Memorial service details

12 Oct 2012

 Close friends and family all celebrated Mike's life on October 5th. St Andrew's Church, decorated for harvest festival with the backdrop of the rolling Blackdown Hills, looked stunning. The amazing tributes and live music from a local group the 'Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys' made it a beautiful, emotional but uplifting service - the girls and I felt all the warmth and love and as a friend commented, the whole day was 'very Mike'.


The memorial service for Mike will take place on November 17th Saturday at 3pm, at St Andrews Church (yes, same name but different place!) in Ham, Church Road, TW10 5HG.

There will be tea and cake after the service. Alternatively, if you feel like something stronger there are two very good pubs just down the road on Ham Common (The Hand and Flower and The New Inn). 

Getting there:

Cars - There is parking at the Church but slightly limited.  

Bus - the 65 stops very close by, on Ham Common which you can easily get from Kingston and Richmond. 

Taxi - good local taxi firm: Crown Cars 0208 546 4444


Many of you asked if the Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys could play at the memorial service. They have a local gig on the same day and to their credit felt unable to cancel. They were disappointed too but I'm sure many of you, like us, will want to go to see them play again. 

Love and hope to see you on the 17th, from Chrissy, Louise and Rachel

User Comments

Andy Bryan - 12 Oct 2012


Dear Chris-the service in Devon sounds beautiful.Thank you for your info on Mike's memorial service. I would be honoured to come. See you all soon and love to the family. Thinking of you. Andy x

tim miles - 12 Oct 2012

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I'm very sorry I won't be able to come to Mike's memorial service. I'm commited to performing in a concert. It's a real shame. It would have meant a lot to me to be there. Is there some other way I can pay my respects?

Lesley Killin - 12 Oct 2012

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Hi Chrissy and family

I am so glad that Mike's celebration of life went so well - I know how special and important it is to say Goodbye to someone in a warm, uplifting and joyous way. I would love to have come to the Memorial Service but unfortunately I have a very dear friend's 60th birthday celebration that day and I promised a long time ago that I would be there. I will be thinking of you all and I know that everything will go well. Please keep in touch.
Love from Lesley and boys xxx

Allison Allen - 12 Oct 2012


I'm so pleased the service went well - thank you for telling us about it.

I'm sorry that I won't be able to join you on the 17th as I'm working with a group of schools for two days. I hope it goes well as I'm sure it will - my thoughts will be with you.

Alison Peacock - 13 Oct 2012

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I shall be honoured to attend this special service.

Priya Menon - 15 Oct 2012

About Mike

Hi, I knew Mike for a very brief time when I interviewed him for a health site, CureTalk. My heartfelt condolences to Mike's family. I have written about Mike and his passing away here,

May God give you the strength to bear your loss. Thanks Priya

linda butler - 17 Oct 2012

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I am out of the country and sadly wont't therefore be able to attend. I shall be thinking of you and would love to know wheher there is any other way to pay my respects to a much loved colleague. Please keep on touch.

Ian Nash - 22 Oct 2012

Memorial service for Mike

I still can't believe he has gone; such a lovely man. I shall certainly attend the service. In the meantime, I wish you all the best.

Simon Gallimore - 29 Oct 2012

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I'm really sorry but I won't be able to attend this memorial service. I have to travel to France that weekend for a long standing family engagement. My thoughts will be with you all.
With Best wishes


stevie pattison-dick - 12 Nov 2012


Hi Chrissy

I wasn't sure if you wanted confirmations for Saturday but just to let you know that I will be honoured to attend.

all the best

stevie pattison-dick

Philip and Jane Douch - 14 Nov 2012


Hi Chrissy.
Unfortunately we are having to be at work this Saturday. But we will protect some time around 3pm to stop and think of Mike and you and your family. We do hope that the day is joyous as well as sad, and that it will be something you remember fondly.
Our love to you all,
Philip and Jane Douch xx

David Lloyd - 16 Nov 2012


Hi I will be there. I knew Mike for 31 years........what a guy.

Meilin Tai Parsons - 16 Nov 2012


Dearest Chrissy, Lou and Rach

Simon and I are very sorry that we cannot be at the memorial service, but rest assured Mike and you are very very much in our thoughts and always will be. The world has been a much better, warmer, calmer, lovelier place for Mike. He will never be forgotten.

Nigel de Gruchy - 19 Nov 2012

Mike's memorial service

Congratulations and hearfelt thanks to you Chrissy, Louise,Rachel and all your family and friends for the most memorable Memorial Service I have ever attended. It was absolutely brilliant and many of the contributions were so courageous and humourous as well. I don't think I have ever experienced such an emotional tribute as your letter to Mike, so bravely read out by Gabriella. Mike excelled in everything he did and it was so fitting for his memorial service to reflect this. A truly first class 'BBC production' - worth remembering in these difficult times for the Corporation.
Two days later and I still find myself thinking of Mike and the Service during every spare moment of the day.
All my best wishes for the future.

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