THE service of thanksgiving for the life of James (Jim) Brown, of Wood Road, King’s Cliffe, took place at All Saints and St James Church, King’s Cliffe. The Rev Philip Davies officiated, assisted by the Rev Canon Dr Lloyd Caddick. The choir was in attendance and in affectionate memory of Jim, bell ringers who were his friends, rang half muffled bells before the funeral, a quarter peal (half muffled) after the funeral and a full peal lasting two hours and 40 minutes during the afternoon.
Jim died in his 90th year. He came from a background of livestock farming and butchery and was educated at King’s Cliffe Endowed School and Deacons School, Peterborough. He later spent two years learning his trade with his uncle at Peterborough, and then became a partner with his father in the family business.
At a young age he followed the example of his forbears by taking an active part in village affairs. He succeeded his grandfather and father in the office of churchwarden, and at the age of 25 was the youngest churchwarden in the diocese of Peterborough, a post he held for 47 years. Jim was a district councillor for 25 years; a parish councillor (sometimes chairman); chairman of the primary school for many years; founder governor of the Middle School and chairman of Thorpe and Cornforth Almshouse charities. Always a staunch Conservative, he founded the Young Conservatives in the village and was the chairman.
His interests extended beyond committee work and he was always interested in horses, and hunted with the Burghley and Fitzwilliam Hunts.
His greatest joy, however, was his church work and he filled every office in the village church, including membership of the Bishops Council as well as the Diocesan and Deanery conferences. He joined the church choir at the age of 10 and remained in it for the rest of his life. A founder member of the village choral society, he was also for many years in the chorus of Peterborough Philharmonic Society. Soon after joining the village choir he became interested in bell ringing, and rang in hundreds of churches and cathedrals in the Midlands and Eastern Counties. He also attended to the church clock for 30 years.
He is sadly missed by Lilian Brown, his loving wife, who he married in 1947, daughter Barbara, son Robert, five grandsons and 10 great grandchildren.
Family mourners included: Lilian Brown, Robert Brown, Barbara and Roger Smitheringale, Kay Graves, Tim and Sabrina Brown, Simon and Emily Brown, Ben and Annette Brown, Edward and Richard Smitheringale (representing Rachael Smitheringale).
Sympathisers included: John and Rosemary Grove (Bill and Jane Elliott), John Riley, Julia Davies, Sophie and Olivia Davies (Lucy and Peter Davies), Sue Trow-Smith (Richard Trow-Smith), David and Lorna Hellard (family), Laura Crane, William Crane, Gillian Binder (Wilfred and Elisabeth Court), Jane Paige (John Paige), Patrick Chalmers (family), Charles Milne Atkinson (all at Kings Cliffe Mill), Hilary Coultard, Maureen Bird (Gladys Blake), Cyril Brighty, Ann Brighty and family (Billy White, Val White and family), Sandra Britten (Gladys Giddings), Kay Jelly (Frank Gordon, Sarah and Stephen Jelly), Robin Rogers (Judith Rogers, Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers), Marilyn Jenner (M & R Jenner), Mr and Mrs D Jones (Bulwick ringers), David and Pat Teal (Alma O’Neil, Valerie Singlehurst), Andrew and Sue Parker (Bulwick bellringers), Bill Howard (Lynda and family), Barbara Wilshaw (family), Rene Marshall, Dawn Welldon (Martin Welldon), Jannice Haselip (John and David Haselip), Jim and Phillis Scotney (family), John Sutton (R J Sutton Engineering), Lloyd and Gill Caddick, Stephen and Tom White, Eileen Gunn, John Jeffs (Crowsons, David Moysey), Yvette Halewood, W Whyles (D Whyles, Gladys Sanders), James Whyles (Sheila Whyles), Anne Cockin, Peter and Joan Smith, Tony Evans, Chris and Kathy Burgess, Graham Scotney (Gina, Abigail and Megan), Joan Parker (Peterborough St Mary’s ringers), Jim and Gill Kingston (John Ireland, Tony and Hazel Hill), Hilary Blunt (family), Hilary and John Barratt, Doug Gilbert (Chris and Christopher Gilbert), Henry and Kate Anstey, Donald Pollock and Claire Watson, Maureen Marshall, Louise Bowen-West (Lygan and Elizabeth), Robert Smitheringale, Felicity Thistlethwaite (Martin James), Carol Randall (Nigel, Emma and Hannah Randall, Sarah Winfrey, Geoff Mason), C Thistlethwaite, Charles Day (Joan Day, Michael Day), Dr and Mrs Brian Cromie, Mrs M Grant, Marjorie Blake, Rita Wood (Glinton bellringers), Peter Giddings (Janet and Robert Giddings), Mr and Mrs J Lilley, Mr and Mrs M Scott, A Peacey, Mrs Rene Giddings, Stephen Cottard, Andrew Howard (Marilyn Howard, Kings Cliffe Parish Council, Kings Cliffe Conservative branch, Corby and East Northants Conservative Association), Gilbert and Hazel Markley (Karen, Susan and family),Helen Morrell (Mary Morrell, Harriet Rearden), Stuart Weston (Castor Tower), Mr and Mrs P Howard and Edward (Megan Howard), Edward Baxter (William and Anne Baxter), Sheila and Chris Jackson, Lindsey Kubicki (Chris Kubicki), Paul and Lynn Cross (family), Bernard and Janet Howard (Kevin and Chris Howard), A F Howard (families), Bob Whyles PC (Robert Wyles and family), Bill and Gill Preston, Michael Brown, Mr and Mrs David Brown, Paul Johnson (Sandra Johnson, Mr and Mrs Peter Johnson), Peter Brown (family), Debbie and Genevieve Balmer, Mandy Glen (Stephen, Thomas and Georgina).