The village remembers Ken Howard

At a memorial service at St. Michael’s on 18 November, around 600 family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of Ken Howard who died on November 10 aged 69. Ken was born at Parklands farm in 1933 and after finishing his schooling spent a year at Writtle College. Following National Service he became an enthusiastic member of the Young Farmers and it was here that he met Madeleine. They married in 1957 and had four daughters. He was never happier than when working at home and when his father died in 1961 he took over the running of the farm. Over the years he gradually expanded the farm and in recent years diversified the business to ensure that it remained sound. Ken was a keen member of the NFU and as an active member of the Chelmsford branch played his part in helping the development of the industry in the County. He had an extensive knowledge of country life and a lifetime love of horses. For many years he served as a Steward at the Essex Show and as Master of the Essex Farmers & Union Hunt he developed a wide circle of friends. He loved to socialise and when he became very ill it was typical that he should host a gathering of friends at Parklands that he openly acknowledged to be ‘The Rehearsal of the Wake’ He is succeeded by Madeleine and their four daughters, Anne, Christina (who now runs the farm), Elizabeth and Jo and eleven grandchildren.