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Myrtle Sercombe (Mickey)

27 May 1929 — 17 December2014

I came to know Mickey in recent years following my involvement with the Parish Project Group. Mickey had an immense depth of knowledge of our parish. We have missed her guidance, humour and wisdom when failing health prevented her from attending meetings over the past year. Mickey met her husband Gilbert at the Ministry of Agriculture in Hampshire. They married in 1952 and moved to Idston farm, then a 70 acre mixed farm. Mickey had an impressive career before retiring in 1995, secretary at Beers solicitors, secretary at Kingsbridge Grammar school and finally bursar at K B Community college.  

Mickey's husband Gilbert became active on the Parish and District Councils. The couple worked hard to push forward the building of the bypass. Gilbert died in 1996, but Mickey continued to be very active in the community. She was a founder member of the village Regatta committee and the Parish Project Group, she had an important role in the production of the village map. For many years Mickey was treasurer and Honorary secretary of the Loddiswell Show.

Delia Elliott - from The mAGpie January 2015      


 David Balkwill

David died in March 2015. He had been a great friend and a huge influence on the lives of many of us, particularly within the farming community, he will be much missed.

For us within the Project Group he had been a joy to work with when producing his memoir, and both he and his family were so gratified by the popular reception it achieved when it was published. It really is a fitting tribute to him and his life in our changing times.



 Jocelyn (Jo) Ponting

Jocelyn died suddenly in May 2016 after a short illness. She had been a member of the Project Group since its inception, and was a mainstay of so many of the group's activities and achievements. Her enthusiasm and energy for anything she undertook was a great influence, more than that, she was a great friend to all of us.

Jo was a real 'one-off' with a no nonsense approach to life and with an ever enquiring mind, very often left field but always inventive and innovative. She was often a challenging person to work with but always a great joy to be with.

She will be very sadly missed by the enormous number of friends she made and all those who taught and helped with a kind heart and unstinting generosity.


 Colin Herbert


 Colin died peacefully in a hospice. His mother’s family came from the parish and he and his brother were evacuated during the war to his aunt in Rock Hill House. In later life he and his wife bought a house in Glebelands and became a pivotal part of the recently formed Project Group. Together they helped record the gravestones in the churchyard and compiled the register in the church. Colin  had an extensive collection of old postcards, he generously left them to the Project Group, they form a large part of our parish photographic archive. He was always on hand at displays at the Church Fete and Parish Project events to share his photos, records and knowledge.