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downsmail.co.uk Eve Martin


HEADCORN’S Eve Martin spent most of her life locally, after having been evacuated from London during the war.


She excelled at school, but her ambitions for a creative career were stied when her mother fell ill. Eve was only 18 when her mother died of cancer. Her rst marriage, to Colin, produced children James and Judith. After they


separated, Eve worked in the Castle pub in Eynesford where she met jeweller and watchmaker, Alan Martin.


The couple managed the pub together and married in 1968 – daughter Elizabeth was born soon after. The family moved to Headcorn, where Alan ran a shop and Eve bred cats and ran a cattery. She also ran dog obedience classes and was a Girl Guide leader.


In 1977, Eve and Alan became parents to youngest daughter, Susannah. Eve expanded her business activities, via Alan’s watchmakers and jewellers shop, into selling trophies but had to scale her work down when Alan had a stroke. Eve cared for Alan for 21 years, until his death in 2011. By this point she was also a hands-on grandmother to seven grandchildren, and worked with children suffering from a fear of dogs. Eve remained a well-known and busy


gure in local life until lockdown in 2020. Last summer, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but typically outlived her predicted remaining time. She leaves her children and grandchildren.


Vera Mary Burgess


VERA Mary Burgess lived in Barming from 1964, settling locally with husband Roy, who worked as an accountant. The couple moved from Berkshire when Roy’s job was relocated to Aylesford. Vera (nee Vera Sumpter) was born and brought up in Newbury.


Vera and Roy became well known for their long involvement in St Margaret’s Church, Barming, and Vera’s work in the area. She was mother to Elizabeth, Caroline, Margaret, and Victoria.


Margaret said: “Our mum was a very kind, loving and family-oriented person. Both mum and dad were involved in the church and were volunteers for the Maidstone Hospital League of Friends. “Because Mum also worked as a lunchtime supervisor at Barming Primary School, lots of people locally knew her from school and then got married in St Margaret’s, where our father played the organ for them.


“The League of Friends at the hospital


was really important to Mum; she worked in the shop and café, and took the trolley around the wards. There has been a collection for them in her memory.” Vera’s funeral took place on her 90th birthday. She was widowed 10 years ago, after almost 60 years of marriage. She leaves her daughters, grandchildren Sarah and Helen and great-grandchildren Holly, Oscar, Cameron and Emily.


Bryan Short


TRIBUTES have been paid to Bryan Short, a well-respected headmaster noted for his determination to help students reach their highest academic potential. Bryan spent 30


years at Borden Grammar School in Sittingbourne, making him the longest serving head in the school’s history. An online


remembrance page notes: “He made


many lifelong friends at Borden and was held in the highest esteem by students, teachers and parents. “Even after retiring, he would speak of


old boys with great fondness, and was always proud to hear of their achievements. “Bryan was a larger-than-life character who left an impression on so many people. He will be greatly missed, but he will live on by being remembered by all of us.” Some former pupils and colleagues have shared memories of the inspirational head, who also taught religious studies. Keith Groom posted: “Mr Short was an exemplary headmaster. Forever in my memory will be his sound moral character, caring and calm manner and his strong presence around the school.” Former colleague Dr Reginald Silverside said: “Under his leadership the school was a haven of civilised behaviour and a pleasure to work in. He was a kind and decent man.”


Michael Brown


MICHAEL Brown (89) lived in Maidstone all his life in Maidstone and in Shepway for about 50 years.


His childhood home was in Barming. Michael did


national service in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and was posted to Suez. He returned to a career in clerical work with employment at Maidstone and District Buses, Wallis builders and Bridger Asphalt.


He married Brenda in 1960 and the couple were parents to Heather, who died at a young age, then Colin and Jane. Jane said: “Our father really enjoyed time with his family, we often went out walking the dog in the countryside, days out to the seaside, or Navy Days at Chatham. “He was a popular man, and many will remember him as a Vernons pools collector in Tovil during the 70s and 80s. He was gentle and kind-hearted, with a good sense of humour. He took a lot of pride in his garden and was an avid stamp collector.” Michael lost his wife in 2004. He leaves children Colin and Jane, grandchildren Damien, Bradley, Alex, Lewis and Emma and two great-grandchildren.


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