In Memoriam

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Ian Stuart Mant


It is with much sadness that I would like to let fellow villagers know that dad, Ian, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Gloucester Royal Hospital on 30th April 2020 aged 93 years old. As a family we have been resident in Southam for about 44 years at Church Gate having moved from Cheltenham to be nearer to Smiths Aviation (GE ) where dad worked as a Chartered Aeronautical Engineer.
Following his war service in the Navy and education including Cambridge University he served his apprenticeship at Vickers with Barnes Wallis working on swing wing and torpedo developments. At Smiths he worked on many flight system projects including auto-landing, Concorde and some of the early drones.
He had a great love for the village and enjoyed many happy years here. His great interest in his later years was to research the history of Southam and his ancestors. He leaves a lasting legacy including three great grandchildren and will be sadly missed by his dear close friends and family.

Madeline Tetchner

Dorothy Eynon


Dorothy Eynon passed away in Oakhaven Nursing Home on 30 April 2020 aged 94. She lived for many years at Bridgehay, Sunset Lane, before moving to Cleeve View Road some 30 years ago. She went to Cheltenham Ladies College as a pupil, and returned there after music college and time abroad, as a Flute teacher.

She made good friends with many of her pupils and their parents, and may still be known among some Southam residents, although sadly by reaching the age of 94 last October, she had outlived many of her own generation.

Heather Brewer