Yesterday’s service at the unique St. John the Baptist church, Arkholme, was a touching and fitting remembrance of Helen’s life.
There was an exceptional contribution from Helen’s family including a beautiful poem, a remembrance of Helen growing up, her life in Lancaster and Morecambe, meeting Dave and raising her family, whilst working throughout. This was culminated by a superb performance by Jason on the Church Organ, which brought the instrument, and the music, to life.
The interment took place in the family grave among the beautifully manicured lawns of St. John’s.
The family kindly provided a funeral breakfast at the Red Well Inn which proved the ideal opportunity to air memories of Helen, and of course Dave. Needless to say people had enough memories to keep them at the Red Well for quite some time.
I heard the phrase “end of an era” a number of times. It brought home to me just how big an impact and contribution the pair of Helen and Dave brought to Village life. They will remain sadly missed.
I am sure that I speak for the readers of the Blog in expressing my and Sue’s gratitude to John for his note about Helen and the arrangements for her funeral.
It has clearly generated much support and we are sure that this will be much appreciated by her sons.
Graham and Sue Williams
It saddens me to have to announce in these pages the death of Helen Ridgway, on Tuesday 25 July 2017.
When I receive more information I will add it to these comments. Most of you will know that Helen has been poorly for some time. After a stay in Hospital she entered into a Hospice care program.
It is truly the end of an era. Dave and Helen moved to Whittington in 1999, when they took over the Dragons Head. Helen was born in Kendal and until recent times was manageress of the Spar shop in Kirkby Lonsdale. Helen has lived alone in the Maltings since the untimely demise of Dave.
We all send our sympathies to her two sons, Jason and Andrew (known to all as “Stan”.)
P.S. The service will be held at 12:30 on Tuesday 08 August 2017 at St. John the Baptist Church, Arkholme followed by a reception at the Redwell Inn.