Angus Gordon BVMS MRCVS

Angus Gordon was a well known resident in the village and gave much of his spare time to helping support, as well as lead, many of the village organisations over four decades.

He and his wife Esther made their home at The Long Barn on Grafton Road and brought their family up there. While Esther was busy with her floristry business, Angus was running a successful veterinary practice in Kettering.

Not one to take life easy, he chose to get involved in the Parish Council and having been elected as a councillor in 1983 was almost immediately elected Chairman. It was quite a challenge as many of the members were new and expertise and experience had been lost. In the 1990s he was Chair of the Planning Committee and Vice Chairman before taking on the Chairmanship for the second time in 1995. He continued to serve on the Parish Council until illness forced him to withdraw from his role. He has the accolade of having been elected in every council election since his original stand in 1983.

For several years Angus was the Parish Council representative on the Village Hall Management Committee before taking on the role of Secretary to the Committee and later its Chair. He served in this role between 1992 and 2018 when illness forced him to resign. His commitment to the village and his determination to serve the village to the best of his ability was recognised by many over the years of his stewardship.

Angus and Esther were generous in other ways too, sharing their garden regularly with villagers and the general public to raise money for charities through the National Open Gardens scheme and other events. Even the inaugural meeting of the Friends of the Church took place there. Angus was an enthusiastic gardener and a member of the Gardening Club. He was passionate about growing his beans and tomatoes in the summer. His was a familiar figure too as he regularly rode on his motor mower down to Church Hill to mow the grass on the village green in the spring and summer months.

Many will also remember the time GADS had the opportunity to stage Midsummer’s Night Dream in the garden at The Long Barn. Despite the pouring rain all day, it cleared soon after 6pm and it was a very special and atmospheric production which would not have been possible without the encouragement and generosity of the Gordon family. Similarly he supported the Church and The Friends of the Church by hosting afternoon teas in his garden to raise funds and always being willing to help with the shifting of chairs and tables to allow the Flower Festival and the Christmas Tree Festival to take place.

Those close to the family will know how he was supported through his illness by his family and how much of a challenge the last few years were for this active, intelligent man. The village benefited a great deal from the time he gave to such a wide variety of projects over the years and we are pleased to acknowledge his contribution through this tribute.

Angus Stewart McKenzie Gordon 18.10.1937 – 31.7.2020

The Long Barn in autumn

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    1. Sandra

      Mon 31st Aug 2020 at 4:51 pm

      A wonderful tribute to this fine gentleman.

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