Stawlart of village life, author and councillor
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.
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.
Elizabeth Hollis has died, aged 88