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PAUL WILLIAMS 1946 - 2016

It is with much sadness that The Friends of Honeywood Museum have to record the passing of Paul Williams, long-serving Committee Member and one of our most devoted and inspirational supporters.

John Phillips writes:

Many of you will know that Paul Williams passed away in May. He will be greatly missed by the Friends both at a personal level and because of the contribution he made. Paul and his wife Shirley – the two were always very much together – first came into the orbit of the Friends of Honeywood through the activities in Oaks Park. Paul had an interest in the park since his childhood and he became actively involved with the Friends of the park and was a key figure in the successful campaign to prevent a crematorium being built on the land immediately to the south. The “Honeywood people” became involved in an attempt to raise interest in the Bakehouse, the last remaining part of the Oaks Mansion House. Paul and Shirley were invited to join the Friends of Honeywood and were soon on the Committee and making a significant contribution to the museum. They initially developed a publications programme. At first cards and then books using the new printing technologies that were becoming available through the internet.

Paul had a vast knowledge of military history, especially of the First and Second World Wars. In the early years of his involvement he helped with an exhibition on the Second World War. His greatest achievement in this direction was the production of a magnificent exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Paul made a major contribution to the history of the Oaks Park – firstly by producing The Long and the Short of General John Burgoyne’s Maid of the Oaks. He then went on to write his massive two volume history of The Oaks which is likely to remain the key work on the subject for many decades. Paul made major contributions to Honeywood and local history but for those who knew him there was another really important thing: he was a thoroughly nice person with a great sense of humour and a massive fund of knowledge about all sorts of things – someone it is a pleasure and a privilege to have known.

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