Category Archives: Tributes

Rachel Joan Bickerdike 1924-2018

Just over 90 people came to bid farewell to Joan Bickerdike at St John’s Itchen Abbas on Tuesday 28th August 2018.  Revd. Alex Pease led the service and John Purver played the organ.  The hymns were Dear Lord and Father … Continue reading

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Andrew Nielsen Kennedy 1950-2018

We ran out of service sheets pretty early on as there were over 200 people who wanted to celebrate the life of Andrew Kennedy at 2pm at St Mary’s Easton on Tuesday 15th August 2018. The hymns sung were ‘O … Continue reading

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David Humphrey 1939-2018

It was a swelteringly hot day for the Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday 25th July for the life for one of Itchen Abbas’s most prominent residents, David Humphrey.  Despite the heat, around 190 of David’s family and friends were present to … Continue reading

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Gordon Macpherson 1931-2018

St Mary’s Easton was full to the brim for the Thanksgiving Service for Gordon Macpherson.  The service was introduced by Revd. Alex Pease and then led by Very Revd Alec Knight.  The hymns sung were Dear Lord and Father of … Continue reading

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Judy Countess of Strafford 1932 – 2018

St Mary’s Easton was packed full for the Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the life of Judy Countess of Strafford on Friday 18th May 2018. The service was led by Revd. Jan Brookshaw.  The music before the service included In Paradisum … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Countess Temple of Stowe 1928-2018

On Monday 23rd April 2018 about 100 people gathered in St Mary’s Easton to give thanks for the life of Elizabeth, Countess Temple of Stowe, a long time resident of Easton. The hymns ‘Immortal invisible God only wise’, ‘Praise my … Continue reading

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Joe Urquhart 1943-2017

After a long and debilitating illness, Robert “Joe” Urquhart, one of the Valley’s longer standing residents, died peacefully in the Countess Mountbatten Hospice on September 27th September.  He leaves a widow, Felicity, three married children and five grandchildren to whom … Continue reading

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Olive Fullick 1928-2017

  This was the moving tribute at Olive’s funeral service on Tuesday 14th November 2017 by her grandson Neil Westlake. Olive was born on the 6th March, 1928, in Doncaster – yes, she was a South Yorkshire lass, although you … Continue reading

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David Henry Gason Ince DFC BSc FRAeS LdH 1921-2017

On Thursday 31st August St Mary’s Easton was full to capacity to celebrate the life of David Ince.  David was a long term resident of the Itchen Valley had a considerable involvement with the church in the parish  and had … Continue reading

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Brenda Law 1929-2017

St Mary’s Easton was full of family and friends for the Thanksgiving Service for the life of Brenda Law on Tuesday 12th July 2017. The following hymns were sung: Praise my soul the King of heaven, Love Divine All Loves … Continue reading

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Juliet Elizabeth Burnand 1944-2017

The service of Thanksgiving held at St. Peter’s Church in Winchester for the life of Juliet Burnand was incredibly well attended, but for those few who would have liked to attend, but were unable, with Geoffrey’s permission we are publishing … Continue reading

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Mark Chetwynd Godson 1943-2017

It was an immensely moving thanksgiving service for Mark Godson on Saturday 13th May.  Marquees were put up on both sides of St Swithun’s Church and were packed out as almost 300 people joined together to give thanks for the … Continue reading

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Iris Gray’s Thanksgiving Service 25th April 2017 by Revd Alex Pease

On a beautiful sunny April afternoon, 100 of us came to give thanks at St.Swithun’s Martyr Worthy for the life of Iris Gray, the widow of Harry Gray, and of Grace’s Farm Martyr Worthy. Revd. Alex Pease led the service … Continue reading

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Jane Ffennell 1927-2017

St Swithun’s, Martyr Worthy was completely full for the Thanksgiving Service for Jane Ffennell on Tuesday 14th March 2017.   The hymns Be Thou My Vision, The King of Love my Shepherd is, Jane’s favourite For the Beauty of the … Continue reading

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Mark Skipwith 1944-2017

  Mark Skipwith’s funeral was held at Basingstoke Crematorium on Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 1030am.  The entrance music was the Lark Ascending by Vaughn Williams and the following hymns were sung: The Lords my Shepherd, Abide with Me and … Continue reading

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