A lovely man in every way very sad news. Our first meeting to set up MASA, was all down to him. This was the forerunner of EMACHS.
Judith Thompson, Wellingborough
This is indeed sad news and such a pity that we did not learn of it earlier. Graham was a steadfast supporter of power in the regions. Well into his 80’s he would suddenly turn up at EMASA meetings in Holbeach or Louth having driven from Bromsgrove.
He was an enthusiastic supporter of Leicester’s Awards Scheme, being guest of honour at our very first ceremony in 2006. In fact I remember he arrived in Leicester nice and early so that he could personally visit all the nominations – not just the winners.
He was an astute campaigner for our heritage throughout the region and a great gentleman of the old school. He will be sorely missed.
EMACHS president 2012-
Graham was president of EMACHS
from 2001 to 2010
and attended our meetings until 2009,
when his driving became affected
Extracted from an article in the Bromsgrove Standard (plus a lovely photo of him):
Graham was born in Chiswick in 1925 and grew up there before moving to the Peak District, where he went to the Abbotshome School in Uttoxeter which was founded by his great uncle Cecil Reddie.
After serving in the Royal Navy during the war, he trained and qualified at the School of Architecture, part of University College London.
He was involved in the planning of Guildford and Kingston-Upon-Thames and moved to Worcestershire in 1966, to become the deputy chief architect and planner for the Redditch Development Corporation (RDC), set up to build the new town.
He later became the RDC’s chief architect and planner.
When he retired, he became secretary of MASA (Midlands Amenity Societies Association), encouraging people to look more carefully at their heritage and environment
[In 2001, MASA split into East and West — with Graham becoming president until 2010 of East MASA, when it became EMACHS]
In the New Year’s Honours of 1998/99, Graham received an MBE in his role as MASA secretary for ‘services to the Built Environment in the Midlands’.
He also did carpentry in his spare time and was well-known for making items, such as tables, chairs and benches for his friends and family.
His wife Mary died in November, and Graham passed away peacefully on Wednesday January 20th 2016, at Burcot Grange.