Stawlart of vil­lage life, au­thor and coun­cil­lor

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

FOR­MER Ash­ford coun­cil­lor El­iz­a­beth Hol­lis, who has been de­scribed as “one of the stal­warts of West­well”, has died aged 88.

Mrs Hol­lis (nee Ed­munds), of East­well Lane, West­well, died at the William Har­vey Hospi­tal on Satur­day.

She grad­u­ated from the Lon­don School of Eco­nomics spe­cial­is­ing in eco­nomics and so­ci­ol­ogy.

She was a mem­ber of the Women’s Aux­il­iary Fer­ry­ing Squadron, a small group of fe­male trans­port pi­lots, from 1942 un­til 1945.

Dur­ing that time she mar­ried Arthur Hol­lis, an RAF bomber pi­lot.

Af­ter the war she de­voted her time to her fam­ily, rais­ing her three chil­dren Sylvia, Jen­nifer and Richard but found time for re­search into home and hospi­tal births.

Ac­tiv­i­ties

She also helped put to­gether the gov­ern­ment-spon­sored Platt re­port on the wel­fare of chil­dren in hospi­tal and was a fundraiser for the Royal Na­tional In­sti­tute for the Blind.

The Hol­lis fam­ily moved to West­well in 1964 and Mrs Hol­lis, known as Betty, rapidly be­came in­volved in vil­lage ac­tiv­i­ties.

In 1973 she was elected district coun­cil­lor for West­well and Hoth­field rep­re­sent­ing the Con­ser­va­tives.

She was on Ash­ford Ur­ban District Coun­cil, later Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, un­til 1980, and later served on West­well Parish Coun­cil and was chair­man from 1984-90.

She was also a gov­er­nor at High­worth Girls Gram­mar School, The North School and Hoth­field Vil­lage Pri­mary School.

She was a pas­sion­ate de­fender of the coun­try­side, a founder mem­ber of West­well His­tory Group and wrote The West­well Chron­i­cles: the his­tory of the parish from the Bronze Age to the 21st cen­tury, pub­lished in 2008.

She is sur­vived by her chil­dren, six grand­chil­dren and two great-grand­chil­dren.

Parish coun­cil clerk Su­san Wood said: “She was lovely. We shall all miss her.”

A thanks­giv­ing ser­vice will be held at St Mary’s Church at 3.30pm on Fe­bru­ary 8.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1617469

El­iz­a­beth Hol­lis has died, aged 88

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