Bruce was a committee member of Sawston Village History Society since the inaugural meeting on 24th January 1991 when fourteen people met to form the society. He was elected Publicity Officer at that meeting and continued in this post until his untimely death on Saturday 22nd June 2013. Bruce was responsible for designing the posters advertising our meetings and for their distribution in various places in Sawston. He also sent details of our forthcoming meetings to the local Press and these notices encouraged visitors from further afield.
He was a member of SVHS programme committee and showed a great interest in the paranormal including arranging a ghost watch at Sawston Hall. However, the various apparitions said to haunt the Hall were not present during our visit. Bruce gave a presentation to SVHS members earlier this year entitled ‘John Neville – Sawston’s Warlord of the Roses?’ in which he related John’s life in much detail.
He was also point of contact for enquiries through the SVHS website and he enthusiastically researched information to answer the varied questions he received, many from overseas. After receiving an email from Tony Hsu, Bruce researched the links of Xu Zhimo, Tony’s Grandfather and one of China’s famous poets who had studied at King’s College while residing at Prince’s Terrace in Sawston in the early 1920s. This resulted in a visit to Sawston by Tony Hsu and a Chinese film crew and recently this part of their film was shown on Chinese television.
Bruce was a founder member of Sawston’s Twinning Association with Selsingen in Germany and took an active part in arranging visits for both adults and students. His interest in Landscape Archaeology led him to become an enthusiastic member of Archaeology Rheesearch, a local amateur group who carry out resistivity and magnetometer surveys at many locations including Wimpole Hall, Ely Cathedral and Sawston Hall, as well as other sites in the area.
He was a volunteer with the local Scout movement and also spent time volunteering in Challis Garden. Some people will remember him cycling round Sawston with the football pools. Bruce was a member of the U3A and enjoyed his sessions of Mah‑Jong.
We shall miss Bruce very much for his enthusiasm, for the very active part he played in SVHS, his questioning manner, for writing up reports on our speakers and ensuring they were published in Sawston Scene and on the website. He was straightforward in his manner and fought for what he believed was right.
Bruce was a proud family man and we send our condolences to Renate, his children and his grandchildren.