The face and voice of village Players
SIMPLE SERVICE: Music and poetry for stalwart of amateur drama society
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