It is with great sadness that the Court has heard that John Christopher Nevill passed away on Saturday 30th November following a short illness.
John, a Quantity Surveyor, moved to Cricklade with his family in 1988. He retired in 2004 and soon settled into a different pace of life, one which allowed him to visit the Rose Bowl in Southampton where he could follow his beloved Hampshire County Cricket Club. Along with his wife Trish, John was a keen gardener. Following the opening of their garden during one of the early entries for Cricklade in Bloom, they both became ‘Bloomers’.
When given the opportunity to create the Walled Garden, it was John who drew up the plans. He mastered the transformation from what was scrub land at the rear of Tesco into the vibrant community hub it is today.
Travelling along the Purton Road, John would often remark about the state of the land known as Dance Common. Single handedly, he raised its profile until he was able to get support from the Town Council and the Community. Within five years he had led a team of volunteers who have transformed Dance Common. It’s now a County Nature Reserve where people can walk and enjoy the countryside. John was also a member of the Cricklade Leisure Centre Management Committee. He was instrumental in making the change that if the bar and swimming pool viewing areas were reversed, the amount of space for the gym area could be increased. John was involved in many other projects, including the £2.5 million refurbishment programme currently in progress.
John was also part of the team that produced the many Heritage Trail Boards that can be seen around the Town. In 2014 he was elected to the Town Council, bringing his skills to assist drawing up the management plans for the scheduled monument areas of Long and Hall Close. In 2016, John was invited to join the Manorial Court for the Hundred and Borough of Cricklade, where he served as a Juror.
John’s contribution to the life of the Town will be greatly missed, but his legacy will continue to be seen throughout Cricklade.