Carolyn Pennycook remembered

Carolyn Pennycook, who sadly died in her sleep on Saturday February 7, was a Weybridge resident from childhood who worked tirelessly to make Weybridge a pleasant place in which to live and work. For more than 14 years she was secretary of the Weybridge Society.  With her husband John she was also a very active member of the Society’s Planning Panel which vets and comments on planning applications affecting Weybridge and Oatlands. Responding to developers’ proposals involves a great deal of work and expertise. Carolyn applied these with great skill.

A keen walker, Carolyn developed the”Aspects of Weybridge” circular walk - a Weybridge Society contribution to the millennium celebrations. The walk has given pleasure to numerous walkers and increased knowledge of the town’s by-ways. Communicating the Society’s work to the public was also one of Carolyn’s interests and she edited the Society’s Newsletter for many years. Given Carolyn’s contribution to many areas of the Society’s work, filling the gap she leaves will be a big challenge.

Besides her dedicated work for the Weybridge Society, Carolyn also worked for the Elmbridge Museum for 12 years. Her two main roles were as a researcher on the Museum’s popular local history service and as a receptionist.

In a tribute to her Anna Bright, the Museums Manager, said that Carolyn was dedicated to the Museum, to those who worked alongside her, and to the service of Museum visitors.  She said that Carolyn was passionate and extremely knowledgeable about local history. She was, said Anna Bright, a quiet fixer who worked behind the scenes to anticipate problems and resolve them without fuss.

Dave Arnold, the Society’s chairman, said that that Carolyn’s death meant that Weybridge had lost a skilful and dedicated advocate for the town and its residents.  Her contribution to the Society’s activities and interests was enormous; she will be greatly missed.

The funeral will take place on March 5th at St James Church at 11 am; the family has requested no flowers but donations to Lodge Bros Weybridge.

 

17th Feb 2015

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