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Posts tagged ‘Tansley says a fond farewell’


Giving thanks for the life of Mike Stanyon 1930-2014

Giving thanks for the life of – and saying a reluctant goodbye to – one of Tansley's true gentlemen

Mike StanyonMike Stanyon was Tansley Methodist’s regular Welcoming Steward. Frequent attendee of prayer groups, church events, coffee mornings and soup ‘n’ sweet. Our beloved friend. A dear man who will be missed by many
Taken from his eulogy
Mike was born on 22nd August 1930, in the relatively large Lincolnshire village of Ruskington, the middle of three children to Walter and Jenny Stanyon
A keen student, national service interfered with Mike’s plans for university and he found himself serving King and Country in the Royal Signals Corp; much of which was spent in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising
Following his ‘demob’ Mike spent two years Teacher Training in Leeds, where he met Anne. It was wonderful that they were able to celebrate sixty years of married life together on 14 August 2014, with their three children (Jane, Gill and Ian), five grandchildren and the extended family
Mike taught in Bedfordshire and finally at Beaconsfield, where he became the Head Teacher of ‘Becky Secy’, as it was affectionately called. It was during his time at Beaconsfield he obtained his BA degree from the Open University
Mike had a wide range of interests including Industrial Archaeology, Walking and Railways. Above all he had a strong Christian Faith and along with Anne a lifelong involvement in Church life, culminating in their commitment to the Methodist Church here in Tansley. He probably never knew the encouragement and influence his faith had on others but Mike and Anne’s involvement with the Church Youth Club and the annual weekend away was a great influence on their own son, Ian’s teenage years and gave him a foundation for his own Faith
Although a man of few words there are those who valued his wisdom in Fellowship Meetings and Bible study Groups. Mike’s ‘playing the Hoover’ at a Church concert caused great amusement and during a meal at a Chinese Restaurant on one occasion his jokes earned him the accolade of a ‘velly funny man’
Mike had a Christmas cracker sense of humour. He never lost that and only a few days before his death, when asked “what is the name of a donkey with only three legs?” he replied Eileen! which his family thought was even funnier than the official answer of Wobbly
There are many memories of Mike giving his ‘Tarzan’ impressions whilst wandering the Lakeland Fells. Family wondered whether some other fell walkers would be sitting around their pints in front of a warm Pub fire come the evening, discussing the possible explanation for the’ Phantom fell yodeller’
Mike loved walking and the family spent many happy hours together exploring National Parks and Coastal Paths as well as touring overseas in their camper van. Of course many holidays would be planned to include Steam Railways and Industrial Archaeological areas and retiring to Derbyshire gave him many more opportunities to indulge in these pastimes                                                                                                
Mike’s interest in Railways was probably aroused by the smell of steam on his father’s uniform, when he came home from working at the Ruskington Railway Station. It became an abiding interest and his knowledge of the railway network and stations was encyclopaedic
Moving to Tansley Mike soon became editor of the village ‘News Magazine’ and to his obvious delight became involved in the Steeple Grange Light Railway, assisting in reconstruction and maintenance of the track. On open days he would don his railway cap to exercise guard/conductor duties, blowing his father’s whistle, to send people off on journeys, includng the very special Santa Express train
Mike’s interests also included gardening and his small vegetable plot at ‘Oaktree Gardens’ produced a rich harvest which was amplified during his early retirement years by a small allotment. Some of you will remember being gifted bonus crop of courgettes and other goodies by Mike during Friday’s coffee morning in the Brunswick Rooms
Mike was a devoted family man and  his care and concern for his family was very evident. In recent years illness increased both Anne and Mike’s dependence on each other. It involved a considerable amount of travelling to visit each other during their spells in hospital and exceptional levels of love and care to support each other through surgeries and tough diagnosis. We are all deeply sorry for Anne’s immense loss
Full eulogy available on request. Please email Anne Stanyon
The Service of Thanksgiving for his full and active life was held at his local church, Tansley Methodist, on Tuesday 30th of December. As expected, it was extremely well attended
God bless you Mike Stanyon. Lovely, kind, funny man. We are very glad you are out of pain, but we will always miss you. May you rest in eternal peace

Giving thanks for the life of Margaret Seymour 1927-2014

Margaret SeymourGiving thanks for the life of one of Tansley's much beloved residents

Margaret Seymour was such a popular and involved member of our local community, it seems she was a member of almost all the local clubs, groups and activities.
We give thanks for her life among us and pray for her family and close friends in their loss. 
Taken from her eulogy: 
Margaret came into this world on February 10th 1927. She was quite literally to the manor born, being born and brought up at Overton Manor, in a tiny hamlet just outside York. Part of a big farming family, her parents were strict Methodists, her Father a local JP. 
After leaving school, Margaret nursed at Harlow Wood hospital, where she met the first love of her life, Frank Chambers. They were married in Lincoln having eloped, as Grandfather Harrison didn’t approve. They went on to have two daughters, Val and Ronnie. Sadly, Frank died in 1970. With typical courage, Margaret picked up and moved on with life. 
With unparalleled hope and optimism, she decided to train to be a social worker. She went on to work for Social Services in York and Sussex, before early retirement on her move to Derbyshire. 
In 1978, Margaret decided to improve her painting skills by taking a painting holiday in the Lake District. This holiday proved eventful, because it was there she met Gilbert who, following a whirlwind romance, she married on a snowy day in December of that year. Gilbert went on to become the second love of her life and they had 25 years of very happy and blissful married life. As well as gaining a husband, she also gained two step-daughters in Helen and Christine. Sadly Gilbert passed away following a short illness in 2004.
They started their married life by moving to Sussex. But, missing family and with an ever increasing flock of grandchildren arriving, they decided to move back north to Derbyshire. They set up home in Winster originally, moving to Tansley in 1984. 
Methodism was a central facet of Margaret’s life. She was totally involved in the life of Tansley Methodist Chapel, Margaret played the organ, piano and was a Church / Communion Steward. She was secretary of the Women’s Fellowship – Margaret used her skills as a secretary for many groups and her role of Membership Secretary for the Derbyshire Dales Ramblers involved her in rambling about the area delivering newsletters to the group’s many members. 
She was the Missions Secretary at Church, emptying the Home Mission boxes along with her great friend Audrey Strange. She was on the rota to serve tea, coffee and scones on Friday mornings and for many years held the Lent meetings at home. 
Margaret and Gilbert worked tirelessly together and separately in their active involvement in all sorts of areas of Tansley and Matlock life. They volunteered in the Oxfam shop and Margaret was presented with a certificate for 20 years ‘behind the counter’ last year. Together, they were founder members of the Matlock Artists society. She continued with the Artists’ Society after his death, inaugurating the Seymour Trophy for watercolours in Gilbert’s memory. She also helped establish the Thursday Painters. 
She took enthusiastically to the University of the Third Age, becoming a founder member and member of the management committee of the Matlock Area U3A. She learned to play bridge (not as successfully as she hoped!). She became a stalwart of the U3A, joining the Poetry and Theatre group and coordinating the Play Reading groups. Margaret loved Shakespeare and looked forward to going each year to Stratford with Helen and Chris. Her lifelong love of poetry is evidenced by the shelves of poetry books to be found at Ashley Close. She was an enthusiast for poetry new and old, particularly enjoying poems written by Carol Ann Duffy, poet Laureate. 
In 2003 she was presented with the WRVS medal, partly in recognition of Margaret’s service to the Meals on Wheels service. 
Margaret was a founder member of Matlock Gilbert and Sullivan Society and was in most of the productions and concerts over the last 22 years.  She was highly valued as an excellent soprano and vivacious chorus member. 
Liz McKenzie from G and S, summed up so many people’s view of Margaret when she said, “In all the years I knew her, I never heard her say a bad word about anyone.  She was optimistic and cheerful and never moaned about her health problems; in fact she was always upbeat whenever I spoke to her, even at the hospital, two weeks ago. We will miss her.  She was an elegant and engaging lady.” 
An enthusiastic member of the Tansley Gardening and Countryside Club, Tansley Film Club, Tansley Book Club and the Tansley Ladies Group, Margaret loved to be an active member of her local community. With her friend Dorothy, she attended many films at the village hall and always had valid and often lengthy opinions thereon! 
Margaret’s enthusiasm for life and embracing all that it had to offer was evidenced in many ways. She took up the Gym last year, throwing herself into treadmills, weight machines and even the rowing machine. Actually, she only wanted to go to the gym so she could have an iPod. 
Her love of new technology, in fact her love of gadgets in general was legendary. If there was a job needing doing and she could get a gadget to do it, she did. From knitting machines, massaging mattresses, electric tinopeners to state of the art hoovers, bread slicers and onion choppers, Margaret had them all. But more impressive was her enthusiasm for IT. She used computers all the time, embraced internet shopping and banking. She loved her Kindle and would have bought an iPad if she could have decided which size to get. 
Margaret just wanted to learn things. Her thirst for learning and a need to go out and do new things, being up for any challenge, is a theme that runs right through her long and full life. 
One of Margaret’s great joys was her Grandchildren. Thomas, William, Ben, Hannah, Lizzie and Joe were a constant source of delight and amusement (and sometimes bemusement) to her. She was so proud of all their many achievements in life. She taught them about art, about the countryside, took them on Family Rambling Day and went with them on horrifying rides at Disneyland. They too were extremely proud of her and viewed her as some sort of ‘Super Gran’, always up for a laugh or a challenge. Much to her great delight last year along came Ben and Sonia’s Olive, making her a Great Grannie, or GG as she put on their card. And on the Sunday before she passed away, Thomas and Anna came to see her, with as yet to make an appearance, Great Grandson Monty. 
As Thomas More said, “What part soever you take upon you, play that as well as you can and make the best of it.” And that was Margaret to a tee. Don’t ever give in. a lesson for life for us all. 
Full eulogy available on request. Please email Sue Smith.
The Service of Thanksgiving for her full and active life was held at her local church, Tansley Methodist, on Thursday 3rd of April. It was extremely well attended.
God bless you Margaret Elizabeth Seymour. May you rest in eternal peace.