Everyone who knew Lin Ashman, as a friend and fellow lover of table tennis, will be deeply saddened and shocked by her recent death.
Lin started playing table tennis along with her brother Mark Owen and sister Sharon (now Powell), as a junior.
They played at Richard Owens' Village Farm Table Tennis Club, the forerunner to Green Farm TTC. Richard remembers that they were all members of his first junior squad and travelled to some 'interesting' venues to play matches around the country.
Lin won County Championship titles, including Girls' Singles in 1974 and 1975, then Ladies' Singles the following year. She and Sharon won the Ladies' Doubles Championship numerous times.
Lin was also the Lady member of County teams for several seasons, and served on the County Committee.
This season, Lin played in the Hereford League for Green Farm Vikings alongside Pauline Hart, John Jones and Percy Steele.
For several years, she played at Hereford for The Terminators, with team mates Ted Andrews, Stewart Golding, Sharon Powell and Sally Davis. Ted remembers that the team enjoyed some great social outings as well as the table tennis. Then for a while the 3 ladies played in their own, perfectly named, team, The Nice Girls.
Table tennis was a big part of Lin's life, something she shared with her close family. Her late husband, Keith, although he did not play, still got involved and will be remembered from Presentation Evenings when he was quiz master. Above all, we send our sympathy to Mark, Sharon and their father, Stan. Lin will be greatly missed by all who knew her and enjoyed her cheerful company.
Mark’s Poem to Lin
YOU WERE TAKEN FAR TOO EARLY
AND STILL NO REASON WHY
LIFE CAN BE SO VERY CRUEL
IT WAS NOT YOUR TIME TO DIE.
YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR WAS YELLOW
YOU WEAR IT NOW WITH PRIDE
AS YOU WALK THE STREETS OF HEAVEN
WITH KEITH RIGHT BY YOUR SIDE.
YOU WERE KNOWN AS AUNTY NINNIE
BY YOUR NEPHEWS AND YOUR NIECES
AT TIMES YOUR LIFE WAS VERY HARD
BUT YOU STILL PICKED UP THE PIECES.
YOU LOVED YOUR COSTUME JEWELLERY
YOUR FASHION SENSE AND STYLE
BUT SOME OF THE THINGS YOU WORE
WOULD MAKE US BLOODY SMILE.
LINE DANCING, HOLIDAYS
AND TABLE TENNIS WAS YOUR GAME
AND ON THE COUNTY TROPHY
WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR NAME.
WE USED TO PLAY MIXED DOUBLES
AND OUR SISTER WE WOULD PLAY
I’LL JUST PLAY IT BACK
NO YOU HIT IT SHE WOULD SAY.
YOU WERE ONCE A CUB SCOUT LEADER
WHO THE KIDS WOULD CALL BALOO
THIS IS WHERE YOU MET YOUR KEITH
AND YOUR LOVE JUST GREW AND GREW
WHEN THERE WERE JOBS THAT NEEDED DOING
IT WAS ME THAT YOU WOULD SEEK
AND IN RETURN FOR MY HARD WORK
YOU WOULD FEED ME ONCE A WEEK.
OUR FAMILY CHAIN IS BROKEN
AND NOTHING SEEMS THE SAME
BUT AS GOD WILL CALL US ONE BY ONE
THE CHAIN WILL LINK AGAIN.
THE LAST 5 YEARS HAVE NOT BEEN KIND
LOSING KEITH, THE DOGS AND OUR MOTHER
I STAND HERE NOW EXTREMELY PROUD
TO SAY I WAS YOUR BROTHER.