Obituaries from the Parish Magazine

These obituaries have been transcribed by Maureen Spinks. Those listed below cover the period 1948 - 1978. Some obituaries between 1908 and 1918 are shown on a separate page. For this period you might also want to look at War News 1914-1919. If you are searching for a particular person, try looking for an obituary in the name index.

George MOISEY Apr 1948
The sudden death of George Moisey gave us all a great shock. There were not many in the parish who were better known or held in more esteem. He had been Clerk and Sexton for 38 years, and his familiar figure will be greatly missed. He was most regular and conscientious in carrying out his duties. Nothing ever seemed to be too much trouble, and he put in many hours of unrequited work for the church he loved so well. Those that knew him best were conscious of his sincere faith and were aware that his work was done not with eye service as a man pleaser, but as a servant of Christ doing the will of God from the heart.

James REEVES Feb 1949
We regret to record the death of Mr James Reeves of Aldington. He had been in failing health lately, but the end came somewhat unexpectedly. He retained his interest in Badsey Church to the last. He and Mrs Reeves celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in October a wonderful record. We extend our deepest sympathy to her and to the other members of the family.

Margaret McDONALD May 1950
By the death of Miss M A McDonald, the villages have lost one who was familiar to nearly everyone and there can be no more widely respected than she was. For fifty years she taught in our School and many members of our population were her pupils. It is safe to say that her influence and example have done much for them. She was a born teacher and always maintained good order and discipline without apparent effort, but those who knew her best were conscious of the amount of hard work involved. She did much to keep up the very high reputation of the School, but she always shunned publicity and was content to lead a life of quiet unselfishness. CAB

Arthur JONES Oct 1950
The news of the death of Mr Arthur Jones came as a great shock to us all. The large congregation at the Funeral Service testified to the wide range of his interests and the esteem in which he was held. Reference has been made in the Press to his reputation as an antiquarian and all of us in Badsey were proud of his work in this connection. What I think, however, is uppermost in our thoughts, is the great loss to our village through the passing of one who had a wide knowledge of its history and who served it faithfully. Badsey was his home and his primary interest. He was always jealous for its welfare, and his interest in village matters never flagged. Many of us will treasure memories of conversations with him, in which his learning was enlivened with a whimsical humour which was always kindly. Many here, too, owe much to him in all kinds of ways, for he was always ready to help where there was real need for help. We shall miss him greatly, but his name will always be honoured. We extend our sympathy to the members of his family. May he rest in peace.

Owen TEAL Jun 1951
The death of Mr Owen Teal has meant that Badsey has lost yet another very familiar figure. He was widely respected and we shall not readily forget his unfailing “old world courtesy”.

Norah STANLEY Dec 1951
Miss Norah Stanley died on Nov 3rd after a long illness, which she had borne most patiently. She was deeply appreciative of the devotion with which she was nursed, and, whenever she was well enough, always welcomed the visits of her friends. It was indeed a privilege to minister to her, and we shall not readily forget her faith and courage. We offer our deepest sympathy to those who have cared for her during these past few months. WBC

Ida Nellie MAJOR DEC 1951
We also extend our sympathy to the relatives of the late Mrs T Major. She passed away after a very short illness, and many of us miss her familiar figure in the village. WBC

Annie Louisa WAITE DEC 1951
We also extend our sympathy to the relatives of the late Mrs Waite. She had been ailing for some time, but the end came with unexpected suddenness. WBC

Rosabel ALLAN Mar 1952
Miss Rosabel Allan died peacefully in a Nursing Home on Feb 2nd, aged 88. Some people will remember her when she lived at Pool House, with the late Mrs Ashwin. Afterwards she made long visits to Badsey from time to time, always seeing as many old friends as possible. She took an active part in the life of the village, taught in the Church Sunday School, and was always ready to use her musical talent, by playing the Organ for Church Services, acting as accompanist or giving Piano Solos at village concerts. She retained her interest in news about Badsey church, the village and old friends there, until the end of her life.

Victor COCKERTON Jan 1953
By the death of Mr V C E Cockerton, the village has lost a very familiar figure and one who was widely esteemed for his business integrity and upright character. The attendance at the funeral testified to the regard in which he was held. We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife and daughter.

Kathleen SLADDEN Jul 1953
The news of the death of Miss Kathleen Sladden was received with deep regret by her friends in Badsey. A service in Beaconsfield Church on Saturday May 30th, attended by many friends, was followed by cremation at Oxford. The committal was in Badsey Churchyard after a service in church. Miss Sladden was born at Badsey and was educated at St Stephen’s High School, Clewer, and at Royal Holloway College, Egham, where she had won a scholarship. She took a second-class in the honours school of Mathematics of Oxford University. Her teaching career was in London, first as lecturer under the LCC at Moorfields Training College, until this closed down, then as mathematics specialist at Carlyle Girls’ Secondary School, Chelsea, until her retirement in 1941. The school was evacuated twice, during both world wars, its buildings being taken over for a hospital in 1914, and pupils and staff dispersed to other schools. In 1939 the school was evacuated to Windsor. After retiring, Miss Sladden lived with a friend in Beaconsfield, where she took an active part in local affairs and made a wide circle of friends. We extend our deep sympathy to the members of her family.

Charles BALLARD Oct 1953
Mr Charles Ballard was one of our oldest inhabitants, whose passing leaves a gap in our village. He was esteemed by many as “a good friend and neighbour” and his sense of humour and quaint sayings will long be remembered. Wherever “Charlie” is spoken of in years to come, it will be with kindliness and affection.

Mr F H MABBERLY Oct 1953
He had lived in Badsey a comparatively short time, but had entered fully into the life of the village and his sudden death came as a profound shock to us all. He always found time to render help where it was needed and was an invaluable member of the Coronation Celebrations Committee. May his example of service to the Community be widely followed.

Mrs PARNELL Jan 1954
We extend our sincere sympathy to the relatives of the late Mrs Parnell. She was one of the oldest and most regular of our Members of the Mothers’ Union. She also set a splendid example in her performance of one of the primary duties of Members of the Mothers’ Union, ie regular church attendance. Until her health failed and she found the journey from Bretforton Road too trying, she was very rarely absent on Sunday mornings. He patience and courage during her last illness made a deep impression on the nursing staff of the hospital and on her fellow patients. In all this the sincerity of her Christian faith was strikingly manifest. We have indeed reason to thank God for her life and example. May she rest in peace. The Mothers’ Union was well represented at the Funeral Service, when we adopted the procedure, agreed upon by the Members, of placing flowers in Church instead of a wreath upon the grave. WBC

James HOLDING Mar 1958
A Memorial Service was held at Badsey church on Friday, February 7th, for Mr James Holding, who passed to his eternal rest on Sunday, February 2nd, aged 88. The service was at the same time as the interment at Chorley, Lancs. At the memorial service, which was conducted by the vicar, a moving tribute was paid to Mr Holding’s memory by the Rev W B Chapman. PB. On behalf of the members of the Committee of the Badsey, Aldington and Wickhamford Nursing Association, sincere sympathy is extended to the relatives of the late James Holding. Many will recall with pride and gratitude their association with him, especially in connection with the Nursing Association, a noble institution, for which he was largely responsible and justly proud. IMB.

A L BYRD Jun 1958
We regret to report the sad news of the death of Mr A L Byrd, of Badsey, in Evesham Hospital, from coronary thrombosis. A memoir will appear in our next issue.

A Leslie BYRD Jul 1958
The sudden illness of Leslie Byrd, followed soon afterwards by his death, deprived us in the Church Militant of a loyal Christian worker and good friend. We rejoice that like other faithful servants of Christ, he has gone to his rest in certain hope of the Resurrection. One of the last things he did was to rehearse the part, for the Deanery Pageant, of St Peter running to the Empty Tomb on the first Easter morning. Rather appropriate for a man of such restless energy. May he, like the Apostle, know the joy of finding the Risen Lord. His fine work as a Head Teacher, and his contribution to the cultural life of the district, have been recorded in the local press. He was a man of wide talent and noble taste. At St James’ Church we miss his reverent and thoughtful reading of the lessons on the third Sunday. He was a sidesman, secretary of the Bible Reading Fellowship branch, and for some years a Parochial Church Councillor. Mrs Byrd and Angela have our warmest sympathy and prayers.

Kate SPARROW Oct 1958
Mrs Sparrow (buried 17th September) had a very sweet nature and was much beloved by all who knew her. She survived her husband, the late Mr W D Sparrow, choirman and bellringer, by two and a half years. As a devout communicant and MU member, it was a great deprivation to her not to be able to get to church these last few months. She died peacefully in her sleep on a Sunday morning, having had her wish the previous afternoon of reaching the church and spending a few minutes there and at her husband’s grave. Peace be to their souls. Warmest sympathy to her family in their bereavement.

William WOODWARD Nov 1958
William Woodward (buried 20th September) was for some years a sidesman at St James’ Church and a member of the PCC. He was a very active worker for the church and presented several gifts of his own craftsmanship.

Sarah PHILLIPS Nov 1958
Mrs Sarah Phillips (buried 4th October), of Bowers Hill, a Shropshire woman by birth, who had lived as a widow for many years, was very much beloved by many in Badsey and Wickhamford. She was a very faithful churchwoman, and a keen member of the Wickhamford branch of the Mothers’ Union.

Mrs V D POWELL DEC 1958
Since our last issue, we have to record regretfully the death of Mrs V D Powell, after a painful illness borne with true Christian fortitude. Cremation took place at Cheltenham on All Saints’ Day, and as it was at the same time as a service of Holy Communion at St James’ Church, it was indeed fortunate that the Rev W B Chapman, who knew the family so well, was able to officiate in place of the Vicar. To her son Anthony and to her parents, Mr and Mrs Edwards, we extend our warm sympathy.

Amy Alice DORE Jan 1959
Our warmest sympathy is extended to Mr Jack Dore and his family. Mrs Dore made a remarkable recovery from her severe illness a few months ago, but was left very weak, and her life ebbed peacefully away on Christmas Day. She was a devoted church-woman; her sweet nature will not be forgotten.

Alice Louisa KEEN Mar 1959
Our sincere sympathy to Mrs Holley and Mrs Crawford (daughters) and their families. Mrs Alice Keen had been a widow for 50 years. She was a devoted churchwoman, but owing to illness had for some time been receiving the ministrations of the Church at home. She was an inspiring example of Christian fortitude, and cheerfulness in adversity.

Ernest Frederick JELFS APR 1959
Our very warmest sympathy goes out to Mrs E F Jelfs. Ernest Jelfs’ death was quite sudden and unexpected. He was the parent of a large family.

Florence COLLETT APR 1959
Our very warmest sympathy goes out to Mr S J Collett. She was the mother of a large family. Some of Mr & Mrs Collett’s 12 children are still at school.

Esther Elizabeth HARTWELL APR 1959
Mrs Hartwell, whose husband died 10 years ago, had been living lately at Offenham but had spent most of her life at Badsey.

John Edwin KNIGHT May 1959
The large congregation at Mr J E Knight’s funeral was some indication of the love and esteem felt for him in both Badsey and Wickhamford. As the Rev W B Chapman said in his moving address, no one ever found anything but good to speak of Jack Knight. His work in the public life of our neighbourhood has been recorded in the obituary notices in the press. But more important than his activities on councils and committees was his influence on the community through the example of a holy life. One of the first people I met in Badsey was an elderly gentleman sweeping the snow from the Vicarage drive on the day we moved in last year. Needless to say, it was JE. That was typical of the man. He combined a vigorous and practical mentality with great kindness and courtesy, and a forthright integrity. A keen sportsman, he showed the true Christian character to be virile as well as gentle. His goodness flowed from a steadfast devotion to our blessed Lord, nourished in sacramental life of the Church.

Malcolm John David HARRIS Jun 1959
David Harris, a cripple all his life, was cheerful and courageous, and is mourned by many friends. We miss seeing him about the village in his wheelchair. But we rejoice in his release from his infirmities. Our warmest sympathy is extended to his parents and other members of the family.

Elsie HARDIMAN Jun 1959
The sudden illness, and subsequent death in hospital, of Mrs Elsie Hardiman, was a sad blow. A kind, gentle and faithful churchwoman, she bore her illness with true Christian fortitude. Mr T W Hardiman and the family are assured of our heartfelt sympathy and prayers.

Albert Edmund HARWOOD Jul 1959
Albert Harwood was a good man who will be greatly missed in Badsey, but he has suffered so much that we may be thankful for his release from this life, in the tender mercy of God. He was most patient and uncomplaining in his painful illness.

Sarah Louisa JOHNS Jul 1959
Sarah Louisa Johns was recognised by all who knew her as something of a saint. She had undergone much sorrow in earlier days which had left the mark of the Cross strongly imprinted on her character. As a very active woman, the infirmities of old age, culminating in complete helplessness were not easy to bear, but the strength of God was made perfect in her weakness. The loveliness of a Christ-centred inner life shone ever brighter as the mortal body grew weaker.

May Eugenie SLADDEN Aug 1959
The sudden death of Miss May Sladden came as a great shock to all of us who knew her, for she had been about as usual the day before and seemed as well as ever. Most of her life she lived at Badsey, although in her young days she did private teaching away from home. When she returned home, she joined Miss Marjorie Slate as head of a small school. Later she went to Greenhill School. But she will be chiefly remembered for her unstinted work for her village church. She had always taken a great part in this, having been Secretary of the Parochial Church Council for 22 years, and a member for considerably longer. She also served for many years on the Worcester Diocesan Board of Women’s Work, and only ceased to be a member about four years ago. She also helped with the Mothers’ Union and with the Sunday School. She was always ready to help in every way possible and rendered many services to the Church, some by no means easy, all in a quiet unassuming manner. Indeed, the great thing that must have struck everyone who knew her was her great love and devotion for the Church, and it is pleasant to think she was able to keep up attendance, in spite of great difficulty, to the last. Many of us will always remember how we joined together on the last Sunday to partake of the Holy Communion, and the kind words she spoke. She will be greatly missed, and the sincere sympathy of all who knew her is given to her family. CAB

George William EMMS Aug 1959
We can be thankful that George Emms, as a widower and an invalid, has passed to his rest.

Harry Edward OSBORNE Aug 1959
Harry Osborne’s illness was not expected, but once the nature of it was know, we could be glad that his sufferings were not unduly prolonged.

William Charles HALL Aug 1959
Billy Hall had been a patient sufferer for many years. His death had been expected for months. It was sad to see a man who had been such a keen sportsman in youth so utterly helpless. Yet there was a God-given inner strength shining through his wasted frame. As the Apostle says, “tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience hope”. Bill Hall was blessed with the most devoted nursing by his wife and Mrs Enoch Wheatley. PB

James Thomas Blaze MARSHALL Nov 1959
Mr J T Marshall, of Aldington Mill, was much loved by all who knew him and will be sadly missed by the members of his fairly large family, well respected in Badsey.

Albert Henry HAINES Nov 1959
The death of Mr Albert Haines, of Glebe Farm, while still in middle age, is a sad loss. He was much admired for the way in which he brought up his family after his wife’s death at an early age.

Wilfred Ernest PODESTA Nov 1959
Mr W E Podesta is particularly missed at the meetings of the Men’s Fellowship, which he attended so regularly. A retired engineering draughtsman from Coventry, he had won the affection of many Badsey folk in his quiet, pleasant way.

Ivy Doris CLEVELEY Jan 1960
Our sincere sympathy to her sister Mrs T Brotherton and other members of the family. Miss Cleveley, a faithful communicant, had suffered from poor health for some time. We can be thankful that she has entered into her rest. She had cared with great devotion for her widowed mother until the latter’s death.

George Archibald KING Feb 1960
A short memoir of Mr George King, by one who worked with him in the service of the Church, is printed below. Mrs King and all the family are assured of the very warmest sympathy of all in Badsey. He was a man who inspired affection, as was shown in the large congregation which came to his funeral in Badsey Church. Although many were there as representatives of the manifold activities in the life of George King, none would have said that he had come merely as an act of official duty. All wanted to pay tribute to a real friend and counsellor whose place, as the Rev W B Chapman said in his beautiful address, will be sadly missed. Beside Mr Chapman, the Rural Dean was present and read the lesson. In the afternoon the Ringers rang a muffled peal to the memory of one who had been such a keen ringer himself. PB. By the death of Mr George King, the village has lost one whose passing will be mourned by all those whose privilege it was to have known him. His activities in public affairs, were only surpassed by the work he showered on the church in which he loved so well. As churchwarden for many years, he gave freely of his time and skill to help to bring our church to that perfection which was his aim in all things. Never a seeker after popularity, he would fight fearlessly for what he believed to be right. Though outspoken, he was a gently and kindly man who loved his Lord and fellow men. Of a truth it can be said of him that he was “A good and faithful servant”. Though he will be so sadly missed, we may rejoice in the memory of one who was truly a Christian Gentleman. GAJ

Alfred LOWLE Feb 1960
Mr Alfred Lowle, who died on St Stephen’s Day, aged 87, was buried at Peopleton, his native village. Our sincere sympathy is extended to Miss Freda Lowle, who nursed both her parents with such devotion. Mr Lowle was a devout communicant and a very charming old gentleman whom it was a pleasure to know.

Arthur Edward DAVIES Apr 1960
Our sympathy goes to Mrs Davies and her daughter Sister Davies, our District Nurse, at the death of Mr A E Davies. Mr Davies was a faithful communicant; he had been ill for a long time, and we thank God for his release from earthly suffering.

Martha Catherine MORRIS Apr 1960
Mrs M C (Patsy) Morris will be greatly missed, not least by the many children who used to be made welcome by Auntie Pat at her beautifully kept cottage opposite the church. She too was a devout communicant, and will always be remembered for her great services to Badsey School, of which she was at one time Deputy Head. She was widowed in the Great War. With her serene and sunny disposition, it was always a real tonic to meet her, especially if one was in low spirits. She did not burden others with her own pains and troubles, but always entered deeply into the joys and sorrows of other people. She had the gift of inspiring others with her own love of all things bright and beautiful, especially birds and flowers and, above all, children. May she come to the unalloyed brightness of the Beatific Vision.

John Albert CRANE May 1960
Albert Crane was one of the fine old characters of Badsey. Of late years he had been blind and ailing, and used to receive Holy Communion at home. He was one of the few left among us who could describe Badsey Church before the restoration of 1885, being a member of the mixed choir formed by the Rev T H Hunt at that time to sing in the restored chancel, the gallery having been pulled down. He was always enthusiastic about the achievements of Badsey Choir. This choir used to sing at Wickhamford on alternate Sundays. Albert gave up going there when he got into trouble because Ernest Mustoe stuck a pin into him! He started work at Aldington at the age of 11, and received 10/- a month. He was a very hard worker all his life. In the sports held on the Green for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, 1887, he won seven first prizes. Later, as a man, he was to know much sadness. After a fine record of active service in the Great War, at a later age than most volunteers, he lost his in the great flu epidemic. He was a very lovable old man. Our sincere sympathy to all the members of his family.

Annie STRIBBLEHILL May 1960
Mrs Annie Stribblehill, who lived with her sister-in-law in the High Street, was not very well-known in the village, as she did not go out because of her advanced age. She received the Sacrament at home. She was a quiet, gentle person whom it was a privilege to know.

Lewis Samuel CHARLES VINCENT Jun 1960
Our sincere sympathy to Mrs Vincent and her daughters. Mr Vincent seemed to have made a good recovery after a heart attack in March, but died suddenly after a further attack on 15th May. He was a good neighbour and much liked by those who knew him.

Emily Bertha HARTWELL Jul 1960
Miss Emily Hartwell is mourned not only by her relatives but by many friends, especially her old pupils. For 48 years she taught infants in Badsey School, and generations of children knew her as their first teacher. May she rest in peace.

Job HANKS Jul 1960
Job Hanks (not Joseph as erroneously stated in the Press) was another fine old Badsey character who will be much missed. For some years he had been unable to go out much, and with his sister Miss Helen Hanks, received the Sacrament at home, until her removal to Avonside Hospital last year. Our profound sympathy goes out to her in her loss.

Joseph OWENS Oct 1960
Joseph Owens had been in bad health for many years. He was a gentle Welshman, a hard-working civil servant who a few years ago retired with his wife to Badsey to be near their son Trevor. He was most patient and cheerful in his afflictions.

Albert Charles PERKINS Oct 1960
Albert Perkins had been in bad health for many years. He had lived in Badsey from boyhood. A keen sportsman in youth, his later illness was brought on through his having been gassed and twice wounded in the Great War. He had been in and out of hospital again and again these last few years, and received Holy C9ommunion at home.

Percy James DANKS Nov 1960
Mr P J Danks, Mrs Braby’s father, has been much liked as a member of the Men’s Fellowship. An accountant before his retirement, when he and Mrs Danks came to live here in 1958, he was about to undertake the treasurership of the Village Hall before his fatal illness began in January of this year. Always a devout communicant since boyhood, the worst deprivation for him during his illness was his inability to get to church; but he received Communion regularly at home during the last few months.

Bertha Ellen BLUNSOM Nov 1960
Mr Blunsom may be assured of the sympathy of Badsey folk in the loss of his wife. They came to live here about two years ago, but Mrs Blunsom had been in poor health during her short time here.

George James OAKEY Nov 1960
The tragically sudden death of George Oakey has left his wife Eunice (née Jelfs) bereft after only 14 months of married life. She and her father, Mr Frank Jelfs, have the heartfelt sympathy and prayers of all of us. May they be upheld by the power of God’s loving mercy.

Raymond JONES Jan 1961
Our sympathy and prayers are with Mrs Raymond Jones (née Jacqueline Keen) in the sudden death of her husband, aged 28, by coronary thrombosis. The funeral was at Stow-on-the-Wold.

Alice BRAILSFORD Feb 1961
Mrs Brailsford had been ailing for some time, and it was a happy thing that she received Holy Communion at home only 3 days before her death.

Linda Maud SYRIL Feb 1961
It was sad that Mrs Syril died suddenly just before she was due to return home from hospital.

Mary Ann BARNARD Mar 1961
Our sincere sympathy to all the Barnard family. Mrs Barnard was our oldest inhabitant, and was indeed “a mother in Israel”. At her great age (92) she had a wonderful and cheerful vitality. She will be much missed.

David John SEARS DORE Jun 1961
Mr Jack Dore had been an invalid for so many years that we can be thankful for his release. He sadly missed his beloved wife who died at Christmas 1958. He has had devoted care and nursing from his daughters.

Alfred Ernest CULL Jul 1961
Alfred Cull, an invalid for a great part of his life, was a charming man of great courage and patience. He had been affectionately known from boyhood as Bassett, after a famous West Bromwich Albion footballer, because young Alfred, lame in one leg, showed no mean skill in kicking a football with the other one. “Uncle Bass” was a great favourite with children. His father was the village baker. On his death, Alfred and his brother took over the bakery, until poor health obliged them to give it up. In recent years, though unable to go out, he had derived great comfort from receiving the Sacrament at home.

Edith Amelia EMMS Jul 1961
Mrs Edith Emms was another brave invalid who for some time had been receiving Holy Communion at home. For the last few weeks he had been in Avonside Hospital after a bad fall in her home, and died quite suddenly. Since the death of her husband her life had been rather pathetic, crippled as she was with arthritis, but she never really gave in. She loved the church, and it was a great privation to her not to be able to attend. We give thanks for her release from suffering.

Frederick BAYLISS Jul 1961
Frederick Bayliss, of Bowers Hill, was rather a retiring figure on account of his deafness. He was a very hard worker on the land, and will be much missed as a good neighbour, husband and father.

Robert PETHARD Jul 1961
Robert Pethard was a faithful member of St James’ Choir for 66 years, and often sang also in the choir of St Peter’s, Bengeworth. He was much loved in both places, and in Wickhamford, which had been his home with Mrs Pethard for the last part of his life. Because of a weak heart, he had not been expected to live as long as he did, but how thankful are all of us who knew him that God spared him to us! He was a friendly man, genuine and sincere in his Christian belief and practice. Such a life as his is a splendid example of faithful Christian discipleship. He was quite incapable of hypocrisy. A letter which he wrote to the Vicar and Mrs Braby two years ago reveals the springs of his character and the warmth of his love for God. The occasion was a choir outing at which the Vicar had read out from a parish magazine of 1904 the report of the outing that year, written by Boy himself. It was a surprise that Bob was not expecting, and this is what he wrote in his letter: Many thanks to both of you for the kind words you said on Saturday at tea-time at Weston-super-mare. I can assure you both I was a very proud and happy man to have tried and done something for my dear Master. I was 15 years of age then and had been singing treble in Badsey Choir for about 8 years. I started in the Choir at six and a half. I had to sing a hymn by myself to get in and it was “Through all the changing scenes of life”. Anyway, I believe everything I sing. I believe God is my Maker, Redeemer and Sanctifier, and He has also been my very best Friend on this earth. I am never happier than when I am singing to my Maker and always try to give 100% or my very best. I have done about 64 years singing now, and I hope to carry on as long as God wishes me to. Needless to say, we sang, “Through all the changing scenes of life” at Bob’s funeral, at which our choirmen were reinforced by a number from Bengeworth. We shall miss him greatly. But we do not doubt that this good and faithful servant has entered into the joy of his Lord, and that the praises of his God still employ his heart.

Ethel Narcisse SLADDEN Aug 1961
In the death of Miss Ethel Sladden, after a fatal stroke on July 17th, there has passed from the Badsey scene one of the most influential personalities in the life of our community and the formation of its outlook in the past sixty years. Ethel Sladden exemplified the best Christian traditions of the English country gentry as she had learnt them from her parents and elder sisters: duty to God and country, generosity, responsible use of talents and education in the s5ervice of the community, self-sacrificing care for the welfare of others. Her public work, though considerable, she would probably have deemed the least important of her activities. Her work for the Nursing Association and for the Red Cross (she started the Badsey Detachment and was later awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal) was not so significant as her own considerable nursing ability which caused people (before there was a district nurse) to run round to her in any kind of emergency requiring first aid. Her contribution to the work of the PCC was notable, but she was more concerned herself with getting the donkey work done behind the scenes, such as cleaning and trimming the oil lamps of the church, a not very pleasant task which took two hours or more each week. The teaching which she imparted in the Sunday School for more than 40 years, and her leadership of the GFS, were no doubt of abiding worth, but more valuable still was the way in which she remained in close personal touch with every pupil in their later lives. She had a tremendous capacity for taking pains (in 1910, as treasurer of the Hunt Memorial Fund for the erection of the churchyard cross, she personally collected over 400 subscription), but more impressive still was her capacity for taking pain. She was one who knew how to “take it” in a dogged English way, without complaining. Above all, she would not let the increasing bodily suffering an infirmity of her later years interfere with what she considered her primary duty in life, the worship of God. The strength and love which she received through the Sacraments of her beloved Church were the hidden source of her indomitable endurance and her warm friendship and care for the well-being of individuals. She loved people, because she loved her Lord, who had “compassion of the multitudes”.

Ethel Narcisse SLADDEN Sep 1961
An obituary notice was published in our August number, but the Editor has since received the following appreciation, which he is glad to print: On behalf of members of the Badsey, Aldington and Wickhamford Nursing Association and past members of the British Red Cross Society, Badsey Detachment Worcester 12 in particular, sincere sympathy is extended to members of her family upon the death of Miss E N Sladden. We recall with gratitude our association with her, and her great enthusiasm and interest in the nursing profession in general, her kindly disposition to all members, and the very many happy times spent at Seward House for lectures in first aid and home nursing, examinations and social occasions. Her long association with the British Red Cross Society goes back to the First World War, when she became a VAD at Abbey Manor. Afterwards, when the local Detachment was formed, she was appointed Commandant. Members under her supervision became fully trained and ready for emergencies and the Second World War, doing duty at both the local hospitals and at first aid posts. Later on, ill health forced her to retire from active participation, but she continued her interest in the BRCS. In appreciation of her long association with the Society, the honour of life membership was conferred upon her by the County Authorities. IMB

Ellen Kate SADLER Sep 1961
Our warm sympathy goes out to Mr Ernest Sadler and his family in their loss. The death of Mrs E Sadler came at a time when the clouds seemed to have lifted from her depressive state, and she was happily baking cakes at the moment of her fatal stroke, from which she did not recover consciousness. It is good to think that she enjoyed a short time of improved health before the end. She was a devoted wife and mother, and in her illness derived great comfort from receiving Holy Communion at home. We can be thankful that she has passed to paradise where there is no more sighing or sorrow.

Joan SLADDEN Oct 1961
Our very deep sympathy goes out to Dr and Mrs Arthur Sladden in the tragic loss of their daughter, Joan (46), who died in the British Military Hospital, Tripoli, after a sudden illness contacted on holiday.

James KNIGHT Oct 1961
James Knight (46) suffered for several weeks with a tumour on the brain. Mercifully for most of the time he seemed to be only partially conscious.

Philip CASE Oct 1961
Phil Case died of heart failure in the street while staying with friends in Solihull. He was a much loved character, and will be greatly missed. It was as a serving soldier in the Great War that he came to Badsey (for he was Hampshire man by birth), and here he was one of the guards of the German prisoners-of-war at the Manor House. He came to love Badsey and its people so much that on his return to civilian life, he decided to make his home here and engage in the local industry of market gardening. He was not a man to be disheartened by failures, for he was sustained by a deep Christian faith, and his cheerful courage was like a tonic. One always felt better for meeting him on one of his energetic walks or watching a game of cricket. He was the oldest member of our British Legion branch and seemed to typify the soldierly virtues, with his erect bearing, self-discipline and gentle courtesy. For many years he had been a sidesman at St James’ Church, an office for which his welcoming manner strongly fitted him. We pray and believe that he has entered into the joy of his Lord.

Ethel Narcisse SLADDEN Oct 1961
It was characteristic of Ethel Sladden that she made provision in her will for the parish church, which she loved so much. The vicar, Churchwardens and PCC have been gratified to hear that she bequeathed to St James’ Church, Vine Cottage and the land adjoining it. It had always been her hope that she might at some time acquire Rose Cottage and be able to present the pair of cottages to the church as a complete entity. As it happened, Rose Cottage did not come on the market until just after her death. With great generosity, Miss Juliet Sladden and her brothers, in order to carry out their sister’s intention and as a memorial to her, have purchased Rose Cottage as a gift to the church. We are most grateful to the Sladden family for this splendid gift.

Helen HANKS Jan 1962
Miss Helen Hanks was our oldest parishioner, after the death of Mrs Barnard earlier in the year. She was born and baptised in Badsey, in 1869. Though the family later left the village, Helen and her sister and brother returned to live here. She had been for some time in Avonside Hospital, having survived all the relatives of her own generation. For many years of her life she had been in service as a lady’s maid, and there was a gentleness and old-fashioned courtesy in her manner which spoke to us of kindlier, more spacious times. Deeply religious, always thankful, and thoughtful for others, she was in her quiet way a shining influence on the few souls who had touch with her.

Kate Amelia SMITH Feb 1962
One who will be greatly missed at church and in the Mothers’ Union is Mrs Kit Smith, who was such an active worker in church life, but who also gloried God in much weakness and suffering during the last few years. We are thankful that she has been released from pain to the fuller life in Christ which is beyond.

Alice Beatrice DORE Apr 1962
Mrs Dore had been in poor health for a long while, and had been a patient in Avonside Hospital for the last two years. As a girl she had been a member of St James’ Church choir. Contemporaries speak of her great charm as a young woman, and this could still be seen in her sweet smile when one visited her in hospital. She bore her infirmities with true Christian resignation.

Lucy Kate WHEATLEY Apr 1962
With the death of Mrs Wheatley, after a short illness, we have seen the passing of a “mother in Israel”. She and her husband came to Badsey in 1906, to open the butcher’s shop so long associated with their name, a much respected one in Badsey. Lucy Wheatley borne and brought up thirteen children. A strong churchwoman and member of the Mothers’ Union, she dedicated herself to bringing up her family in the Christian faith. She has always had a keen and prayerful interest in people, and in these last few years when she was incapacitated from leading an active life, her great delight was to sit in the window and watch the passers-by along Badsey High Street.

Frank & WinifredROBERTS May 1962
It was very sad that Frank Roberts died so soon after his wife (exactly a week since her funeral). As cremation took place in Kent, a well-attended memorial service was later held in Badsey Church on 13th April.

Frank Ernest CASWELL Jun 1962
Frank Caswell will be sadly missed. He was a great lover of past traditions, and delighted to tell stories about the old days. But he was not just a talker about these things. We in Badsey have cause to be thankful that Frank came from Bretforton over 50 years ago to set up his forge in our village and maintain the very highest traditions of the blacksmith’s craft. He courageously held on at a time when smiths all over the country were going out of business. Furthermore he passed on his skill and enthusiasm to the second and third generations. Son and grandson carry on his work, and Badsey forge is always busy, for it has a great reputation throughout the south-west midlands. We are very proud of our smithy, and we thank God for our old blacksmith, praying that his soul may find refreshment and peace. Our warm sympathy to Mrs Caswell and the family. We are so glad that Mrs David Caswell has been safely delivered of twins.

Reginald Charles BUNCE Jul 1962
Our warmest sympathy is extended to Mrs Bunce in her loss. Reginald Bunce was a charming and delightful man who came with his wife to Badsey soon after the war, having retired from business in Chelsea. In his illness he displayed a cheerful patience which perhaps was not so surprising from so keen a fisherman, but nonetheless admirable.

Albert Joseph BREWER Sep 1962
Mr Bert Brewer, who died after a server illness bravely borne, will be remembered not only as baker (the family name being perpetuated in one of our village streets) and as footballer, but for gifts of character and personal charm.

Cecil Veronica ALLEN Sep 1962
The sudden death of Mrs Roy Allen on holiday with the family in Wales has been a sad blow, and has brought home to all of us the realisation that “in the midst of life we are in death”.

Arthur John TAYLOR Oct 1962
Arthur Taylor, who died in his sleep, was a faithful member of the Badsey band of ringers for 40 years. A muffled quarter peal was rung in his memory.

Ellen Elizabeth PERKINS Oct 1962
Mrs Tom Perkins was another fine old Badsey character, much beloved. She had lived a hard life, but in spite of failing health these last few years, she always kept cheerful and did not seem to lose her vital energy.

Edwin BALLARD Nov 1962
We record with regret the death of Mr Edwin Ballard, of Aldington, aged 85, for some years one of the managers of Badsey School. The funeral took place at St Peter’s, Bengeworth, where he had been a member of the choir for the last 50 years. He will be greatly missed; the chief quality we shall always associate with him, as the Vicar of Bengeworth said at the funeral, was his gentleness. Warmest sympathy to Mrs Ballard.

Ernest SADLER Dec 1962
Ernest Sadler has entered into God’s rest after a very hard-working life, which began with breaking stones on the road at about 11 years old. He was a very delightful old man, but in this last year he ailed considerably, missing the companionship of his beloved wife.

Frederick STEWART Dec 1962
Our warm sympathy goes out to the Stewart family, with the death of Mr Frederick Stewart Senior, at Exmouth, after a painful illness on November 19th.

Clarice WHITFORD Dec 1962
Miss Clarice Whitford, sister of Mrs Brewer, and for many years school teacher at Bretforton, died after prolonged illness in Avonside Hospital.

Ella BLOOD Dec 1962
Mrs Ella Blood, of Bowers Hill, died in Evesham Hospital on November 21st.

Ellen Lizzie HUXLEY Feb 1963
Mrs Huxley, of Bowers Hill, died suddenly at her daughter’s home after awaiting admission to Ronkswood Hospital next day.

Edith Annie FIELD Feb 1963
Miss Field, of Aldington, died unexpectedly, though her health had been poorly. She was vigorous for her age, always walking into Evesham, scorning the use of a bus.

Percy Charles CRUMP Mar 1963
Our warmest sympathy goes out to Mrs Crump in her sad loss. Percy Crump, a railwayman of lifelong service, was a much-loved figure in the neighbourhood. He bore his illness of several months with quiet and uncomplaining good humour.

Charles Arthur BINYON Mar 1963
By the death of Mr Binyon, Badsey Church has lost one of its most faithful members. The son of a clergyman himself, his early training in service for God’s Church remained with him throughout his long and active life. His notes on the history of the church published some years ago show the great love he had for his parish church. He was intensely proud of the church clock and tended it with such care that as a timekeeper it could hold its own with any in the land. The bells too were of particular interest to him and he was a member of the Ringers for over half a century. It was, however, as Treasurer of the PCC that he laid the foundation of our now sound financial position. In his early years in this office, it was only by the most careful planning that the church was able to meet its budget. On the death of Sir Julius Sladden, Mr Binyon took over the reading of the lessons, and his mellow voice and unaffected reading always impressed the listener with his obvious sincerity. His greatest work, I think, was in connection with boys (not only of the church but of the whole village). He had a way with them that brought out only the best, and there are many Badsey men whose lives he influenced from their association with him in their childhood. Tributes have been paid to his public work, his learning and capabilities, but the greatness of the man was reflected in his life as a convinced Christian. He was humble in the truest sense of the word, yet firm to the point of what could almost be called stubbornness when his principles were challenged. To those of us who were privileged to know him, there has passed to his rest a faithful servant of the Lord and of his fellow men. May he rest in peace. GAJ

Alfred Cecil KEEN May 1963
Our sincere sympathy to Mrs Keen and family on this sad loss. Mr Cecil Keen was for some years caretaker of Badsey School. He was a loved and respected member of our village community.

Donald Thorpe PEET Jun 1963
Mr Donald Peet’s unexpected death in hospital, peacefully in his sleep, may be regarded as a merciful release for him, though all who loved him will miss him. His mental and physical sufferings became more acute as the time for his retirement approached, and when this took place at the end of April, his friends wondered how his tired brain and heart would react. Although Mr & Mrs Peet had left Wickhamford for Broad Campden last year, they were in frequent contact with friends in Badsey and Wickhamford, and the latter church was completely filled for the memorial service on 20th May. It was fitting that this last tribute should be paid in the church where he had so recently been organist and choirmaster, and parochial church councillor. He will long be remembered in Badsey Church too, especially for his beautiful rendering of the lessons during his residence there. After headships of schools in the north of England, he came 18 years ago to Blackminster County Secondary School, where he taught music, scripture and English. The Headmaster, Mr A J Cork, has kindly contributed the following memoir: On first meeting one received the impression of a shy retiring person. Longer association revealed a highly developed sense of humour, and a deep appreciation of the arts (music, drama, ballet, painting and sculpture). Mr Peet enjoyed what was good and worthwhile, dismissing the cheap and tawdry with contempt. Especially he loved old things of quality and character. Always a perfectionist, he set himself very high standards and expected comparable standards from his pupils, with whom he always sought to share his ideals. To him the best was the only worthwhile aim. Because of this, his work in recent years imposed a great strain upon him affecting his health, but nevertheless he loved his work because he loved those with whom he worked. Mr Peet was a very able teacher and a firm disciplinarian, highly respected by all his pupils; feared by a few but disliked by one. He was most successful in bringing out the best from those who came under his influence. Himself a kind man, he inspired kindness, and was upset by the unkindness sometimes shown by children in their relations with each other. His recent ill-health greatly curtailed his enjoyment of many of the things that he loved, but the quality of hiss work in school was maintained right to the end. On the occasion of his retirement, I described Mr Peet as an educated man in the widest send of the term, defining an educated man as “one who is enlightened in his interests, impersonal in his judgements, ready in sympathy for whatever is just and right, effective in the work he sets himself to do, and willing to lend a hand to anyone who is in need of it”. I described him also as a truly Christian gentleman. These two phrases, I think, describe him honestly and are as high a compliment as can be paid to any man.

Bert JELFS Jun 1963
Our profound sympathy to Mrs Jelfs and members of the family. Bert Jelfs was wonderfully patient and cheerful in his painful illness. He had never enjoyed good health since his sufferings in the First World War. May he now rest in peace.

Arthur William GRIFFIN Jul 1963
Arthur William Griffin was our oldest parishioner. He bore his long last illness with exemplary Christian patience and resignation, never complaining, always receiving the ministrations of the Church with unaffected joy. A humble, God-fearing countryman with a long and hard working life behind hi, we shall miss him, but rejoice that his rest has been won. He was nursed by his devoted wife and family.

William Charles MAJOR Jul 1963
Charles Major was nursed by his devoted wife and family. He bore an excruciating illness with amazing fortitude. He was a quiet and modest man much loved by all who knew him. A tough inward strength and sincere Christian faith were disclosed in his sufferings, so that one was moved with admiration as well as pity. May he enter into the joy of his Lord.

Bertha CHURCHILL Aug 1963
Warmest sympathy with Mr George Churchill and family; he and Mrs Churchill left Badsey for Northampton a few years back, but are remembered with affection.

Beatrice Lousie DOBBINS Nov 1963
Mrs Dobbins of Aldington was lonely in her widowhood and suffered great pain bravely in her long illness. We thank God for calling her to His eternal rest.

Alfred William KEYTE Dec 1963
Our warmest sympathy and prayers for Mrs Keyte. Alfred Keyte had been in poor health for some years, but in his younger days was active in the social and cultural life of the village.

Christopher Roger PADFIELD Jan 1964
We do not doubt it was by the mercy of God that Christopher was taken from this hard, competitive world before his gently, sunny nature could be hurt by it. Yet he will be sadly missed not only by his family but all who knew him. Mentally handicapped as he was, he not only drew forth much love and devoted care from his parents and family; he gave love too. Who dares to say that society has not been enriched by a life so apparently useless to it on the material plane?

Frances SHELLEY Jan 1964
The funeral took place at Cheltenham on December 12th of Frances Shelley, aged 76. An invalid for some years, Mrs Shelley seemed to be recovering in hospital from the fall which had injured her already crippled leg, when the end came quite suddenly. She bore her infirmities with cheerful Christian fortitude.

John Kelland JONES Jan 1964
Mr John Jones left Badsey some 20 years ago to take up farming on the Cotswolds, but the esteem and affection in which he was still held here were shown by the large attendance at the funeral in Badsey Church. His death at a comparatively early age ended a long and courageous struggle against ill-health.

Edith May PLANT Feb 1964
Mrs Plant is very greatly missed in St James’ Church, which she attended so regularly and faithfully. We know of course that our beloved fellow-members of Christ who have passed from this life are untied with us in our worship in the communion of saints, and we are able to rejoice in their fellowship. Her last few weeks were agonising, but she showed a serenity of spirit such as might have been expected from one whose faith was grounded so deeply in the love of God. She prepared herself carefully for her last Communion, and then, in the last few days when her strength was slowly ebbing away, she continually repeated acts of faith and love. “If only people could learn to love god while they are well and strong!” she said at one moment. She asked particularly that the hymn, “Praise my soul, the King of heaven” should be sung at her funeral. As we sang it then, the words seemed to express her own life of prayer and praise. We thank God for her and pray that her soul may be refreshed in Christ.

William George KEEN Feb 1964
It was sad that William Keen should have died within an hour of entering his home after several weeks in hospital. His health was however seriously deteriorating, and there was no great hope of any further active life in this world. He had been a great sportsman in his day, and will long be remembered in the annals of Badsey cricket and football.

William John HERITAGE Feb 1964
William Heritage was an ex-serviceman of the First World War and a sportsman. He had been ill for some weeks in Evesham Hospital and died on Christmas Day.

Edgar Thomas ELLISON Mar 1964
Mr Ellison had been in poor health, having been in hospital ever since the accident to his leg some months ago.

Edith Annie GREENING Apr 1964
Our sincere sympathy to members of Mrs Greening’s family. She was a much loved, gentle, hard-working woman, vigorous up to a late age.

George Baden Powell HARTWELL May 1964
It is evident from his name and age that Mr Hartwell’s parents were greatly impressed by the defender of Mafeking. George Hartwell, in different circumstances, showed a similar patience and fortitude, under the stress of a long and wearisome siege of his health. He has now been mercifully relived. Our warm sympathy is with Mrs Hartwell, his children and grandchildren, brothers and sister.

Annie Eliza VINCENT May 1964
Mrs Vincent had been in failing health for some time. May she rest in peace, and be reunited in Christ with her husband, who died four years ago. Our sympathy with her family especially her daughter Mrs Norah Cook who has been devoted in her care for her.

John Frank Pogmore COBB Jun 1964
Frank Cobb was a most interesting man of robust character. He had mastered several crafts and was at one time a boat-builder. His home had been in Badsey for a generation. In failing health for some years, he had been devotedly nursed by his wife, who has our warm sympathy in her loss.

John Edward KEEN Jun 1964
Jack Keen was one of several brothers from one of the old market gardening families of Badsey. He had been a keen sportsman in his youth, but for some years had been an invalid, and had received the ministrations of the Church at home. Our sincere sympathy to all the family, especially his tree daughters.

Dorothy Stella ANDERSON Jun 1964
Mrs Dorothy Stella Anderson, of Knowle Hill, who has died aged 78, was cremated at Cheltenham. She formerly lived in Badsey and was at one time Enrolling Member of the Mothers’ Union, but of late years had been a Christian Scientist. She was a woman of gracious charm.

Edith A HALL Jun 1964
Mrs Edith A Hall, who died on May 9th and was buried at Wick, her old home, had lived in Badsey Fields for some years. Our symapathy with her sons, two of whom live in Badsey.

Alice Ellen CRISP Jun 1964
Our oldest parishioner, Miss Alice Ellen crisp, died at the age of 93 on May 16th. Cremation took place at Cheltenham. Miss Crisp started her teaching career at Badsey School as a pupil-teacher. For many years she was headmistress of the village school at Stretton-on-the-Fosse. She was much beloved by generations of pupils. In recent years she often suffered from depression through bad health and the passing on of most of her generation; yet even in extreme old age there were moments of vivacity, gaiety and warm enthusiasm which showed what an inspiring teacher she must have been, and the zest for life and reverence for God and His creation which she was able to impart to her pupils.

Florence Amy LEWIS Jul 1964
Mrs Lewis was the mother of Mr A M C Lewis, to whom and his family we tender our sympathy. She was remarkably vigorous for her age, bot in mind and body. Nothing would keep her from the worship of God (the source of her strength) in His church, so long as she was physically able. Before coming to live in Badsey, she had worshipped for many years at St Andrew’s, Cardiff, where her husband, a doctor, was churchwarden, and she enrolling member of the Mothers’ Union. Mrs Lewis had met her husband when she was theatre sister at Birmingham General Hospital. We are thankful to have known this woman of indomitable faith and courage. May she rest in peace.

Walter William BLAKE Jul 1964
Mr Blake died in the faith of Christ after a long illness which he bore with great patience. His frame had been weakened by gas attack in the Great War, but the outdoor life suited him and be became one of the fraternity of growers in Badsey. Our sympathy with Mrs Blake and the family.

Lorna MONTGOMERY Jul 1964
Miss Lorna Montgomery, who had lived a few weeks with Deaconess Caroline at Vicarage Cottage, before going into hospital, died of thrombosis in Hammersmith Hospital on 13th June, three days after the skilful and intricate operation on her heart had been performed. A devout communicant, Lorna had committed herself entirely to God’s will and keeping, in life or death, and we cannot grieve for her, except that so dedicated a life has been lost to the Church on earth. It was when she had offered herself to the SPG for missionary work in India that the serious condition of her heart was discovered. We praise God for her devotion and are thankful to have known her.

Topsy GOLDSTRAW Jul 1964
Our sympathy to the Goldstraw brothers and their families on the death of their mother Mrs Topsy Goldstraw in Avonside Hospital, news of which has just been received at the time of writing. She was a devoted mother, and we are glad to have known her since she came to Badsey from Honeybourne last year.

George Henry CHURCHILL Sep 1964
Although living for the last few years at Northampton, Mr George Churchill was affectionately remembered in Badsey, where he came to join the market gardening fraternity before the end of the last century. Like his brother William, he was a Devonian. In spite of a crippling accident more than 30 years ago, he went on working till well on in his seventies. He survived his wife by only 12 months. They were both devout church people.

William ENSTONE Sep 1964
Mr William Enstone, of Aldington, died in hospital on 2nd August, aged 75. Cremation took place on August 7th at Cheltenham. He spent all his life in Aldington except for service in the Grenadier Guards in the 1914-18 War. He was one of the Old Contemptibles. Later his wife died and he was left with two boys to bring up. His younger son died before the age of 30. William Enstone was rather a retiring man, who bore the marks of suffering in his face, but he was kindly and reliable, and will be much missed by his neighbours in Aldington, whom he was always ready to help.

Rosina Caroline SPARROW Nov 1964
Mrs Sparrow’s passing was unexpected, but peaceful. Our profound sympathy to all her family. Her body was brought to the church she so much loved on the Tuesday, and the Requiem at 10 am on Wednesday morning, the day of the funeral, was well attended. This was fitting, for she was such a regular attender at the weekly Wednesday morning celebration. The very large congregation at the funeral service was a testimony to the love and respect in which she was held by so many. Especially well represented were two organisations of which she had been a keen member for many years: the Mothers’ Union and the British Legion Women’s Section. Her husband, Louis H Sparrow, was killed in Frances on October 22nd 1916, a very great loss to the church and parish of Badsey. Rosina Sparrow thus endured a widowhood of nearly half a century. After the hard struggle of bringing up her young family alone, she was later in life to nurse three people in turn her mother and two sisters through mortal illness. We shall always remember her cheerful, plucky and affectionate character, and above all her lifelong devotion to Our Lord Jesus Christ which was the source of her strength.

Mary GRIFFIN Dec 1964
With rapidly failing eyesight and other infirmities, the “burden of the flesh” had been very heavy for Mrs Griffin since her husband’s death, yet she remained cheerful and patient to the end, appreciating all the care of her family for her but trying to carry on in her own home as long as she could. There she received the Holy Sacrament two or three weeks before her death. We thank God for her release from all the limitations of this life, though she will be much missed.

Minnie BELL Dec 1964
It is many years since Mrs Minnie Bell lived in Badsey, but she was affectionately remembered here and quite a number of old Badsey friends attended her funeral.

Clara Jane HARWOOD Dec 1964
Mrs Harwood’s health and vigour so remarkable up to her 90th birthday in April, seemed to have suddenly collapsed after that, and she had spent the last few months in hospital, the shadow of her former self. Perhaps the effort of keeping so alert in body and mind had been more costing than any of us realised. She had been totally blind for a good many years, yet always seemed patient and unruffled. She was a delightful person to talk to, with her wonderful memory for past days and people. As a girl she belonged to the church choir, which processed on alternate Sundays to Wickhamford to sing the morning service there. She must have joined at an early age, for she could remember singing from the west gallery in Badsey Church before its removal in 1885. She was a devout communicant, and for some years had been receiving the ministrations of the Church at home.

Lucy KNIGHT Jan 1965
Mrs Knight died in hospital after a fairly long illness. We thank God that peace had come to her at length after a life of much suffering and sorrow. She had a sweet nature, an undaunted faith, and a generous and thankful heart.

Laura Agnes Mary NIGHTINGALE Jan 1965
Mrs Nightingale seems to have died quite peacefully in her sleep. Unassuming and friendly, she will be much missed.

George William MARSHALL Apr 1965
George Marshall was a friendly man, and won the admiration of all for his courage in overcoming physical disability.

Hilda May HARTWELL Apr 1965
Mrs Hartwell lost her husband only last year. She kept going bravely in spite of mental illness and we can be thankful that she has come to her rest.

Gertrude Charlotte SOUTHERN Apr 1965
Mrs Southern’s death at a comparatively early age was very sad. She was a hard-working woman and good wife, mother and neighbour.

Mary Ann MALIN May 1965
Mrs Malin had come to live in Badsey with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr & Mrs E Wilkins, and was nursed devotedly through a long illness.

Albert Edgar HARRIS May 1965
Mr Harris, for long a resident of Badsey, had been looked after for some years by his daughter and son-in-law, Mr & Mrs George Crane.

Frank PERKINS Aug 1965
Our profound sympathy with Mrs Perkins and relatives. Mr Perkins had been in failing health for some time, but it was always a pleasure to meet him in the post office or on one of his little walks in the village because of his unfailing courage and cheerfulness. Although not natives of Badsey, Mr & Mrs Perkins have made many friends here, and we are all encouraged by the Christian fortitude with which they have faced many personal sorrows.

James DUTTON Aug 1965
Mr James Dutton (Jim to his friends) died in hospital after a long illness and gradually failing powers; the funeral was at Cheltenham Crematorium on 13th July. He had done great service on the Midland Red buses in his time, and was an enthusiastic member of Badsey football and cricket clubs. He was a genial, friendly man, and in the sufferings of the last months revealed a simple but strong Christian faith.

Richard Francis CHAMBERLAIN Sep 1965
Mr Chamberlain (Dick to his many friends) will be remembered for his kindness and goodness and for the patience with which he bore his illness; encouraged in the last few weeks by the cheerful devoted nursing of his wife. A keen sportsman, he was a member of the Bell’s darts team and a soccer referee with a particular interest in junior football. A sincere man who died with great faith and trust in his Lord and master.

William HARTWELL Sep 1965
Mr Hartwell, affectionately known by his friends as “Sailor Bill” had during the past years suffered increasing bad health and has been devotedly nursed by his sister. A professional sailor and later a market gardener, he was one of the founder members of our branch of the British Legion. He will be remembered for his fortitude, cheerfulness, and friendliness.

Daisy Anna WRIGHT Sep 1965
Mrs Wright, sister to Mr Lord, despite a long and painful illness, remained cheerful and brave and was a source of encouragement to those who saw her.

Raymond Edward CRANE Oct 1965
Our warmest sympathy with Raymond’s mother and the other members of the family. He was a good man, quiet and unassuming, who had suffered long illness without complaint. Rest eternal grant him, Lord.

Eva Kate KEEN Oct 1965
Another gentle, uncomplaining soul, inconspicuous yet sweetening the world by her presence. May perpetual light shine upon her.

Cissie KNIGHT Oct 1965
At the time of writing, Mrs Cissie Knight has died after 13 weeks in hospital. She was astonishingly cheerful under all setbacks.

Edith Florence HALFORD Oct 1965
Our sincere condolences with the family. Mrs Halford had struggled bravely and cheerfully against increasing ill-health in the last year or two.

Florence Elizabeth HAINES Feb 1966
Mrs Haines’ death in a tragic road accident just before Christmas certainly saddened the festival for us all, for she was much beloved in Badsey. “Welshie” was an active member of the Women’s Institute, the British Legion Women’s Section, and the Mothers’ Union. Lately her health had not been too good and she would sometimes feel depressed, but she would not let things get on top of her, and the old humour would break through. It was characteristics that her last act before her death was to go out on a wretched afternoon to visit an old friend in hospital. Our warmest sympathy goes out to her son and daughters and their families.

Mary Ellen KNIGHT Feb 1966
This sweet and gracious soul will be greatly missed, although as an invalid she had not been out of her home for some years. It was a great deprivation to her not to get to church, but she received the Sacrament regularly at home. She had a great love for Wickhamford Church as well as Badsey, for she was married at the former, being in those days cook at the Manor in the time of the late Mr & Mrs George Lees-Milne. Our heartfelt sympathy with Mr Tom Knight, Joan and Roy.

Ernest Robert PITTS Feb 1966
Ernest Robert Pitts died on 7th January, after some weeks in hospital. The funeral was at Bretforton, his old home. Sympathetic condolences to Mrs Pitts and family.

Frederick George JONES Mar 1966
this sudden death was a grievous shock to us all. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mrs Jones, Angela and Jennifer, Fred’s parents, and the rest of the family. Fred was a strong churchman it was in the family: his grandfather was churchwarden for many years, Fred was sidesman, parochial church councillor and deputy warden, till he was laid up with a bad back a few years ago, though he seemed to have recovered from this. The Church Militant has lost a faithful servant: may he find rest and joy in Paradise.

George Edward Anthony ROYLE Mar 1966
The funeral was at Cheltenham crematorium. Sincere condolences with Mrs Royle. Tony Royle (aged 67) was considerate and courteous, a sensitive artist, well-known before his retirement to Badsey as the cartoonist Belinda of the Daily Mirror. His last illness was sudden and severe. May he rest in peace.

Ehtel Mary FIELD Apr 1966
Mrs Field maintained a strong faith to the last. In spite of her sufferings, culminating in the recent death of her husband, she was always bright and full of Christian joy. One came away from a visit to her in Avonside Hospital with renewed confidence in God’s goodness.

John Dilnot SLADDEN Apr 1966
Mr Jack Sladden was known as a fairly frequent visitor to Badsey, his boyhood home. Mr Tom Knight remembers him well as a fellow choirboy. He had been very frail for some years, but had a great affection for this place, where he has always been warmly esteemed.

Edith Annie WHEELER Apr 1966
Mrs Wheeler was a woman of exemplary patience and Christian fortitude. A hard worker all her life, she had been completely laid up the last few years with her bad legs, but was cheerful and uncomplaining, always full of hope.

John PERKINS Apr 1966
Mr John Perkins, member of a family long respected in Badsey, was an ex-servicemen of the First World War. He had suffered much in health in recent years.

Henry Robert SADLER Apr 1966
Mr Henry (“Tot”) Sadler, another old soldier of the Great War, was the last survivor of a great family of brothers in Badsey. He had been a keen footballer in his time, and was in vigorous health until a few months ago.

Frank HERBERT May 1966
Our sincere sympathy with Miss Vera Lawly, whose loving care and devoted nursing kept her step-father comfortable during the long year of illness. Frank was himself a delightful person to know, with an old countryman’s wisdom about the ways of man and beast. He took his trials philosophically and patiently.

Raymond Frank STEWART May 1966
A great loss to us all at so comparatively early an age. He was a man much beloved, not only by his wife and family, who gave him such devoted care in his long illness, but by a wide circle of neighbours and friends, as the large attendance at the funeral showed. In the many ups and down of his illness, with frequent headaches and continual discomfort, he never complained or lost his courageous faith.

Percy MARSHALL May 1966
Mr Percy Marshall died in hospital on 4th April after a succession of strokes, and the funeral took place at Worcester Crematorium on the 7th. Our warm sympathy with Mrs Marshall and family. He was only 62. How he will be missed in the men’s department of Hamilton and Bell’s, where he served for 48 years! Always considerate and obliging, he would go to endless trouble to get the customer just what he needed a fine example of courteous salesmanship of the old school.

Norman Hawkins SMITH Jun 1966
Mr Norman Smith of Three Ways, died very suddenly form a coronary thrombosis on 10th May, aged 54. His ashes, after cremation, have been laid in the Garden of Rest, and a memorial service was held in Badsey Church. Our profound sympathy and prayers for Mrs Smith and Christopher. A friendly and helpful man, Norman Smith will be much missed. Although not a native of these parts, he had endeared himself to many people and was a popular member of our community. God grant him rest.

Arthur Edward BARNARD Jul 1966
Mr Barnard’s sudden death was a great shock to us all, and our sincere sympathy is extended to Mrs Barnard, Frank and other members of the family. He was a well-respected ex-serviceman and member of the market gardening fraternity.

Miriam GARDINER Jul 1966
Our condolences with Mr C H Gardiner on the loss of his wife Miriam, only a month before his impending retirement as Clerk to the RDC. The funeral was private, at Cheltenham Crematorium.

Alfred John Frisby WRIGHT Aug 1966
Our profound sympathy and prayers for Deaconess Caroline and her mother. Mr Wright had been in failing health for some time, but was looking forward to his retirement in Badsey.

John ENSTONE Aug 1966
John Enstone, aged 79, died on 29th June in hospital, and the funeral was at Cheltenham. Most of his life was lived in Aldington and Badsey, but since retirement he had been living at Corner Cottage with his daughter and son-in-law Mr & Mrs Eric Hogg. Though sadly crippled with arthritis, he always seemed to keep bright and cheerful.

Arthur Francis SavorySLADDEN Sep 1966
Our sincere sympathy with Mrs Sladden and all members of the family. Dr Arthur Sladden was a welcome figure in the village on his occasional visits, always taking a great interest in the church and home of his boyhood.

Eunice OSBORNE Oct 1966
Mrs Osborne was well-known and loved in Badsey, though she had been living in Evesham since her husband’s death a few years ago.

Fanny ADAMS Oct 1966
Our sympathy with Mrs Cole of Aldington on the death of her mother Mrs Fanny Adams, who up to her short fatal illness was very vigorous for her 90 years. The funeral was at Cheltenham Crematorium.

Charles H GARDINER Oct 1966
Mr Charles H Gardiner died 16th September. It was sad that he enjoyed only a few weeks of retirement. First there had been his wife’s illness and death, and then his own three months late. In Badsey we shall happily recall his presentation of the prizes at the Flower Show as one of the last (if not the last) of his public appearances. The funeral is to be private, at Cheltenham, but a public memorial service is to be held in Badsey Church on Saturday 1sat October at 11 am. May God grant rest and light to his servants.

Mary CULL Nov 1966
Our prayerful sympathy with all members of the family. Mrs Cull had a sweet and patient disposition. A widow for many years, she had been a very hard-working woman, and had suffered recently from bad health. Though a conscientious mother, she was tired, and longing for her eternal home. May she rest in the Lord.

Jean Mcdonald AMOS Nov 1966
We have just heard of the death of Mrs Amos, the wife of our former Badsey School headmaster. The funeral is to be at Badsey on October 24th. We offer our condolences to Mr Amos in his loss, and we are sure all his old pupils and friends would wish to be associated with this.

William Henry GeorgeREED Dec 1966
Our prayerful sympathy with Mrs Reed and with Archie and Ron and their wives. Mr Reed, though not a native of Badsey, came here nearly 50 years ago and was a much respected member of the market gardening fraternity. In recent years he had suffered from chronic bronchitis and had been much restricted in his activities. Mr & Mrs Reed celebrated their diamond wedding last year.

Annie Elizabeth GRINNELL Jan 1967
It was very sad that so soon after returning home from her long stay in hospital, Mrs Grinnell succumbed to a fatal stroke. The previous day she was gaily about the village in a wheeled chair, seeing old friends. Many will have happy last memories of her on that day. Our sincere sympathy to all the members of the family. She was a wonderful example of Christian patience and courage.

Elsie Annie MOISEY Jan 1967
Mrs Moisey had been an invalid for many years, and we can be happy that she has been granted release. Our prayers as well as our sincere condolences with her husband who is in hospital with heart strain, and with the other members of the family.

Georgina PITTS Jan 1967
Mrs Georgina Pitts died in hospital at the end of November as was buried at Bretforton.

Lizzie COOK Jan 1967
Mrs Lizzie Cook, of Badsey Fields, died on December 16th in Cheltenham Hospital, and is to be cremated at Cheltenham.

Lilian JONES Feb 1967
Mrs Lilian Jones died peacefully on January 17th after a sever illness bravely borne, and is to be buried in Badsey. We offer our prayerful sympathy with Mr Fred Jones, Senior, and the members of the family, who have suffered so much in recent months.

Elsie Maud HALL Mar 1967
Our prayerful sympathy with the members of the family of Mrs Walter Hall, specially her sister Miss Doris Harrison, who has lived with her for many years. Mrs Hall’s death seemed to come almost as soon as we had heard she had been admitted to hospital, and in her quiet uncomplaining way she must have suffered far more than any of us realised.

Georgina Mildred PERKINS Apr 1967
Mrs Albert Perkins of Old Post Office Lane had suffered much ill health sincere her husband’s death a few years ago, and had alternately resided with members of her family in Worcester and Badsey.

Frederick Charles JONES Apr 1967
Mr Fred Jones Senior did not long survive his beloved wife. He had suffered many blows in the last year, beginning with the death of his eldest son. His passing was gentle and unexpected, in his sleep.

Marion ROBINSON Apr 1967
The circumstances of Mrs Robinson’s death were very sad. Although her health has never been strong, it was distressing that while on holiday with her husband in the Canary Isles that she was taken ill, and died in hospital. To be suddenly bereft of one’s beloved spouse in a strange land, where one is only a temporary visitor, must be a truly harrowing experience. Arrangements for bringing the boy home were far from easy, but it was at last accomplished, and she has been laid to rest in Badsey Churchyard.

Louisa Florence KING May 1967
In her time, Mrs King had been a devoted wife, mother, and worker for the church in Badsey, in whose life she and her husband George had so small share. Her last years had been clouded by personal sorrow, illness and physical weakness, but there shone through it all an indomitable faith and courage.

Alice Lucy JOHNS May 1967
Our oldest parishioner, Mrs Johns, was the last survivor in Badsey of the older generation of Mustoes. Her father, organist at Badsey Church, lived to be well over 100, and she used to relate memories of blowing the organ for him as a girl. With her sweet serenity, she was a refreshing survival of a less hectic age always appreciative and grateful, and with a fine relish for life.

Mabel Lucy JENKINS Jun 1967
Mrs Mabel Lucy Jenkins, aged 78, died on 21st April, and was buried at Bengeworth with her husband. Our profound sympathy went her sister Mrs Florence Edwards, who cared for her so devotedly during the long years of illness. We are thankful that Mabel Jenkins has been released from her sufferings. She had been a nurse in her active days, and was a communicant member of the Church.

Eunice TURRILL Jun 1967
It was with great relief and thankfulness that all who loved her heard that she was now taken into the world of light. Mrs Turrill had been a patient in Avonside Hospital for many years, blink, weak and helpless. But she held on by faith when sight had left her, clutching the prayer and hymn book which was to her the tangible link with the eternal realities. Widowed for nearly 40 years, she was a devout worshipper and active worker at St James’ Church, a keen member of the MU and of the Sanctuary Guild. When illness and infirmity laid her aside from active good works, she did not lose her concern and love for people, always eagerly asking after everyone she knew, and offering them up to God, we know, in her prayers.

Arthur Edmund STEWART Aug 1967
The death of another member of the Stewart family, at such an early age, was a great shock to the village. Arthur, an unassuming but friendly man, was much beloved, as was shown by the large congregation at the funeral.

Mildred Pearl SANDFORD Aug 1967
Her sudden collapse at the British Legion fete, in which, as usual, she took an active part, was another real shock to us all. Pearl was an assiduous worker for good caused and did not spare herself. She also had the gift of friendship, and this was attested by the large gathering of mourners. Her children, Robin and Jean, came over from the States for the funeral, and to be with their father for a while.

Mary Elizabeth REED Aug 1967
Her passing is cause for great thankfulness, for none who saw her in her pitiable condition of the last few weeks would have wished her to survive longer in this life. She had had no real savour for it since her husband died. But we shall miss this sweet and gracious soul, so gentle and brave. She is the last of that faithful trio of devoted friends (in MU and Sanctuary Guild) Rose Sparrow, Eunice Turrill, Mary Reed to pass from this life. We may be sure that their prayers are strong for us in the communion of saints.

Charles Henry TUTTON Sep 1967
Our prayerful sympathy with Mrs Tutton and the family. It was characteristic of Charlie Tutton that he was concerned with people’s housing and other personal problems right up to a day or two before his death. As a signalman for 40 years, he did this very responsible work in the best traditions of the railways as a public service, and devoted his leisure and not inconsiderable talents to the recreational, cultural and artistic welfare of his fellow-workers. After retirement, he gave himself unsparingly in voluntary work for the local community. The activities in which he took part are too numerous to list here, but we shall remember him in Badsey especially for his work on he Parish Council, the RDC, the Managers of Badsey School and the Governors of Blackminster Secondary School. He was very well-informed in the wider aspects of local government and attended many national conferences as a delegate. It is an occupation disease among some people prominent in serving the community to neglect their own homes. But Charlie Tutton was essentially a family man: a devoted husband, father, neighbour and friend. He was a man of deep Christian conviction, who lived and died in faith, “an honourable man, a counsellor, a good man and a just, who also waited for the kingdom of God”.

Edward William BELL Sep 1967
Edward William Bell, of Aldington, died suddenly on August 3rd, aged 63, and was cremated at Cheltenham. He had been an extremely hard worker on the land until incapacitated by a stroke about three years ago. He then showed great cheerfulness and patience in the slow recovery of speech and the acceptance of retirement. Our prayerful sympathy with Mrs Bell and the family.

Evelyn Jane HALL Oct 1967
Our prayerful sympathy with Mr Hall and the family. Though Mrs Hall had been a semi-invalid for some years, her sudden death from peritonitis was a sad shock. May God grant her rest.

Lydia Ellen DUNGWORTH Nov 1967
She died just short of her 81st birthday, but with her firm step and erect carriage she looked a good deal younger. She will be much missed in the village, especially by the members of the Mothers’ Union, of which she was a keen and active member. She lived and died a devour communicant, whose gain is to be with Christ.

Maud Mary GEDEN Nov 1967
Another prayerful soul, whose latter years were full of sadness and infirmity. We thank God for calling her to rest, and pray that his peace and joy may be hers in full measure.

Alfred Edward JOHNSON Dec 1967
Mr Ted Johnson, who was independent enough to continue dairy farming in this market gardeners’ village, had suffered bad health for some time, but his last illness was very short. Our sincere sympathy with Mrs Johnson and Walter.

David Charles PRATLEY Dec 1967
David’s death, aged 16, after lingering for nearly a week unconscious, was a sever shock to the whole village. His parents and Susan, and the other members of the family, are assured of the prayerful support of many people. It is at such times that village life is seen at is best, when it is clear that “if one member (of the body) suffers, all the members suffer with it”. David was a friendly, likeable boy, and w pray that God’s loving purpose for him may be fulfilled in the life beyond. He will never know the care and corruption of creeping age.

Richard GLOVER Dec 1967
Richard Glover died in hospital after prolonged illness and increasing weakness of body, and was buried at Pershore on November 17th after a service in Evesham Methodist Church, of which he as a member. He suffered much, but did not lose his faith in God’s love and mercy. Our profound sympathy with Mrs Glover who faces her second widowhood.

Florence Mary JELFS Jan 1968
Florence Mary Jelfs, of Aldington, aged 76. Our profound sympathy with Mr Walter Jelfs and his family in the shock of Mrs Jelfs’ sudden illness and death. She had enjoyed remarkably good health before this. Mr & Mrs Jelfs celebrated their golden wedding four years ago. Mrs Jelfs was one of the Chamberlain family of Bowers Hill.

John Adrian WILDE Feb 1968
This was a sudden and unexpected death, comparatively young, and we offer our sincere sympathy to Mrs Wilde and the family, who though they have not lived in Badsey many years have made a number of friends.

Christine Ann DAVIES Feb 1968
Another very sad event just before Christmas was the death of Christine Ann Davies, aged 20, the newly married wife of Keith Davies of Horsebridge Avenue. The funeral was at Bengeworth (Christine’s home parish). They were married there two months before, and had taken one of the new bungalows on the Oaks estate, Badsey. Christine was suddenly attacked by a deadly virus, and her illness was short and severe. Keith, and Christine’s parents, and the members of both families, may be assured our our continuing prayers and fellow-feeling in their great sorrow.

William Adoplhus JONES Feb 1968
“Conger”, for many years our village road-keeper, was a much beloved and interesting old character, whom we shall sadly miss. He used to figure frequently in the amusing tales of the late Charles Gardiner. In recent years he had resided at Avonside Hospital, but used to visit his friends in Badsey. It was only in the last few weeks that he had been confined to bed.

Philip Thomas WILLETT Feb 1968
Our sincere sympathy to Mrs Willett and the family in this loss, at no very great age. Phil Willett also was a public servant, a cheerful and friendly man. He bore patiently his illness of several weeks in hospital.

Beatrice Vilet JOHNSON Apr 1968
Mrs Johnson was a very hard-working woman. Her death, coming so soon after her husband’s, was a great shock, and Walter has the assurance of our sympathy and prayers.

Edwin WILKINS Apr 1968
Although Ted Wilkins had been a semi-invalid for some years, his death was quite sudden, and Mrs Wilkins and her daughter and son-in-law have our prayerful support in their great loss.

Frank MORRIS Apr 1968
Frank Morris died at his daughter’s home in Northumberland on March 8th, aged 75. The funeral took place there. He had been in and out of hospital for some time, and had suffered a good deal. Our prayerful sympathy with Mrs Morris and family.

William Henry ANDREW Apr 1968
William Henry Andrew died on March 17th, aged 69, and was cremated at Cheltenham on March 21sat. He had been an invalid with chronic bronchitis for quite a time. Our condolences and prayers for Mrs Andrew and all the family.

Jane Lloyd DAVIES May 1968
Our prayerful sympathy with Sister Davies on her mother’s death. Mrs Davies was a devout communicant and a very sweet personality whom it was a privilege to know. She will be missed especially by members of the MU.

Desmond Edward EMMS May 1968
Desmond Edward Emms of Aldington died on March 25th after a very short illness, aged only 33. The funeral was at Worcester Crematorium on March 30th. Mrs Emms and her young children have our warm sympathy in their tragic loss.

Lilian Maud JELFS May 1968
Mrs Jelfs was a quiet sweet person who had suffered much in recent months after a crippling stroke which limited her active life. She will be much missed by her children and many grandchildren, to whom she was devoted, and indeed by all who knew her.

Thomas MARSHALL May 1968
Mr “Pom” Marshall’s sudden death was a great shock to us all. We have Mrs Marshall, Carol and Stephen very much in our thoughts and prayers. He is mourned by a large number of relatives, by members of the firm of Marshall Brothers, and by a host of friends, business associates and members of the British Legion. There was a very big attendance at the funeral.

Joseph Henry PLANT Jun 1968
He died peacefully and unexpectedly in his chair on Low Sunday, having survived his wife by five years. In spite of his age, he took an active part in the social life of the village, and will be missed by many friends, as well as mourned by the family, to whom we extend our warm sympathy.

Harold JOHNSTON Jun 1968
His death in hospital, aged 48, after a motor accident was a tragedy which has shaken us all. Mrs Johnston and the family have the prayerful sympathy of the whole village. Funeral on 8th May by Roman Catholic rites.

Ellen Marie JONES Aug 1968
Mrs Jones died in Evesham Hospital after a short illness. Mr Bertram Jones and his family are assured of our warm sympathy and prayers. We shall all miss her very much. A devout communicant and member of the Mothers’ Union, she was a gallant and warm-hearted person who cheered and enlightened many with her cockney humour and unquenchable spirit. It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good: Mr & Mrs Bertram Jones were the gift to Badsey of Hitler’s blitz.

Maurice G SAVORY Aug 1968
Maurice G Savory died suddenly on 22nd June, aged 72, and was cremated at Cheltenham on the 26th. Our prayerful sympathy with Mrs Savory, Roger and family, and Mrs March, in their loss. Maurice Savory was a remarkably vigorous man for his age. We shall always remember with gratitude the fine work he did for the parish in earlier days, particularly in connection with the Sunday School and the Men’s Fellowship.

Teddy GRIFFIN Aug 1968
In June, Teddy Griffin, a pupil at Badsey School, was killed in a motor accident in Ireland. the funeral took place at Pershore Roman Catholic Church. Mrs Griffin has the deep sympathy of us all in her sorrow.

Leslie Wilfred PURCELL Aug 1968
Leslie Wilfred Purcell died suddenly of a thrombosis on July 11th, aged 62. He was cremated at Cheltenham on the 16th. Mr & Mrs Purcell came to us from Birmingham only last year, and have gained a number of friends in the short time they have been in Badsey. Our profound sympathy with Mrs Purcell.

Christopher James JEPSON Sep 1968
Christopher James Jepson died on 24th July, aged 72, and was cremated at Cheltenham. Our profound sympathy with Mrs Jepson and the family. Mr Jepson Senior had not lived in Badsey long, but had made a number of friends, as he was a cheerful person to meet.

Lilian Mary LANGSTONE Oct 1968 And Nov 1968
Just before going to press, we have heard of the death after many months of illness, of Mrs Langstone. May God grant her refreshment and peace. Our prayerful sympathy with her husband Arthur and all the family, who have endured the long trial with such loving devotion and fortitude. Her death was referred to in last month’s number. Her love of life was very strong, and this no doubt partly accounted for her amazing survival for so many months, when according to usual medical experience, she should have died. May she know the joys of life eternal in Christ.

Andrew Frederick PADFIELD Dec 1968
It was sad to see Fred Padfield in this last year of his earthly life, literally wasting away with heart disease. He bore it all very patiently and uncomplainingly. Now we commend his life to the giver’s loving keeping. To Mrs Padfield and the family, who have suffered so much, we tender our warm sympathy and the assurance of our prayers.

Arthur Edward LANGSTONE Jan 1969
It would be hard to find a nicer or kinder man than Arthur Langstone, and his death brought sorrow to the whole community. There is no doubt that grief for his wife Lilian, and the strain of the long weary months of her dying, were too much for his heart, which had been far from strong at the time of his retirement. He was a practical Christian who brought much cheer into other people’s lives. Visiting his wife in hospital, he would have a kind word for other patients. It was characteristic of him that only a fortnight after Lilian’s death, he was taking baskets to the sick from the harvest festival. He showed remarkable patience in his sufferings. May he enter into the joy of His Lord, and be reunited in Christ with his beloved. Our prayerful sympathy with Norman (and his wife and family), who has lost both his parents in such a short time.

Edgar G CULL Jan 1969
At the time of going to press, we have just heard of the death of Mr Edgar G Cull. Many in Badsey will remember the bakery business which he and his brother carried on after their father’s death. Edgar Cull was severely wounded in the head while serving his country in the First World War, and the experience had a lasting effect on hi. That must be borne in mind when his little eccentricities are recalled. He was an amiable and likeable man. He did not expect to return from hospital, and quietly prepared himself for death in a Christian manner. Our condolences with his daughter Mrs Hope Franklin and other members of the family.

Frank JELFS Feb 1969
His sudden death was quite unexpected, for he was an active little man for his age, a familiar figure on his bicycle, doing many errands for his neighbours at Bowers Hill. Our profound sympathy with Mrs Jelfs (who, as an invalid, was much dependent on Frank), and members of the family. The Golden Wedding two or three years ago was a happy occasion.

Beatrice Alice SEARS Feb 1969
Mrs Sears died peacefully in her sleep just before Christmas. In earlier days she had been very active in the social and church life of Badsey, being a woman of great charm, and a capable organiser. The lych gate was built in memory of her husband Arthur, the well-known market gardener, who died in 1946. Her ashes were buried on January 1st in her husband’s grave, after cremation on December 30th.

William Henry CHURCHILL Feb 1969
William Henry Churchill died on December 26th, aged 91, and after cremation his ashes were later deposited in the Garden of Rest in Badsey Churchyard. As the Garden of Rest is a memorial to Charles Arthur Binyon, this was most fitting, since the two men were partners in market gardening in the 1890s and early 1900s, and lifelong friends. He was one of the great Badsey growers, a founder-member of the LBG and active till a great age. Originally a member of the Church of England, he became a keen Methodist, and also a supporter of the Badsey Friends Mission.

Amelia Louisa CRANE Feb 1969
Truly a “Mother in Israel”. She had 12 children and the gathering of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at the funeral was most impressive. Her husband George died in 1955. Mrs Crane had been living for the last seven years at Norton with her daughter and son-in-law Mr & Mrs Jobson; and the vicar of Norton, the Rev Leslie Guest, took part in the funeral service. Mrs Crane, a member of the Mothers’ Union, was a woman of strong Christian faith and indomitable courage.

Elgar Thomas HARTWELL Mar 1969
He died in hospital, after a short illness. Our prayerful sympathy with Mrs Hartwell and the members of the family. Elgar Hartwell was from an old Badsey family. His parents lived at the Silk Mills. He had only recently retired from business. For many years he kept a butcher’s shop in High Street, Badsey, recently next to Harrington House, and before that at the southern end of the street. He will be missed by many old friends and customers.

Ehtel WILDE Mar 1969
The family deserve our profound sympathy, having been bereaved of both parents in a short time. Mrs Wilde struggled on bravely with bad health after her husband’s death just over a year before. Both were only in their sixties.

Francis Robert WHEELER Apr 1969
Frank Wheeler had been a good craftsman of the old school: a blacksmith and wheelwright. Since the death of his wife a few years ago, his health had gradually deteriorated, and for the last few months he had been suffering from a rare blood disease. Most of all he missed going round to the cheerful forge and spending his day there chatting and looking on. May God grant him fulfilment and peace.

Mrs COLLETT Apr 1969
Mrs Collett was a remarkable old lady almost nothing left of her outward frame in her last years but skin and bone, but the brightness and eagerness of her spirit shone through her almost sightless eyes. She has been such a great worker all her life that the inactivity of her latter years was a real trial to her. She was a devout churchwoman and simply loved the house of God. She had a wonderful memory for people, and when one visited her she talked little about herself but was always enquiring eagerly about others. There was no doubt that she remembered them all in her prayers. We shall not easily forget her. Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord.

Joseph TAYLOR Apr 1969
Our prayerful sympathy with Mrs Taylor of the Bungalow, Badsey Fields, whose husband Joseph died in February 20th, aged 77, and was buried at Childswickham.

Frederick John CHAMBERLAIN May 1969
Fred Chamberlain’s eldest brother, Arthur Henry, who lived in Evesham also died on April 5th, aged 79, and was buried in Evesham. The Chamberlains of Bowers Hill have long been a well-respected family in Badsey. Fred was a gentle, bright and kind-hearted man, who suffered a painful illness with great patience and courage, fortified by a strong Christian faith. His fatal illness was the delayed reaction to the serious accident he had at work about two years ago. Our prayers and sympathy for Mrs Chamberlain, who nursed him so devotedly, and her family.

Philip Edward CRISP May 1969
Another member of a Badsey family who died in Evesham was Philip Edward Crisp, aged 65, on March 22nd.

Thomas Henry KNIGHT May 1969
Tommy Knight (always Tommy, because as a venerable old man of 90 he was still such a boy) was one of the finest and most delightful characters one could have the privilege to know. this little “man for all seasons” was possessed of an enormous energy which followed in many directions: hard work, husbandry (two kinds), horsemanship, football (player, manager, referee), music (chorister, bellringer, organist), love of countryside, love of home, love of church, love of God, love neighbour. His was a consecrated vitality. He was all of a piece, for he offered his daily activities in dedication to the glory of God. There was no departmentalisation between sacred and secular. Rogationtide and Harvest were not just something in a church calendar: they were beats in the rhythm of life. He was a typical man of the Vale of the good old sort that one hopes is not dying out: independent in character, often stubborn but not inflexible, patient and humorous, irrepressible in adversity, humble in prosperity, taking the rough with the smooth, and always grateful to the Giver of all. His associations have been with Wickhamford as much as with Badsey. About the time Tommy was born, and named after the then Vicar of Badsey and Wickhamford, his father was working at Wickhamford Manor Farm for 2d a day (so the writer has been told). Years later young Tommy was courting Nellie Davies who was cook at Wickhamford Manor, and waiting for her by the bridge on her afternoon off. Not very long ago he was organist at Wickhamford Church. It can now be revealed that it was through his anonymous generosity that the new organ was able to be purchased as soon as it was. A muffled full peal of Stedman Triples was rung on Badsey bells to his memory. Our prayerful sympathy with Joan and Roy Harman. Joan’s loving care for both her parents has been a splendid example to us all.

Margaret Eleanor JONES May 1969
Miss Ella Jones was, until her death on Good Friday, our oldest living parishioner. She would have been 94 in June. Her great-grandfather, Piercy Jones, was born in 1711, in the reign of Queen Anne. It was his father Joseph, born in “good King Charles’ golden days”, who brought his family to Badsey, and from the year 1720 until the present day, there has been a succession of public-spirited Joneses to serve the parish as churchwardens, overseers of the poor, surveyors of the highways and common fields. Ella Jones was herself just four years older than the row of lime trees at the east end of the churchyard, which her father, Joseph, then churchwarden, planted exactly 90 years ago. She too was a vital person of strong Christian faith, and a Badsey woman all her life. She was born at the Manor House, where her parents resided for a while, but will be chiefly associated with Stone House, where she lived for many years. She was a great worker for the Red Cross, and in earlier years for the Church Sunday School. Lively, gracious and sunny by nature, she retained her great charm and courtesy, even in the years of her infirmity and deafness. The latter was a sore affliction to one who was so sociable. Our profound sympathy with all the relatives, especially with her niece Ruby, who was her faithful companion for so many years.

George David MALINS Jun 1969
Our prayerful sympathy with Mrs Malins and all the members of the family. George, a worthy Christian man, was much beloved. He bore his long illness with great patience and good humour, devotedly nursed by wife and family. May he know refreshment and peace in the loving care of God.

Ada Annie DOUSE Jul 1969
Mrs Douse showed great courage in facing increasing infirmity during the years she lived in Badsey. When she eventually had to go to hospital, she accepted it with exemplary Christian patience and good humour. Anyone who got a first impression of her as severe would soon have it dispelled when they saw her simile, and appreciated the delicious irony in her conversation.

Mrs GITTOS Jul 1969
Mrs Gittos, formerly of Blackminster, died at Cardiff, where she had gone to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Una and Ted Taylor. We have missed her and them since their departture. Mrs Gittos was buried with her husband, who died in 1961. Our prayerful condolences with all members of the family.

Bertram Alfred JONES Sep 1969
Our sincere condolences with the family. Bertram Jones had been a lonely man since the death of his wife just over a year ago, and we can be thankful that his earthly sorrows are over. But a notable and delightful personality has been removed from our village scene. A small, unpretentious figure, and rather shy, he was an outstanding craftsman in ivory, producing fine delicate work which at one time was very much in demand. Bombed out of their house and the workshop in Dalston in the blitz, Mr & Mrs Jones came to make their home in Badsey, and, with their warm friendly natures, made themselves at once socially acceptable. Mr Jones, among his other accomplishments, was a teacher of ballroom dancing, and could claim that several happily married couples first came to know each other at the school of dancing which he held in the Wheatsheaf. His great hobby was fishing.

Amy Louise SADLER Sep 1969
Amy Sadler was a beloved person, a splendid example to us all of cheerful courage and unflinching Christian faith. She at one time looked after her husband’s father and three bachelor brothers as well as her own family. A great worker in parish life, she developed diabetes over 20 years ago, and for the last 16 years has been completely blind. Undaunted, she learnt to read braille, and continued to take part, with undiminished zest, in many parochial activities. She as a keen member for the Mothers’ Union, the Women’s Institute and the British Legion Women’s Section. She was much in demand at parties for her good accompaniment of community singing, having a good ear and a wonderful memory for the favourite old melodies. Prayerful sympathy with the family.

Arthur Frank HAWLINS Sep 1969
Arthur Frank Hawlins died on 3rd August, and was cremated on the 6th. We extend our prayerful sympathy to Mrs Hawlins and the family. Frank Hawlins had not been very well for some time, but his death was rather sudden.

Hubert SMITH Nov 1969
It was sad that Mr Bert Smith died so soon after his retirement. He was much liked as a man by his fellow workers, neighbours and friends. Our prayerful sympathy with Mrs Smith, his children, and brothers and sisters.

Hilda May ADDIS Dec 1969
Mrs Addis had suffered a good deal of illness from time to time, but her death was unexpected, and much lamented. She had a sweet nature, and many have testified to the help and friendship they owed to her.

Ruth Hilda May IZOD Dec 1969
Mrs Izod’s sudden death was a sad shock. She had been unwell, but none of us had realised it was so serious. Mr & Mrs Jack Izod soon became much liked after they came to Badsey, when their son and family took the Post Office. Mrs Izod was a keen member of the Mothers’ Union.

Elfryn Lewis WILLIAMS Dec 1969
Mr “Les” Williams’ sudden death at work, at an early age of 50, is a sad blow to his wife and family, and also to many friends. A native of South Wales, he had long been accepted as a Badsey man and good neighbour.

Gladys Maud BARNARD Feb 1970
A victim, also of the flu epidemic. Double pneumonia developed, and could not be alleviated because of her chronic condition of Parkinson’s disease. Her remarkable courage in facing this disability for the past 8 years was an inspiration to all who knew her. Generous and sweet-natured, she was sustained by a strong Christian faith and cheerful patience. Our prayerful sympathy with Mr Jack Barnard and all the family.

Mark Edgar MITCHELL Feb 1970
Until his retirement last year through bad health, Edgar Mitchell had been our faithful Parish Clerk and Sexton for 21 years, having succeeded the late George Moisey. He was also gardener and groundsman at Blackminster School. In recent years he had not been able to do grave-digging or other strenuous work, but he was assiduous in his custodianship of the church and churchyard, and always took a keen interest in everything pertaining to them. In fact, he simply loved the church, and in times of illness, when he was officially off work, it was hard to keep him away. The Vicar, in particular, will miss him greatly first as a loyal friend, but also as a mine of information about the graves, the people buried there, and the old traditions of the parish. Indeed, we have all missed him at the church in the last few months, when he has been an invalid, for he was not only conscientious in his duties as a servant of the Church, but a devout communicant and zealous churchman. He took some getting to know on first acquaintance, but as intimacy grew, one recognised a depth of sincere faith which could be really heart-warming. Our condolences and prayers for Mrs Mitchell and all the family.

Mr J NISBETT Feb 1970
Mr J Nisbett, of Aldington, who had been in hospital for several months since he was laid low by a stroke, passed to his rest on December 23rd, aged 61. He was cremated. Mrs Nisbett and family are assured of our prayers.

Nancy ANKERS Feb 1970
Another victim of influenza was Miss Nancy Ankers, who died after a very acute attack on 27th December. Nancy was a shy and rather lonely person who was not easy to know. She nevertheless had a small circle of friends who appreciated her goodness of character and capacity for affection. She could be rather discouraging in declining offers of help for herself, but was extremely kind in her concern for other people’s needs. She had a quiet but steady Christian faith. As the relatives, none of whom live in the parish or locality, arranged the funeral privately elsewhere, there will be a short memorial service in Badsey Church on Saturday 7th February at 3 pm.

Doris HARRISON Feb 1970
Miss Doris Harrison was another somewhat lonely character, who died in Avonside Hospital on 5th January, and was cremated. She had been ill for some months and suffered from frequent depression. Previously she lived for some years in Badsey with her sister, the late Mrs Walter Hall.

Harriet Annie TAYLOR Mar 1970
Mrs Taylor was one of the old Badsey “characters”, and will be very much missed. Beneath a sometimes downright manner, there was a warm, affectionate and generous nature. She faced her sufferings and infirmities with an indomitable cheerfulness. She was very sociable, a keen chapel-goer, and member of the Women’s Institute and British Legion Women’s Section.

Alfred William BALLARD Mar 1970
Bill Ballard was another much loved Badsey character, warm-hearted and sociable (in spite of his deafness). The end came suddenly and apparently painlessly. The previous evening he had been at the British Legion annual dinner, enjoying himself, and seemingly quite normal. He was an expert and extremely industrious market gardener. His illness of two years ago had been rather a trial to a man so active, but it was not long before he was cycling again to his bit of ground every day. He was well-known in both parishes, and liked to attend Wickhamford Church sometimes. The Ballards are an old Badsey family (Bill’s great-grandfather, William, born in Badsey in 1791, was parish clerk). It is good that the name is perpetuated in “Ballards Park”, through Bill’s generosity to the Cricket Club. And the electric lighting in Badsey Church was his memorial gift for Ron, killed in action.

Annie LARDNER Mar 1970
Annie Lardner is missed by many friends in Badsey. It is difficult to realise that she and her husband only came her eight or nine years ago, so accepted have they become in the village community, and so active in its social life. Mrs Lardner was always very thoughtful for the welfare of others. In times of illness she spoke little about herself, but was very much concerned about the needs of those around her. Her serene and warming smile will not easily be forgotten.

Graham SALTER Apr 1970
The whole village was shocked by this tragic death in a road accident, and Mr & Mrs John Salter and the grandparents are assured of the prayerful support of us all. We also feel deeply for the driver concerned, who was completely exonerated from blame, and those who were with him in the car. We commit this little child into the loving arms of the Good Shepherd, and the mourners to his consoling grace.

Charles KNIGHT Apr 1970
Mr Charlie Knight had for some years been residing in a home for the elderly at Pershore. He was a quiet, gentle character, not very robust, but well loved in Badsey. Our prayerful sympathy with the relatives, especially Mrs C Haines, who used to look after him.

Jack WHEATLEY Apr 1970
It is with great regret that we have heard of the death of Mr Jack Wheatley of Chipping Campden. He had been ill for some time, and we offer our condolences to his wife and the members of his family. He was one of the large family of the Wheatleys of Badsey, and as an electrical contractor had rendered considerable service to Badsey church and village.

Harold Geoffrey DAVIES May 1970
His sudden death was a great shock to us all. Bob (as he was known to most people) was a great family man, but also one of the best known and loved men in the village. He was a very skilled and experienced motor mechanic, conscientious and thorough, who would consider nothing too much trouble if he could be of service to others. There is no doubt that he overworked himself, but he was not easily persuaded to think of himself. To Mrs Davies and her family, who have already experience much sorrow, we extend our warm and prayerful sympathy.

Ralph BELL May 1970
Mrs Bell and the family have our prayerful support. Mr Bell was a well-liked member of the market gardening fraternity, and of one of the old Aldington families.

Cyril James BIRD May 1970
Mr Bird never really recovered from his serious illness of last year. Of recent years he had faced increasing blindness with great courage and cheerfulness. He rendered a considerable service to the village in opening his bicycle repair and service shop and general store along the top road 43 years ago. We shall all miss him. Mrs Bird, and the family by his first marriage, are assured of our prayerful condolences.

Frank AMOS May 1970
At the time of going to press, we have just heard of the death of Mr F Amos, former headmaster of Badsey School. During his illness in Evesham Hospital, he loved the visits he had from some of his old pupils, for whom he had a wonderful memory. Burial to be in Badsey. Notice next month.

Frank Edmund AMOS Jun 1970
With the changes of population that occur nowadays, the passing of Mr Amos had little impact on many present members of the village, but to those who had the privilege of being taught by this outstanding headmaster, the news was sad indeed. His influence on the village during his 30 years as headmaster was enormous. He had the respect of pupils, parents and staff alike. The standards that he set himself were reflected in those achieved by his pupils, and his selfless devotion to his life’s work was a model for all. He worshipped regularly at St James’ Church, and although many of the ties he had with the village were broken when he retired, he was always interested in the progress of his old pupils. In retrospect, we know that the firm discipline which prevailed at his school during those 30 years was a lasting influence for good. The single-minded devotion of Frank Edmund Amos to his school and village is a rare quality and one that will live on in his pupils and their children for many years yet. FEK

Edith MITCHELL Jun 1970
It was sad that Mrs Mitchell survived her husband such a short while, and died at no great age. We particularly sympathise with the members of this family, in losing both parents within three months. Mrs Mitchell had been a hard worker all her life and the strain of nursing her husband through prolonged illness certainly took its toll. A keen worker for the British Legion, a member of the Women’s Institute and at one time of the church sanctuary guild, she is remembered for many acts of kindness.

Charlotte HAINES Jun 1970
Our prayerful sympathy with Mr C Haines and the members of the family. Mrs Lottie Haines suffered a great deal in recent years, but was sustained by a firm Christian faith and the devoted care of her husband. A keen member of the Mothers’ Union, of the British Legion Women’s Section, and of the Women’s Institute, she enjoyed social life, but above all was devoted to Our Lord and his Church.

Jack SUTTON Jun 1970
Badsey has suffered a real loss in the death of Mr Jack Sutton, builder and sportsman, who died while playing golf, at the age of 55. Though he resided outside the parish, he had his offices and yard in the village, and was much liked as a good employer and agreeable friend to many.

Walter Henry JELFS Aug 1970
Mr Jelfs, of Sherwood Farm, Aldington, was a much beloved member of a well-respected family. He had ailed considerably, ever since his wife’s death two years ago. We rejoice to think of them reunited in Christ Jesus. OUr sincere condolences with the family, specially Miss Cecil Jelfs who looked after him so devotedly.

Eugeniusz TYSZKOW Aug 1970
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mrs Tyszkow and Margaret in their sad loss. Indeed his death at such an early age is a loss to the whole village. A White Russian who became a German prisoner-of-war, he was a hard worker and soon adapted himself to English people and ways. He had become a naturalised British subject, and was much appreciated in Badsey for his fine character and courteous friendliness and concern for others. In his long and painful illness, he was fortified by a courageous Christian faith.

Albert Leslie HICKINBOTHAM Aug 1970
Our sincere condolences with Mrs Hickinbotham and John on the sudden death of Mr Albert Leslie Hickinbotham on June 22nd. The funeral took place at Cheltenham.

Evelyn Edith HARRISON Sep 1970
Mrs Harrison (of Blackminster) was much beloved, and many have spoken of her kindness. Before marriage she was one of the Stewart family of Aldington. With her husband she was long connected with Aldington Mission Hall. Our very sincere sympathy with Mr Percy Harrison, who tended her so devotedly during her long illness, and with all the relatives.

Olga PERRY Oct 1970
Mr & Mrs Perry had not lived in Aldington very long, and so it is sad that Mrs Perry has died before we had more time to know her. Mr Perry may be assured of the warm and prayerful support of friends here.

Grace Eliza DANKS Nov 1970
When Mrs Grace Danks came from North London with her husband, who had just retired, to live with their daughter and son-in-law at Badsey Vicarage, she was not at all sure that she was going to like country life. Deafness was also a real handicap to social intercourse. But by the time she died she was known and loved by a great many people in the village; for she entered, with a wonderful zest for her age, into the life of the community, and certainly added grace and flavour to it. What helped and cheered people was the warmth of her gaiety, which was undimmed by adverse circumstance, and her sensitive sympathy. Underlying these was a deep devotion to Our Lord and lifelong loyalty to his Church.

Elsie Mary PETHARD Nov 1970
Our prayerful sympathy with all the family, especially her sister Emily Ballard and her brother William Hardiman. this gallant soul, who helped many by her indomitable faith and cheerful courage, has now passed, we believe, to the realm of light where pain and sorrow are no more. The loss of her son, Douglas drowned on holiday in Austria in the 1930s, left an indelible mark of suffering on her life. Her husband Jack, churchwarden for many years, also died comparatively young, and she was left along, though not without many friends, and was much beloved by her nephews and nieces. An energetic worker for the Church in earlier days, she became crippled with arthritis, but would not allow herself to give way. Sacrament and prayer sustained her strong confidence in god.

Doris ANDREWS Nov 1970
Our prayerful sympathy with Mrs B Brazier in the loss of her sister Mrs Doris Andrews, who died last month. Mrs Andrews, a member of Hampton PCC and a keen worker for that parish, had recently come to live with the Braziers in Badsey, and many of us had been so happy to meet her and were looking forward to knowing her better.

Frederick WALDREN Dec 1970
OUr sincere condolences with Mrs Waldren of Bretforton Road on the death of her husband Frederick; the funeral was by cremation on Nov 14th. Mr Waldren, a retired market gardener, had suffered bad health for some time.

Harry ROBINSON Jan 1971
Our sincere condolences with the family. Harry Robinson passed to his rest after months of distressing weakness and suffering, as a result of a stroke which deprived him of the power of speech. He had never been the same man since the death of his wife Marion three and a half years ago. As a memorial to her he gave the church the splendid set of silver Communion cruets, wafer box and bowl. A Yorkshireman in origin, he became a familiar figure in Badsey through the dairy business, turkey farm (and at one time a mink farm) which he carried on from the Manor House. In buying the Manor and successfully converting it into two dwellings, he probably saved it for the village. May god grant him peace and light.

Hilda Alice KEEN Feb 1971
Our prayerful sympathy with all the family, especially Ronald. Mrs Keen was taken ill suddenly and died after three days in hospital. It was sad that she did not live long in her new home after waiting so many months. She had struggled very gallantly with bad health for some years, and will be missed by many friends.

Joseph Victor HANCOK Mar 1971
Our prayerful sympathy with Mrs Hancock and the family. Joe Hancock had not been well for some time. His was an open, friendly personality which will be much missed.

Charles Henry HAINES Mar 1971
Mr Charlie Haines did not long survive his beloved wife Lottie. Her death quite broke his heart. During the years she was an invalid, his devoted attention to her, at his considerable age, was a moving inspiration. What was really distressing was that he died of a painful disease, though he bore it with exemplary patience and thanks for all that was done for him. Now, thank God, his call to rest has come. He had been a good old soldier in his time, pre-1914 vintage, and used to be a delightful raconteur when drawn. He was a found member of Badsey British Legion.

Clarissa May EVANS Mar 1971
Our sincere condolences with Mr Ted Evans, himself an invalid, and the family. It is sad that Mrs Evans should have died at a comparatively early age, after a short illness.

Maurice Howard HARVEY Apr 1971
It was with a sense of shock that the village heard of his death on Monday 22nd February. He will be chiefly remembered as the much loved Headmaster of Badsey School, in which capacity he worked so conscientiously for many years. His success as a teacher was in no small measure due to his affection for children, especially the infants, whose confidence he quickly won, and who did not stand in awe of him. His family life was one of deep devotion to those nearest and dearest to him, while his public life was one of constant service to his fellow men. A regular worshipper at Badsey Church, his handling of its finances and work for the PCC were signs of his deep Christian conviction. The last few years of his life he had not been a strong man and had been told by his doctor to take things easily. This was hard to understand when one saw him so happily busy in his beloved garden. A loyal friend to many people the village will be poorer by his passing. It can be truly said of Maurice Harvey that he lived respected, and died regretted, by all whose privilege it was to have known him. GAJ. The huge congregation, which could only just be accommodated, at the funeral of Maurice Harvey in Badsey Church, testified to the very wide range of his interests and the number of lives touched by his. In the fellowship of Badsey Church Council we had come to rely on him in so many ways. His practical and inventive gifts were always at the disposal of others, with conscientious loyalty. Even when one did not agree with him, there was never unpleasantness, because of his good humour, and the sense one always had that he was a dedicated fellow-worker for the Kingdom of God. PB

William Arthur COLLICUTT Apr 1971
Our prayerful condolences with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr & Mrs B A Hughes and other members of the family. Mr Collicutt faced an agonising illness with wonderful courage and serenity, sustained by a strong faith in god (funeral service at Badsey followed by burial at Quinton, Birmingham).

Frederick George SALTER Apr 1971
Although Mr & Mrs Salter had been living at South Littleton, it was fitting that the funeral service should be at Badsey, with which the family has been so long connected. Our sincere sympathy and prayers for Mrs Salter and the family. Mr Salter had been slowly dying of an incurable disease, but showed great courage, cheerfulness, and Christian hope.

Arthur Norman HARRISON May 1971
Our prayerful condolences with Mrs Harrison and with other members of his family. Mr Harrison suffered considerably in his last illness, which he bore with Christian fortitude. He was well known and liked in the village and locality, and at the BBC, Wood Norton, for whom he worked as a driver from 1939 till his retirement. During the last war he entertained several German prisoners-of-war in his home, and some of these still used to come over and visit him regularly.

Daisy Blanche CRUMP May 1971
Mrs Crump was rather a “character”, but a lovable person. During her long illness in hospital, incapacitated by a stroke, she was wonderfully courageous, cheerful and uncomplaining. She had a simple but strong Christian faith.

Elsie Annie JELFS Jun 1971
Our prayerful condolences with all members of the family. It was sad that Mrs Jelfs died so soon after her move into her new bungalow. She had lived many years in Bowers Hill, and had made a brave recovery after a stroke about three years ago but had never been quite herself since. She will be remembered as a cheerful, friendly Christian soul. For some years she had been receiving Holy Communion regularly at home.

Florence Sarah SMITH Jun 1971
Our warm sympathy and prayers for her devoted husband, Mr Sidney Smith. She was a very sweet person who had ailed a good deal in recent years. May God grant her peace. Two years ago she and her husband were confirmed and have received the Sacrament regularly, mostly at home (cremation at Worcester).

Jane Elizabeth BLAKE Jun 1971
During her illness, Mrs Blake had been wonderful in her prayerful acceptance and quiet preparation for death. This is just what anyone who knew her would have expected. In her work of many years in the Badsey Friends’ Meeting and all the Christian activities associated with it, Mrs Blake’s example and influence touched many lived for Christ in this village. Our prayerful sympathy with the family.

Hilda WATSON Aug 1971
Our sympathy and prayers for Mr Watson and the members of the family. Mrs Watson (of Aldington) faced with great courage the knowledge that her illness would be prolonged and without hope of recovery. She was sustained throughout by a strong Christian faith and the comfort of the blessed Sacrament. (Cremation after service in Badsey Church.)

John HIRST Aug 1971
Our prayerful sympathy with Mrs Hirst on the sudden death of her husband, John, of Blackminster, a Birmingham man who had become popular with his neighbours in the place of their retirement.

Arthur George CRISP Oct 1971
After a long illness, George Crisp has died in hospital as we were preparing this issue for press. A memorial notice will appear in our next issue. Our first thought is one of thankfulness that this faithful servant of God has been released after his distressing illness, and of prayerful sympathy with Mrs Crisp and the family.

Arthur George CRISP Nov 1971
George Crisp, a modest, courteous and unassuming man, was a much loved member of our community. He was born in Badsey, son of the village postmaster, and descended from a long line of village stonemasons. He rendered gallant service to his country in the Great War, and was awarded the Military Medal. He served very faithfully the British Legion, being a founder member of our Branch. From boyhood till the breakdown in his health a few years ago, he sang in Badsey Church choir, and was for many years its secretary. He arranged many enjoyable choir outings. He also served on Badsey PCC and was a most reliable, efficient and conscientious servant of the Church and of many social and sporting organisations in the village. We all miss him very much, though we could not have wished him to linger any further in the physical and mental stress he underwent at the end.

Albert Wilson STEWART Nov 1971
Mr Bert Stewart was another Badsey man who had lived in the village from birth. He had been in failing health for some time, but his last illness was sudden and brief. Our prayerful sympathy with Mrs Stewart and the family. He was one of the well known family of market gardeners, and a grower himself. A good man and devout Christian, he also was much loved

Emily May HAWKINS Dec 1971
Our prayerful condolences with Mr Hawkins, with her father Mr Batchelor and other members of the family. Mrs Hawkins had been a brave invalid for many years.

Arthur Orson KNIGHT Dec 1971
Arthur Knight left Badsey to serve his country in the First World War, and at the age of 19 was severely wounded in the head. He never recovered, but spent the rest of his life in mental hospitals. Now the long agony for his family and friends is at an end. May God grant him light and peace. Though none of the family now live in Badsey, their records here go back 300 years.

Charles Edwin STEWART Jan 1972
“Chas” is mourned by a host of friends and associates, as was shown by the large gathering at the funeral. His activities were wide, and although not a great talker or prominent leader, he was an active worker with a quiet and steady influence for good in the village life. The mainspring was his strong Christian faith and sense of duty, nourished by sacramental worship. His counsel and friendship will be greatly missed as sidesman and former Parochial Church Councillor, as Parish Councillor, president of the Cricket Club, vice=president of the Darts League, member of the Flower Show Committee. He was not just a committee man but a hard worker who gave practical service. It is not easy, for example, to imagine a church fete without Charlie Stewart helping. A warm-hearted man whom it was good to know.

Louisa Jane TOMKINS Jan 1972
Mrs Tomkins was another faithful communicant, a hard-working wife and mother, who suffered much pain and ill-health with uncomplaining cheerfulness and Christian fortitude. Her death was sudden and unexpected, but she had for some time been housebound and her infirmities were increasing. She set a fine example of loving care.

Maisie Jean REED Jan 1972
Mrs Reed had been a sick woman for some time, but her death at so comparatively young an age is a sad loss. She was beloved by her family, and much liked by those who came to know her well.

Harry FLOYD Feb 1972
Harry Floyd, a regular communicant, was a man much beloved, who in his quiet way had many friends in both Badsey and Bengeworth. Since retirement from his business in town through uncertain health, he had been of great service to many men in Badsey in doing private hairdressing. His visits were enjoyed, not only for his skill, but for the man himself. His death came as a great shock, and has caused much sorrow. Our profound and prayerful sympathy with Mrs Floyd and her family.

Elsie May MERRIMAN Feb 1972
Mrs Elsie Merriman, with her husband, had not long left Bowers Hill to live in Manor Close. For years she had been in poor health, and for the last few months had been in and out of hospital several times. We offer our sincere condolences to Mr A G Merriman.

Mary Elizabeth HALL Mar 1972
Mrs Hall, a communicant at Wickhamford, was bed-ridden, and had been an invalid for many years. The family came from Bretforton a few years ago, Mrs Hall was of the family of Parker, who at one time lived at Badsey Manor. She was wonderfully patient, even gay, in her adversity, thankful for simple pleasures.

Sarah Ann MERRIMAN Mar 1972
Mrs Merriman, who might have seemed socially isolated by her acute deafness, was really a warm-hearted friendly person with a great love for her family.

Frederick Gordon KING Mar 1972
Gordon King had been ill for many months. Whether in hospital or at home, he showed exemplary patience and Christian fortitude. He was strengthened by his faith and regular partaking of the Sacrament (service followed by cremation).

Ada May PORTER Mar 1972
Mrs Porter, who had been a widow for 34 years, was a quiet, serene old lady, who accepted with patience and gratitude whatever she had to face. She had returned to hospital after a few months at home. She was buried with her husband at Bengeworth.

Edward Arthur WATSON Apr 1972
Mr Watson, of Aldington, had already a weak heart before he underwent the strain of many months’ nursing his wife during her fatal illness last year. He was a fine example of marital devotion. Mr Watson’s body was cremated.

David LATHAM Apr 1972
The death of David Latham at the age of 35 from a rare blood disease is a sad loss. Our prayerful sympathy with Mrs Latham and her family. David, who was Christadelphian, was buried at his old home near Cinderford, on February 25th.

Elizabeth SLADDEN Apr 1972
Another death at an early age was that of Mrs Sladden’s daughter, Elizabeth. The funeral was at Durham, where she had lived and worked for 25 years. A memorial service was held here on the same day, March 7th.

Ida Lucy HARTWELL Apr 1972
Our loving sympathy with Mr Dick Hartwell and all the family. Mrs Hartwell had been afflicted with Parkinson’s disease for some time but had not let it get the better of her. Her death was due to a rapidly developing cancer and finally pneumonia. She was very much loved and will be greatly missed. A faithful Christian communicant and devoted wife, mother and friend, she had been in earlier days a very active worker for the Church and village. She was a keen member of the Mothers’ Union and of the Women’s Institute.

William George MOISEY May 1972
A very hard-working man of independent character, son of the former sexton and parish clerk. He had lived and worked for some years in Canada. An interesting and agreeable man to know. Our sincere sympathy with the family.

Ellen Louisa WALTERS May 1972
The ashes of Ellen Louisa Walters, who died at Barton-on-Sea on 1st April, aged 72, and was cremated at Bournemouth, were deposited in the Garden of Rest, Badsey. Mrs Walters was a member of the Badsey family of Roberts.

Elsie BEDENHAM Jul 1972
Mrs Bedenham, who had a sweet and gentle disposition, was a strong Christian believer and a devout member of Aldington Chapel.

Kate TAYLOR Jul 1972
Mrs Kate Taylor died in hospital on 11th June, aged 74, after a long illness which had affected the brain. This was sad for all who knew her, yet she was always bright and cheerful with visitors. The funeral was at Cheltenham Crematorium. Mrs Taylor had been very active in the social life of the village, and for many years was secretary and treasurer of the Women’s Institute.

Martha Ellen WHITFORD Aug 1972
The death of Mrs Whitford from a coronary thrombosis came as a shock to us all. She had suffered injuries from a fall a little while before, but this had not seemed very serious. We extend our sincere condolences to Mr Whhitford and the other members of the family. The large congregation at the funeral was evidence of the affection in which Mrs Whitford was held in Badsey, where she had lived for most of her life.

Arthur James HARWOOD Aug 1972
Jim Harwood had been suffering for months from a tumour on the brain. An active, hard-working man, his illness must have been a sore trial to him, but he always remained cheerful and uncomplaining. He had one of the most delightful smiles of anyone I have ever know. The devoted nursing care by his wife Nell has been an inspiration to us all. She and the other members of the family may be assured of our prayerful sympathy.

William Arthur CAPENER Sep 1972
Bill Capener had been in poor health for some time, with heart trouble. He was born and brought up in Badsey, the son of the late Mrs C Haines by her first marriage, and was living in Badsey at the time of his death. His father was killed in France before Bill was born, but he was devoted to his step-father, the late Mr Charlie Haines, as well as to his mother. He was buried besides his parents’ grave.

Emma COLE Oct 1972
A hard-working woman, Mrs Cole had been in her time a regular communicant and faithful member of the Mothers’ Union. A widow for many years, she had been for a considerable time a patient in Avonside Hospital. Though her physical and mental powers gradually failed, she kept a hold on the spiritual realities. She used to welcome visitors with warm affection. She loved God, and we can be happy for the release that death has brought her.

George Edward BEARCROFT Nov 1972
Our sincere condolences with Mrs Bearcroft, herself unwell at this time, and the members of the family. George Bearcroft had been a hard-working market gardener, of recent years incapacitated by infirmity of the legs resulting from injuries suffered in his country’s service in the Great War. He was suddenly laid low by a stroke, and spent his last few weeks in hospital, very weak in body but strong in faith. He died, aged 73, cremation at Worcester, committal of ashes at Badsey, 27th September.

Thomas John WILSON Nov 1972
Another Great War veteran whose sufferings continued for the rest of his life. Taken prisoner by the Germans, he never recovered from the privations of working in the salt mines. For years he was a patient invalid, with a wasting bone disease, devotedly cared for by his wife, for whom and the family we express our prayerful sympathy. He was gentle by nature, loathing war and cruelty, but showed great fortitude, sustained by reception of the Sacrament. Tom was the last surviving male descendant of the Wilsons of Badsey, our oldest family, and at one time the village squire. They came to Badsey Manor in the middle of the 17th century. Cremation at Cheltenham, after service in Badsey Church. Committal of ashes at Badsey, 5th October.

David Clarkson IDIENS Nov 1972
David Idiens’ sudden death at such an early age was a great shock, and our hearts go out in prayerful sympathy to his widow and four young sons, to his mother who suffered the loss of another son earlier this year, and to the rest of the family. The very large attendance at the funeral was evidence of the great esteem and affection with which he was held in the whole neighbourhood.

Stephen James BREWER Nov 1972
Yet another Great War veteran. Steve Brewer was a much loved personality, kind, generous, and with a quiet, unmalicious humour. He had lived all his life in Badsey, a member of the baking family which has contributed much to the life of the village. Our sincere condolences with his sisters, and other members of the family.

Lilian Florence ANNE BEARCROFT Dec 1972
Mrs Bearcroft did not long survive her husband, but died on 1st November. The funeral was at Worcester Crematorium, but the ashes have been laid in our Badsey Garden of Rest. Our deep sympathy with her daughter and son-in-law and other members of the family.

Ivy Clara TURNER Dec 1972
Mrs Turner and her husband, the parents of Mr Fred Turner, of The Sands, Willersey Road, lived in Badsey until a few years ago. Our warm sympathy with Mr Turner and the other members of the family.

Albert Jesse BRAZIER Feb 1973
The large attendance at the funeral testified to the loss the community has suffered by Bert Brazier’s death. An Evesham man, he came to Badsey in 1935 and set up his family building business. He had a reverence for traditional standards of good workmanship, in which he was able to train others. His retirement hobby, which gave such delight to himself and others, was his wonderful collection of old rural implements. He had a great feeling for comradeship, and his wholehearted work for the British Legion and War Veterans’ Association is well known. He was awarded the British Legion Gold Badge in 1969. He was a devoted family man and, above all, a believing and practising Christian.

Percy Jack POWIS Feb 1973
Mrs Powis is Bert Brazier’s sister, and our warmest sympathy goes to her and the other members of the family in this double loss. Mr & Mrs Powis came to Badsey a few years ago, and have made a number of friends here. Mr Powis had suffered bad health for some time with cheerful patience.

Gwendoline PRICE Feb 1973
We sadly record the death of Miss Gwendoline Price, who died at Oxford, aged 72. She was the daughter of a former Vicar of this parish.

Harold ALLSEBROOK Feb 1973
Lt Col Harold Allsebrook, who died at Cobham, Surrey, aged 83, was the brother of a former Vicar.

John Frederick FORD Mar 1973
Jack Ford had suffered from bad health for some time, and in these last few months was confined to home, almost helpless, so we can be thankful for his release. He was a companionable man, with a wide range of interests, and a simple Christian faith. Our very sincere sympathy and prayers for Mrs Ford, who nursed him so carefully in spite of her own poor health, and the members of the family.

Evelyn STEWART Mar 1973
Evelyn Stewart’ death will be lamented by many people. She was at one time a very active worker for the Church and the community. She had a deep concern for people and sympathetic understanding of them. Among other things, she gave her services freely to drive people to and from Powick Hospital. She fought a heroic battle against incapacitating illness. When her speech was affected by her first stroke, she humbly and gallantly took a course of speech therapy, though it meant starting again like a little child. “Of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Our profound and prayerful sympathy with Mr Harry Stewart, himself in bad health and having suffered so many other bereavements, and the members of the family.

George Edward GROVE Mar 1973
George Grove was a much loved personality in our village, a countryman of the very best, and a good Christian man. In recent years he had been crippled by Parkinson’s disease, and bravely accepted the limitations, though it was frustrating for such an outdoor man. We offer our warm and prayerful sympathy to Mrs Grove and the family.

John Thomas BATCHELOR Oct 1973
Tom Batchelor, though not a Badsey man, had spent many years living with his daughter, Mrs Wheatley, in their home on the High Street, and was therefore a well-known figure in the village. In his address at the funeral, Mr Braby referred to Mr Batchelor’s cheerfulness, kindness and his faith. I know that when I used to take the Sacrament to him each month, these qualities were very clear, even though he was suffering during the last months discomfort and frustration at being housebound. We send our sympathy in their loss to his family, we salute the memory of one of Badsey’s oldest inhabitants, and we commend the soul of a faithful Christian into the hands of Almightly God.

Lilian Maud GLOVER Apr 1974
Mrs Glover was involved in a road accident early in January and died as a result of her injuries. For over sixty years a resident of this village, and for forty years a teacher at Badsey School, she will be remembered with gratitude by several generations of Badsey people. A service was held in Badsey Church on 1st March 1974, followed by burial at Pershore.

Lottie DAVIES Apr 1974
Miss Davies will be remembered affectionately by her many friends in the village, where she and her friend, Miss Curtis, came to live in their long and active retirement in one of the cottages on the corner of High Street and Silk Mill Lane. A funeral service was held in Badsey Church on 12th March 1974, followed by cremation at Worcester.

Alfred EYRE Nov 1974
When I first met Alfred Eyre last year at a meeting of the Parochial Church Council, I was at once struck by his friendliness, humour and warmth. He had to give at that meeting a report of the recent Diocesan Synod, and it was typical of him that he did this efficiently and at the same time with modesty. These were the valuable qualities which he brought to his work on the PCC, on the Church finance committee and as a sidesman on duty at the back of the church, and although he had recently felt unable to continue as a member of the PCC, his offer to remain as a co-opted member of the finance committee was thoroughly in character. As a sidesman, he must have made any newcomer to church feel warmly welcome; he was in himself a convincing proof that the Church of England is not the cold and remote institution which people sometimes think. However, miss him as we shall in his role as an officer of our church, we shall of course miss him most as a friend and neighbour, and the large number of us in Badsey and Evesham who will miss his friendship is in itself a tribute to his unselfish personality. We send Mrs Eyre our deepest sympathy in her bereavement. ASL

Emily Sylvia BIRD Dec 1974
Because illness had kept Mrs Bird confined to the house for very many years, she was probably known to only a small circle of friends. However, those of us who knew her can all testify to her great courage and endurance which she showed in the face of such a long illness. She became the victim of Multiple Sclerosis when she was a young woman, and had to learn to live under the shadow of this disease, knowing that the future could only bring a gradual loss of her physical powers. As is often the case with people in her position, she lost nothing of her determination to cope as best she could, and to do so without becoming down-hearted. In this, she was greatly helped by her husband, and to him in his bereavement, we send out deepest sympathy.

Cicely Helen Sarah JONES Dec 1974
In his address at the funeral, Mr Braby described Mrs Jones as one who never sought the limelight, but whose quiet influence upon her family and upon a wide circle of friends was certainly a power for good. During these last months of illness, she managed to keep remarkably cheerful, and if she ever guessed how ill she e really was, she never “let on” to her visitors. There can be no doubt that her strong (and undemonstrative) faith in God helped her, as it did those close to her. A large number of people will miss her, though their sorrow will be lightened by gratitude for what Cicely Jones gave to her family and her friends during her lifetime. To Austen and to other members of the family we send our deepest sympathy in their loss.

William BENNETT Jan 1975
Mr Bennett, the oldest man in the village, died in hospital on Sunday, November 25th. Many people in the village will have a host of memories of Mr Bennett, and the oldest among us will recall memories of him stretching back to the beginning of this century. Though none of us, I dare say, will be able to recall so clearly, as he did, the events and personalities of Badsey in the latter days of Queen Victoria. It was always a delight to get him on to the subject of the old days, and to hear him reminisce about times so very different form our own. Te early days of the “Rangers” and the changing pattern of Market Gardening from the days of his father, “Squire” Bennett, up to the present decade were favourite topics. His record of support for the local football team, the time he first played for the Rangers in the last century up to only a few years ago when he was to be seen on the touchline keenly appraising the modern generation of sportsmen, must surely be unrivalled. Mr Bennett was baptised by the Revered Thomas Hunt, and during the years that lay ahead of him he came to know seven other Vicars of Badsey. To take him the Sacrament in his home as I did each month was to experience his faith in Christ in whose name he had been baptised so many years earlier. We extend our deepest sympathy to his widow and children in their loss. May he rest in peace.

Cyril Edgar SLADDEN Jan 1975
Three episodes which occurred recently seemed to be typical of Mr Sladden, and I tell them here by way of tribute to him. The first occurred some months ago when were discussing at Seward House the comparative merits of the various English translations of the Bible. I asked him what he thought of the new English Version. He told me that he had not read it all, and then, prompted by his sister, he admitted that he had got a fair way through it … nearly to the end of the Old Testament. It was not until some time later that I realised the full significance of his words. At the time I had forgotten that they were spoken by a man who was almost blind. It was easy in his presence to forget such a thing, so uncomplaining was he about the disability of age. The second episode happened a fortnight before his death. It was a Wednesday morning and he had decided to come to Holy Communion. The rain was driving down, hard enough to deter a man half his age. I sent a message that I would bring him the Sacrament in his home after the Service should he consider the weather too risky. Five minutes before the Service began, Mr Sladden was in his customary place at Church. The third episode occurred on the day before he died. I had gone to tell him about the PCC’s plans to renew the steps at the entrance to the Churchyard. For some time he had wanted to see this done and to contribute to the cost. After I had mentioned the estimated figure, Mr Sladden took out his cheque book and wrote a cheque for £250 saying, “Good. I’m glad that’s done before it’s too late. Much easier than changing one’s will.” Born in the village and brought up here, Mr Sladden spent most of his life away from Badsey, returning to live in the family home about twelve years ago. But despite so many years away from the place, he had a very deep affection for Badsey, for its people and its Church. All of us who knew him will wish to salute his memory, and to extend our deepest sympathy to the Sladden family. May he rest in peace.

Eric James DALE Feb 1975
The death on January 16th at Evesham hospital of Jim Dale has deprived a large number of people of a loyal and cheerful friend. Most of us had not realised until the last fortnight how seriously ill he was, so cheerfully did he carry on his battle. It was typical of his nature that he stressed the lighter side (his successful efforts to thread a needle single-handed), and concealed from us the darker aspects of those last few months. He was born in Essex, and spent most of his working life in the London Fire Brigade. His 25 years’ service included the last War, when he was based at Bethnal Green during the Blitz. It was in London that he met and married his wife, Beatrice, and was through her connection with Badsey (she had been born and brought up here) that they came to live her 12 years ago. During these last 12 years Jim had made a large number of friends through his connections with the Legion, and the Cricket Club, and a number of people can testify not only to the warmth of his friendship but to its steadfastness in times of trouble. As has been said of him, if you were trapped in a burning house, you could have none better to rescue you than Jim Dale. We send Mrs Dale our deepest sympathy in her loss. May he rest in peace.

Edith Helen SMITH Mar 1975
Mrs Smith of Pool House had been confined to the house for some years, but this loss of liberty and the gradual loss of her sight did not quench her cheerful optimism and Christian hope. Nor did it diminish her prodigious output of crochet work, the sale of which raised many pounds for the Saria Joel project.

Florence Margaret MARCH Mar 1975
Mrs March, Badsey’s oldest member, died at the great age of 98. In her younger days (and those were in the first years of this century) she was a Sunday School teacher under the Reverend W H Price. Widowed at a very early age, she lived first in Badsey, where she, like many other Badsey women in those days, worked at home in the glove trade, and then for many years she lived in the USA where she kept house for her brother. Returning to Badsey just before the last war, she lived here in her home in School Lane until an accident a few years ago, when she moved into Durcott Lodge.

Charles SEABRIGHT Mar 1975
Charles Seabright, who for many years had lived in a bungalow on the road to Bowers Hill where he worked his land, entered hospital about ten days before his death. Although he has now no family living in the parish, he was known to many of the village.

Mary (Polly) ADDIS Mar 1975
Polly Addis was well known and active until her recent fall; she fell and hurt herself about a year ago, but made a good recovery. Her fall at the beginning of February was, alas, more serious in its consequences. Even so, she was sitting up in hospital quite cheerful only two days before her death.

Elaine Edith SADDLER Mar 1975
Mrs Saddler was still comparatively young and well when she suffered a fatal stroke, and the large number of people in this region who knew her and her family were shocked to hear of her sudden death. To Mr Saddler goes our deepest sympathy in his bereavement.

Francis HAINES Mar 1975
Frank Haines was comparatively young and, although he had not enjoyed good health for many years, his last illness and his death came swiftly and unexpectedly. To Mrs Haines goes our deepest sympathy in her bereavement.

Kate Elizabeth MAJOR Apr 1975
Mrs Major, who died recently in hospital, spent her childhood in Sands Lane, where her brother still lives in their parents’ old house. After her marriage she and her husband lived in Old Post Office Lane, where they brought up a family of nine children. Mrs Major belonged to that generation of mothers who succeeded in managing a large household while at the same time working hard on the land. Indeed, a lifetime shared with her husband both in the home and alongside him in the fields must have made her widowhood a heavy burden to bear. She was fortunate in having many of her family living close by, and during the last weeks of her life she went to live with her daughter in Green Leys. We send our condolences to her family.

Elsie May BENNETT Apr 1975
Mrs Bennett, who died recently in hospital at the age of 89, was the widow of Bill Bennett, who died last year. The daughter of Mr & Mrs Agg of Childswickhm, she moved to Badsey after her marriage, where she and her husband lived until they moved to Durcott Lodge last year. For many years Mrs Bennett had been in poor health, and in recent months she never really got over the loss of her husband. She represented a much earlier generation, and with her death Badsey has lost one more link with the past. We send our sympathy to the bereaved family.

Hannah Phyllis ADDIS May 1975
Miss Addis was born in Badsey and spent all her life in the village, most of those years being spent in the cottage where her parents had lived, next to the Poplars Garage. Losing her mother in early years, she had to take over the role of mother to her younger brothers and sisters. She had been a member of the British Legion (Women’s Section), but during the latter years of her life, increasing blindness compelled her to give up her activities in that connection and her church-going. She spent her last years in one of the bungalows on the corner of High Street and Brewers Lane, where she lived with her sister Daisy. Our deep sympathy goes to Miss Daisy Addis and to the rest of the Addis family.

Eric John JELFS May 1975
Mr Jelfs had been a market gardener all his life, and for many years had lived with his wife and family in their house in Chapel Street opposite the Police Station. A stranger to ill health all his life, his illness 18 months ago came as a bitter blow, forcing him to cut down on his outdoor work. Like most gardeners of his generation, he found compulsory retirement a severe restriction. We send our deepest condolences to Mrs Jelfs and the family in their bereavement.

Winnefred BANNER May 1975
Miss Banner had lived for some time at 13 Bretforton Road with her niece Mrs Franklin. Born in Worcestershire, she lived for some years in Broadway, before coming to live in Badsey. During recent years, infirmity brought on by age (she was in her nineties) confined her to the house. In their loss we send our condolences to the family.

Edith OVARD May 1975
Mrs Ovard was the daughter of the late Mr & Mrs Bert Evans of the Laurels, High Street. For some years she and her husband, Frank, kept the Green Dragon in Oat Street, Evesham. Mrs Ovard returned to Badsey and lived in St James Close until she moved to Kent where she spent the last years of her life with her daughter in Orpington. Cremation took place at Beckenham, and a memorial service was held in Badsey Church. Our condolences to Mrs Ovard’s son and daughter in their bereavement, and to the other members of the Evans family.

Kenneth CULL May 1975
Mr Cull, born and bred in Badsey, had for many years lived with his brother Jack at Bowers Hill. All his working life he had been associated with Market Gardening, and some parishioners will remember when he and his mother, before the war, carried produce from the growers in Badsey to the market in their horse-drawn dray. During recent years he had been in poor health, but he did not allow this to stop him from working on the land. We send our deep sympathy to the family in their loss.

Herbert SPENCER Jun 1975
Mr Spencer had been, until the last year of his life, a keen bell-ringer, and a loyal member of the Badsey team of ringers. His experience as a bell-ringer went back over many years, and during that time he must have visited and rung in countless numbers of towers throughout the length and breadth of the country. For some times in his younger years he was a bell-ringer at St Martin’s in the Bullring, Birmingham. His experience and keenness will be much missed by his friends and fellow ringers at St James. We send our deepest sympathy to his widow and family.

Charlotte Matilda CASWELL Jun 1975
Mrs Caswell, Senior, widow of Frank Caswell of the Forge, Chapel Street, died in hospital on April 22nd. Born Charlotte Robbins, she spent some of her childhoods at Old Post Office Lane, and was one of that now diminishing band of pupils who attended the “Old” school (now the Legion Club). From her years spent at the Forge Cottage she was known to a large number of people in the village, though she outlived most of her contemporaries and friends of those days. In recent times she lived with her daughter, Mrs Barnett, in Bengeworth, and the last two years she spent in Avonside hospital and Durcott House. We send our condolences to the family in their loss.

Evelyn SILVESTER Jun 1975
Born Evelyn Keen 52 years ago, Mrs Silvester died in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on May 7th. For many years she had been the victim of ill-health; indeed, for practically her entire adult life. This she had learned to endure with patience. In 1941 she married Horace Henry Silvester from Honeybourne, and they made their home in Badsey. We send our deepest sympathy in their bereavement to the family.

Albert WEBB Jun 1975
Mr Webb had spent many years at Whitfurrows in Wickhamford, before coming to Badsey in his retirement a few years ago. Born and bred in Worcestershire, he met his wife during the First World War when he was serving in the forces and she was working at Evesham hospital. In peacetime he took up Market Gardening and settled in Wickhamford. The last two years of his life were overshadowed by the loss of his wife and daughter. We send our condolences to his family in their bereavement.

Alfred Cecil COLLETT Jul 1975
Mr Collett was a native of these parts, and for this reason and because of his long association with the Bell and later the Recreation Club, he had a large circle of friends and acquaintances. He had been ill for the last two years, and endured his illness and the increasing weakness which it brought with it with great patience. We send his widow our deepest sympathy in her loss.

Florence EDWARDS Jul 1975
Mrs Edwards had lived in Badsey for about 30 years, most of that time in the Willersey Road and latterly in St James’ Close. Many of us will miss her cheerfulness and good humour, especially at the Sixty Plus Club. One thing she dreaded was the loss of her independence through old age, but she was fortunate in being able to “do for herself” up to the last week of her life.

Harry Bernard (Bunny) STANTON Aug 1975
Mr Stanton was from an Evesham family and had lived for many years in one of the cottages behind Brewers Lane. He had suffered for some years from bronchial trouble, but his death on July 12th was quite unexpected. We send our deepest sympathy to his widow and family.

Catherine MARSHALL Aug 1975
Originally from Aldington and a member of this parish for all her life, Mrs Marshall was known to a very wide circle of people in this area, and will be missed by many friends. Up until a few months ago, when she went to live with her daughter in Staffordshire, she was a loyal member of the Mothers’ Union (hardly missing a meeting since the branch was started earlier this century) and a regular churchgoer. She was the organist at the Parish Church for nearly 30 years, and continued to play for occasional services until quite recently.

Annie SADLER Sep 1975
Mrs Sadler had lived for more than 60 years in the same house in Belmont Terrace. She came to Badsey on her marriage into the well-established Badsey family of Sadler; her late husband had been born and brought up in the Stone House. With her passing, as with that of her lifelong neighbours, the Bennetts, there has been removed from the village another survivor of a past generation. We send our condolences to the family. May she rest in peace.

Emma Maud BYRD Nov 1975
Mrs Byrd was taken ill a few weeks before her death in Avonside Hospital. Until her last illness she had lived with one of her sons in Sidings Cottage, Aldington, from where she would walk into Evesham to do her shopping. Born into the Morris family of Evesham, she married the late Sam Byrd, market gardener of Aldington, where they lived for many years, first in the village and later in the cottage near the railway bridge.

Norman Wilson WHITE Nov 1975
Mr White, who lived at 57 Horsebridge Avenue, died in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on October 1st, aged 63 years. Born in Evesham, he lived for many years in this parish, and for some time he was a neighbour of the late Emma Byrd in Aldington. His last illness was as swift as it was unexpected; and we send our deepest sympathy to his widow.

Mary WARD Nov 1975
Mrs Ward, who died at her home in Aldington on September 22nd, had moved here from Leicester after the death of her late husband four years ago. A member of the congregation at the Parish Church, and a member of the Women’s Institute and of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section (Badsey Branch), she made during these few years many friends who will miss her. The funeral and burial took place at Blaby Parish Church (Leicester) where she had been a worshipper for many years. We send our condolences to the bereaved family.

Maurice BRADY Feb 1976
A Yorkshireman by birth and upbringing, Maurice Brady spent most of his life in Badsey, having come here to live and work in this village in the 1920s. For nearly 50 years he and his wife, Irene, lived in their house in the Bretforton Road. He was much in demand during his younger days as a singer and entertainer at social events. Throughout his life he was a keen painter in water colours, inheriting from his mother his artistic talent. A loyal Churchman, he had been for some years a member of the Church Council and a sidesman, and he did not let age stop him from walking to church form his home at the eastern end of the Bretforton Road, a distance which would inhibit many younger but less persevering Christians. His many friends will miss his presence. His widow is assured of our loving prayers in her sudden bereavement.

George Henry STEWART Feb 1976
Harry Stewart was so much part of Badsey, so well known as a Vale Grower and Farmer and connected with so wide a range of local activities that anything written in this brief tribute will seem inadequate for the occasion, especially in the eyes of those who knew him. However, there are some who having moved into this village during the last few years will not have known him before his illness. He had been born and bred in Badsey, and together with his brothers he built up one of the largest firms of Growers in the district. At one time the firm had 40 men working for it, farmed (apart from other land) 400 acres of Brussels sprouts and ran its own bus to take the men up to the fields on the hills, in some cases as far as Guiting. Harry Stewart was much involved in local government, being a County Councillor, a member of the Evesham Rural District council and Chairman of the Parish Council. He was a keen member of the Church and was for many years a member of the Parochial Church Council and a Churchwarden. There are many organisations in the village which at one time or another have been helped by his generosity, and certainly many individuals who have cause for gratitude. To take just one example, it was he who saw to the clearing of the site for the new Churchyard extension and who had the stone wall built along the eastern boundary after the demolition of the old cottages (Sharps Row). Harry Stewart was the last of seven brothers to die, and with his death another chapter of Badsey history is concluded. May he rest in peace.

Albert George ROBERTS Feb 1976
George Roberts was born in Badsey, in one of the cottages that used stand where the Churchyard has been extended, but for most of his adult life he lived in Wickhamford, where he moved after living for some years in one of the cottages on the way to Bowers Hill. He was one of the old school of growers, having worked the same piece of land for 50 years and remaining active until his illness a few weeks ago. For many years he was much in demand as a licensed pig killer and his work took him round a wide district. He will be much missed by his many friends in these parts, and we send his widow and family our deepest sympathy in their loss (funeral at Cheltenham on 5th January 1976).

Gwendoline Emma HANCOCK Feb 1976
Gwen Hancock (née Willis) was born in Badsey and lived for some time in one of the cottages at Pear Tree Corner. Later, she moved to No 35 Pitchers Hill, where she lived for many years. An active member of the village, she was a member of the MU, the WI and the Church Choir, first here in Wickhamford, and later in Chipping Campden after she moved there 15 years ago (funeral at Wickhamford on 10th January 1976).

Ivy GODWIN Apr 1976
Mrs Godwin, of Old Post Office Lane, originally of London, came to Worcestershire with her husband and three daughters during the war, and settled in Badsey about ten years ago. She had been seriously ill before coming to Badsey, and during recent years had not enjoyed good health, but this did not prevent her attending Church. During the last six months when she had become too weak to leave the house she received the Sacrament regularly at home. We send our deepest sympathy to Mrs Godwin and his family in their loss.

Richard HARTWELL Apr 1976
Dick was born nearly 81 years ago at the Stone House, where his parents were then living, and after serving in the First World War he took up his lifelong work in Market Gardening. In the last few years, illness compelled him to give up his land except for one small piece, and until only a few months ago, he would cycle daily up to the ground. His wife, Ida, died three years ago, and the bereavement was keenly felt. However, he derived much comfort form the nearness of his three children and his grandchildren. A past member of the Church Council, a sidesman, and a member of the Sixty Plus Club, Dick Hartwell will be missed by a large number of friends in the village where he spent all his life. We send our deep condolences to his family in their loss.

Samuel John COLLETT May 1976
Jack Collett was born in Badsey and spent his childhood and youth in the parish. After passing some years in Wales, he returned to his native village, where he worked as a Market Gardener. He and his wife brought up a large family in their home in Belmont Terrace, and it was there that he lived until the end of his days. We send our condolences to his family.

Philip Henry SPARROW May 1976
Most of us knew that his illness two years ago was very serious, but that knowledge did not soften the shock of Phil’s sudden death a few weeks ago. So punctilious was he in his visits to the sick and so cheerful was he in coping with his increasing blindness, that we were beguiled into believing that he would be with us for many more years. But it was not to be. And when all of us who knew him began to reckon up what we and the village owed him in so many ways, we soon realised how much we had to be thankful for in Phil Sparrow. The catalogue of his activities has already been set out in the Obituary notice in the Evesham Journal. His work on the Flower Show Committee, for the British Legion, for the Church, and for a number of other organisations is well known. But valuable as all this certainly was, it was the man himself we valued most. We send our deepest sympathy to his widow in her bereavement.

Lilian Mary HATCHER May 1976
Lilian Hatcher (née Careless) had lived in Badsey most of her life, having moved here with her parents from South Littleton. In 1926 she married Alec Hatcher and for many years she helped him on his market garden land. During recent years, she had been in poor health, and was admitted to hospital a few weeks before her death. Over the years her family have been connected with the church; her mother, Mrs Careless, at one time played the church organ, her husband in his youth was a chorister, and her son, Maurice, was a chorister in the time of Canon Allsebrook. We send our deepest sympathy in their loss to the family, especially to Mr Hatcher.

Gordon James TAYLOR May 1976
Jim Taylor has died at the comparatively young age of 55 years. He became ill last Christmas, and it soon became evident that his condition was inoperable. He was an Aldington man all his life, having spent some of his years in one of the little cottages what used to be the garden of the Manor. And it was in Aldington that he ran his business of Coach Body Building. We send his wife and family our deepest condolences in their bereavement.

Emily Ada BALLARD Jun 1976
Emily Ballard was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Hardiman, and was born in Badsey in 1894. Her father had come originally from Winchcombe and had settled in Badsey to become a Market Gardener. Her uncle John Hardiman was the village blacksmith and lived in “Hollywood Villa” (the remains of the old forge are still visible), and her other uncle, William Hardiman, was a baker and worked with Mr Cull. Emily Hardiman spent some of her early years in the centre cottage of the group of three which face up the High Street from Mill Lane. In 1916 she married William Ballard, himself a market gardener and the son of a Badsey grower. These facts indicate how closely she was involved in the traditional Badsey life. She remained through her life a steadfast member of her church, being a founder member of the local branch of the Mothers’ Union and a regular communicant. In later years she was confined by infirmity to her home in Badsey Fields Lane, and it distressed her to feel that she was losing touch with the village she had known so well. We remember her with gratitude and commend her soul into the hands of God. May she rest in peace.

Samuel Frank REEVES Aug 1976
Although in poor health for some years now, Mr Frank Reeves of Bretforton Road, seemed in recent weeks to be getting on well. During the past three years, he had to undergo a number of serious operations, all of which would have tested the endurance of a much younger man. He was his eighties and for some years past he was dependant upon a heart pacemaker device. He coped with this and with his failing eyesight with great patience both at home and in hospital. During his earlier years, he was a founder member of the local branch of the Royal British Legion, and always retained his interest in the branch and club. For many years he carried on his business as a fruit and vegetable merchant both her an in Wolverhampton, a job which meant setting out most mornings for the Wolverhampton market at four o’clock. Born in Hampton, he spent most of his life in this parish, and will be missed by a wide circle of friends. May he rest in peace.

William BENNETT Sep 1976
The funeral of Bill Bennett took place in Badsey Church on July 26th. He had died the previous week, after some months of illness. Born in Badsey 68 years ago, he spent all his life in the village, and so he was known by all his generation of Badsey Growers. Until the end he retained a piece of land by the brook behind Seward Road, and in his last illness he would ask that his chair be placed by his bedroom window so that he could look at the land he had worked for so many years. She was the son of a Grower (another Bill) and the grandson of a Grower (known to his generation as “Squire” Bennett). We send our deepest sympathy to Mrs Bennett and the family.

Norma GREGORY Nov 1976
Mrs Gregory came to live in Badsey with her husband and daughter about 30 years ago, and during those years she won the affection of many friends, all of whom will miss her after her untimely death. Before her marriage she worked in London in the Civil Service (where she met her future husband), and since moving to Badsey she was active in voluntary organisations, especially the Red Cross, and was a regular member of our church. We send our deepest sympathy to her husband and her daughter Maureen, and also to her mother, Mrs Webb.

Philip HALL Nov 1976
Philip Hall has been killed in a car accident on the Badsey Road. He was the son of Mr & Mrs L S Hall of Bretforton Road, and was married with a young daughter. We send our deepest condolences to his parents, and to Angela and Sarah.

Bill YEATES Nov 1976
Bill Yeates of 11 Badsey Fields Lane, died in hospital on October 20th. Very much one of the old school of Badsey Growers, he had spent most of his life in this village. During recent years he had been ill and had spent months in hospital following a serious operation two years ago. A man of great patience and quiet humour, he was seldom heard to complain of the continuous discomfort arising from his illness. We send our deepest sympathy to his sister, with whom he lived.

Lilian CALLIGAN Nov 1976
Lilian Calligan of 6 The Poplars, died on September 30th. She was 78 years old. She and her husband came to live in Badsey last year, and she soon settled into village life, making friends in the Sixty Plus Club and elsewhere. We send Mr Calligan and their son, Mr Douglas Calligan of Mill Lane, our deepest sympathy in their loss.

Francis Cecil & William George HARWOOD Jan 1977
The last of the Harwood brothers, Cecil and Bill, died within a week of each other. Although the family had come from Aldington, they were brought up in Badsey, in their parents’ home in Badsey Fields Lane. For many years they worked on their own land (it had been their father’s before them) at Aldington. Then, after giving up their land, they went to work for Mr Sears on his land. We send our deepest sympathy to both the bereaved families, and particularly to Mrs Annie Harwood and Mrs Frances Harwood.

Arthur Howard SHOOTER Jan 1977
Born and brought up in Derbyshire (Ripley), Arthur Shooter came to live in Badsey after the war. He and his wife, Evelyn, lived in the first house beyond the British Legion as one goes up the “Pike”. His death came at the end of a long illness uncomplainingly endured. We send our heartfelt condolences to his widow and the family.

Agnes May BEALE Jan 1977
We record with regret the death, early in December, of Mrs Agnes May Beale, of Vicarage Cottage. She and her husband came to Badsey about eight years ago from Birmingham to retire. The funeral took place in Birmingham. We send our deepest sympathy to Mr Beale in his sad loss.

Florence KNIGHT Feb 1977
Born and brought up in Bretforton, Florence Knight (née Perkins) married a Badsey man, George Knight and settled in this village in her home in Belmont Terrace, where she and husband brought up their family and where she remained as a widow until last year. A loyal member of the church (her father had been a bell-ringer for many years at Bretforton) she became one of the founder members of the Badsey branch of the Mothers’ Union. In recent years, infirmity compelled her to give up her church attendance, but she continued to received the Sacrament regularly at home. May she rest in peace.

Myra May HERITAGE Feb 1977
Myra Heritage was, in her day, a tireless worker both on the land and in the home. Indeed she was active until a week before her death. About two years ago she suffered the sadness of her daughter’s sudden death, and this must have taken its toll. She was a founder member of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section (Badsey).

William HATCH Mar 1977
William Hatch was born in Badsey and lived all his years in the village. He had been a keen supporter and participant in many village activities, especially the Flower Show (he was a committee member for many years) and the Badsey Rangers FC. He had also been chairman of the Remembrance Hall Committee, and on the committee of the original Badsey Boy Scouts, when they used the “Old School” as their HQ. During recent years he had been handicapped by failing eyesight, which compelled him to give up his motor bike and constricted his activities. Two years ago he suffered a disabling stroke, and he had to give up his home in Green Leys, and move into Durcott Lodge. Many will remember him with gratitude as a cheerful and active member of the parish. May he rest in peace.

Ronald Alan MURRAY Apr 1977
Like many men in this parish, Ron had worked as a market gardener for most of his life, first on his own land and then in more recent years for Peter Osborne. Since his retirement, he spent some years as the School Crossing Warden on the Bretforton Road, where he was known and liked by a large number of our children from the northern part of the village. His membership of the Recreation Club and the British Legion Club meant that he was in demand at the card table and the snooker table; he was also a member of the Airgun Team. His many friends will miss Ron, and will wish to give his wife and family their heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement.

Irene JELFS May 1977
Irene Jelfs who died in Evesham Hospital had been ill for some months and had spent many weeks in Ronkswood Hospital. Originally from the north, she had settled in Badsey after her marriage, and lived with her husband and family in Synehurst. She was an active member of the Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion, and will be missed by the local branch and by her friends in the village. We send our deep sympathy to Mr Jelfs and the family.

Gertrude SALISBURY May 1977
Gertrude Salisbury who died at her home in Binyon Close at the end of March was born in Gloucestershire, but had spent much of her married life in the south-east. A few years ago she and her husband retired to Binyon Close. We send our condolences to Mr Salisbury and to her sister Miss Gray.

Alfred Charles ANKER May 1977
Alfred Anker, who died at Upton-on-Severn on Lady Day, was the oldest member of our parish. He had left his home in Badsey a few years ago to go into an Old Peoples’ home at Upton, but members of our local branch of the British Legion used to visit him, and in this way he maintained his link with the village. A veteran of the South African War, Alfred Anker’s life spanned nearly a century of English history; as a teenager he was present at the celebration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, and he lived to see the Silver Jubilee of her great-great-granddaughter. When he came to Badsey, he worked for many years for the bakery, and at one time was a familiar sight in the countryside around driving his horse-drawn delivery van. In old age he used to walk with a pronounced stoop, and would push his bike along beside him as a walking aid. It is thus that many of the parish will remember him. May he rest in peace.

Ada PODESTA Oct 1977
Born and brought up in Offenham, Mrs Podesta moved to Coventry where she spent much of her married life. She and her husband moved to Badsey during the Second World War, and lived in one of the old cottages which used to stand where there is now the new extension of the churchyard. In recent years, Mrs Podesta had lived in Green Leys until last year, when shortly after her 90th birthday she suffered a serious stroke. May she rest in peace.

Irene SHEPHERD Oct 1977
The eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Arthur Sears of Badsey Fields Lane, Mrs Shepherd was born and brought up in Badsey Fields Lane. She trained at the Hospital for Sick Children (Great Ormond Street) and for some years worked in the States as a children’s nurse. For many years she and her late husband lived at “The Lynches” on Dover’s Hill. Mrs Shepherd spent the last years of her life in Binyon Close. Her death came swiftly after a short, unexpected illness. We send our sympathy to the members of the family. May she rest in peace.

Jeffrey Graham JEFFREYS Nov 1977
The Reverend Jeffrey Graham Jeffreys, who was Vicar of Badsey and Wickhamford, 1945-1947, has died recently, aged 84 years. Before his appointment to our parishes, Mr Jeffreys had been Vicar of St Mary’s, Tottenham. Late, he held the living of Chesterfield with Wendlebury (1953-1959).

Jeremiah SALISBURY Nov 1977
Jeremiah Salisbury, who has died at the age of 84 years, retired to Badsey some years ago, where he lived with his wife and sister-in-law in Binyon Close.

Walter BELL Nov 1977
Walter Bell came from the Bell family long associated with Aldington. His grandfather, William Bell, was Mr Savory’s bailiff at the Manor farm, and appears in the pages of Mr Savory’s book, “Grain and Chaff from an English Manor”. Mr Bell, who had been a market gardener all his life, fell ill about a year ago and died at Evesham Hospital.

Kathleen TANDY Nov 1977
Kathleen Tandy, who was born in Evesham 70 years ago, came to live in the old Silk Mills more than 40 years ago.

Susan NEWMAN Jan 1978
We regret to announce the sudden death of Susan Newman of Brewers Lane. Mrs Newman, aged 33, died in her sleep at home from a heart attack. She leaves a husband and two young sons, to whom we send our heartfelt condolences. The funeral took place at Cheltenham.

Una ROYLE Jan 1978
Una Royle who, until her stroke in 1976, used to live in “The Little Cottage”, High Street, has died in Basingstoke Hospital. After a long period in hospital at Avonside, she moved into a flat in her step-son’s home in Berkshire. It was her greatest wish to regain her independence after her illness. Sadly, she suffered a further stroke, from which she did not recover.

Hilda Julia Ann HART Jan 1978
Hilda Julia Ann Hart, who has died recently at the age of 93, used to live in Aldington Manor (her maiden name was Butler). In recent years, she had lived in Bournemouth, where her funeral took place. Her ashes have been interred in Badsey churchyard.

Samuel HOWELLS Jan 1978
Samuel Howells, who died in October, aged 84, used to live in Badsey. In recent years he had lived in Worcester, where his funeral took place. His ashes have been interred in Badsey Churchyard.

Bernard MAJOR Feb 1978
Bernard Major, born and bred in the village, had been ill for some years. The son of a Badsey grower, he did not follow his father’s footsteps, but for many years worked for Marshall’s as a driver, and lately for LBG as a representative. In his childhood he had been a member of the choir and during his youth he was a bell-ringer. He sr4ved in the army, and was a keen member of the British Legion. His family and large circle of friends in this parish will miss his cheerful companionship, and will remember with affectionate admiration how he learnt to accept his final illness. We send his family our condolences.

Elizabeth Harriet FREETH Feb 1978
Elizabeth Freeth came to live in Banks Road a few years ago when she and her husband retired. We would like to send Mr Freeth our deepest sympathy in his sad bereavement.

May KEYTE Feb 1978
May Keyte had long associations with this parish through her husband’s family, and through having lived here for so many years. Recently she had lived in one of the bungalows in Manor Close, her husband died in 1963.

John HOLDING Feb 1978
John Holding, whose house, Briar Lea on the Badsey Road, is just within the parish boundary of Aldington, and whose orchards stretched across to Knowle Hill in Bengeworth parish, was a well known figure in the Evesham district and further afield. Hi strenuous effotrs in organising the local Poppy Day Appeal over a period of more than 30 years brought him high esteem in the Royal British Legion, and his unflagging services to the sport of Hockey, as player, club secretary and, lately, elder statesman, won the gratitude of many. He had strong links with Badsey and will be remembered with affection by many parishioners not only for his work with the Legion but also for his efforts on behalf of the Flower Show, and, when it existed, the local branch of the NFU.

Edythe Evelyn HODGES Mar 1978
Mrs Edythe Evelyn Hodges, aged 86. Mrs Hodges, for many years a parishioner of Bengeworth and member of the congregation of St Peter’s, came recently to live with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr & Mrs Henry King, in Badsey. The funeral took place at St Peter’s.

Kate Elizabeth HAY Mar 1978
Miss Kate Elizabeth Hay, aged 72. Miss Hay was born in Bretforton where she spent her childhood. For some years she lived with her sister, Mrs Maurice Brady, in Badsey. The funeral took place in Yorkshire.

Marjorie Evelyn May LEATHERS. Mar 1978
Mrs Marjorie Evelyn May Leathers, of 44 Willersey Road. Mrs Leathers lived for many years in Wickhamford, moving to Badsey after her husband’s death. The funeral took place in Cheltenham.

Norah SPENCER Apr 1978
Norah Spencer (née Wheatley), aged 68 years. Mrs Spencer died in Redditch. The funeral service and burial took place at Badsey.

Colin LONGMORE Apr 1978
We regret to announce the death recently of Colin Longmore, aged 40 years, one time chorister, servicer and bell-ringer at Badsey.

Eileen PEET Apr 1978
We regret to announce the death of Eileen Peet, aged 72 years, who used to live in Badsey and Wickhamford, and who was on the staff of Badsey School.

Bert FREETH May 1978
Bert Freeth came to live in Banks Road after his retirement. Last year his wife, Elizabeth, fell ill and died early this year. As sometimes happens in the case of a couple who have been married for many years, it was not long before the second partner was taken. May they both rest in peace.

George Sydney CHARLWOOD May 1978
Sydney Charlwood, born in Evesham 81 years ago, came to live in one of the cottages in Blackminster when he married. Some years later, he and his wife moved into their present home, “Casaletta” in the Offenham Road at Blackminster. For more than 20 years, Mr Charlwood had a milk round, and it is thus that many of the older parishioners of Offenham, Littleton and Blackminster will remember him. Those of us who only met him in later years will remember him as one who was never happier than when working on his piece of land. We send our deepest sympathy in their sad loss to his family and specially to Mrs Charlwood, his widow.

Alfred (Peter) GANLY May 1978
Peter Ganly came to live in Binyon Close with his wife some 10 years ago. Before his retirement he had worked for the GPO (telecommunication and engineering) in the south-east. In recent years he had devoted much of his time to nursing his wife during her illness, quietly assuming the role of cook-housekeeper which necessity forced upon hi. He was a member of the Evesham Probus Club and regularly attended their meetings at the Round of Gras. Last year he and his wife moved into a flat at their daughter and son-in-law’s house at Bowers Hill, and it was there that death came so swiftly and unexpectedly. We send his wife and family our deepest condolences.

Gertrude Emily GROVE Jun 1978
It came as a great shock to her many friends in Badsey to learn of Gertie Grove’s death. Only the night before she had been out at Bingo, and it seemed that only a few days before that she had been enjoying herself at the Sixty Plus Club and at the Legion. The grim reminder that “In the midst of life we are in death” was on this occasion softened by the knowledge that she died without preliminary suffering, and that she was so obviously enjoying life to the end. However, that can be of only little comfort to her family who have lost so suddenly a mother and grandmother. To them goes our deepest sympathy. She will be much missed by a wide number of people, and the village has lost in her one of those parishioners who are prepared to work for their community.

Thomas Richard TANDY Oct 1978
Thomas Tandy retired with his wife to Badsey a few years ago, and lived in Brewers Lane in the bungalow where Mrs Ellis used to live. Mr & Mrs Tandy had recently been on holiday with their children and grandchildren, and both were in good spirits and good health. Mr Tandy’s sudden and unexpected death, merciful to him, has come as a grievous blow to his widow and family, to whom we send our deepest sympathy.

Walter William TOMKINS Oct 1978
Born and bred in the parish, Mr Tomkins spent all his life in Badsey, and was one of that generation who passed all their working years on the land. Recently he had to go to hospital for an operation on his eyes, but apart from that he seemed in good health. His sudden death came as a great shock to his neighbours in Sands Lane and to his many friends in the village. We send his family our sincere condolences.

Arthur Clinton SEARS Oct 1978
Born in the same house in Badsey Fields Lane which was to be his home for so much of his life, Mr Sears, like his parents before him, was very much part of this parish. Educated at Dean Close School in Cheltenham, he entered his father’s business, and became a prominent Fruit and Vegetable Merchant in this district. Last year he suffered a serious illness, which compelled him to retire from business, but from which he nevertheless made a very good recovery. His sudden death while he and his wife were on holiday spared him the trial of a long drawn-out illness, but has come as a sharp blow to his wife and to his many friends. We send our deepest sympathy to Mrs Sears in her bereavement.

James Alan MARSHALL Nov 1978
Alan Marshall died at the end of September. His death was sudden though, suffering as he did from a heart complaint, he had learnt to live in the knowledge that death would come sooner rather than later. Although not born in the parish, he and his family have had close links with Aldington and Badsey over a period of many years, not least because of the large Transport business which he had built up since the last war. We send our deepest sympathy to his widow, to his daughter, Ann, and his son, Nick, and to his grandsons, Lloyd and Scott.

John Thomas HARRIS Dec 1978
Tom Harris was born and bred in the parish, as was his father before him, and he spent all his life in Badsey. He was, as were so many of his generation of Badsey men, a market gardener, and it was only when ill-health compelled him that he gave up his ground. During recent years he and his wife lived in one of the new bungalows opposite the Silk Mill, and it was during this time that Tom underwent a number of serious operations. It was, however, only very recently that he had to give up riding his bike. We send his widow and family our deep condolence in their bereavement.


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