I first met Jean when she married Ernie and moved into Calais Farm. This was in the days when there were several working farms in the village. Ernie and his brother Geoffrey took over running their farms when their father retired.

Jean had three sons, Stephen, John and Paul who all attended the village primary school. She took a keen interest in everything that went on in the village and joined in with many activities: W.I., whist drives, fetes etc. She was also a voluntary helper at Westwood Hospital.

Their house became a focal point in the village for several years when we were without a shop. She undertook to sell the ‘Hull Daily Mail' from a booth outside her gate and people would walk up to collect a paper and have a chat (and often a cup of tea).

When Ernie retired from farming he and Jean moved to a bungalow in Walkington, but the lure of Bishop Burton was too great and they moved back to live in Calais Farm where they continued to support village activities.

Jean moved to a bungalow in Normandy Avenue, Beverley after Ernie's death. She was happy living there and regularly caught one of the little busses that run round Beverley, to do her shopping.

I was sad to hear of Jean's death, especially at Christmas, she was one of the few remaining people who had lived in Bishop Burton when it was ‘a village' with working farms and where everyone knew everyone else.

My sincere condolences to all of the family.

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