Little Common’s sad loss as Beryl Brand bows out

Little Common is mourning one of its best known faces, Beryl Brand, who sadly passed away suddenly on December 23 at the age of 86.

Beryl lived in the village for 40 years, and was a long time chairman of the Little Common Horticultural Society, ending with a life presidency.

She was also part of the determined group of book-loving volunteers who arranged the purchase of the Little Common library, when the county council decided to close it down, and was still helping with running of the library right to the end of her life. Her passion was poetry and she always had a book close to hand.

She had two sons, Simon and Jon, and two grandchildren, Richard and Samantha, plus five great grandchildren.

Jon said: “I know that she is going to be missed as a personality in the village. She made time for everybody she came into contact with, and both Simon and I are extremely proud of the great swell of support and thinking displayed by her many friends throughout Little Common and Bexhill. She was a positive and proactive person right up to the last, never shy with a comment or two, and was often called upon to give a speech, at prize givings, and local events.”

She was born on February 16 1927 in Nantwich Cheshire, and was evacuated in the war to Brightlingsea in Essex, where she met Harry Brand, her future husband. The couple lived in central London, and the South East, but retired to Little Common in the mid 1970’s and lived in the same house all their years here - Harry died three years ago.

Beryl was extremely keen on her garden and won many prizes over the years, especially for her Begonias, and marmalade.

The funeral is Tuesday at Eastbourne Crematorium 2.30pm