Category Archives: Obituary

The tragic death of a man I had the privilege to work with


Joel Edwards is a man who I first met when he was the General Director of the Evangelical Alliance and we spent many years working together on a number of issues and connections. One of his early roles before that … Continue reading

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It is vital that unitary Councils are not the only solution to consider


Earlier today two pieces of news emerged that both relate to local Councils albeit in very different ways. The first was the sad news that ex Council leader of Oxford County Council Keith Mitchell has died. I worked with Keith … Continue reading

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A tragic loss for Brighton and Hove – Barry Hulyer RIP


I first met Barry Hulyer in the late 1990’s when I got involved with the Brighton and Hove Council for Voluntary Services which tragically needed to be closed down due to a number of problems in its structure. However Barry … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Florence, and thank you to all Nurses and Midwives including Mary!


I am very proud of all of the people I have ever met who are Nurses, Midwives or who work in the NHS in contexts that help to make the settings better for all of us. One of my friends … Continue reading

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Will a high profile death change the current C-19 funeral rules?


Last night a good friend of mine, Barry Osborne sadly experienced the death of his lovely wife Doreen. Neither of them are young (Barry is in his mid 70’s) and his wife has been ill for several years. However they … Continue reading

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The Tragic death of Tracey Allen


The death of Tracey on Thursday morning has become public today and her departure will leave a very significant gap in our city for a long time to come. The announcement arrived as so often is the case from twitter … Continue reading

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HMY Iolaire and SS Mendi and nearly 900 tragic deaths


Earlier this year I had the privilege of travelling to Stornaway as part of our trip to the Isles of Harris and Lewis and was able to spend a few minutes at the Memorial set up a few months earlier … Continue reading

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The loss of some utterly amazing people


Yesterday thanks to facebook, I discovered the loss of two people, one of whom I have known for many years and who made an enormous contribution to the South East National Offender Management Service. Soraya is pictured here, her death … Continue reading

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Remembering a great bloke


Yesterday I received a very sad message announcing the death of a man who I had got to know over the last 5 years. Peter died in the arms of his wonderful wife on Wednesday, having suffered from prostrate cancer … Continue reading

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Different public, same grief


The sight of a single coffin being carried across the sands of Barra led by a lone piper and 21 male mourners is the penultimate part of a very tragic journey for 14 years old Eilidh MacLeod. Her funeral yesterday … Continue reading

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