Personal Memories of Ken


Ken was a true gentleman, always providing a cheery wave and a smile. He was a stalwart of the village of Felmersham and a pleasure to know.
  --Monique & Robin Smith

Our first memories of Ken were when we moved to Trinity Close and I remember how welcome he made us feel especially as we were new to Felmersham. Over the years we had many conversations either over the fence or in the front garden and it was never long before he was laughing over something. Ken always took an interest in the people around him.

I also really enjoyed the Boxing Day walks that he organised.

We will very much miss Ken and send our love to his family.

Paula and Martin Blizard
  --Paula and Martin Blizard

We had quite a long wait before we could move into our house in Felmersham, and Ken’s website contained an absolute wealth of information which we dipped into during those months.
His depth of knowledge was second to none and talking to him was always a fascinating insight into the history of the church, the village and the local area. He was a kind and generous-hearted man who wore his great knowledge lightly. Later, as members of a music group, we became acquainted with Ken’s eclectic musical tastes.
It was an absolute privilege to know him - a truly exceptional person who contributed so much to all of us fortunate enough to live in this village.
  --Ernest and Jane Carwithen

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A faithful and loving man who cared for the wellbeing of Felmersham, Radwell and St Mary's through his tireless work in so many areas of village and church life. But his books remain and will remain as a living memory of Felmersham, Radwell and St Mary's, as we hope his memory will with us in our hearts and via this book of remembrance. Our loss and heavens gain!!
  --Revd. Paolo Di Leo

Ken was one of those people, who makes the world a better place. We will all miss him and will never forget his kindness and love for other people and his environment. Our deepest condolences to his family for their loss.
The Whiteway family
  --Mark and Gill Whiteway

We met Ken soon after moving to the village in 1982 and spoke to him quite often over the garden fence. He always cheerful and knew everything about the village which helped us settle in.
When we started digging out our driveway in the late 80s he popped round and asked us to give him a shout if any 'bones' were found (non were).
Ken was always easy to talk to and always had time for a chat.
We will miss him.
  --Mark & Mareka

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A few days after we moved into Felmersham in 2019, we attended Morning Prayer at St Mary’s and were met by a group of very friendly people, including Ken. The group gathered in the Memorial Chapel which features the Millennium Window and Ken told us all about the design and its significance. This was just one of the many projects in which he played a major part.

As time went on, Ken became a firm friend, not just a neighbour. Although he was naturally modest, it soon became clear that he had an encyclopaedic knowledge of Felmersham and its history and we are proud owners of both his interesting and informative books about the village. That he made such an impression on us in such a short time is testament to his natural graciousness and generosity.

As his illness became more serious over the summer and autumn 2020, Ken asked me (Nick) to go over and visit him, and I enjoyed several stimulating conversations about his life and experiences and people and places around the village and beyond. He gave a particularly fascinating account of how he made the church clock work by electricity and why it strikes at slightly irregular intervals; when I hear it now, I think of Ken.

Ken was a devout Christian and a regular attender at church and more recently on Zoom – on several occasions he joined us from his hospital bed. He assured me that he had no fear of death and when I had the privilege of praying with him on the day before he was taken to the hospice he was relaxed and peaceful. I am sure that he is now in a better place, free from pain and illness and reunited with his beloved Lorraine.

Thank you, Ken, for all that you meant to us and to so many others. May you rest in peace.

  --Revd Nick and Liz Munday

I Worked with Ken at W H Allen's, he measured engine responses in the DTB for us when I was in charge there. Great guy, always helpful, friendly and very clever.
RIP
Phil Mann
  --Philip Mann

Ken was such a central figure in this community and will be very much missed by all who knew him. I will particularly miss our coffee morning chats and the laughs we shared during those conversations. Good times.
  --Denise Canning

Through my connection with St. Peter's Church and local history generally, I have fond memories of Ken and his similar interests. When we, together with St. Mary's and All Saints became a joint benefice, we worked together to have the St. Mary's part of felmersham.net incorporated into our benefice churches web site. His detailed knowledge of St. Mary's history was used to show many visitor groups around the church, including people from our Italian link parish of Calpino over many years. Whilst he will be greatly missed I am pleased that he published his two excellent books which will be a fitting legacy for us all.
  --Colin Scott

I arrived as the Curate of St. Mary's Felmersham in the summer of 2011. Ken was one of the first people I met in the parish. Along with Jane Wells he made up one half of the 'dream team' (as I used to call them). He was a wise guide to a young curate, generous with his time and wise in his advice.

Ken was a man of deep faith, but in the best traditions of the English, he kept it quiet and personal. His passion for St. Mary's Church and it's place within the community of Felmersham and Radwell never faulted and was a true inspiration to me over my three and a half years in the parish.

I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing, but I trust him to God and give thanks for all that he was to us. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Fr. Tom Sander - Rector of St. Giles - in - the - Fields, London.
Curate of Felmersham (2011-2014)
  --Fr. Tom Sander

I was so sorry to hear that Ken had passed away and I send my condolences to the family at this very sad time.
I was so grateful to Ken for all the work he put into the Felmersham web-site over the years as it had kept me connected to Felmersham the village where I was born as our family moved to Worcestershire in 1960.
I met Ken and Lorraine several times when Ken was writing his books on Felmersham village life and several photos I provided to Ken are in both books.
I have copies of the books which Ken very kindly signed for me. My last visit to Felmersham was in 2014 to attend the special church service for 100 years since WW1 - Ken and Lorraine always had time for a friendly chat and made Andrew and I feel most welcome. You will be sadly missed by everyone in Felmersham and Radwell.
Sandra and Andrew Hawes
  --sandra hawes

We went to many history adult education classes at Sharnbrook upper school with Ken, a gentleman and a mine of information. His books have been bought by members of our family and are often consulted. Shall always remember him.
  --Diane Wright.

Ken had a great sense of humour and a great sense of community. He was very supportive of me during my discernment and as an ordinand in the Sharnbrook benefice. I will never forget his kindness and warmth.
  --Andrea Maffei

Been a very long time since I was lucky enough to live in Felmersham, and Ken helped keep that connection alive for over 40 years. With his books and most recently the website, he created a sense of history and connection with our beloved Felmersham. And it seems like almost every time I have visited, I ran into Ken - either at the church, or in the street. RIP Mr Shrimpton
  --David Dawson

So sorry to hear of Ken passing. Sincere condolences to Kens family and close friends. Ken was a lovely gentleman and always helped when needed. I love and have both books Ken wrote on Felmersham. Ken bless him, signed our copy of the first one. I knew Ken through church with dear Lorraine you will be very missed by so many Ken, God Bless, Rest in Peace with Deepest Sympathy
The Facey Family
  --sharon Facey

Ken was one of a small group of people who met in my house in 1998 to discuss creating a village website. Everyone thought it was a good idea but it was Ken who acted. Sometime later in October 1998 felmersham.net was launched to the world - the same year as Google started!

For over 22 years Ken has diligently and singlehandedly developed and updated this site and has become a wonderful archive of articles and photographs of Felmersham, Radwell and the surrounding area.

The site has received many accolades over the years - here are just a few comments: "I think your web site is the best example of a village site" , "This site is an exemplar", "I've just looked at your brilliant website...", "Wow - great site !!!!!!!"

This is just one of many of Ken's legacies.
  --Clive Just