Dennis was born on the 1st August
1945 along the Nayland Road, in a row of cottages opposite the Victory
Hall (now Community Centre)
If anything required attention or someone required help, Dennis
was always first in the queue.
Back in 2015, the new owner of a
cottage next door to the Eight Bells discovered an abandoned hessian
sack at the rear of his garage.
It was extremely heavy and tipping out the contents, it appeared
to be just scrap metal of no significance.
Fortunately, he showed Dennis the contents, who immediately recognised
"the scrap" as a set of shoes and pins for playing Quoits.
They had probably been there since the last match was played in
the village, during the 1930`s
With a thriving Quoits team only 2 miles away at Mount Bures, it
seemed appropriate to try and set up a local team in the village.
Dennis soon acquired a site on the Common for a pitch, a team was
assembled with the help of Dean Manning and they played their inaugural
match in 2016
If it hadn't been for Dennis and his enthusiasm to resurrect the
game, we wouldn`t be looking at Quoits being played on the Common
Bures Common Former "Cow Shed"
Dennis was the inspiration in turning this dilapidated building,
into something for the village to cherish.
He set about renovating the shed, with locally sourced timber and
local volunteer tradesmen. Today, it stands as an attractive and
valuable asset in the centre of the village for everyone to see.
Dennis worked at Fysh House Farm for nearly 50 years. His work focused
in latter years on Conservation, complementing the wonderful scenery
Dennis was a member of Bures St Mary
Parish Council, a Trustee of Bures Common and the Joint Sportsground
He was the architect of the Farmers
Market on the Common, which is today thriving.
Dennis accompanied by Gay, regularly
attended St Mary`s in the village. Even when Dennis was extremely
poorly, he always made the effort to attend the Sunday morning service.