PAM COULTON, formerly Pam Langton (nee Headington), died on January 24 in Barnard Castle, Co Durham, aged 90
PAM COULTON, formerly Pam Langton (nee Headington), died on January 24 in Barnard Castle, Co Durham, aged 90.
Pam was born at Manor House Farm, Paley Street, into the Headington family, who were well known farmers around Wargrave, Knowl Hill and White Waltham.
She attended St Joan's (now Rupert House) School in Henley with her brother Peter before going on to Benenden School in Kent.
She was among the Benenden intake evacuated in the Second World War to the Bristol Hotel in Newquay where at one time the girls were strafed on the beach by a German bomber that had been involved in a raid on Plymouth.
Later in the war Pam enrolled in the WRNS and was stationed at HMS Fervent in Ramsgate, where she trained sailors to launch torpedoes from motor torpedo boats as a leading torpedo woman. After the war Pam worked for the Red Cross in Redhill.
She married Roly Langton, an officer in the Irish Guards, in 1948. They settled in Knowl Hill before an overseas posting with their two children to Egypt in the Canal Zone. Their departure from Egypt was dramatic â?? at midnight one day in November 1956, with no notice, the family was told to pack in readiness for the Suez evacuation, leaving Roly behind to fight the rearguard.
The drama wasn't over because the aircraft developed problems and had to make an emergency landing in Malta.
The family were later posted to Germany and, now with four children, Pam returned to settle in Peppard in 1963.
In the years that followed Pam became well known as a secretary of the Woodland Pony Club and was also involved with Riding for the Disabled. Pam and Roly were stalwarts at All Saintsâ?? Church, Peppard, and she jointly ran the church sale for nearly 20 years.
Pam had a passion for gardening and later took on estate management duties in the churchyard along with many other part-time roles, including bell ringer and sidesman. In â??retirementâ?� she used her local knowledge as a delivery driver for the White Garden florists of Henley. This she combined with various garden maintenance contracts around the area.
Pamâ??s campaigns against litter and fly-tipping were reported in the pages of the Henley Standard.
Her annual spring litter clearances around Harpsden date back several decades and continue to this day.
Roly died in 1992 and Pam later married Brian Coulton, who died in 2003.
In 2013 she moved briefly from her home in the Harpsden valley to Barnard Castle, where she was near three of her children.
Pam was a determined organiser and a great friend to many, always on hand to support those in need.
She leaves her four children, Olivia, Christopher, Charles and Robert, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
A service of thanksgiving will be held at All Saints', Peppard, tomorrow (Saturday, February 28) at 2.30pm.