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CHARLOTTE HENTY

Posted on 17th June, 2021
 

 
Charlotte (Lottie) moved to West Farleigh in 1975 when husband Vernon (Vern) took up the, live in, post of Head Gardener at Smiths Hall. When Vern retired they moved to the pretty ragstone bungalow near the Green. They had a great interest in Country and Western music and also in their garden. After Vern passed away, in 2011, Lottie grew increasingly frail, until her death on 22nd February 2021. She will be sadly missed by her friends and family.

GOOFBYE CHRIS

Posted on 17th June, 2021

                                                     GOODBYE CHRIS                                                                          

 

                                          

 

Christine Furlonger lived in Charlton Lane for 40 plus years and was a well- loved member of the community. An active WI member, Trustee and treasurer of The Farleighs’ WI Hall. A keen amateur performer, she and her pals put on entertaining shows for care homes, the WI and one year, performed at the Harvest Supper and upset the vicar, with their leotards and fishnet stockings. (Not seemly in church!) But it was great fun!

She had bravely fought and appeared to be winning a battle with cancer, but unfortunately it was not to be won. Several of her neighbours and WI friends stood on the Green to see her off and wish her love and peace. Her coffin was a wicker casket decorated with pink roses. Chris would have approved!

 

ALEX AND WILLIAM NORMAN

Posted on 13th May, 2021

 

 

William and Alex

 

William and Alex Norman are very pleased to have at last moved into Elmscroft House.

Renovation of the house started in April, 2020. Latterly they have been the painters and decorators. William is no stranger to West Farleigh as Smiths Hall is his family home. Alex is also a Kent girl living in Sevenoaks as a child. They have spent the last decade living and working in London. Alex as an antique dealer and upholsterer.

They have recently acquired a Dalmation puppy, Roxy, and soon will be collecting a Golden Retriever puppy. To add even more fun they are expecting their first child in August.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIKE AND SUSANNA

Posted on 13th May, 2021

 

 

 

 

Michael (Tonkin, 65) and Susanne (Knuth,57) had been looking for a house for three years, and are happy that they found Greenwood (the former home of Alf Board and his family)
By trade Michael is a toolmaker and engineer who ran a shop fitting company for 30 years in Croydon. He loves working on property is keen to repair and update their new home. Susanne is from Germany living in England with Michael for the last 8 years. She loves gardening and is a student and practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu for over 20 years

RIP BOB CAUDWELL

Posted on 8th March, 2021
 
  
BOB CAUDWELL
1920-2021
 
 
 
Bob Caudwell celebrated his 100th birthday in June last year. Sadly, we were not able to celebrate with him due to lockdown.It is with much sadness that we report that he died at home on 27th January, from prostate cancer. When he moved to Kent at the age of 76, to be nearer his son, he became the organist and choirmaster at Linton Church, where he became a well-loved member of the church. He also played at other churches in the Benefice to help out. We will all remember, fondly, his introduction to We Three Kings “full of eastern promise”and his impromptu rendering of secular Christmas songs at the end of our Carols Services.He liked the organ at West Farleigh as it has a theatre organ setting. He entertained the Evergreens, playing anything and everything without music, while the Evergreens enjoyed afternoon tea. He also used to play when Linton church had their Strawberry teas.Latterly Bob had to endure deafness and poor eyesight, playing hymns from memory, and with Margaret prodding him to tell him the vicar was ready to start the service etc.
 
 
 
A short clip of Bob playing West Farleighs Organ.
The smile at the end is directed to Margaret his friend and partner.
 
 
Bob served with the Liverpool Welsh tank Regiment in WW11. He served in Egypt, North Africa. Sicily, Italy andGreece, where he was a frontline infantryman. He conducted the regimental choir and his concerts were broadcast by the BBC.
 
 
Bob at the top of mount Etna during the war.
 
He later enrolled as a teacher and taught Maths, Science and Music. He gained the Licentiateship of the Royal Academy of Music and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.He will be missed by many and our condolences go to his family and close friend Margaret, with whom he enjoyed many holiday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Posted on 8th March, 2021

 

MICHAEL AND SUSANNA

 

 

 

Michael (Tonkin, 65) and Susanne (Knuth,57) had been looking for a house for three years, and are happy that they found Greenwood (the former home of Alf Board and his family).By trade Michael is a toolmaker and engineer who ran a shop fitting company for 30years in Croydon. He loves working on property is keen to repair and update their newhome. Susanne is from Germany living in England with Michael for the last 8 years. Sheloves gardening and is a student and practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu for over 20 years.

 

 

ALEX AND WILLIAM

 

 

 

 

William and Alex Norman are very pleased to have moved into Elmscroft Houseat last. Renovation of the house started in April and for the last few months they have been the painters and decorators. William is no stranger to West Farleigh as Smiths Hall is his family home. Alex is also a Kent girl living in Sevenoaks as a child. They have spent the last decade living and working in London, Alex as an antique dealer and upholsterer.They have recently acquired a Dalmatian puppy, Roxy, and have also added a Golden Retriever puppy (Arnie) to the household.

To add to the family they are expecting their first child in the summer!

 

 

JULIA LARGE

 

 
Julia has moved into Peacehaven, with her three dogs. She supports two young women with special needs. You may meet them when out for a walk with the dogs, when lockdown is eased. Julia enjoys walking in the countryside and also cycling. There areplenty of lovely places to walk and ride locally so we hope she enjoys her new home and environment.
 
 
SHARON AND ROSS
 
 
Sharon and Ross married back in 2007. They had been living in Chatham before moving to our village. They have moved into the house previously own by Dave and Nickie Cheeseman, (who havenow moved to Hampshire to be nearer to their son Matthew). They are or “were” both heavily into fitness, having both completed the London Marathon as well as taking on numerous other challenges throughout the years. They are both animal lovers and the family is complete with cat Lucy and dog Bucky, both of which are rescues and will enjoy their new environment. 

PAULA SINCLAIR

Posted on 14th February, 2021

PAULA SINCLAIR (nee Haydon)

 

13.6.1966 – 26.12.2020

 

It is with sadness that we report the death of Paula. Paula was born in St Mary’s Cray to Daphne and James Haydon. She was known as the “wild one” by her school friends!

She had three children; Chris married with 2 children, Jayden and Danielle; Charlie, engaged with two children, Oliver and Tommy and Kaylie with no children. Kaylie has been in the Navy for 10 years. Her lovely partner John is also in the Navy. John kindly read, what Kaylie had written, at the funeral

Paula moved to Oliver North and became a member of West Farleigh Church,

Paula was a great cook and was only too happy to bake for church teas, she made amazingly light scones! One of our editors, Stephen Norman, said, the cupcakes Paula had made for the teas at Smiths Hall Open Day, were the best he had ever tasted.

She was quite open about being a recovering alcoholic, with 11 years of sobriety. It was on this journey that she found her faith. She was very proud of her achievement and went on to sponsor other people, going through the AA course.

Paula met George in the fellowship and he quickly became a big part of the family. They were extremely happy together.

Paula battled with and overcame breast cancer with a positive attitude. It was sad that cancer came to her again, but she continued to fight it to the end, with that positive attitude, taking on day at a time.

We shall miss Paula in the village, she had many friends. We shall remember her with fondness. Our thoughts are with George and her family.

 

Jim Patch and the LRDG - Part ll - Originally posted by Brian Cushing, Summer 2013

 

To access the document click here

 

 

Jim Patch and the LRDG - Part l - Originally posted by Brian Cushing on 27th May, 2013

 

 

This month's feature documents the wartime experiences (1940-1943)

of one of West Farleigh's most distinguished residents, Jim Patch.

 

To access the document, click here.  

 

Part 2 of this extraordinary story follows.....

Fireworks: a mixed blessing!

Posted on 15th December, 2019

A new tradition at West Farleigh are the Fireworks, expertly organised by the Sports Club.  About 1,600 people enjoyed them this year.  But not everybody looks forward to them...especially if they have dogs, cats and horses, as Mags Zak explains.