 matches played.

In the National C Division 4, Ormesby VI Team excelled by winning their first three matches by beating Ormesby V by 7-3, Halton IV Team by 7-3, Bishop Auckland by 9-1 and before losing to Ravenscroft, the League leaders, by 10-0.

In the same division, Ormesby V Team defeated Ravenscroft by 6-4 and Bishop Auckland 7-3.  They were beaten by the Ormesby VI Team and by Halton IV Team both by 7-3.


BL V1 Sept 2016

Left to right – Chris Edwards, Callum McMenamin, Jack Dewar, Thomas Rayner and George Hill 

George Hill produced the best results for Ormesby VI Team winning 6 from 8; Jack Dewar won 5 from 8, Chrissy Edwards 3 from 7, and Callum McMenamin 2 from 7.

The VI Team Ryan Nassau won 3 from 4, Nicky Corking 4 from 8, Gary Whyman 3 from 8, Chris Rayner 2 from 4 and Luke Robinson 2 from 8.

Ormesby VI Team are in third place with 6 points from the 4 matches played, whilst Ormesby V Team are fifth with 4 points.

In the National C Division 2, Swerve II won 3 of their 4 matches and drew one 5-5 against the Royal Air Force.  Swerve’s wins were against Rotherham Scorpions 6-4, Bourne 7-3 and Blitz of Lincolnshire 6-4.

Joe Wright produced the best results with 7 wins from 8 sets.   Yonatan Caspi won 5 from 8 matches, Sam Bailey 4 from 8 and Adam Ridley 3 from 8.

Swerve II are top of the division with 7 points from the 4 matches completed.

British Premier League 2016-2017

Saturday 27 August at 3.00pm sees the first match of the new season of the

British Premier League 2016-2017


With the change of format for the Premier Division of the British Table Tennis League for the forthcoming season, We are delighted to be able to inform you that the Ormesby Club will be hosting regular home matches at the club’s headquarters on Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough for the first time in more than a decade.

Danny Reed

Thank you to John Upham for the picture of Ormesby’s new signing

Danny Reed

Ormesby’s new signing, Danny Reed of Hutton Rudby returns to the  Ormesby Club.  Danny learned most of his table tennis in his early days at Ormesby and we are very pleased to see his return.

The first table tennis match is against the Fusion Club of London, on Saturday 27th August commencing  at 3pm.

One single table will be used, and we are looking to attract as many club members and the general public to support the team as possible on that Saturday afternoon.  We are keeping the cost low at advance tickets of £5.  The tickets include an opportunity to take part in the One Point tournament at half time and a ticket for the raffle.

The match will be played on the 8 set system, with each of the four players playing two singles each.  In the break, there will be a One Point tournament for those who wish to participate and the raffle with attractive prizes will also take place at half time.

Further information regarding the match and the teams will be forwarded to you by email over the next two weeks.  Please do your best to support your team in this first match of the season and bring as many family members and friends as possible.

The format and schedule for all other divisions of the British League in which Ormesby players participate will continue as scheduled for each of the divisions.

Alan Ransome OBE

Ormesby’s Summer ‘Ping Pong in the Square’

Ping 2016 2

With several Ormesby Table Tennis Club volunteers in tow, Malcolm Muldoon set off for a session of outdoor table tennis in Middlesbrough town centre.

Continuing on from the ‘Ping’ theme from previous summers, members of Ormesby’s 50 Plus Squad took ‘Ping Pong in the Square’ to the people of Middlesbrough.

2016 NE Rotary Games for people with a Disability

NE Rotary Games 2016

Left to right: Melanie Bowman, Tony Dawes and on the right Andrew Green

The North East Rotary Games for people with a disability took place at Eston Leisure Centre on July 10 2016.

Once again several of the Ormesby Disability players took part with Andrew Green winning the wheelchair event for the fourth year in a row.

Congratulations to Christopher James Evans who was very happy to win the Achievement Award and Pamela Lowther who once again won the standing event.

Ormesby’s Resolution Success at Table Tennis England AGM

We were pleased to learn that Ormesby’s Resolution to the Table Tennis England Annual General Meeting in Birmingham on Saturday was very well received by the meeting and was adopted UNANIMOUSLY!
The motion was “This meeting requires the Board of Table Tennis England to adhere to  the Equality statements on the Table Tennis England website outlining the Equal Opportunities Policy and Equity and Diversity Policy and that the National Championships at Senior, Junior, Cadet and Under 10 – 13 events allow the same number of entries for female as are allowed for male players”
This means that in future the number of players invited to play in the National Championships at all levels will be equal for both men and women and boys and girls and that the procedures adopted this season whereby only half as many women and girls were invited to play as men will be abandoned.  Well done to Jose for pursuing this principle and winning support from the members !
From Brenda Stephenson on behalf of the OTTC Committee.

National Title for Lucy

National Championships at Preston 25th & 26th, June 2016. Lucy Gent (235) champion

Congratulations Lucy for winning your first National Title.

Lucy Gent who trains in the Talent Development Squad at Ormesby Table Tennis Club won the U10 Girls at the U10 – U13 National Championship in Preston.

A great achievement Lucy.

Thank you to Steve Parkin for the lovely picture of Lucy.

School Games Selection for Andrew

Congratulations to Andrew Green who has been selected to represent the North East of England in the School Games which are due to take place in Loughborough in September.

Andrew March 3 2016

Andrew has been training very hard over the past months and this was one of his goals, to be chosen to play in the School Games.

George Hill wins Junior Event


George Hill 2 May 2016

George, is seen above centre with some of the young players at the Bank Holiday Monday training session. 

left to right: Alex Wilson, Callum Mcmenamin, Thomas Rayner, George, Chris Edwards, David Gofton and Jack Dewar.

Ormesby Top Squad member George Hill, who has shown a vast improvement in his play during the last few weeks, won the Junior Boys event at the Swerve 1* tournament on Sunday 29 May.

On the following day George spent another six hours practicing at the Ormesby Club.

Inter – Regional Finals

Tommy Hawkes and Leo Under 11 boys 2016

Ormesby Table Tennis Club ‘s Tommy Hawkes left and Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club’s Leo Pontone were the first winners in the inaugural 2016 Inter – Regional Table Tennis finals

 Tommy and Leo represented the North East Region in the Under-11 Boys team event.

Adam and Luce Under 13 boys winners 2016

Pictured above, Adam Gent left of Ormesby TTC and Luca Pontone from Bishop Auckland TTC who won the Under 13 Boys team event making it two wins for the Pontone family with younger brother Leo having won the Under 11 Boys team event.

Adam and Luca were presented with their trophies by Table Tennis England Chairman – Sandra Deaton

North East Region Coaching Day


NE Regional Day 15 Amy 2016

Young players from across the North East Region enjoyed another coaching day lead by Denis Neale at Ormesby Table Tennis Club on Sunday 15 April 2016.

This was the third in the series of coaching days with the next day planned for Sunday 12 June.


2016 Middlesbrough and District League KO Cup

Well done to Ormesby D, winners of the 2016 Middlesbrough League KO Cup final.

Mid League KO CUP Winners 2016

The winning team left to right: George Hill, Jack Dewar and Kieran Wardell

Jack, George and Kieran won KO Handicap Cup final  by 5 games to 2.

After the first three games the Ormesby D team were leading 3 – 0 but the game was much closer than the scoreline suggests with two of the first three games needing a 1 point KO.

Ormesby I then won the next two games to make it 3 – 2 and then the D team took the next two games to win the match 5 – 2

Mid League KO CUp players

The two teams pictured before the match started, left to right: George Hill, Kieran Wardell, Jack Dewar, Beth Wardell, Tommy Hawkes and Callum McMenamin 

2016 Cadet and Junior Nationals

Tom Jarvis 1 2015Two players from this seasons Ormesby British League teams, Tom Jarvis and Harry Dai both won singles titles at the Cadet and Junior Nationals held at Huddersfield at the weekend.

Tom Jarvis was outstanding in the Junior Boys singles winning the title without the loss of a single game. Adding to the Junior Boys Singles title, Tom also won the Junior Boys Doubles and Junior Mixed Doubles.

Tom Jarvis – Junior Boys Singles winner

Harry Dai came from the fourth seeded position to win the Cadet Boys Singles (under 15) title knocking out the two top seeds, Ethan Walsh, and then James Smith in the final. Harry won his second title in the Cadet Boys doubles.

Middlesbrough TT League KO Handicap Cup Final

Beth Wardell April 2016Beth Wardell who may have to play against her brother Kieran in the final.

Two Ormesby teams will contest the 2016 Middlesbrough Table Tennis League KO Handicap Cup final.

Ormesby I’s Callum McMenamin, Beth Wardell and Tommy Hawkes won their semi-final match against Beaumont Accountancy Nomads C to join the Ormesby D team in the final.

The date of the final has still to be arranged but we hope you will come and support the youngsters whose average is only 14 years.

Welsh National Table Tennis Coach visits Ormesby TTC

Ryan and Hopes April 2016

Left to right: Adam Gent, Callum McMenamin, Chris Edwards, Will Dobinson and Ryan Jenkins

Some of Ormesby’s young table tennis players had the opportunity to receive some first class coaching tonight when the Welsh National Coach, Ryan Jenkins visited the Ormesby Club.

With regular coaches Denis Neale and Alan Ransome also joining in the coaching session the players were given some excellent help in their aim for improvement.

Ryan serving to Will April 2016

Ryan serves to Will Dobinson

Ryan and Denis April 2016

Back of picture: Tom Rayner challenges Ryan Jenkins 

front of picture: Denis Neale takes on David Gofton.

Bishop Auckland 2 star success for Ormesby youngsters

It was a good day for the Ormesby club at the Bishop Auckland 2 Star Tournament today.

Ormesby’s Talent Development starlet Lucy Gent won the Under 11 Girls when she beat Anya Milne from Durham in the final.

Two Ormesby boys challenged for the Cadet Boys Singles title with Thomas Rayner narrowly beating Kieran Wardell 12-10 in the 5th end.

Kieran then went on to win the Junior Boys Singles title when he defeated Max Duffin in three straight ends although the final end went to 22-20.

Another young fast improving Ormesby player Callum McMenamin won the  Junior Plate.

Middlesbrough TT League KO Handicap Cup finalists

George Jack Kieran 2016 April

George Hill, Jack Dewar and Kieran Wardell booked their teams place in the final of the Middlesbrough Table Tennis League KO Handicap Cup final when they defeated Swerve B by 5 points to 2 points

Ormesby Cadet 1 star

David Gofton Jun Cad Double Wnr

David Gofton winner of the Cadet and Under 11 Boys singles titles pictured with  Alan Ransome OBE

With three titles for David Gofton, Ormesby players dominated their own Ormesby Cadet (Under 15) Open table tennis championships sponsored by local table tennis legend, Denis Neale. The event attracted several players from other parts of the country and was played at the Ormesby Club on Sunday, 3rd April, 2016.

In the main event, the Cadet Boys singles, David Gofton defeated his club team mates Jack Dewar 3-1 in the final and Thomas Rayner in straight games in the semi-final.

In the Under 13 Boys Singles David Gofton won a 5 game final against Thomas Rayner at 11-4 in the decider, after beating Adam Gent by 3 games to 1 in the semi -final.


Doubles Winners, Thomas Rayner left and David Gofton with Alan Ransome

David Gofton’s third title was the doubles when partnered by Thomas Rayner and won a three way count back with Jack Dewar and Chris Edwards in second place. German visitor, Ruben Wachter and Adam Gent came third.

David Gofton’s only blemish on the day was a loss to Adam Gent in the groups of the Under 15 event by a very narrow margin in the 5th game. David recovered through the knock out stages to take the title.


Under 11 Winner Lola McGhee pictures receiving her gold medal and Prize money

In the girl’s event, the only title to be won by a local player was when Ormesby’s Lola McGee won the Under 11 Girls title after beating Anya Milne of Darlington in straight games in the semi -final and Yorkshire’s Molly Rhodes by 3 games to 1 in the final.

Lola McGee won the silver medal in the Under 13 event before losing to Hertfordshire’s Ilyssa Lacorte in the final. Ilyssa Lacorte also won the Cadet Girl’s Under 15 singles.

Ben Piggott Under 11 Boys Wnr

Ben Piggott of Northfield TTC winner of the Under 11 Boys Singles

The Under 11 Boys singles was won by Northfield’s Ben Piggott who came out on top of a three player count back and a win over second place Ormesby youngster, Tommy Hawkes. Scarborough’s Sam Lowe finished in third place after beating Ben Piggott 11-9 in the decider but losing to Hawkes by three games to 1.

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The player who travelled the furthest to take part in the Ormesby 1 star event was Rueben Wachter from Germany. Rueben partnering Adam Gent of Ormesby finished in third place in the Cadet Doubles.

A big thank you to Chris Rayner for taking all the pictures.


Cadet Boys singles: D Gofton (Cleve) beat J Dewar (Cleve) 11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6

Cadet Girls Singles: I Lacorte (Herts) beat K Peacock (Dur) 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8

Cadet Doubles: 1st D Gofton (Cleve) / T Rayner (Dur), 2nd J Dewar (Cleve) / C Edwards (Cleve)

3rd R Wachter (GER) / A Gent (Cleve)

Under 13 Boys singles: D Gofton (Cleve) beat T Rayner (Dur) 11-9, 9-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-4

Under 13 Girls singles: I Lacorte (Herts) beat L McGee (Cleve) 11-3, 11-4, 11-7

Under 11 Boys singles: lst B Piggott (Cleve) 2nd T Hawkes (Cleve) 3rd S Lowe (Yorks)

Under 11 Girls singles: L McGhee (Cleve) beat M Rhodes (Yorks) 11-1, 11-8, 7-11, 11-4

Cadet Boys Banded Singles: C McRae (Dur) beat T Maddison (Dur) 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5

Cadet Girls Banded Singles: E Smith (Dur) beat R Rigg(Cum) 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 13-11

MFC Foundation’s Premier League 4 Sport event

Newcastle A winners P4Sport March 19 2016

The winning team – Newcastle A – with Alan Cawthorne left

Ormesby Table Tennis Club hosted the Premier League 4 Sport Table Tennis Regional Event today with 2 teams each from Hull, Newcastle and Middlesbrough taking part.

Newcastle A coached by Dave Godbold won the event with Middlesbrough A in second place.

Middlesbrough P4Sport Rup March 19 2016)

Alan Cawthorne on the left, pictured with the Middlesbrough A team

Shannon and Amy Hull P4Sport 19 March 2016

Shannon and Amy who played for the Hull Tigers B team

Thanks to Alan Cawthorne, MFC Foundation’s Premier League 4 Sport Coordinator and Malcolm Muldoon who organised the event.


2016 Middlesbrough Championships report and results

Josh Harland Mens Singles Wnr Mid Champs 2016

Josh Harland above who won five events including the Open Men’s Singles is pictured with Alan Ransome,  the Middlesbrough & District Table Tennis League Chairman

Ormesby junior, Josh Harland, who recently returned to the game after a serious injury, won a record 5 titles in the Middlesbrough Table Tennis Championships that took place at the Ormesby Club last Sunday.

The main event that Josh won was the Open Men’s Singles in which he beat another Ormesby player, Dave Ashwell, in straight games in the final and Northfield’s Chris Johns in the semi-final. The victory against David Ashwell was in straight games whilst the win against Chris Johns was by 11-8 in the fourth game.

David Ashwell did well to beat Swerve’s Mark Simon by 3 games to 1 in the semi-final and scored a narrow victory over Northfield’s Jack Cope at 16-14 in the decider in the quarter finals.

Josh won the Division 1 Championship by beating Northfield and Swerve player, Jevon Chan, in straight games in the final. Josh beat David Ashwell in the semi-final whilst Jevan Chan beat a Nunthorpe player, Nicky Corking, in his semi.

Mid Champs 2016 DA JH AER

David Ashwell left and Josh Harland centre, Open Doubles winners with Alan Ransome

In the Doubles, Josh combined with David Ashwell to take the title, beating Mark Simon and Jevan Chan in straight games in the final.

The Junior Singles final was a round robin competition in which Josh Harland beat both Ormesby’s Kieran Wardell and Northfield’s Jack Cope in straight games. Jack Cope came second after beating Kieran Wardell by 3 games to 1.

The biggest surprise was when Josh Harland won the Hardbat tournament, an event which uses equipment that was common in the sport more than 60 years ago and requires a different type of skill to the modern game. In the final Josh beat Michael Young by 31-23.

Mid Champs 2016

David Hildreth, Middlesbrough League Vice Chairman presented the Division Two winner Callum McMenamin centre and Chris Gunn runner-up with their prize money.

The Division 2 Singles was won by another Ormesby junior, Callum McMenamin, who did well to beat Chris Gunn in 3 straight in the final.

The Cadet Boys’ Singles was a victory for Kieran Wardell who won a very close match with team mate David Gofton by 3 games to 1. The key game was the third which Kieran won by 18 points to 16. David Gofton had a close match with Thomas Rayner in the semi-final whilst Kieran Wardell beat another Ormesby player Jack Dewar.

Tom Rayner h'cap wnr mid leag 2016

Thomas Rayner winner of the Under 12 Boys and Handicap Singles

Thomas Rayner did well to win two events – the Under 12 Boys’ Singles and the Handicap singles. The Under 12 was a round robin competition which was won comfortably by Thomas. Ben Piggott finished in second place.

In the second title, the Handicap Singles, Thomas Rayner won a comfortable final against Stockton’s Nick Corking.. Thomas did well to beat Kieran Wardell in the semi-final, whilst Nick Corking won a close match with another Stockton player, Phil Webster.

D Hildreth and Mark Simon March 2016

David Hildreth is seen presenting Veterans’ Singles runner-up Mark Simon with his prize money.

The Veterans’ Singles was won by Dave Ashwell, adding this title to the Doubles that he won with Josh Harland. In the final, David beat Mark Simon in straight games whilst Chris Johns of Northfield was his victim in the semi-final. Mark Simon beat Michael Young in the other semi-final,

The Wheelchair Singles was a round robin competition that was won by Noel Thomas with Marc Bonnar in second place. Noel beat Narc by 3 games to 1.


Open Singles

Josh Harland (Ormesby) beat David Ashwell (Ormesby) 11-7, 11-6, 11-9

Open DoublesDavid Ashwell and Josh Harland (both Ormesby) beat Mark Simon (Swerve) and Jevon Chan (Swerve) 11-6, 11-4, 11-7

Division 1 Singles

Josh Harland (Ormesby) beat Jevon Chan (Swerve) 11-7, 11-5, 11-7

Junior Singles (Round Robin)

Winner Josh Harland (Ormesby), Runner up Jack Cope (Northfield)


Josh Harland (Ormesby) beat Michael Young (Ormesby) 31-23

Division 2 Singles

Cal McMenamin (Ormesby) beat Chris Gunn (Nunthorpe) 11-7, 11-6, 11-7

Cadet Singles

Kieran Wardell (Ormesby) beat David Gofton (Ormesby) 6-11, 11-8, 18-16, 11-6

Under 12 Singles (Round Robin)

Winner Thomas Rayner (Ormesby), Runner up Ben Piggott (Northfield)

Handicap Singles

Thomas Rayner (Ormesby) beat Nicky Corking (Nunthorpe) 21-9, 21-13

Veterans’ Singles

David Ashwell (Ormesby) beat Mark Simon (Swerve) 11-5, 11-4, 11-8

Wheelchair Singles

Winner Noel Thomas (Ormesby), Runner up Mark Bonnar (Ormesby)

Alan Ransome OBE