A memorial bench to Ken Watts, former Chairman of the Society was unveiled on the Village Green on Saturday May 18th.
Lea Owen, Chairman praised Ken’s enthusiasm and commitment to the Village, and was pleased that the seat was situated facing the ornamental Village Sign, which he campaigned for. The seat was unveiled by Mandy Hayward, Ken’s niece from Southborough. The wooden seat made of Iroko was ordered from a company in South Wales. The Committee would like to thank all who contributed so generously to the funds to buy the seat.
The Society members agreed, at the recent Spring Meeting, to a proposal for a memorial bench to be purchased from Society funds in memory of Ken Watts, former Chairman who died at the end of March. The Parish Council have now agreed that this should be placed on the village green facing the ornamental village sign, which was Ken’s brainchild.
Contributions are invited towards the cost of the wooden bench and these can be sent to the Treasurer, Hugh Boorman, 52 Henwood Green Road, Pembury TN2 4LH. Cheques should be made out to “The Pembury Society”
The Pembury Society regrets to inform residents that Ken Watts, Honorary President passed away suddenly on 30th March in Pembury Hospital due to an aneurysm.
Ken, aged 83 lived in Romford Road and was passionate about the Pembury Society. We are all indebted to him for the great contribution he has made to Pembury.
As Chairman of the Society Ken, with June Crowhurst, Chairman of the Parish Council, unveiled the ornamental Village Sign on the Green. His vision and tireless efforts in fundraising were instrumental in bringing this wonderful Sign to Pembury.
In July 2006, as Vice-Chairman of the Society, Ken officially presented to the residents of Pembury the new Bo-Peep Sign, declaring it “not only to maintain our links with the past but to be a symbol for the future”
As Membership Secretary for many years Ken created a comprehensive system of rounds for the distribution of the Society Newsletter and collection of subscriptions. His friendly approach built up a loyal band of distributors.
Ken stepped down as Chairman of the Society, which has nearly 500 members late last year.
He regularly represented the Society at Parish Council and Pembury Community Partnership meetings.
Ken’s funeral will take place at the Kent and Sussex Crematorium, Tunbridge Wells at 11.30 a.m. on Monday 16th April. Family Flowers only. Donations to Hospice in the Weald.