We are very sorry to announce the death of David Davies, a Village Hall Trustee for many years. This family statement was received from his son (over the weekend 18/19 June 2022):


I am contacting you to sadly let you know that my father, David Davies (Hatches Farm, Great Kingshill), passed away last Sunday night after a short illness. David happily gave many hours and days as a committee member of the Village Hall for over 40 years and loved being involved in the community, wanting it to be the best it possibly could. Probably for me, in my childhood, his most notable achievement was helping to re-build the village hall in the 1970s (I think) via many fund raising events. These included wine tasting evenings hosted by a Mr Laithwaite who was starting a new wine selling business (I wonder what ever happened to him?) and anybody of my generation could not possibly forget the fetes on the farm or the Common, which included a zip wire from an oak tree and a donkey derby. Indeed, at the age of 9, I won a bottle of whisky by rolling 3 sixes. Oh, those days before health and safety - can you imagine that now!!

Dad did not want thanks, but I think it would be apposite if you could please mention his passing in any notices/news you send out or at the next Village Hall meeting. He was a good community man.

I am happy to have my email and phone number released if anyone who knew him wants to get in contact with the family.

Yours sincerely

Michael Davies

07809 619215