|18th May 1937 – 29th January 2011|
|The Heart of the Griffin!|
An extract from the Fletching Parish Magazine
On behalf of the Pullan family, thank you very much for the words in last month’s magazine. The whole family, and my father Nigel in particular, have been overwhelmed by the words and gestures of support that have been received since the sudden passing of Bridget, testament to the goodwill that so many people felt for her.
My mother enjoyed a wonderful life, married for over fifty years to an adoring husband, mother to a large family, mother hen to a huge family through the Griffin, through Nutley church and through the various other threads of her life. Her greatest gift was making others happy too. She was always a glass-half-full person, full of joie-de-vivre and gave all of herself to everything she did.
Bridget was a tremendous stalwart of our neighbouring parish church at Nutley, where she helped to run the junior church and Pathfinders, as well as being a regular reader. She never quite made the Choir, much to her amusement and ours. She hosted a holiday club for all the children of Nutley parish, so that on many afternoons in the summer, friends would walk into the garden at Tyes, Bridget and Nigel’s home in Nutley, and be stunned by the sight of hoards of children, running about in the field, playing tennis or swimming. Before you knew it, Mum had you running a junior cricket match on the lawn.
In terms of her contribution to life at Fletching, how many young people in the area earned their first wages as a barman, a waitress or a kitchen assistant working at The Griffin? How many local suppliers did she support by buying in such large volume? How many times did she contribute fabulous prizes to local good causes? How many new people did she welcome with open arms into the local community? Mum always felt that a village needs to keep busy, rather than retire gracefully. Many will remember the amazing evening event that she hosted at the Griffin for The Hospice last year. It mattered not one jot that the weather was terrible, to Mum the challenge was to ensure that everyone had a great time and that a terrific sum was raised regardless.
We are all heartbroken to have lost the warm, loving, giving person that was our mother.
DAVID PULLAN 03.03.11