As many of you know, Brenda & Ivor Gower died within 4 days of each other at the end of January 2017 – Brenda on 24th and Ivor on 28th.
Brenda lived her whole life in Monxton, born in 1926 in what is now Shoe Tree Cottage. She attended Amport School then the Andover Secondary Modern Girls School. Ivor spent his childhood in Andover, being raised by his grandmother.
Ivor and Brenda met in Monxton at the village dances which were held in Monxton Hut where the present village hall now stands. They were married in 1950 and moved into Cambridge Cottage where they lived for the rest of their lives.
Brenda was postmistress for many years, collecting the post from Amport Post Office and delivering it around Monxton and Amport on her bicycle. Ivor worked as a bus conductor on Wilts and Dorset buses, and also delivered bread for the Co-op around the villages. His last job before retiring was as a storeman for Doves.
Brenda was a regular member of Monxton Church and a member of the PCC for many years. She worked tirelessly helping to raise funds for the church, organising jumble sales and helping in many other ways. Ivor was a keen member of the Black Swan Cribbage Team and, until recent years, enjoyed a lunch time drink in the local pub.
Brenda and Ivor will be greatly missed by many in Monxton and the local community. The end of an era.