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 The site receives a lot of enquiries requesting help to track down old classmates, unfortunately sometimes it results that the person has passed away. With the help of Mick Eyles we have tracked down the following obituaries for our former classmates.
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Annie Johnson nee Fraser

Written by Nigel Kerton on .

The wife of Marlborough'sTown Crier Alfie Johnson, Annie, was  his soul mate and his former teenage sweetheart he said after she died on Saturday at Great Western Hospital.

Mrs Johnson, 68, died about 18 hours after being admitted to the Swindon hospital last Friday after her health began to deteriorate rapidly at Coombe End Court nursing home where she had been cared for over the past two years.

Her husband and their daughter Diane were at her bedside when she passed away.

Mrs Johnson, nee Fraser, who was born and brought up in Ogbourne St Andrew, had been confined to her bed by failing health in the months before her death.

Mr Johnson, who celebrates his 21st year as Marlborough’s town crier next May, said his wife’s death had been a happy release for her.

She was educated at the former Ogbourne St Andrew village school before attending Marlborough Secondary Modern School which was on The Common at the time.

After leaving school she went to work for the former Pelhams Puppet factory in Marlborough which during the Sixties and Seventies was one of the town’s largest employers.

She was still in her teens when mutual friends arranged a blind date with Mr Johnson who was at that time as employed as a shoe repairer after completing his National Service in the Army where he was a bandsman.

Mrs Johnson, who outlived her two brothers, was married in 1977 in St Andrew’s Church at Ogbourne and the couple honeymooned in Southsea before moving into the London Road cottage that was home for the rest of her life.

Their wedding invitations invited guests to the marriage of Bubbles and Yop. She was nicknamed  Bubbles by her workmates  because of her smiling personality and Mr Johnson had been called Yop by army mates.

Mrs Johnson continued to work for Pelhams after the birth of their daughter and her pastimes were knitting and sewing.
She was a great supporter of the town’s former carnival, made costumes for some of the entries and acted as chaperone for carnival queens for many years.

Most of all Mrs Johnson was known for her support for her husband’s role as town crier and he rarely turned out without her.

Mr Johnson, 15 years her senior, said: “She looked after me 150 per cent as town crier. Annie would always make sure my costume was smart and that my bell was polished.

“Not only did she accompany me everywhere, she also acted as my official photographer.”

After leaving Pelhams Mrs Johnson became a volunteer helper at the Jubilee Centre for some years until  a debilitating condition left her virtually housebound.

Daughter Diane said: “Anything to do with animals or babies then Mum was in her element.”

At the time of publication details of the funeral arrangements have still not been finalised.

 At the start of the Town Council meeting on Monday evening (December 15), Mayor Marian Hannaford-Dobson invited councillors, officers and members of the public to stand for two minutes silence in memory and in honour of Annie Johnson.

Via info@marlboroughnewsonline.co.uk

Swindon Advertiser

First published Friday 24 October 2014

Gillian Worsdell nee Woolford

A former Samaritan and charity shop manager who put caring for others at the centre of her life has died, aged 71.

Gillian Worsdell passed away on September 17 after suffering internal complications after a fall.

Mrs Worsdell, nee Woolford, was born in Aldbourne in 1943 and attended the village school before progressing to Marlborough Secondary Modern.

After leaving school, she worked at Ramsbury Building Society as a typist.

Her husband, Ken Worsdell, said the couple met when Gill was aged just 15 and he was 17.

“We met at a local pub in Aldbourne,” he said. “And six weeks after I met her, I proposed to her.

“I talked to her when she was 15 and after a few weeks, I realised I’d never meet anyone like her and that’s why I proposed.”

However, Ken’s proposal was not immediately accepted.

“We got married in 1961, three years later,” he said. “But she didn’t accept straight away, saying ‘I don’t think my mum would approve’.”

The couple went on to have three sons; Nick, now 48, who lives in Virginia, in the US, Edward, 46, who lives in Avening and 42-year-old Matthew, who lives in Swindon.

After the birth of Edward, Gill was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and was later forced to change her work patterns as a result, working part-time at Evans.

Barnardo’s charity shop in Swindon, rising to the position of manager, before her illness meant she needed to take things easier.

“Gill’s MS became progressively worse and after seven years at Barnardo’s she found she was unable to carry on working,” said Ken, a painter and decorator by trade who later became a manager at factories across the county, as his wife would not leave their home in Arun Road, Hayden Wick.

“Not to be defeated, she joined The Samaritans,” he said. “Being a good listener, this was one thing she she could do, as she could do it sitting down.”

Ken said her work at Barnardo’s and for The Samaritans perfectly ecapsulated his wife and her nature.

“She was the most wonderful woman you could wish for,” he said. “All the good work she did, she would do anyone a good turn.

“Gill will be sadly missed by all her friends.

“They, like me her husband and her three sons, have lost someone who, no matter how much pain she was in, always made time to listen and give advice.”

Before she died, Ken said she spoke to him of her pride for her sons and their achievements, as well as remebering the holidays the couple spent together, from their honeymoon in Jersey, to a tour of Egypt.

“Then she put her arm around (my) neck and said ‘thank you for a wonderful marriage, thank you for three wonderful boys and thank you for looking after me for all these years. I could not have anyone more wonderful to look after and care for me’.

“She then gave (me) four kisses; one for me and one for each of our three boys and her last two words were ‘love you’.”

Mary Rose Rippon nee Farley : Obituary

Published in the Peterborough Telegraph & Citizen on 23rd October 2014 (Distributed in Peterborough)

RIPPON Mary Rose, aged 76 years. Passed away peacefully at The Hermitage on the 17th October 2014.
Beloved Wife of the late Alec. Much loved Mum of Lyn, Stephen, Andrew, Derek and Claire.
Mother-in-Law of Kerry, Nayyer and David.
Also a loving Nan. Funeral service at Holy Trinity Church, Coates on Monday 3rd November 2014 at 2.00pm, followed by interment at Coates Churchyard. Floral tributes may be sent to: H.E. Bull & Son Funeral Directors, 61, Inhams Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1TT. Tel: 01733 203573.

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Thursday, 17 July 2014

Dudley NASH

NASH Dudley Passed away peacefully on Monday 14th July 2014, aged 69 years. Dearly loved husband of Claire, much loved father of Marie, Donna and Sharlene, grandfather of Jordan, Summer, Paolo, Samuel, Jacob and Zach. Brother to Nita. Sadly missed by his family and all who knew him. Funeral Service to be confirmed. Colourful dress. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Cancer Research and Multiple Sclerosis.

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Stewart Anthony RUMBOLD

RUMBOLD Stewart Anthony 14.04.1951 – 18.05.2014 Passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family. Loved by all that that crossed his path, a devoted Husband, Dad and Granddad. The Funeral Service will be on Thursday 29th May 2014, A Thanksgiving service will be held at St Marys Church, Marlborough, 11:30am. Family flowers only please with all loving donations to ‘The Prospect Hospice

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Thursday, 25 July 2013

Stephen James Messenger

MESSENGER Stephen James “Steve” Peacefully at home, with his family around him, on July 19, 2013 aged 67 years. Much loved brother of Maurice (deceased), Hazel, Val, Janice, Jenny, Wendy, Charlie, Toddy, Colin, Kim and Debbie. Dear uncle to Gary. A very special uncle. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Funeral Service at Kingsdown Crematorium, Swindon on Tuesday, July 30 at 10.30am. Family flowers only. Donations if desired for Macmillan Cancer Care

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Thursday, 21 July 2011

Percy Howell

Father-of-four Percy Howell, who played with the Kennet Vale brass Band for many years, died at home on Monday at the age of 73.

His death came nine weeks after being told he had lung cancer.

Mr Howell, who was always known as Titch to friends, died at his home in Purcells Court in George Lane in Marlborough on Monday with his wife June at his bedside.

The funeral takes place at St Mary’s Church on Tuesday at 11am when it is hoped the Royal British Legion branch standard will be carried in honour of his long membership including former branch secretary.

Mr Howell was born in Marlborough in Riding School Yard in the High Street.

His father was a coalman with DW Free and Sons but was to die at Dunkirk during the Second World War.

After going to St Peter’s Junior and Marlborough Secondary Modern schools Mr Howell trained as a carpenter but then joined the 14/20th Kings Hussars specifically to become a bandsman.

After nine years service, which included postings to Germany and Libya, where his son Paul was born, Mr Howell returned to the building trade as a carpenter and worked for a number of local building firms.

He played with the old Marlborough Town Band before it merged with Overton band and became the Kennet Valley Band.

“He could play everything from cornet to bass ... if it could be blown he could play it,” said his wife.

Mr Howell played with the Kennet Valley Band for many years and occasionally attended Kings Hussars reunions.

Mr and Mrs Howell met at the local cinema and were married in 1960 after a stormy courtship.

Mrs Howell recalled. “We got engaged when I was 16, un-engaged when I was 17 and re-engaged when I was 19.”

The couple lived at Barnfield for most of their married life but moved to Purcells Court 14 years ago.

Mr Howell is survived by one of his two sisters, Audrey, his wife, daughters Teresa and Mandy, sons Paul and Kevin and by four grandsons.

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Thursday, 13 May 2010

Billy Paget

One of Marlborough and Avebury’s best loved characters Billy Paget has died from cancer.

Mr Paget, 64, lived at Avebury Trusloe but as the cancer which had spread through his body worsened he went to stay near Doncaster in Yorkshire with his sister Sheila Hobson who nursed him and was with him when he died on Tuesday last week.

Known to everyone as “Billy”, Mr Paget was left handicapped after a childhood illness which resulted in oxygen starvation to his brain.

He was born at Winterbourne Monkton but spent most of his adult life at Avebury Trusloe.

His mother died 21 years ago and his father died seven years ago, after which he was cared for by his nephew Steven Hobson for some years.

Mr Paget loved travelling with Mr Hobson, an Elvis Presley impersonator, to engagements in some of Europe’s top holiday spots.

Mr Paget went to Avebury School and then to the secondary modern in Marlborough. He also went to a day centre in Pewsey.

After school he worked on farms in the Avebury area for some years before going to live at the former Postern House hostel at Orchard Road in Marlborough and he worked in the former and adjacent Adult Training Centre.

Billy Paget loved being with people and he was delighted when the former Gateway supermarket, that later became Somerfield, took him on as a general assistant.

He was in his element, said his sister, serving the general public and regarded everyone as a friend.

After Somerfield closed he worked for M&S Simply Food and he was devastated when that store closed and he was made redundant.

He was a staunch supporter of Avebury cricket and soccer teams and loved taking photographs which he proudly showed to his many friends among the store customers in Marlborough.

Mr Paget leaves his sister, nephew Steven and niece Tina.

The funeral is on Tuesday May 18, 11am at St James Church in Avebury.

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Thursday, 16 September 2010

Brian Philpott

Grandfather Brian Philpott, 67, who followed his father into engineering, died at his home in Berrycroft in Mildenhall, on September 3 following a long illness.

The funeral took place in St John the Baptist Church in Mildenhall yesterday.

He was born on Christmas Day 1942 when his parents, the late Jack and Ivy Philpott, were staying at a grandmother’s home in Swindon.

Mr Philpott was brought up in Alma Place and St Margaret’s Mead in Marlborough with his younger brother Geoff, an older brother having died while still a baby.

Mr Philpott joined the Scouts and played soccer for Ogbourne St George Under 16s.

After leaving the old Secondary Modern School on The Common in Marlborough, Mr Philpott followed his father into TH White’s in Marlborough where he was apprenticed as an agricultural engineer.

After their marriage, he and his wife Barbara settled in Mildenhall where they brought up their two daughters Karen and Sarah.

Mr Philpott worked for Hiscock and Smith in Pewsey, followed by Preformation in Swindon. He then worked for the Tenable Screw Company in Marlborough for 25 years until failing health forced him to take early retirement.

He had been ill for about four years when he died.

He played darts for the Roebuck Inn and Queen’s Head in Marlborough and for the Horseshoe at Mildenhall and, in his younger days, won many trophies.

Mr Philpott is survived by his wife and daughters and grand daughters Hannah and Ashleigh His family has asked for donations to Cancer Research UK

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Thursday, 17 December 2009

Ted Sprules

Lifelong batchelor Ted Sprules, who worked for the Gale’s honey farm in Marlborough, has died at the age of 73.

Mr Sprules was born in Marlborough where his family lived in Kingsbury Terrace. He had three brothers Ray, Alan and Gordon, who all died before him.

For many year he worked for the Gale family from Mildenhall whose honey processing plant in London Road is now occupied by Gale’s Ground homes.

Gales had hundreds of hives which they sent all around the country so that the bees could benefit from farm crops and moorland areas.

Some years later Mr Sprules became a gardener for the local council, maintaining his love for working out in the open.

In retirement Mr Sprules lived in Savernake Court in Salisbury Road but was latterly confined to a wheelchair after becoming paralysed on one side following a stroke while undergoing heart bypass surgery 13 years ago.

However, thanks to the support of his close friend John “Rusty” Philpott from Kingsbury Terrace, he was able to remain independent, said his sister-in-law Madge Sprules, who lives in the Midlands.

Mrs Sprules said: “Ted loved Marlborough and never wanted to live anywhere else.”

Mr Sprules is survived by two sisters-in-law, Madge and Sylvia, and by numerous nephews and nieces.

His funeral takes place today at noon at St Mary’s Church in Marlborough with donations in lieu of flowers for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Appeal

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Thursday, 11 June 2009

OBITUARY: Marian Elizabeth Hilliar

Maria Hilliar who had lived with husband Peter in Kingsbury Street in Marlborough since their wedding 35 years ago has died in the Prospect Hospice just four months after doctors told her she had cancer of the lung.

Many people will recall Mrs Hilliar, 70, working with her close friend Rose Edwards in the offices of the former building firm Burts the Builders in London Road where they also ran the town’s gas offices and showroom.

She is survived by her husband, one brother, Peter, and by her only sister June Plank whose husband, Mick, died just 15 months ago.

One of her nephews Wayne Plank is flying home from Dubai where he lives and works for her funeral.

She was born in Savernake Hospital and lived her entire life in Marlborough being brought up in Rawlingswell Lane and then Laineys Close until she married at St Mary’s Church in 1974.

Mrs Hilliar was a home loving person although she and her husband enjoyed many holidays with Mrs Edwards and her late husband, Happy (Philip).

More recently Mr and Mrs Hilliar enjoyed short break holidays at the coast.

Her husband said: “She loved anything to do with CSI (crime scene investigation) on TV and on her many videos and DVDs.”

Mrs Hilliar had been looked after by the Prospect at Home nursing team before she was admitted to the Prospect Hospice at Wroughton two weeks before her death in the early hours of Saturday.

Her husband said: “Marie bore the pain quite bravely and never ever complained or said she was in any pain although clearly she was.”

The funeral is on Monday at Kingsdown crematorium at Swindon, 2pm, and the coffin will arrive in the chapel to one of Mrs Hilliar’s favourite songs, Close to You sung by The Carpenters.

In lieu of flowers her family has asked for donations for the Prospect Hospice

Swindon Advertiser
First Posted: 26 February 2009 | Deaths

ATCHERLEY  Dorinda nee Brown
ATCHERLEY Dorinda “Wink” Peacefully at home on February 17, 2009. Much loved wife, mum and nanny. Sadly missed by all her family and friends. Funeral at Kingsdown Crematorium, Swindon TODAY, Thursday, February 26 at 10am. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, for Prospect Hospice.

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Thursday, 4 December 2008

Les Cripps

Country sports lover Les Cripps, whose wife Hilary died while she was serving as Mayor of Marlborough less than three years ago, has himself died while driving a taxi.

Les Cripps was a keen country sportsman

Mr Cripps, 60, who ran Marlborough Radio Cars for the last 20 years, collapsed and died as he drove alone between Marlborough and Burbage at about 1am on Sunday.

Another motorist found him collapsed over the wheel and called emergency services but he was certified dead at the scene at Ram Alley.

Mr Cripps preferred a quiet life to the busy social life that his late wife enjoyed as a councillor and mayor.

He was fond of country sports and loved walking on the downs with his six spaniels.

Mr Cripps was the youngest of five children born at Ogbourne St George, although he was brought up at Clatford where his late father, Arthur, ran a small holding.

He worked for years for Thames Water servicing the water pipes and drains under Marlborough’s streets until he set up his own business doing the same.

About 20 years ago he started his own taxi firm and specialised in airport runs.

Mr Cripps was a generous man who privately donated to a number of local causes.

He is survived by a sister and three brothers and by three step daughters, Kim, Amanda and Sharon.

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Thursday, 19 June 2008

Derek Ward

ENGINEER Derek Ward has died just a month after being told he had pancreatic cancer.

Two years ago Mr Ward, 60, who lived in St Margarets Mead, Marlborough, suffered a heart attack after which he was advised not to return to work.

He retired from the Tenable Screw Company in Marlborough where he had worked as an engineer and became a house husband to his wife Geraldine who runs her own business consultancy.

With medication for his heart Mr Ward was able to enjoy his early retirement and the music that was a big part of life.

He had always loved country and western music and blue grass and played the guitar.

Just over a year ago he took up the banjo as well and his teacher Paul Bienek from Gloucester played the banjo at his funeral on Friday at Kingsdown Crematorium at Swindon.

After suffering from stomach pain, Mr Ward was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas on May 24.

He was admitted to the Prospect Hospice on Monday last week and died there later the same day with his wife and daughter Tia at his bedside.

Mr Ward was born in Marlborough and went to the local schools including the former Secondary Modern when it occupied Second World War huts on Marlborough Common.

He always worked in the engineering industry, initially for Pressed Steel Fisher in Swindon, later for Avco Engineering in Marlborough and latterly for the Tenable Screw Company.

Mr Ward is survived by sister Carol, brothers Michael and Ian and their mother Florrie Ward. Another sister Valerie, died two years ago.

Cremation took place on Friday and Rebecca Vincent conducted the humanist service. In lieu of flowers the family asked for donations to Prospect Hospice

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Michael Chessell

Former Marlborough College gardener and bee farm worker Michael Chessell has died at the age 67.

Mr Chessell died at Coombe End Court in Marlborough where he stayed following lengthy stays in hospital.

He had suffered several strokes and had developed Alzheimer's disease.

He lived with his wife Anne in Lower Prospect, Marlborough.

The couple met at the Royal British Legion Club. She said: "He asked a friend of mine for a dance and, when she refused, he asked me instead!"

The couple married in 1972 and lived at Lower Prospect. They had two daughters and four grandsons.

His wife said: "He was a devoted family man and husband and adored me, the girls and the grandsons."

Mr Chessell went to St Peter's and the secondary modern, then on to The Common.

After school he went into farming and the building trade, travelling all over the country to deliver hives for the former Gales honey farm in Marlborough.

But his love was gardening and he developed a career as gardener at the town's public school.

Mr Chessell had a stroke 18 months ago, followed by several mini strokes, before developing Alzheimer's disease. His wife praised the care he received during his last months at Coombe End Court.

Cremation takes place at Swindon at 11am today.

In lieu of flowers his family has asked for donations to Alzheimer's Research

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Thursday, 8 May 2008

Andrew Cripps

LIFELONG supporter of Marlborough Town FC and long term club treasurer Andrew Cripps has died at the age of 51.

He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2006 and underwent surgery and radiotherapy, losing his sight as a result.

He bravely bore his illness and spent the last few months of his life back home in Marlborough with his parents.

Mr Cripps played for Marlborough Town when he was younger but retained his interest as a committee member, serving as vice chairman and treasurer.

He was hugely fond of walking and took part in the Nijmegan Marches in Holland ten times in which walkers had to cover 30 miles a day for four days.

He also took part in the Sarsen Trail nearer home, walking the 26 miles from Avebury to Stonehenge on about ten occasions.

He loved walking in Switzerland in particular and had just returned from a visit when his illness was diagnosed.

Mr Cripps was a keen photographer and was passionate about wines. He attended several courses on wine appreciation and loved to drive to France to select wines for his own not inconsiderable cellar.

He was fond of gardening and, after buying his own home in Swindon, proudly announced to his parents that he had become the tenant of an allotment at Marsh Farm.

Mr Cripps was one of the organisers of a centenary exhibition at Marlborough Town Football Club.

He was born in Malta where his father was serving with the Royal Navy. When he was about 18 months old, the family moved to Portsmouth for two or three years before moving to Marlborough.

He went to St Mary's, St Peter's and the former Marlborough Secondary Modern School, taking his A-levels at Swindon College.

Mr Cripps, who never married, doted on his niece Ella, aged ten.

He loved music of all kinds and was a close friend of the singer songwriter Nick Harper who at the cremation service last Friday sang a musical tribute he had written when his own mother, Monica Weston, died from cancer a few years ago.

In lieu of flowers, his family have asked for donations to the Macmillan Nurses Fund

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Thursday, 23 August 2007

Dave Simmons

Former seaman Dave Simmons, who lost both his lower legs in a horrific dockside accident in 1974, has died from cancer.

Mr Simmons, 66, lived in Stonebridge Close in Marlborough with his wife Molly, two sons and daughter.

Despite the accident, Mr Simmons adapted to artificial limbs and got on with his life.

His wife said: "Nobody would have known that he had lost his legs. It did not stop him doing anything."

Mr Simmons was born in South Devon and moved to Wiltshire as a child when his father became sailing skipper for the late Herbert Hill, who lived at Poulton House.

He was the only survivor of three brothers and leaves one sister.

He went to St Peter's School and the old Secondary Modern Hospital on The Common.

After leaving school at 15 he joined the Royal Navy and served for about 12 years, leaving in 1968 to join the Merchant Navy.

He spent much of his time in the merchant navy working on BP oil tankers plying the seas.

It was in West Africa that Mr Simmons and a colleague both lost their legs below the knee when a cable snapped and whip lashed into them.

Another colleague took the force of the cable on his upper body and was killed.

After months in a hospital in Lagos Mr Simmons was flown home to a specialist hospital in Putney.

After getting used to his artificial limbs Mr Simmons rebuilt his life.

He even went on charity walks, said Mrs Simmons, to prove that he was able to walk as well as anyone else.

Mr Simmons was unable to resume his seafaring career and went to work for the Rayner optical company in Marlborough and later as an ambulance car driver.

Mrs Simmons said: "He was always cheerful and was the life and soul of any party."

He was a leading member of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes in Marlborough, was a member of the Royal Naval Association and loved keeping his garden neat and tidy. For years he was a customer at the Queens Head.

Three months ago Mr Simmons was told he had cancer of the lung and he also contracted chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

He was able to remain at his home relying on oxygen to help him breathe until shortly before his death last Friday at the Great Western Hospital.

The funeral will take place at St Mary's Church on Wednesday August 29 at 11.30 and will be followed by cremation at Kingsdown, Swindon.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to the Prospect Hospice

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Thursday, 23 August 2007

Pat Harris nee Gale

Grandmother Pat Harris, who never got over the death of two of her three daughters in a car crash 25 years ago, has died at the age of 64.

Mrs Harris, who lived in Newby Acre in Marlborough, died just 16 months after her husband Brian, 67, who was better known as Geordie'.

Her daughter Angela McGrorty found her dead on Friday afternoon.

Mrs Harris was sitting in her armchair with a crossword puzzle on her knee.

Although 25 years had passed since the death of her oldest and youngest daughters, Debbie and Jayne, she had never got over the tragedy, said Mrs McGrorty.

"Her whole life was her family and her children and more recently her grandchildren," said Mrs McGrorty.

"Her life was never really the same after my sisters died.

"Mum and Dad were never the same after Debbie and Jayne died."

The two sisters - Debbie was 21 and Jayne had celebrated her 17th birthday the day before - died when a car they were passengers in crashed near Marlborough Golf Club in November 1982.

Mrs Harris was born at Fyfield near Marlborough and was working in a tea bar in the town when she met her husband who was serving with the Army at Chiseldon camp.

They were married in Newcastle where Debbie and Angela were born and three years later returned to Wiltshire to live in Marlborough.

Mrs Harris worked for some years on the domestic staff at Marlborough College and also in the former Coffee Bean cellar tearooms at the Ivy House Hotel.

She child minded for some years and doted on her two teenage grandsons Josh and Max.

Mrs Harris was a people person and loved chatting and listening to other people's problems.

She was an only child and was extremely close to her mother who always lived with Mr and Mrs Harris until she died five years ago.

In recent years Mrs Harris had enjoyed a number of overseas holidays.

Mrs Harris is survived by her daughter and son in law Paul and her two grandsons.

The funeral takes place tomorrow, at 10.30am at St Mary's Church, following which Mrs Harris will be buried with her husband, next to the grave of their two daughters.

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Friday, 7 July 2006

Mary Evans nee Page

GRANDMOTHER Mary Evans has died in the Great Western Hospital, Swindon after a long illness.

Mrs Evans, 66, had been ill since 1979 when she was forced to give up work at the former Chandler's saddlery.

She was born at Lockeridge and moved to Marlborough in the 1950s with her late father and mother, Jack and Violet Page, to live in Laineys Close.

Mrs Evans started work at 14 in the Polly Tea Rooms and subsequently worked at the former Tannery (Wingrove and Edge), for Frees furnishers and finally at Chandler's.

She married Godfrey Evans, and the marriage broke up many years ago. For the past 27 years Mrs Evans had lived in Lower Prospect.

She loved her garden and the almost-tame wild birds and had blackbirds who went inside her back door.

In 1996 she had a leg amputated and became confined to a wheelchair.

Until her health deteriorated Mrs Evans and her partner Brian Wraight enjoyed coach holidays and she had particularly fond memories of a trip on the London Eye.

Mrs Evans was in hospital at Swindon for just six days before she died on Sunday June 18.

She is survived by her partner Brian, by one daughter, Sarah, and two grandchildren, Jade and Reece.

Mrs Evans also leaves a brother and two sisters.

St Mary's Church in Marlborough was packed for the funeral on Wednesday last week.

In lieu of flowers her family asked for donations to the Anne Jeffrey (District Nurses) Fund

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Thursday, 2 March 2006

Hilary Ann Cripps nee Grice

THE MAYOR of Marlborough Hilary Cripps, who died on Thursday evening, knew before accepting office that she was unlikely to survive the year, her family has revealed.

Her husband, Les, said mother-of-three Coun Cripps had been ill for more than three years and knew she was dying when she took office.

Deputy Mayor Bryan described Coun Cripps as "a woman who has loved and served the community well, as a caring people person, a hard-working councillor and finally as mayor of this town".

She was small in stature but big in fighting for her community.

She was elected on to the town council and Kennet District Council in 1999, serving a four year term with Kennet District Council.

Coun Cripps served as recreation committee chairman on the town council before becoming its deputy mayor in 2004.

Mr Cripps said: "When Hilary said she would do something she did it."

"She loved Marlborough dearly. The town, after her family, was her first loved and she was very proud of it."

At a full meeting of Kennet District Council on Tuesday councillors and senior officers observed a minute's silence in memory of Coun Cripps.

There will be a private funeral service tomorrow at St Thomas More RC Church and a civic memorial service on Tuesday, 1.30pm at St Mary's Church.

A book of condolences has been opened at the town hall.

Swindon Advertiser

Archive - Thursday, 14 July 2005

Keith Waite

Death due to natural causes

A POST mortem examination has revealed 62-year-old Keith Waite, found dead at his Marlborough home last week, died from natural causes.

Mr Waite is believed to have been unmarried and had lived a solitary life for the last decade at his council flat in Newby Acre.

Police made a forced entry after neighbours said they had not seen him for some days and Mr Waite was found to dead.

He was one of three sons of the late Mr and Mrs Harry Waite who lived in St Martins in Marlborough. One brother emigrated to Australia.

Mr Waite attended local schools before taking up an engineering apprenticeship. He drifted into alcoholism when he was in his early 20s and was frequently arrested.

When he was sober he was an erudite man who defended himself at most court appearances.

These names are still being researched

Some MSM pupils that are no longer with us.

Michael George Prout born 1940 died 1988 registered in Marlborough in the 2nd half of 88

Richard David Simmons born1940 died 2007 GWH registered in Swindon

Keith Richard Lawson born 1941 died 2005 registered Bedford

James Thomas Gannon  born 1941 died 1991 registered Marlborough in May

Simon John Cook born 1941 died 1985 registered Marlborough in Nov

Peter Frank Fraser born 1940 died 1983 in Oxford Hospital registered in Dec

Peter James Rendle born 1942 died 1980 registered Marlborough in Dec

Roy Anthony Frayling born 1941 died 1986 registered Mansfield in Jan

Roger George Hayward born 1940 died 1994 registered in Marlborough in Dec

Albert Newman Edwards born 1940 died 1978 registered in Devizes in Dec

Eric John Castleman born 1940 died 2002 registered in Swindon in Feb

Michael David Hilston born 1939 died 1993 registered in Devizes in Nov

Roy James born 1940 died 1965 registered Marlborough in Mar

Patrick Joseph D'arcy born 1939 died 28th Sep 1989 registered Marlborough

Anthony Ralph Titcombe born 1939 died 1977 registered Swindon in Mar

Derick John Bryant born 1942 died 1967 registered Cirencester in Dec

Lawrence Norman Ball born 1942 died 1985 registered Swindon in Jan

Peter Derick Burgess born 1941 died 1990 registered Exeter in Nov

Robert Bull born 1940 died 2007 or 2008 Marlborough

William Frederick Martin born 1941 died 1978 registered Swindon in Dec

Peter David Sutton born 1937 died 2013 Swindon GWH Middle of year

Brian John Thornton born 1937 died 2007 or 8 ish

Ronald F T Cleverley born 1936 died 2003 registered Swindon in Feb

Peter T Page born 1937 died 1998 registered Marlborough in Dec

Ronald A Pike born 1935 died 2002 registered Swindon in Feb

George Robert Simmons born 1934 died 1999 registered Swindon in June

Michael Hand born 1935 died 1999 registered Marlborough in May

Brian King born 1936 died 2014

John Richard Piper born 1938 died 2005 registered Swindon in Aug

Peter Colin Harley born 1938 died 1987 registered Swindon in July

Dudley James Willis born 1937 died 2013

Leslie Roy Keith Kimber born 1939 died 1988 registered Swindon in June

Robin Patrick Durnford born 1941 died 2003 registered Swindon in March

Moira Ann Spreadbury nee Nash born 1943 died 2003 registered Kettering in Feb

Sheila Ann Thornton nee Culley born 1942 died 1987 registered Marlborough in Dec

Marion Munn nee New born 1943 died 2003 registered Watford in Jan

Margaret R Kerrison born 1942 died 1971 registered Marlborough in Dec

Sarah E (Sally) Brewer nee Twine born 1943 died 2006 registered Andover in Sep

Pamela Jean Goddard nee Scoof born 1943 died 2005 registered Marlborough in Dec

Margaret Jean Miles nee Amor born 1936 died 2003 registered Swindon in July

Ruth Elizabeth Rawlings nee Peck born 1935 died 2008 ish Swindon

Rita Welsh nee Tasker born 1938 died 2003 registered Swindon in July

Terrance E A Middleton born 1943 died 2011 ish Tewkesbury

Maurice Keith Messenger born 1938 died 2005 registered Bristol in Jan

John M S Fraser born 1936 died 1983 registered Swindon in Dec

Donald John Street born 1937 died 2011 Swindon

Matthew Ronald Welsh born 1935 died 1989 registered Marlborough in Dec

Gordon Denis Whatley born 1946 died 1985 in Oxford Hosp in Jan

Carolynne Ann Whatley nee Gunning born 1946 died 1999 registered Marlborough in April

Christopher Thomas Maslin born 1950 died 1969 registered Oxford in Dec

Michael Anthony Cady born 1950 died 1998 registered Wantage in July

Linda Roberts nee Portsmouth born 1950 died 1997 registered Swindon in Oct

Marilyn Sanchez nee Beasant born 1947 died 2001 (cemetery)

Charlie Hawkins born 1936 died 2000 (cemetery)

Muriel Hawkins nee Watts born 1941 died 2003 (cemetery)

Glyn Simper born 1937 died 2003 (cemetery)

W M (Mike) Watts born 1935 died 2006 (cemetery)

Doris Lane nee Smith born 1943 died 2006 (cemetery)

Susan Mary Copeland nee Eyles born 1943 died 2005 registered Swindon March

Michael J E Palmer born 1944 died 2014

Anthony William Crome born 1951 died 2004 Swindon Aug

Valerie Ward born 1950 died 2006 Swindon Aug

Michael R G Knight born 1940 died 2014 Marlborough Sep

Harry James Cook born 1938 died 1990 Devizes Feb

Arthur T Shewry born 1939 died 2000 Carmarthen

Paul Henry Smith born 1949 died 2011

Thanks to Ron Ebrey & Pete Francis  copies of the long forgotten School magazine produced in the early 1950s has come to light.
"The Commoner"
Enjoy some of its content.
Updated 17th February 2010
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Yet more editions of the "Commoner" have arrived
From Jul
y 1951 & July 1952

Thanks Ron Ebray & Pete Francis for a fascinating glimpse into the past.
A very different school to the one I personally experienced in the 1960's.
If your memory has been jogged by "The Commoner", please send in your comments or memories, Thanks

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