The face and voice of vil­lage Play­ers

SIM­PLE SER­VICE: Mu­sic and po­etry for stal­wart of ama­teur drama so­ci­ety

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

FRIENDS and fam­ily have said a fond farewell to Carol Haynes, for so long the pub­lic face and voice of the Wood­church Play­ers.

Mrs Haynes, 73, died in the Pil­grims Hospice, Ash­ford, af­ter a short ill­ness.

In re­cent years she had manned the tele­phone box of­fice and or­gan­ised front of house for the Play­ers’ pan­tomimes and other pro­duc­tions.

It was dur­ing Jan­uary’s pan­tomime, Cin­derella, that she first showed signs of her ill­ness.

Just over two weeks later she was in the William Har­vey Hospi­tal.

Af­ter 18 days she was moved to the nearby Pil­grims Hospice, where she died peace­fully on Fe­bru­ary 21.

A sim­ple funeral ser­vice, of­fi­ci­ated by the Rev Neville Gal­lagher of Wood­church, was held at Char­ing Cre­ma­to­rium last Thurs­day where, at her re­quest, fam­ily and friends lis­tened to some of her favourite tunes.

Mrs Haynes, a keen mem­ber of the vil­lage com­mu­nity, was raised in the New Eltham area and ed­u­cated at St Ur­su­line Con­vent.

As a teenager she sang solo at the Royal Al­bert Hall.

She spent much of her life in Maid­stone and Bearsted.

In 1980 her first hus­band, Don­ald Philpot, died when only 50.

In 1985 she mar­ried Kent Mes­sen­ger Group jour­nal­ist John Haynes and moved to Otham. Shortly af­ter re­tir­ing, Carol moved to Wood­church, where she and her hus­band quickly be­came in­volved with the lo­cal am-dram so­ci­ety.

She was sec­re­tary while he was re­spon­si­ble for pub­lic­ity.

They con­tin­ued to help in any way they could af­ter serv­ing three years on the com­mit­tee.

She was also a Friend of the Mar­lowe and Sin­den the­atres.

Her eldest son Peter gave a eu­logy at her ser­vice, while the poem She Is Gone, by David Harkins, was read by her eldest grand­daugh­ters, Emma and Han­nah.

Mrs Haynes leaves a hus­band, sons Peter and David, three step-sons, five daugh­ters-in-law and nine grand­chil­dren.

She re­quested that any do­na­tions should go to the Pil­grims Hospice, c/o Earl & Co, Albe­marle Road, Ash­ford, Kent TN24 0HL.

Carol Haynes, a stal­wart of the Wood­church Play­ers, who has died aged 73

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