(Phil) Helen Kingerlee 1924? - 2005
Phil Kingerlee passed away at her home in Marriotts Close on 14
September 2005, aged 81 years.
Phil's funeral eulogy. "Phil was a unique and entertaining character,
a woman of great strengths and purpose, which sustained her during
this last year. In true naval fashion giving, orders and laughter
till the end, to the many that cared for her. We have all listened
to her many stories, her life experiences, her high and her lows.
Undoubtedly her greatest times were her time in the navy and on the
P & O cruise line where she worked as a children’s hostess. In her
many years since then she devoted much time to animal charities and
the care of her many cats and dogs, and latterly the wild birds, she
would get upset by a Sparrow hawk that used to prey upon the birds
feeding at her bird table.
She was also passionately devoted to HMS Cavalier, which is a
wartime destroyer, which has been renovated, and is now a piece of
history, showing others the conditions sailors had to endure in the
war. She remembered them all. And of course all her amusing
anecdotes and not least paper cuttings sent in the post to all and
sundry. Her great high in the last days of her life was being told
that she was to be given the white ensign to go on her coffin. Her
comment was, “I can’t believe they do that for a little wren like
Photo courtesy Joan Thomas
|But she deserved it for the many things she did during her life. We
celebrate having known her, we smile at our own memories, but our
lives are greatly diminished now that she is no longer here. In her
own words “life goes on, do not be sad, keep smiling.”"
The following Obituary was written by Joan White
The passing of Miss Kingerlee, “Phil” to those who knew her, marks
the loss of a valued member of the community. She was a regular
contributor to the Ouse News as she took an active interest in
village affairs. She founded and funded the original Homewatch
Scheme, organised the annual R.S.P.C.A. collection and successfully
lobbied for improvements in the village such as the provision of a
full sized post box.
Félise had a wide circle of friends, as she was always one of the
first people to give newcomers a warm welcome. Her acts of kindness
were many and most of them unknown to anyone but the recipient. She
kept up with the wider world by a tireless correspondence with the
great, the good and the nonentities and was quick to respond to any
injustice or lapse from her own high standards that she noticed in
the press by contacting the person concerned. Her energetic
distribution of press cuttings was legendary.
She came from a generation where standards of courtesy and behaviour
were high and where a sense of duty came before personal
considerations. Although well travelled she remained a staunch
patriot and championed all things British. She served her country
during the Second World War in the W.R.N.S and was one of an elite
group of women who crewed a boat to release the male mariners for
other duties. She contacted the local schools to ensure that the
importance of the war was not forgotten by the coming generation and
that it had a proper place in the curriculum and supplied valuable
archive material to the Imperial War Museum. Her memories of the war
and her subsequent professional life as a Children’s Hostess on the
luxury liners were wide ranging, broad-minded and often hilarious.
Félise will be best remembered for two things, her courage and
determination during her last illness, which made a deep impression
on all who saw her, and her love of animals. No living creature was
beyond her compassion. Birds, fish, cats, dogs and hedgehogs all
benefited from her care and skill. Hers was a practical,
well-informed rapport with animals, which was never clouded by
The high regard in which she was held was clearly shown by the crowd
of Felmersham people who attended her funeral. This was made a very
special occasion by the presence of the H.M.S. Cavalier Association
led by their President Rear Admiral John Hervey, who gave her the
full naval honours of their standard and the White Ensign to drape
her coffin in recognition of her unwavering support to save and
preserve the ship.
She was indeed as her funeral notice said: ‘a lady who will be
greatly missed by her many friends and family’.
|Rev George (Gerry)
Sidebottom 1916 - 2005
Gerry was born in Londonderry in 1916
and initially followed his father into the fish business. However,
always a stalwart of Derry Cathedral, in his late twenties he
realised his vocation was the priesthood. He studied at Trinity
College Dublin, and was ordained in 1950. After serving as a curate
in Ireland, he moved to Chester, where he met his future wife Hazel.
They were married in 1955, and soon afterwards moved back to Ireland
– to Achill Island, Co. Mayo. Here they enjoyed five happy years,
and their three children were born, before the family returned to
England in late 1960 when Gerry was appointed to the parishes of
Bletsoe and Felmersham. Initially they lived in the rectory at
Bletsoe, before the promised new vicarage was built in the corner of
the (then) new Marriott’s Close development in Felmersham.
Gerry served as vicar of Felmersham until his retirement in 1981,
during which time he and Hazel immersed themselves in village life,
built many lasting friendships, and saw much change taking place.
After his retirement they moved to Clapham, and Gerry helped out on
the staff of St Paul’s Church in Bedford for a number of years until
lack of mobility got the better of him. Three years ago they moved
to a flat in Bedford where Gerry continued to enjoy life right to
the end. He and Hazel celebrated their Golden Wedding in Felmersham
in August 2005, and two weeks later he died peacefully in Bedford
Hospital. Besides Hazel, Gerry leaves three children - Joanna, Mark,
and Evan - and five grandchildren. - Jo Sidebottom
Frederick John (Jack) Hulatt 1928
Frederick John Hulatt was born in Radwell in 1928, where he grew up on
his father's farm., and he soon became known as "Radwell Jack". In his
childhood he helped his father on the farm and also with the milk
round using a horse and cart.
Later he met and married Gill and settled in the family home in
Radwell. They had three children, Steve, Belinda and Tony. Jack and
his father kept pigs and chickens and he always had a Jack
Russell at his side. Jack loved being in the fields, catching rabbits
with ferrets or out with a gun.
He had various jobs including building, working on the dust carts and
collecting waste from butcher's shops where he earned his other
nickname "Laughing Jack". Jack was well known in the Sun Public house
in Felmersham. In 2000 he moved to North Wales to live with Belinda,
Nick and the grandchildren.
His wife died in 1986 and there are four grandchildren.
Campbell Maddocks 1943
After a recent history of heart attacks Peter, who lived in
Macclesfield, died of a heart attack while bell ringing. He
will be remembered in Felmersham for his appearances on the stage
with Pinchmill Players Theatre and for his bell ringing at
Felmersham St Marys. Peter worked for Macclesfield Borough Council
involved in assessment and authorisation of housing benefits.
|Hilary Lander Gunn
1944 - 2005
(Nel) Longstaff 1916 - 2005
Ivy Longstaff has passed away, aged 89 years. She lived in MacQueen
Cottage, Radwell all her life.
Nel was a member of a family of 7 children, and she was the fourth
of five sisters. Born in 1916 she was the last surviving member of
that family. Her mother died when she was 10, and consequently she
looked after her younger sister, her father, and the family home.
Nel met and married Frederick William Longstaff, and in 1937 a Son,
Terry, was born. In 1947, as the result of a railway accident, her
husband was killed, and Nel was left a widow with a young son to
bring up. These were hard times, but Nel was an active member of the
Women’s Institute, Mother’s Union, and later the Three in One Club.
She was also was very interested in cricket, and in particular, the
local club, where for many years she helped to provide the tea and
refreshments for village matches.
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