(November 2017) Arnold Lamb

Arnold lived in Sibford Ferris for more than 80 of his 88 years and contributed the Nature Notes to the Sibford Scene for a couple of issues short of 30 years, having started them in 1987. Arnold and his wife Ina, were instrumental in setting up Sibford Table Tennis Club and ran the junior practise nights until they were both in their 70’s. Having spent his working life at Grounds Farm, well out of the village, he is probably most remembered for, in his retirement, walking around the village always wearing his flat cap.The family would like to give heartfelt thanks for all the lovely memories and tributes they have received.

A poem read out at Arnold’s Memorial Service

The stories and the jokes we heard.
We’d heard them all before
but we will somehow miss them
now they’ll be heard no more

The kindly talk of wildlife,
of creatures great and small,
of fox and stoat and badger.
It’s remembered by us all

His quietness in meeting.
You would not think of him there,
yet his reassuring presence,
helped us with our prayer.

Climbing in the mountains,
walking in the vale
Arnold always loved it,
despite a howling gale

Touring round on tandem,
With Ina in the rear.
Arnold knows which way to go,
So he’s the one to steer

Garden laid out neatly,
carrots in a row.
Arnold’s got green fingers,
So they will surely grow

Tomatoes in the greenhouse,
Strawb’ries on the ground.
Produce, fresh and tasty,
There’s loads to go around

The spinning serve, the backhand flick,
we missed them in our game.
Now that Arnold’s left us,
we’ll miss them once again

So if in Heaven you’re challenged,
by a man with spinning serves.
Just make sure you give him,
the respect that he deserves

David Lamb