Denton a village in South Norfolk, England

Kathleen Pointer 1928 - 2019

From the Parish News – December 2019


A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Kathleen was held in Denton St. Mary’s Church on 4th November; Chris Whipps and Gill Hipwell officiated. The Service was attended by many relatives and friends of a very well loved and highly respected lady. Eulogies were given by Gill and Kathleen’s grandson Darren.

Kathleen Priscilla Lubbock lived during her early childhood with her parents who worked at “Herringfleet Hall” in Somerleyton. During the duration of the war she came to live with her Auntie Kay Fairhead who lived at Chapel Corner when she went to Denton School. Although she returned briefly to Somerleyton after the war, her heart was still in Denton and she returned regularly.

It was during these visits that she fell in love with John Pointer whose family were farming at Lodge Farm in Middle Road. The courtship flourished, they made numerous cycle rides together to functions around the area, they became a keen ballroom dancing couple attending dances as far away as Wilby. In 1947 they were married in Somerleyton Church when Kathleen moved into Lodge Farm where they lived with John’s parents. John continued to work on the farm with his brother George and his wife Dorothy; Kathleen helped with domestic work with the Lee Warner family.

While living at Lodge Farm Kathleen gave birth to their two children, Brenda and Michael. However when George Pointer senior died in the mid-sixties the tenancy at Lodge Farm ended, John and Kathleen moved briefly to Vale Farm, but soon followed to Paynes Hill Farm. There they set up a Bed & Breakfast business which, with Brenda’s help, they ran for 25 years entertaining visitors from far and wide many of whom built up lasting friendships with frequent return visits.

In her spare time Kathleen studied needlework, becoming a very accomplished dressmaker whose talents were soon in demand for making wedding dresses and other speciality clothing. She qualified to teach at schools and took evening classes in Bungay. Kathleen had always been very active in village activities serving for thirty years as Churchwarden at St Mary’s where she spent many hours caring within the Church as well as making use of her talents for money raising efforts and the making of choir robes etc. She became chair of the W.I. and a member of Denton Art Club where even more talents were revealed with her beautiful paintings and drawings.

Her Grandson Darren spoke of her as a wonderful “Nan” who gave him and his brother Mark and their Dad, Michael, so much loving support when their mother Carol died in a tragic road accident. He also mentioned her profound love of animals which were kept by her and John in the house and buildings, but perhaps most of all was the fact that she always had a ready smile, this was something recognised by everyone who knew her.

Our sympathy and condolences go to Brenda and Roy who cared for her during her closing years: Michael and his family Darren, Mark and Ellie and great-grandchildren: Shabnum, Rosa, and Amira; Danielle, Carly and Chloe.

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