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THEVoluntary Litter Code, launched in Larkfield and East Malling, should be expanded to clean up the whole country, according to its founder Stu- artOlsson. Mr Ollsson (pictured), who is area co-ordinator for Larkfield Neigh- bourhood Watch, has sent a report on the success of the code to George Eustice, minister for the Department for Environment Food and Rural Af- fairs (Defra), with the suggestion that it be considered as the basis for a na- tional campaign.

John Pay

JOHN Desmond Pay (83), formerly of Maidstone, worked for the Inland Revenue. He spent his final working years as chief inspector of taxes at Medvale House in Maidstone. Born in Maidstone hewent to Maidstone Boys Grammar School. He played rugby for the school and Maidstone Rugby Club and tennis for Springfield. Johnwas father to Michelle. She said: “John and his wife Joan moved to Braintree in Essex,

where he died. Theywere married for 35 years and his funeralwas held in Braintree. Myfather had time for everyone. He never complained about his illness and always had a smile. He loved life and will be sadly missed. Hewas loved by all. “ John leaves his wife, daughter and granddaughter Emily and three stepchildren.

Tony Bainbridge

TONY Bainbridge (37) died after suffering from Crohn’s disease. The American footballer had featured for

two years as a defensive linesman for Maidstone Pumas, and won the award for player of the season in 2005. Tony also played and coached across the South East, including a spell as head coach at Brighton University. Therewas a minute’s silence ahead of university games across the country

His report says the code is a sim-

ple and effective means of reducing, and hopefully elim- inating litter and can be easily intro- duced in communi- ties across the country at virtually no cost. One of the bestways would be to persuade schools

to adopt the code so that children grow up with a pride in the environ- ment.

He said: “All that is required is for

the Voluntary Litter Code to be pro- moted because in most areas of this country there are people and organ- isations that are prepared to do something to see an improvement in the environment where they live and work. The Voluntary Litter Code is an effective and simple way to achieve this.” The litter code was devised four

years ago by Mr Olsson, who is now retired after working for 33 years with the Ministry of Agriculture

after Tony’s death. Tributes praised Tony’s qualities on and

off the pitch, with many in the close-knit Britball community saying they would miss him. Tony’s funeralwas held in Bexley, where his final involvement in the game had seen him working as manager for Kent Exiles. Tony leaves his partnerAmanda and teenage daughter, Izzy.

Vera Foreman

VERA Foreman (86) lived locally her whole life, living near the Loose Road since 1951. Born VeraWilson in Maidstone, she aended Maidstone Grammar School for Girls until the age of 16, when she began work in Lloyds Bank. She met Dennis, her husband of 66 years,

at a youth club and they raised children Sally, Dorothy andWilliam. Denniswas an electrical engineer at

Aylesford paper mill while Vera spent a number of years as a wife and mother, before returning to work with NFU Mutual Insurance on Siingbourne Road. She ended her working life providing voluntary classroom help in a local school. Dennis said: “Verawas lovely, caring and

gentle. Shewas polite andwell-mannered. She loved her gardening and had a great knowledge of plants and flowers, which she could name with their proper Latin terms. She also loved ballroom dancing.” Vera leaves her husband, children, 11 grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.

Fisheries and Food. He has pro- moted the scheme, involving the local PCSO and Tonbridge and Malling and parish councils. The scheme was so successful in Lark- field and East Malling where 28 busi- nesses have signed up, that it now operates in Snodland. The code involves firms signingup

to a pledge to keep their premises lit- ter-free with monthly independent assessments and certificatesawarded to those who achieve full marks for 12 months running.


JOHN Howard (71), of Maidstone worked as a police sergeant. Born in Farnborough, Hampshire, He moved to Chatham as a young boy. He aended Chatham Grammar School for

Boys and at 16 worked on the Medway Queen paddle steamer, which saved 7,000 troops from Dunkirk in WorldWar II. He joined the police cadets and then the

police force in 1962. His postings included Sevenoaks, Gravesend and Edenbridge, where he spent some time guardingWinston Churchill at his home in Chartwell. Hewas promoted to sergeant while stationed in Maidstone. John marriedAudrey in 1964 and they had

three children before their divorce. John retired in 1992 having served 30 years with the police. Daughter Kay said: “My father enjoyed

flying and loved to go to air shows in the UK. He also loved to play bowls andwas a member of Loose Bowls Club.” John married Becky in 2002 in Las Vegas

and spent half of the year in California and the other half at their home in Dover. After Becky’s death John returned to live in Maidstone to be near daughter Kay and her family. John leaves his children Michael, Jane, Kay and grandchildren, Oliver, George, Sam and Jimmy.

Iris Bule

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IRIS Bule (85) lived in Eccles for 31 years, moving locally on retirement to be near her daughter Barbara. Born Iris Morris in Stockwell, south London, at the age of 17 she became the youngest supervisor at Marks&Spencer andwent on to assist her husband Jim, who worked as a schoolkeeper in Islington. Iris worked in a school in the borough for many years, and raised children Barbara and Terry. Jim Bule said: “Iriswas a great darts

player who competed for her British Legion branch, she loved football – following Chelsea – and lovedwatching tennis, especially players she supported likeAndy Murray and Roger Federer. “After moving to Maidstone Iris loved playing bingo, going to the Star Bingo at the boom of Gabriels Hill. Shewas very caring, and a loving mother whowas full of spirit.” Iris leaves her husband – to whom shewas married for 66 years – son Terry (daughter Barbara pre-deceased her), grandchildren Neil, Daniel and Kirstie and great- grandchildren Logan, Lauren and Hayden.


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