Attention: You are using an outdated browser, device or you do not have the latest version of JavaScript downloaded and so this website may not work as expected. Please download the latest software or switch device to avoid further issues.

SVS Foundation News

News stories from the School and Old Suttonian communities

News > Deaths and Obituaries > Obituary - Anne Brenchley (Staff 1999-2002)

Obituary - Anne Brenchley (Staff 1999-2002)

It was with regret that we learnt that Anne Brenchley, who taught at the School from 1999 to 2002, had passed away on 9th September 2023.

It was with regret that we learnt that Anne Brenchley, who taught at the School from 1999 to 2002, had passed away on 9th September 2023. We are grateful to Annie Wilkinson (Staff 1984-2016) who has provided the following tribute:

"Times were hard for Anne growing up, she passed the 11 plus but could not take up the place offered, as the family couldn’t afford the uniform. She realised that education was important, studied hard and was offered a place at Chelsea College, but had to work for a year to buy all that was needed before she started.

A love of sport and education made Anne the committed, professional teacher that came to Sutton Valence School to help run girls’ games and P.E. on a part-time basis. She stayed despite making her junior girls run for cover when she encountered the CCF for the first time. However, it quickly became apparent that Anne was not a part-timer as she became Head of Girls’ Games and a First/Second Year tutor.

Anne was always eager to give the girls as much match experience as possible and to ensure not only their fitness, but a scrupulously fair-minded attitude to competition was followed, where a win is a happy outcome not an arrogant expectation. Girls’ sport flourished and our girls’ teams were respected throughout Kent. She reintroduced Sports Day at Sutton Valence School, which was superbly organised and the medal ceremony afterwards was always a happy occasion.

During her time with us she suffered a painful abscess on her Achilles’ tendon and underwent several operations. She was impatient to return to the job she loved and with her specially ‘modified’ trainer hobbled back to work. It was this determination to overcome adversity that helped her with her battle against Motor Neurone Disease never wanting to give in to it. Sadly, it is neurodegenerative and as her condition worsened she found strength in her faith and was so grateful for those who visited and joined her in prayers. Anne passed away on 9th September 2023. We offer our sympathy to her husband Peter, her sons Paul and Steve and their families at this sad time." 

Similar Stories

Last year, we received the sad news of the death of Old Suttonian Anthony Bristow (1960 f). We are grateful to his widow, Mary, for providing the following words. More...

We were very sad to hear of the death of John Worsfold (1952 M), who passed away on 31st March 2023. A memorial service … More...

We are sad to announce that Old Suttonian Bob Dockerty (1960 M) died on 22 November 2022. Bob, whose family originally f… More...

We are sorry to report the death of Old Suttonian Harry 'Robin' Hearn OBE on Tuesday 1st March 2022, three weeks before … More...

We are sad to report the death of Old Suttonian and past parent Mark Yonge (1961 F). Jordan Davis (2016 M) has provided … More...

Most Read

Katie is a sports presenter who works for the BBC network as part of the BBC Sports team. More...

Peter is an English-Cypriot actor, best known for his role in the television comedy series Birds of a Feather. More...

It was a pleasure to once again host our US-based Old Suttonians at a reunion dinner in New York last night. This year, we headed to Colette, a privat… More...

Have Your Say

 
This website is powered by
ToucanTech