Mark Morgan – best known to many residents of Balsall Common as one of the village’s full-time barmen, initially at the Brickmakers Arms, then Railway Inn, a stone’s throw away on Station Road – passed away in the early hours of Sunday 30th September 2012 after celebrating his 45th birthday surrounded by friends and regulars at the pub’s monthly karaoke party.
In his days at ‘The Railway’, Mark quickly became part of the furniture and in all but name, part of the family too. Mark was the pub’s resident ‘chatty-man’, the guy with time for anyone and a deep passion and almost photographic memory for all things music and movie related. He was well-liked and much respected:
“Mark was more than just a member of staff at the Railway.” explained Railway landlady Heather Parker, “He was a member of our family. He came into the kitchen everyday to say good morning and have a chat before work and almost as often we would bump into one another in the hall and frighten each other, I don’t know who squealed the loudest.”
We will be writing in more detail soon, but we have been asked to share the sad news of the recent loss of one of the most respected and popular figureheads in our community, Mr Clive Horlor, who passed away a week ago Sunday, after a short and sudden illness.
Clive, a 32 year long resident of the village and committed family-man, was the current President of Berkswell & Balsall Common Rugby Club, of six years standing and was well known to many villagers as a prominent local businessman, operating the Running Racket and Acorn Printing. Continue reading “Clive Horlor: Balsall Common loses a community hero”
Notes from a friend – a tribute by Craig Burgess followed by many more, by many more…
Ian Keith Huckerby – 01 October 1941 to 22 January 2012
Balsall Common finds many of its’ souls mourning the loss of a much loved family man and community figure, following the departure of Ian K Huckerby, in the early hours of Sunday 22nd January 2012.
Ian Huckerby was known to many in the village for his 24 years of dedicated and unstinting service as Youth Manager at Berkswell Cricket Club. He was deeply admired and respected by many children, parents and players past and present, both at Berkswell and Warwickshire County Cricket Club. To many cricketers, Ian’s contribution went way beyond cricket and his loss has been deeply felt.
It is with deep regret that we report the passing of a great servant of the community in the early hours of Sunday morning. Ian Huckerby was well known to many people in the village for his 24 years of unstinting service as Youth Manager at Berkswell Cricket Club. He was deeply admired and respected by many children, parents and players at the club and on a wider level through his sterling work with youth players at Warwickshire County Cricket Club. To many cricketers, Ian’s contribution to their lives went way beyond cricket itself and his loss has been deeply felt. BalsallCom.Com will be publishing an in depth tribute in due course and residents are invited to contribute their reflections.
In the meantime we are able to report Ian’s funeral will take place at Oakley Wood Crematorium next Friday, 3rd February 2012.
Since writing our original obituary for Glyn Langton and updating it to reflect the steady stream of tributes we have been asked to record a note of thanks to members of the community from his widow Yvonne,
“Thankyou for all the very kind comments, cards and support given to me by so very many people in Balsall Common.”