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RIP EDWARD FRANCIS BURKART

Posted on 16th November, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Francis Burkart

 

25th March 1924 – 14th October 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward and Sheila, his wife of 47 years, lived in West Farleigh for all of their married life.

Edward had 4 stepchildren, 6 step grandchildren and 8 step great grandchildren.

He was head boy at Aldenham School Elstree and on leaving school at 18, joined the Army, into the Gloucestershire Regiment. From 1942 he served as a Lieutenant and then a Captain.

 

He took part in the D-Day landings, arriving on Golden Beach Normandy and saw much action. He was subsequently appointed Knight of Oranje Nassau with Swords. In September 2016 he was appointed a Chevalier in the Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur.

 

Upon leaving the army, having reached the rank of Major, he worked in fine art publishing and took over his father’s business. He maintained his connection with France and had a house in The Falaise area. He went on to deal in Vintage and Classic cars. (This was reflected in the choice of hearse-a 1948 Rolls Royce).

 

He loved travelling and Sheila says “he opened the world to her”.

 

A friend, spoke of his memories of Edward, who he had known since the early 60s.

He told of the line of classic cars outside a workshop at Wrotham Heath. Rolls, Bentleys mainly but other prestigious cars also appeared. Many Rolls and Bentleys were bought and sold between them. All the while, Edward was running his father’s Greetings Card business.

Edward kept 3 Rolls Royce’s for his own amusement. His favourite being the Phantom 2 Continental.

 

 

 

                                     The editors’ condolences go to Sheila his wife.

WELCOME TO IVAR

Posted on 26th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Karina and Stuart Robertson have          lived in the village for some years now    (7 years in May) but now there is an        addition to the family. Little Ivar                (pronounced (Ivor) was born in May        last year.

  You might wonder about the spelling      of his name. It is the Danish spelling.      Karina was born and brought up in          Denmark and still has a large family there. However, she has made her home here in Britain for many years.

Stuart and Karina both work in London, and juggle their work in order to look after Ivar themselves. Karina took maternity leave for the first 7 months and has now gone back to work. Stuart is now on paternity leave and looking after Ivar fulltime. After Easter, they both plan to reduce their hours, so that there is always one of them at home to do the looking after. A very modern scenario!

JOHN AND JEN MONTECELLO

Posted on 26th February, 2018

John and Jen have moved into Peacehaven, at the top of Charlton Lane (where Dee Reed used to live). They are originally from the Abbey Wood area and more recently Leybourne.  As you might guess, John’s grandfather came from Italy.

They are both retired. John was a builder (which is lucky as there is a lot to do in the bungalow!) and Jen was an estate agent.  They were keen to move as their previous house was a bit big for them and surrounded by other houses.  They craved a view and now they have a great one!

They have three children, 6 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

They are concentrating on getting the house straight and hope to join in village activities as and when. Their neighbours will keep them up to speed with what is going on.

Welcome to the new owners of Park Cottage

Posted on 17th November, 2017

WELCOME TO CLARE AND RICHARD OIRSCHOT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard and Clare Oirschot moved into Park Cottage, Charlton Lane, in May. They have moved from West Wickham, where they have lived for 25 years. In West Farleigh they are nearer to their woklplaces. Clare works at the Big Cat Sanctuary at Headcorn. Richard is a Chartered Accountant and is doing consultancy work for Medway Housing Association, Croydon NHS and some private companies.

Richard is also a Parish Councillor in Camber were they have another property.

 

They like to visit South Africa on alternate years to visit the game reserves. They are both interested in the conservation of  animals.

 

West Farleigh is ideal for them as it is equidistant from their three grown up children. Their dog has more green space and freedom that he did before. There is talk of another to keep him company!

 

They are keen to become part of the community and will join in when they can. Clare is musical and enjoys Amateur dramatics. Richard like to play cricket, so the Sports Club will no doubt snap him up!

 

 

 

WELCOME TO THE JAMES FAMILY

Posted on 13th October, 2017

WELCOME TO THE JAMES FAMILY

 

 

Lorna, Andrew, Emily and Isabel have moved into Ridgely, Charlton Lane. They have moved from Loose as their growing family needed more room.

Andrew is a builder and is busy tidying up and decorating their new home. Lorna was a helpdesk technician for an engineering company, but is now a full time mum, enjoying looking after her children. Their family lives close by.

Emily is 5 and attends Loose Primary School. Isabel is just 1 and Lorna is hoping to take her along to Little Angels in the church.

 

Lorna and Andrew are interested to get to know more people in the village and join in village life. Andrew has expressed an interest in playing cricket-I’m sure the Sports Club will be pleased to hear from him! He also has an interest in collecting Militaria. Lorna is artistic and creative.

We hope they enjoy living in West Farleigh and that they will be made welcome.

 

Interestingly we now have 3 James families within 100yds of each other in Charlton Lane. Not related as far as we know!

WELCOME TO THE WILSON FAMILY

Posted on 26th July, 2017

          Welome to Chris and Megan Wilson

   

    

 

 

 

   The Wilson family have moved into the top house in St Helen's Lane. They have moved from Gravesend as they wanted a more rural setting with easy access to dog walking areas. They have two longhaired German Shepherds and a labrador.

They are enjoyingin being woken up by the birds and walking their dogs along the river. hris is an engineer working for CocaCola at Sidcup and Megan works for Medway Council looking after carparks and parking enforcement. 

Their son Sam is a kayaker and does the sport competitively, havong learnt to paddle in the Scouts. Kitty is a keen dancer and helps out at childrens dance classes. She works at Otford Boarding Kennels.

 

Chris and Megan are keen to be integrated into the village. Megan already sings with the Farleighs' Choir. Chris played cricket for the village. Lets make them welcome.

 

Edward Burkhart Chevalier

Posted on 6th March, 2017

EDWARD BURKART

 

Chevalier d’ Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Legion d'Honneur medal                  Edward wearing his medals.

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To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the D Day landings, the French Government decided to award the Legion d'Honneur to all soldiers still living who participated in the landings.

 

Edward volunteered for the army on leaving school, he went to the Army Cadet training

camp near Trottisclife and also trained at Barmouth North Wales.

 

As a lieutenant he embarked from Portsmouth for the D Day landings in 1944. He was driving a Jeep and was first off the landing craft. The beach was difficult to negotiate due to large concrete barriers. Edward decided it would be easier to turn the Jeep round and reverse up the beach.

 

They set off on the prescribed road and stopped by a sheltering hedge and had a picnic. A rather surreal thing to do, but troops need to eat! The road was littered with debris including telegraph poles and wires, the latter getting entangled round the wheels and immobilising the vehicle. Fortunately they came across some soldiers with wire cutters, but in his enthusiasm to release the Jeep, he cut through the brake pipes!

 

At the end of the war Edward was awarded Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau medal, along with campaign medals, one of which has a leaf to denote, “Mentioned in Despatches”.

 

Edward, now aged 92, was not fit enough to attend a presentation ceremony by the French Ambassador, so his medal was posted to him.

 

Michael Devenish

Posted on 16th December, 2016

Michael Sean English Devenish

1943-2016

 

 

Michael lived at Fox Pitt all his life, with interludes for education, London and Hong Kong. He was educated at Cheam Prep School and then at Uppingham. It was there his love of music was awakened, when he was introduced to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

He went on to Magdelene College Cambridge, to study to be a vet, but changed to read English. His love of the arts was nurtured here and he was steered towards publishing.

Michael had a great love of the country side, and its sports. He loved rough shooting, nothing organised. He loved to ski and went annually to Switzerland where an aunt and uncle had a hotel.

After Cambridge he went to London to join Oxford University Press and was soon sent to Hong Kong, where he learnt to sail. On his return he edited the Oxford companion to Ships and the Sea, of which he was very proud. He also met Belinda at the Press amateur dramatic group. They were both in the Begger’s Opera.

As OUP was moving to Oxford and wanting improve his prospects, he signed on at the International Business school in Fontainbleu in order to study for his MBA. While there he enjoyed riding in the Foret de Fontainbleu. On his return he got a good job with Citibank.

He was introduced to sailing, when he moved to London, by one of his housemates. He sailed closer to the wind than his friends were comfortable with! He enjoyed a bit of danger.

He moved on to Ocean Racing with an old Cambridge friend. Racing gave him an excuse to be even more daring.

After a short spell at Citibank, he moved to Mitchell Beasley and then to Collins, where Belinda was working.

Michael and Belinda married in February 1979 and had a flat in Sunningdale Gardens Kensington. Lucy and Harry were born there but in 1985 with two small children they made the momentous move to Fox Pitt. They then proceeded to turn the reduced farm into a viable proposition, converting the out buildings, mostly pig sties into units for small businesses. This is still a flourishing enterprise.

While Michael was commuting to London to Collins, Belinda was running the business and bringing up the children.

In 1990 Michael Joined Dorling Kindersley to a job that suited him perfectly. Ending up as Managing Director, Dorling Kindersley International. While travelling abroad, he enjoyed entertaining clients in excellent Restaurants and enjoying fine wine.

Food and drink seemed to have played a large part of his social life, growing his own veg and eating the game he had shot as well as entertaining royally.

The village will miss his presence in the village, especially the very strong cider he produced on festive village occasions!

Our good wishes go to Belinda and her family.

Michael Sean English Devenish

1943-2016

 

Michael lived at Fox Pitt all his life, with interludes for education, London and Hong Kong. He was educated at Cheam Prep School and then at Uppingham. It was there his love of music was awakened, when he was introduced to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

He went on to Magdelene College Cambridge, to study to be a vet, but changed to read English. His love of the arts was nurtured here and he was steered towards publishing.

Michael had a great love of the country side, and its sports. He loved rough shooting, nothing organised. He loved to ski and went annually to Switzerland where an aunt and uncle had a hotel.

After Cambridge he went to London to join Oxford University Press and was soon sent to Hong Kong, where he learnt to sail. On his return he edited the Oxford companion to Ships and the Sea, of which he was very proud. He also met Belinda at the Press amateur dramatic group. They were both in the Begger’s Opera.

As OUP was moving to Oxford and wanting improve his prospects, he signed on at the International Business school in Fontainbleu in order to study for his MBA. While there he enjoyed riding in the Foret de Fontainbleu. On his return he got a good job with Citibank.

He was introduced to sailing, when he moved to London, by one of his housemates. He sailed closer to the wind than his friends were comfortable with! He enjoyed a bit of danger.

He moved on to Ocean Racing with an old Cambridge friend. Racing gave him an excuse to be even more daring.

After a short spell at Citibank, he moved to Mitchell Beasley and then to Collins, where Belinda was working.

Michael and Belinda married in February 1979 and had a flat in Sunningdale Gardens Kensington. Lucy and Harry were born there but in 1985 with two small children they made the momentous move to Fox Pitt. They then proceeded to turn the reduced farm into a viable proposition, converting the out buildings, mostly pig sties into units for small businesses. This is still a flourishing enterprise.

While Michael was commuting to London to Collins, Belinda was running the business and bringing up the children.

In 1990 Michael Joined Dorling Kindersley to a job that suited him perfectly. Ending up as Managing Director, Dorling Kindersley International. While travelling abroad, he enjoyed entertaining clients in excellent Restaurants and enjoying fine wine.

Food and drink seemed to have played a large part of his social life, growing his own veg and eating the game he had shot as well as entertaining royally.

The village will miss his presence in the village, especially the very strong cider he produced on festive village occasions!

Our good wishes go to Belinda and her family.

WELCOME TO OUR VILLAGE

Posted on 4th August, 2016

 

 

 

Sam and Sarah Saunderson have moved into Sundowner,

Charlton Lane, into the house that belonged to Anne and Graeme McNaughton.

Sam previously lived in Loose with his parents and Sarah lived with hers in East Farleigh, so they are not strangers to the area.

They had been looking for a semirural location with easy access to shops etc. Sam’s mum spotted Sundowner and pointed him in its direction. It fitted the bill! They spent several months modernising and changing it to suit their lifestyle and moved into it, in March, following their wedding.

Sam and Sarah have known each other since they were both at Linton Park School. A Plymouth Brethren School.

Sam works in the family business refurbishing washrooms in schools and offices. Sarah keeps busy with charitable work.

We hope that they will be happy in West Farleigh.

 

 

A warm welcome also to Sascha and Tony Theodore who have recently moved into Wyngarth, on the Lower Road. They have moved from Kings Hill and are enjoying the quiet of their new house and garden (apart from the bird scarers in the cherry orchard!). The house had been empty (apart from the spiders) for 2 years when they bought it and they have a lot of work to do but are looking forward to the challenge.

ELLY BERNHERDT

Posted on 2nd March, 2016

Elly Bernherdt

                                                                1949-2016

 

Elly was never keen to have her photo taken, so a picture of wisteria, like that on the front of their cottage, hopefully, will be a reminder of her.

Elly who lived at 2 The Green for many years, was not able to fight her cancer any more and died at the end of January. She is greatly missed by her husband Paul, daughter Gemma, son Toby, the 5 grandchildren and other family and friends.

 

Elly had a Humanist send off at the Crematorium. There was standing room only and it was a very moving ceremony with her favourite music being played. A very brave and articulate friend, they had been friends since starting work together, spoke about Elly in a positive  yet humorous way.

 

Elly loved her garden, and was always happy upside down in a herbaceous border, consequently her send off was surrounded by flowers from her friends and family. Touchingly, those present were offered a small bag of bulbs to plant in her memory.

 

Afternoon tea was served back at the house. The WI ladies had made the cakes and served the tea. Elly was very fond of her tea, taken black!

 

Elly was born and spent her formative years in Southampton, she attended Art School and went on to be a window dresser at Peter Jones in London.

 

Her artistic talents were used to good effect as she made celebration cakes as a living as well as making all her own cards etc. She told me once she had also tried all the seasonal jobs in the village, hop, apple and strawberry picking, which was something she could do when her children were young.

 

On retirement, she used her skills by teaching the WI ladies many different crafts. Elly could see the potential in what we would consider junk. Her garden is very interesting and imaginative. Most of us would have thrown the artefacts, she used to good effect, away as junk. Even the garden sheds were painted up to look like beach huts.

 

Elly looked out for her neighbours and was a helper at Evergreens. No one can make a Lemon Drizzle like Ellies. Light but very lemony.

 

She will leave a hole in village life that will be difficult to fill.

 

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