Wow I have had a wonderful response to my question asking about the photo of Mr Jobling in women’s clothes… so much about his theatrical and operatic connections! I am happy to hear more. Details to follow in March when we have #OnePlaceWomen…Coming very soon!
Meanwhile Mark Jobling was really involved in the community events and competitions, and contributed to the local ‘Philanthropic Club’ (benevolent fund) and so much more. He lived in Laurel Cottage, Sticklepath at some point, as there was an auction in 1877 to sell up as he was moving out of the area. Soon came back again though! Here is a photo and transcript of how he was doing aged 70:
From The Western Times Friday 13th June 1913, courtesy of the BritishNewspaperArchive.co.uk
Mr M.E.Jobling of Ramsley Hill, the subject of our illustration, is to be congratulated on his brilliant achievement at the athletic sports at Stamford Bridge, London, on Saturday. Mr. Jobling is an athlete of no mean repute, and on Saturday met that great runner, Mr J Parkhurst, aged 57 years, and who had just won the 120 yards veterans’ handicap in 14 1/5secs. The distance on Saturday was fixed at 100 yards with Parkhurst at scratch and Jobling on the 12-yard mark. The start receiver was in front all the way, and won, easing up, by a yard and 12 4/5secs. Mr Jobling has innumerable trophies, the result of his prowess in former years. In 1865 and1866 he competed with Guy Pym (afterwards M.P. for Bedford) with distinguished success, and won the half mile and mile, and in 1867 he won both the 100 yards and the mile race at Walham Green. Mr Jobling will be 70 years of age on June 21st.
Ramsley folk may feel it is a bit cheeky to call him a Sticklepath veteran!