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attended a Thanksgiving Service in St Mary's Church, Halesworth on September 12th for the life of Bernard George Mills who passed peacefully away aged 88 in the James Paget hospital on August 16th, 2019. Entry music was “Your Song” by Elton John.


service was conducted by the Reverend Jane Held who in her welcome said that he was known as “Bernie” loved by many and liked by everyone who knew him. The hymns “Morning has broken” and “Eternal Father, strong to save” were sung with Jason Busby on the organ. The poem “Gone Fishin” was read by Diane Wint (daughter) and the Bible reading from St John's gospel chapter 14 verses 1-4 were read by Nick Mills (grandson). Bernard's eldest

son Ian

related an amusing Wild Fowling Memory that he had with his father in their boat on the river Blyth. In his Eulogy, son Kevin

said that his father was born in Suffolk in 1930 and spent his childhood in Norfolk where


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and married Doreen in 1952, but after their fi rst child was

THE funeral service for Mrs Joyce


peacefully aged 95 years in Oaklands House, Reydon on August 15th, 2019, was held in St Peter's Church, Wenhaston on September

2nd. Entry

music was played on the organ by Jonathan Alder and The Reverend Edward Rennard welcomed the congregation with sentences

attended Depham an aircraft engineer

born he wanted to leave the forces so he invented a story about being colour-blind in order to obtain a medical discharge. He then had several years as a travelling salesman for Ever Ready and Lyons Maid Ice Cream. The family came to Halesworth in 1957 moving into a Council house at 5 Oak Green. He obtained employment at Sizewell power station and rented a shop in Chediston Street from where he sold antiques before moving to Station Road. His activities were many and various and included teaching


to fi sh and maintaining a wormery in the shed. He liked

metal detecting and

unearthed a Roman brooch. He enjoyed gardening and was an enthusiastic supporter of Halesworth in Bloom. He was community spirited and wrote frequently to his MP, and the Prime Minister especially about the closing of Patrick Stead Hospital and the proposal to close the barrow crossing at Halesworth Railway Station. He semi-retired at the age of 74. He had to give up driving because of ill health about four years ago after which he used a mobility scooter, and missing work he spent time ringing people.

In her address the Revd Jane


from the

Scriptures. The Hymns “Come Down O love divine” and “New Every Morning is the Love” were sung. An extract from Victor Hugo's “Toilers of the Sea” was read by Ian Goddard (son). In her eulogy Jill Laing (daughter now living in the USA) said that 80 years ago to the day her mother left

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ALAN fought bravely with cancer for over 3 years and passed away peacefully at home in the presence of his family. His wife Jean and family wish to thank Reverend Bill Mahood, who conducted Alan's beautiful funeral service at St Peter's Church, Holton. Also to all who attended and generously donated in Alan's memory to Cancer Research UK.


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TREASURED memories of our dear Dad who passed away on 17th October 2000. If we could have a lifetime

wish and one dream that could come true, We'd pray to God with all our hearts just to see and speak to you, A thousand

her home on the outskirts of London and was part of the fi rst wae of the eacuation of school children from heavily populated areas to places of safety in rural locations. When the train reached Saxmundham the children were transferred to coaches and delivered to surrounding villages. Joyce had the good fortune to be taken to the home of Goldie and Jessie Ellis in Wenhaston and the next day Geoffrey Goddard was sent by the headmaster to all the homes on Blackheath where there were young children to inform the parents that the school would not be opening. When he arrived at the Ellis's home he was introduced to


described Bernard as a caring and loving husband who had given up a promising career to be with his wife and children. He was the joker with


twinkle in his eye and the child who rather stretched the truth sometimes. He appeared with a punt gun on the Antiques Road Show when it visited Heveningham Hall and he would have found it funny that his funeral was on his birthday. His last months were frustrating for him, impatient with the limitations his illness placed on him, and worried about who would care for his wife.

Family mourners were his

wife Mrs Doreen Mills, Mr I Mills, Mr & Mrs K Mills (sons), Mr & Mrs D Wint (daughter), Mr & Mrs P Mills (brother). He leaves three children, seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. here was a beautiful fl oral tribute from the family and the Commendation and Farewell and The Blessing were given in the Church and cremation took place at Waveney Park Crematorium. Donations in memory of Bernard are invited and are for Macmillan Cancer Support and Halesworth in Bloom and can be made direct to these charities.

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Joyce and after that the couple were seldom apart. By 1940 the area was no longer considered a safe place for evacuees but oyce defi ed the ast Coast re evacuation plan and remained with the Ellis family staying at school until she was 18. Geoffrey and Joyce both went to college and became teachers but Geoff had to do National Service and spent two years in the RAF after which they briefl y returned to Wenhaston in 1948 to be married in St Peter's Church. During a holiday in Wenhaston in the late 60's they bought the middle cottage beside the church, and quite unexpectedly made it their permanent home in 1971 when Geoffrey was education offi cer at ollesley Bay Borstal. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and a faithful steward of St Peter's church being secretary of the PCC for many years. Pie Jesu from Faure's Requiem was exquisitely sung by Ruth Alder and a Bible Reading from St John 14 verses 1-6 was given by Mark Goddard (grandson). “A Final Offering” by Rabinranath Tagore was read by Alistair


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MRS MAI PLEWIS friends, including

bowlers, bridge players and neighbours, joined the family at Waveney Park Crematorium on September 20th at a service of Mourning and Celebration for Mrs Mai Plewis of Reydon who died peacefully in Priory Paddocks Nursing Home, Darsham on September 5th aged 99. Entry music was Dance of the Little Swans from Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake, and the service was conducted

by Mai's

daughter Mary who welcomed everyone. In a tribute to his mother Mai's son Ian said that she was born in Bicker, Lincolnshire and had suffered more than her share of sadness in her childhood. Her baby brother had died in infancy when she was just seven years old and later a terrible accident in their village killed her aunt and a baby sister as well as a much loved young woman who helped in the family shop. Mai had the strength to move from the family home to London when she was 17 and it was this independence of spirit that characterised her life. She joined the ATS after WW2 broke out and met her late husband Frank who she married in 1946. They built a life together and bought a house in Bexleyheath and from there they moved to Ramsgate and nfi eld where she went back to work, fi rst for the London County Council's Children's Department and then in the education service, culminating in becoming school secretary at Kynaston School. They moved to the bungalow at Lakeside in Reydon in their retirement and created a beautiful garden there. They both played bowls and joined the Sole Bay

Laing (grandson). In her address the Reverend

Alison Alder said that Joyce was a person who quietly got on with things and her many years of service to the church were a clear example. Her Christian faith was not one limited to her regular worship at St Peter's but one that looked outwards to the world. The Revd Alder was joined by argaret loomfi eld in the offering of prayers.

Family mourners were: Mr & Mrs Ian Goddard (son), Mr & Mrs Brian Laing (daughter), Mark and James Goddard and Alistair & Jonathan Laing (grandsons) also representing Joshua, Olivia and


Goddard and Jonah Goddard (great grandchildren). Others present included Iris

Baker, Diana Barker, Andrew & Susan Clipson, Margaret Cunnell, Liz Cunningham,

Halesworth & Southwold Community News October 2019 5 MRS JOAN LOCKWOOD - WRIGHT

Club and Southwold bridge clubs, becoming very popular members. After Frank died in 2000 her independent spirit and stoicism kept her going, and she donated a trophy in memory of Frank (the Plewis Cup) to the Indoor bowls club to be competed for annually. She was very loving, kind and generous and very attached to her family which grew from generation to generation – from mother to grandmother to great grandmother.

Her two grand-daughters Helen and Harriet sang I'd Do Anything (from Oliver!) and Some Enchanted Evening from South acifi c and they and Mary's children by marriage, Ian and Isobel, paid tributes. The poem I Know by Else Lasker-Schuler was read by Ian's partner Ann Adler. The

hymn Lord of all Hopefulness accompanied by Brentwood Cathedral Choir was sung, and a recorded rendering of Dove Sono from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, by Kiri Te Kanawa was played. here was a beautiful fl oral arrangement from the family which included many blooms from Mai's garden.


farewells to Mai were given by Mary the service ended with Percy Grainger's English Country Garden. Family and friends enjoyed a convivial few hours afterwards in the garden she cared for and cherished so much. Donations in memory of Mai are invited and should be sent to Macmillan Cancer Support and the Alzheimer's Society marked in memory of Mrs E M Plewis.

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Cremation Service

including the Commendation and Committal took place at Waveney Memorial Park earlier in the day and there were fl owers from the family and friends. Donations


memory of Joyce are invited and will be given to St Peter's Church, Wenhaston. Derek Newby

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A SERVICE of Thanksgiving for the life of Mrs Joan Mary Lockwood who died peacefully at the age of 96 in the Moorings nursing home, Earsham on August 8th was held in St Mary's Church,


on September 3rd. Entry organ music was by Jason Busby and the service was conducted by the Revd Jane Held who welcomed those present with a collect. The hymns “All Things Bright & Beautiful” and “Abide With Me” were sung and the poem “Come to Me” was read by Mark Peacock (son-in-law), and Leigh Runnacles (grandson) read the 23rd Psalm. In his Eulogy son Philip Wright said that his mother (who was the eldest of Mr & Mrs A R Veasy's three children) was born at Occold before moving to Old Hall, Flixton where her two brothers were born. The family settled at Brook Farm, Walpole, and Joan attended the Edgar Sewter School in Halesworth but left at the age of 14 to work on the farm. In 1946 she met and married Bob Wright and they set up home at The Brambles in Walpole where they had their three children. Joan was secretary and a founder member of Walpole Community Council and secretary of the Parochial Church Council. She became a central fi gure in the illage taking a prominent part in the celebrations on festive occasions. After her marriage foundered she moved to Halesworth where she became involved with the Church being a member of the PCC and advertising manager for Team Times. She also helped to deliver meals on wheels. In 1986 she met Kenneth Lockwod and moved to Yaxley where she became Church Warden for several years. There she was on several committees and active raising money for various church projects. Kenneth died in 2009 and Joan moved to Jubilee Court

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she was well cared for by the staff. After becoming unwell and needing care she moved to The Moorings. Family and

immediate mourners were: Mr Philip Wright and Sonia (son), Mr & Mrs Mark Peacock , Mr & Mrs Clifford Runnacles (daughters), Mandie Steel, Kelly & Lee Browning, Leigh Runnacles and Clair Barnes, Sarah and Ben Brett, Holly and Shane Bartram, Craig Wright, Peter Wright (grandchildren), Megan Steel, Erin Steel, Rosie Steel, Jacob Steel, (great grandchildren).

Others present were: Marlene Canham, Valerie & Mike Canham, Shirley Capon, Mr & Mrs M Cason, Jo Cater also rep Sheila, Will & Shirley Clarke, Bernard Cooke, Arnold & Mary Crudgington, Margaret

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Dewsberry, Peter Ashworth, Robin & Trudie Feavearyear, Linda Grimwade representing all the Fosdike family, Norman Hatcher, Norman Hill, Russell Ling, Clive & Marcia Lockwood, Rita & Gerald Mills, Derek Newby, Anne Norman also rep Peter Norman, Shirley & David Nunn, Mike Porter also rep Corrine Porter, Sheila and Billy Reeve, Eileen Salmon, Edward Saunders, Jim Saunders, Nick & Jo-Ann Saunders representing Jayne & Stuart Eglington, Denis, Michael and Steven Simpson, Neville & Jan Stokes rep Gwen Grayston, Jean Stopher also rep Janet Jeffries, Pat Taylor (nee Staff), Angie Thompson, David Veasy & Sue Wilson also rep David & Julia Foster, Mrs Eileen Veasy also rep Tom, Richard Veasy, Sylvia Warren, Beverly Warne, David Whitwood , Yvonne Codling, Pauline & David Winter, Gwen & Simon Woolner rep family, Colin Wright, James & Karen Wright, Teresa & Julie Wright, Margaret and Anne also rep Mollie Wright. here was a beautiful fl oral tribute from her children and burial took place at a private family committal in Walpole cemetery. Donations in memory of Joan are for Dementia UK and may be sent to Rosedale Funeral Home, 19 Market Place, Halesworth IP19 8BB.

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