In Memoriam


Lloyd Mathers  26th February 2019

It was with great sadness we learnt of the passing last month of Lloyd Mathers (96).  Lloyd and his late wife Doris were long time supporters of Summertime Dancing attending Monday afternoon Old Time Club whenever they could until ill health prevented their attendance.  Lloyd was also a members of the Vine Dance Club  run by Summertime Members Hilary & Tony.

Lloyd was the life and soul of the party, always joking.

We offer our sincere condolences to Lloyd's family for their tremendous loss.

David Evans - November 2018

We were very sorry to learn of the passing of David at the end of last month.  Over many years David and his wife Barbara were staunch supporters of Summertime, regularly attending our Monday afternoons, Saturday night dances, and joining us on many Bournemouth week-ends.  They also enjoyed Modern Sequence dancing, supporting clubs in the area.   David had suffered with failing eyesight for a number of years but always remained cheerful and enjoyed listening to the music, but sadly had to give up dancing about two years ago.  We extend our sincere condolences to Barbara and family.   

The funeral is arranged for Friday, 14th Dec. at 2.15 p.m. at Guildford Crematorium.   

Maxine Court 1943 - August 17th 2018

We were very upset to hear that Maxine had passed away on the  17th August after a long illness.

Maxine and her husband Peter have been good supporters of Summertime coming to many of our dances and holidays.  They were also loyal supporters of the Old Time Dance Society.  Despite her long illness Maxine remained cheerful.  

Maxine will be greatly missed and our sincere condolences go out to her husband Peter and family.

The funeral will be at 11am Tuesday 4th September at the Three Counties Crematorium, Milton Malsor.  Family flowers and donations to Clic Sergent to be forwarded to Wilkinsons Funeral Directors, Grove Road, Northampton, NN1 3LG.

Barry Anniss 1943 - July 2018

It is with great regret that we learnt of the death of Barry on Monday 16th July.  We understand Barry had recently been discharged from hospital following an operation when he became ill and was rushed back into hospital to pass away shortly after.  

Barry was a great supporter of Old Time and Modern Sequence dancing and was a member of Milford, Alton and Haslemere Dance Clubs.  He attended the large dances at Summertime and many other Clubs on a regular basis.  Barry hasn't owned a car for many years and would cycle to all the dances; travelling over 30 miles each way in some cases.  Richard has known him for over 50 years and he was a well known character in the area's dancing circles.

He was a very friendly, gentle man who never complained or criticised others.  Our deepest sympathies go to his twin sister and rest of his family.  Barry will be greatly missed.  

Joyce Palmer 1927 - January 2018

An era of fun and happiness is drawing to a close with the passing of Joyce Palmer. Joyce and her husband John have been friends for 56 years when I first started old time dancing at the Chiddingfold Club at the age of 16 with my Mum.

There are now so few people left that we knew from the start and losing Joyce is a big blow to those of us who remain – Joyce Hutchins (Summertime), Angela Gale (Milford), Jill Lewington (Alton), and Alfreda Puttock to name a few.

Joyce and John ran the Bordon  and Grayswood Clubs for many years and were also strong supporters of Summertime Dancing both then and now frequently attending our summer sequence club as well as the Cove Club.

I sometimes hear people say they have been dancing for years but very few have contributed the time and dedication of Joyce and John Palmer.

My sympathy goes out from us all to John and the Family with happy memories of the wonderful dancing years we all spent together.


Rex Knight  November 2017

We were deeply saddened to learn of Rex’s passing earlier this month.   Rex was diagnosed with dementia some while ago and in recent months was admitted to a care home.   Rex and his wife Linda were very keen old time dancers and members of the Old Time Dance Society acting as Area Representatives covering Kent, a role which Linda continues to embrace.     

We enjoyed the pleasure of their company on several of our dancing holidays.

We extend our deepest condolences to Linda and family and look forward to welcoming Linda to our future events.

Joyce Hutchins

17th Nov. 2017

Jenny Nicholls  1946 - 7th October 2017

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Jenny after battling against cancer for the past year.  Jenny with her late husband Philip were well known and popular professional leaders in Southern England running the Alton, Medstead and Farnham Sequence Dance Clubs.  Following the death of her husband Philip last year, Jenny continued to be the leader at both clubs partnered by Gwen until this Autumn when ill health forced her to stop.  Jenny was a leading light in the Wey Valley Sequence Dance Association for many years serving in most officer positions; being Chairman at the time of her death.

Jenny with her husband attended many Summertime dances and holidays and were both known for their great sense of humour.  Jenny had a lively, chirpy disposition taking a pragmatic view of life.  She will be greatly missed by all who met her.

Our deepest sympathy goes to her family.

Ethel Hobbs

 It is with great sadness that we learnt that Ethel has passed away following a major stroke.  Ethel, and her late husband John,  were keen supporters of several sequence dance clubs in the area.   For  many, many years Ethel, together with Carol Boxall,  has been a leader at the Milford Sequence Dance.

Our sincere condolences go out to Ethel’s family, Carol and her many friends.   The funeral

will take place at 12.45 p.m. on Thurs. 27th July at Guildford Crematorium.

Joyce Hutchins

13th July 2017

Gerald Bibby  October 1930 - 9th June 2017

We learnt today that Gerald had sadly passed away in hospital in the early hours of this morning after a long battle with cancer.  Gerald was a very colourful character loved through the sequence dancing community of the area.  Despite his long illness he was always very cheerful.

He and his wife Joan in their time were Deputies at several clubs including Fairlands, Normandy, Cove and Summertime and also were the Leaders at Normandy until ill health intervened.  They helped run Cove when the club was leaderless.  He was a very kind and generous man with a great sense of humour.  His microphone skills were legendary.  I remember the time he was MC of the Normandy Ball and at the start of the evening climbed on a step ladder in the centre of the floor and conducted David Last in a Glen Miller melody.

He and Joan took us under their  wing when we started dancing 11 years ago and encouraged and helped us through all our training for which we will always be grateful.  They were only too happy to partner beginners to encourage them with their dancing.

Our deepest sympathies go to is wife Joan and family.  Gerald will leave a big hole in the sequence dancing community and will be greatly missed.


Peter Bowler 16th January 2017

We were very sorry to hear  that Peter Bowler had passed away on the 16th January 2017 following a long illness.  Peter and his wife were long standing members of the Old Time Dance Society (23 years) and were good supporters of clubs in the South,  They also attended several of Summertime Dancing's Old Time Holidays.

He was a dance professional and also with his wife Marjorie a member of the Peggy Spencer formation team.  He has a son and daughter.  We would like to send our deepest sympathies to his wife Marjorie and family.

On Mon 30th January a Memorial Service at St. John the Baptist Church, Shipton Moyne, Tetbury, was held.

Ernie Tepper 1929 - July 2016

We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Ernie Tepper last week after a long illness.  Ernie and his wife Maggie were members of Summertime Dancing for many years until his ill health prevented him dancing.  They were also members of other sequence dance clubs in their many years of dancing.

Ernie was well known as a joker and was always good humoured and very popular with all who know him.

Our deepest sympathy go out to his wife Maggie and his family.

Hilary Everitt May 2016

We were very sad to hear this week that Hilary Everitt had passed away on Thursday 19th May. Hilary has, unfortunately, been ill for some time. Hilary together with her husband Chris has attended many Summertime events until February this year and were a very devoted couple.

We first met them through the Old Time Society when Chris was the Events Secretary which is a thankless task but one he performed well. Hilary was a gracious lady who always spoke to us with encouragement.

Together they ran the popular Abbots Langley Old Time Club for many years.   Our deepest sympathy goes to Chris and family at this very sad time.


Philip Nicholls 1st May 1944 - 15th May 2016

We were all devastated to learn that Philip Nicholls passed away on the 15th May.  He had celebrated his birthday a couple of weeks previously.

Philip had been suffering with COPD for the past few months but has recently deteriorated rapidly until recently he was no longer able to MC at his clubs.  Philip and his wife Jenny are leaders at three popular sequence clubs:  Alton, Medstead and Farnham and are very popular  with a large following.  Their dances are always very well attended.

Philip was qualified with the UKA and encouraged new dancers wherever possible.  He had no airs and graces, being down to earth, and was very encouraging to my wife and I whilst we were training for our teacher qualifications.  He never took things too seriously and their clubs were known for their fun which is becoming an increasingly important factor in club survival.  

Philip and Jenny were frequent attendees at Summertime dances and holidays and his singing surpassed Richard's at times.  

Philip and Jenny have also been members of the Old Time Dance Society since 1985.

Philip was a former President and Chairman of the Wey Valley Sequence Dance Association and served on its Dance Committee for a number of years.  His passing will leave an enormous hole in Sequence Dancing in this area.

Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Jenny and the rest of the family.

NJC 16/5/2016

Lionel Fowler  May 2016

It is with great sorrow that we learnt of the death of Lionel Fowler.  Lionel and his wife Joan have been on several summertime holidays and were great supporters of Old Time.  They also enjoyed sequence dancing.  They had run an Old Time Club at Woodley Berks, and were Old Time Dance Society area representatives for Reading and Berkshire. from 2003 to date, having joined the Society in 1991.

Our sincere condolences go to his wife Joan and family.

Ron Pemberton May 1926 - May 2016

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Ron Pemberton last week just after his 90th birthday.  He has not been well for sometime.  Ron was a regular at Summertime Dancing and with his late wife (photo left) they ran the Vyne Sequence Dance Club in Brookwood for many years as well as other sequence clubs in the area.

He loved his dancing and was a qualified professional dance teacher.

He will be greatly missed and we extend our condolences to his family and friends.

Anne Lincoln - March 15th 2016

For 60 plus years Anne and John have danced their way through life competing, running a club and dances in Oxford and being area reps for the Old Time Dance Society.

It was devastating for them when Anne was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2015 but it was amazing how she coped with her advancing poor health using an IPad to communicate and share jokes.

John we are sorry that Anne is no longer here but hold tight to your memories and thank you both for giving us the pleasure of dance.

Sid & Anne Roberts

John Pearce - 3rd March 2016

We were very upset to learn of the passing of John Pearce on the 3rd March 2016 (pictured with his wife Pat) after a long illness.  He and his wife Pat were very active in the sequence world and were involved with many clubs in the area until John's illness precluded their attendance.  They used to be the leaders at the Normandy, Elstead, and Milford Sequence Dance Clubs and were regular attendees at Summertime's Dance Clubs.

Our deepest sympathies go to Pat and the rest of the family.

Larry Smith 1933 - January 2016

It is with great sadness that we heard that Summertime Dancing's Chairman, Larry, had passed away in his sleep in hospital on the 3rd January after becoming unwell over the New Year.

Larry and his wife, Heather, have been members of Summertime Dancing since its beginning in 1998.  They have supported all our dances and holidays when ill health has permitted and have been amongst our strongest supporters.   He was a very keen old time dancer and he and Heather have been members of the Old Time Society since 2004.  He was also a very keen fisherman.

Larry has suffered with ill health for the past few years but has tried to attend Summertime's Old Time Club with Heather every Monday.  Larry and Heathers' party piece was to lead off the Gargrave Gavotte which was one of their favourite dances.

Larry and Heather celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with us in 2010.

He always had a wicked sense of humour and was a larger than life character who will be sorely missed by us all.

Our sincere condolences go to his wife Heather, brother Herbie and the rest of his family at this very sad time.

Doris Mathers  1923 - August 2015

It was with tremendous sadness we learnt of the death of Doris Mathers, devoted wife of Lloyd, who passed away last week after being ill for the past few months.  Doris’s illness has prevented them attending Summertime’s club in the past few weeks.  Doris and her husband Lloyd were long time supporters of Summertime Dancing attending Monday afternoon Old Time Club whenever they could.  Doris celebrated her 90th Birthday at Summertime in 2013.  They also were members of the Vine Dance Club currently run by Summertime Members Hilary & Tony.

Doris has always had a smile on her face and was a quiet person, a perfect foil to her husband Lloyd who has been the life and soul of the party.  They were an inseparable couple, totally devoted to each other.

The funeral was on Friday 4th September at St Johns Crematorium, Woking.

We offer our sincere condolences to Lloyd and the rest of the family for their tremendous loss.  Doris will certainly be missed by all her fellow dancers at Summertime.

EDDY HAMM  1944 – 17th June 2015

It is a very sad fact that the older we get the more of our dear friends we seem to lose until eventually it’s our turn.

Just a few weeks ago I learned of the passing of Doreen Busby who had been a long term friend and supporter of Summertime Dancing until her health deteriorated. Doreen also supported local old time dancing clubs and the Society. She enjoyed her dancing and lived to a good age. Our thoughts are with Joe and her Family and friends.

Yesterday I learned that tragic news that our close friend Eddy had lost his battle with illness. He originally learned that he had cancer on the day he was due to join us for our last holiday and although in shock he decided to come along anyway. He told me that the support of all his friends on that holiday had helped to lessen the shock and encouraged him to press on with recovery which he tried with all his big heart to do.

Just last year Eddy spent his 70th birthday with Summertime and we had a great afternoon celebrating with him in his usual dry jovial fashion. (See 2014 report).  

Eddy had been a member of the OTDS for 17 years and was a regular supporter of the holiday events. He also supported old time dancing at the clubs, Leicester Glenfield, Leicester St Anne’s, Anstey, Hull and Sheffield at which he will be greatly missed.

70 is no age to pass on and he is going to be terribly missed by so many of his friends and friendly acquaintances in old time dancing.

We offer our love and sincere condolences to Sue and his Family at this very difficult time.

Richard 18th June 2015

Bob Chitson

After a long illness Bob died on Monday 2nd March 2015.  Bob and his wife Barbara have been dancing for a long while frequenting several clubs including Summertime’s Old Time and GO Sequence Clubs.  He was Chairman of the Ash Sequence Dance Club until its closure a few years ago.

He was very popular with all the other dancers and was known as a bit of a joker.  He always had a cheery disposition.

Our  deepest sympathies go to his wife Barabara and family.

His funeral is at Aldershot Crematorium on Friday 20th March at 10:45.

Ray Collins

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing away of Ray Collins on the  22/1/2015.  Ray and his wife Sheila joined Summertime’s GO sequence Club at its conception and have been members ever since.  He was a very popular dancer and he will be greatly missed.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife Sheila and the rest of his family.

Bob Wager

It is with much sadness that we announce the recent sudden passing of Bob Wager of Lee-on-the-Solent. Bob, together with his wife Judy, were relatively new friends of Summertime Dancing and had joined us on a couple of our holidays and also visited us at Normandy. Bob will be greatly missed and we extend to Judy and family our deepest sympathy.

Joyce Hutchins

16th June 2014

PETER JEPHSON  1934 - 3rd APRIL 2014

Very sadly another valued member of the old time dancing community has gone as Pete passed away on 3rd April after a three month battle with illness.

Pete was one of those lucky people who always seemed cheerful and his singing particularly his renditions of Al Jolson made him a well known figure in the dancing world.

He had recently been elected to the OTDS committee and was to have taken over as events secretary. Pat & Pete also led the dancing at an OTDS event and bought their equally lively Luton club along for a festive evening.

Pat & Pete (pictured left) visited Summertime at our ‘Bryan Smith Tea Dance’ last year and the photos show he was enjoying his dancing as usual.

We offer our sincere condolences to Pat, Pete’s family, Luton club members and other friends.


Graham Horley

On recently returning from holiday, Richard and I were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Graham of Horsham in his sleep on Sat. 8th March. Graham was a lively, fun character who, together with his late wife, Molly, and latterly with dancing partner, Iris, had been a supporter of Summertime Dancing for a number of years. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family, Iris, and many friends.

Joyce Hutchins March 2014

John Killick

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of John of Hemel Hempstead.   John, together  with his wife Vera, were supporters of Summertime Dancing and we enjoyed their company on several of our holidays.   Although Vera has been in a nursing home for some while now, John continued to join us on our Bournemouth week-ends.   We extend our deepest sympathy to Vera and the family.

Joyce Hutchins 4 December 2013

Len Guyatt

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Len after a long illness bravely borne. Len, together with partner Gwen Walker were loyal supporters of Summertime Dancing joining us on several dancing holidays and at our Saturday nights dances at Normandy.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Gwen and Len's family.

Joyce Hutchins

21st April 2013

Brian Read

It is with very great sadness that we announced the passing away of our Chairman Brian Read on the 16th July 2012 in Southampton Hospital following heart surgery after suffering two heart attacks.

Brian and his wife Rhona have been members and stalwart supporters of Summertime since it started in 1998 willing to lend a hand to any task to help Joyce and Richard.  He was also the Chairman of Normandy SDC for a number of years and on the Wey Valley Sequence Dance Association Committee.  Brian and Rhona have been members of the Old Time Dance Society for  many years attending several of their events.

In 2010 Brian and Rhona celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

We will all miss his good humour and friendliness.  Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Rhona and their family.

Nigel Carter 17/7/2012

George Findlay

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of George Findlay. George, and his wife Mary, were on holiday in Tenerife when he was taken ill and spent several days in hospital there in intensive care.   He was subsequently transferred to Kingston Hospital in Surrey where he passed away on the 10th February.

George and Mary ran the Ace Old Time Dance Club at Hook in Surrey for many years. He had also served on the Committee of the Old Time Dance Society.

We extend to Mary and family our sincere condolences.

Grace Crouch

It is with great sadness that we have learnt that Grace Crouch has passed away following a major stroke. Grace and her husband Geoff (photo left) have been supporters of Summertime's Golden Oldies Club. Grace with her husband have also been members of various sequence clubs in the area for many years and Grace has always been cheerful despite illness. Our deepest sympathy goes to her husband Geoff and the rest of her family.

Nigel Carter 15/12/2010

Marge Day

We were very upset to learn the Marge Day passed away on the 18th May 2010 aged 87. Marge has been a stalwart of Summertime Dancing having been a founder member. She was also a member of Normandy Sequence Dance Club for 50 years and, until recently, a long serving member of the Old Time Dance Society. Marge was the chief teamaker at all Summertime Dancing's events including Richard's regular Garden Parties. In this she was aided by her great friend, Ethel Madgwick, who passed away last year and the pair of them were known as the "Hinge and Bracket" of Summertime Dancing.

Marge will be greatly missed and to her many friends and family we offer our sincere condolences at this time.

Nigel Carter 19//5/2010

Roy Stansall

We were deeply saddened to learn of the recent death of Roy Stansall of Fawley, Southampton. Roy, together with his wife Shirley, were relatively new friends of Summertime Dancing and had joined us on a couple of our dancing holiday week-ends, more recently in March this year.

Roy will be sadly missed and we extend to Shirley and family our deepest sympathy.

Joyce Hutchins

3rd May 2010

Monty Pearce

It is with much regret that we have learnt that Monty Pearce passed away on the 30th January 2010.

Monty will be well remembered by those of us who have been Old Time dancing for some years as he was the forerunner of the organists and keyboard players that we now enjoy. He had a series of CD s featuring quite a lot of traditional old time music which he played in his own recognisable style.

Monty was a member of the OTDS for about 15 years and followed the late Brian Smith as 2nd President of the Society for 3 years.

To his family and many friends we offer our sincere condolences.

Richard Purcell


Geoff  Elderton: 13th July 1937 - 6th December 2009

It is with great sadness that I find myself writing to tell you of the loss of another friend.

Geoff had been battling cancer for over a year but I had coffee with him just over a week ago when he was chatting about dancing as usual. Unexpectedly he was taken ill with complications and went into hospital a week ago last Friday where he had several emergency operations. Sadly this was just a step too far for Geoff and he passed away on Sunday morning with his family at his bedside.

When Geoff met Sylvian the only way he could woo her was to take up dancing so he took on the challenge, took lessons, they married and have been dancing ever since. I have known them both for many years as they took over the Fairlands Sequence Dance Club just over 30 years ago when I left and have been teaching there ever since.

They were the leading Professional couple in our area also running a club at Addlestone as well as being Chairman and teaching for the Wey Valley Association, a collection of over 30 local clubs. In addition they taught at the professional teachers organisation Sandscott. Holding Fellowships in several Societies they were ideally placed to teach sequence dancing as they were qualified in Old Time, Ballroom and Latin and the loss of Geoff s expertise will be a great blow to his many friends in the area.

As well as competing in their early days they also toured the country to dance inventive competitions whilst adjudicating at some events, they were always interested in the newer sequence and classical dances teaching many of them at their clubs and the associations.

Last year Geoff was re-elected as Vice President of the Old Time Dance Society, chuckling when he beat me into second place, but we didn t really worry as we have been exchanging views for so long and each valued the others point of view. I always sought his advice on dancing and the new dances and got a frank appraisal of what he thought which I shall now greatly miss.

It seems difficult to believe that 18 months ago he was up a thirty foot ladder painting the front of my house and shouting down  where s the coffee then . Joyce, Joan, Gerald and I with the members of Summertime will miss Geoff tremendously and we all extend our sincere condolences to Sylvian and his family.

Richard Purcell

Ethel Madgwick 1915 - 2009

It with great sadness that I find myself writing to you all again with the sad death of  our Madge as she was affectionately known.

It is difficult to imagine that she was born just 3 years after the sinking of the Titanic and the Great War was already into its second year. What amazing changes she witnessed in 94 years from motor cars to flying, another war, TV, space flight, mobile phones and computers etc.

Although her health had deteriorated in the past 12 months until August she could still be seen pottering around in her beloved red Mini not to be outdone by her great friend Marjorie Day  Marg also racing around but on her bike! Both Madge and Marg (sometimes known as Hinge & Bracket) regularly helped the  old people at the Shawfield Day Centre in Ash, Madge spending hours on her feet helping do hair despite being many years their senior.

Madge supported Summertime Old Time Club right from the very start and had previously been a member of both the Normandy and Ash Vale Sequence clubs for many years. She loved her OT dancing and joined the OTDS in 1996 enjoying the dancing holidays and always reading the newsletter to keep up to date with the goings on.

To her Family, great friend Marg and her many others friends, she is gone but will never be forgotten and we offer our sincere wishes at a difficult time.

Richard Purcell 24/9/09

Ray Hatswell

Ray Hatswell passed away whilst we were all dancing at our holiday in Bournemouth, a holiday that he and his wife Carol were to have attended. They both helped at the Greenford OTDC and also joined the OTDS in June 1998. Ray was often to be seen at our events outside with me having an interval cigarette and we grew to know each other quite well through these interludes and I always enjoyed his dry sense of humor. He was just successfully recovering from an operation when he was diagnosed with an unrelated illness that proved a step too far. To his wife Carol, his family and many friends in the dancing world we offer our sincere thoughts and cherish our happy memories.

(Photo taken from 2004 holiday video)

Richard Purcell 15/9/09

Marion Pemberton

Marion Pemberton (photo left with her husband Ron) passed away suddenly on Sunday but had been dancing as usual very recently. She and Ron ran the Send Sequence Dance Club for many years and were still running the club at the Vyne near Woking. Both had regularly supported our OT club and through the summer also our Golden Oldies Sequence club, often leading dances for us. We recently attended their Diamond Wedding Anniversary which we reported on this website. To Ron, her husband of 60 years, her family and friends we shall miss her and offer our thoughts at this difficult time.

Richard Purcell 15/9/09

Ted Tedder

We were deeply saddened to learn of the recent death of Ted Tedder of Hampton Green, Gloucestershire. Ted and his wife Eileeen were loyal supporters of Summertime Dancing having visited us at Normandy and joined us on many of our Old Time week-ends in Bournemouth, the last occasion being in January this year. They were also members of the Old Time Dance Society.

We extend to Eileen and family our sincere condolences at this time. Hopefully at some time in the future, we will see Eileen back on the dance floor.

Joyce and Richard 13th May 2009

Mac Macdonell

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our friend  Mac Macdonell after a long battle with illness. Mac was a supporter of Summertime OT dances and holidays right from the beginning and is pictured left (centre) with his wife Gwen and friend Philip (Alton MSDC) at our Bournemouth holiday in 2003. We extend our condolences to Gwen and his family from all our Summertime members.

Richard Purcell 17/4/09