I was Vicar of Heathfield, E. Sussex, for 8 yr. to last year (I also have a granddaughter at CH
Betty came to live in Heathfield round about 2009/10, and worshipped regularly at my church,
where I got to know he quite well. She died peacefully of cancer last week, aged 85.
I am taking her funeral (St. Richard's Heathfield, at 2.30 on Wed next, 7th Sept.
She had no living relatives, and I would be very interested in any information I can use at the funeral.
I have noted the story about the accident during a staff revue!
Does anyone know where she studied?
I know well that she was respected and well-liked.
Changing tack completely, it just so happens that my partner is the brother of Geoff who was a predecessor of yours at Heathfield so it's a small world.
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I think she arrived at CH in 1971 and left in 1974. She taught me O Level History (British political history 1815-1914, which I really enjoyed) and I remember she thought Queen Victoria was a rather silly woman but loved Disraeli. She then taught me for the first year of A Level History, which I thought I wasn't going to enjoy as much, as it was European Medieval. However, she managed to make that fascinating as well. I was devastated when she announced she was leaving halfway through my A Level course (though we were blessed with another good History teacher who followed her). She had a dry and often slightly risqué sense of humour, and was a lot more humane than some of our other teachers at that time.
I think I am correct in saying that she did her degree at UCL, because I'm sure that was one of the reasons I chose to go there too.
If you find any other information about her, I would love to have a copy of whatever you say at her funeral. I edit the Remembering (obituaries) section of the Old Blue and I would very much like to include an obituary for her in the next issue.
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