Dedicated to the memory of Bram Hughes

This is a tribute to Bram Hughes, who was born in London on December 30, 1930. Bram was raised in London and spent the War between evacuations and the family home in Archway. He survived a V1 rocket explosion at Highbury Corner in 1944. He met Jill at a Salvation Army Sale of Work in 1948, completed National Service between 1949 and 1951, returning to marry her in 1952. Bram served a bricklaying apprenticeship, and later completed a Higher National Diploma in Building Technology at night school while working in the family building firm, Talboys Builders. His service as a Salvationist was his outstanding achievement. A brass player for almost 80 years, his Salvation Army experience ranged from Junior Band member at Holloway Corps, to half a century at Chalk Farm, where he also provided a strong bass in the Songster Brigade. Latterly he played a key role in the re-forming of a band at Tavistock Corps, starting alone on cornet, while retirees and former members gathered to form an ensemble. In 40 years as Band Secretary at Chalk Farm he built a renaissance of the Band's  pre-war touring achievements, taking them from the 1960s onwards to France, Italy and Germany and other northern European locations. Following retirement, he joined the Band's tours to Georgia, Australia and Japan. Always conscious of his role as witness for Jesus, Bram continued to play proficiently during years following his diagnosis with dementia. During retirement he also attended St Andrew's Church and became an active member of its house group. Bram maintained a deep interest in classical music and history. He was a keen philatelist. He loved the west country, the place of many happy family holidays and birthplace of his father and grandparents. Thanks to Jill's devotion and many carers, he was able to remain in his own home until his final illness in September when he was admitted to hospital. It was a full life and we have all been enlarged it. 

Funeral for Bram Hughes

The funeral will be held at St Andrew's Church in the village of Buckland Monachorum. The village hall will be open to welcome arrivals and for refreshments all day. There is limited parking in the village car park (left as you enter from the south) before reaching the church. Beyond the church there is parking in the school car park, also left.The gathering afterwards will be at The Golf Club, Yelverton.

Please call the house (Troy, 01822 853356) if you are lost. The nearest main line station is Plymouth, where there is a cab rank and the 1X bus (for Yelverton and Tavistock). Yelverton to Buckland Monachorum village is 2.5 miles or 47 minutes walk across the Moor. Please note that mobile phone reception is difficult in the area. Whatsapp works.

St Andrew's Church The Village Buckland Monachorum Yelverton PL20 7NA

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