It is with great sadness that we must announce the death of two icons of Kingsland and Luctonians life.

Bryan Markham

Bryan passed away peacefully last week at home after a short illness, aged 83yrs.

He loved all sports whether it be running, cycling, tennis or playing for our 2nd XV. He took great pride in the fact that he was still competing in Park runs and Triathlons into his 80’s.

When he retired from the day-to-day running of Markhams Garage he started coming to the club picking up litter and generally tidying up. It was from his efforts that the Wombles were born and this group of retired gents still attend the club every Wednesday morning to carry out small jobs that help to keep the facilities more presentable after heavy footfall.

In 2012 Bryan took up the invite to be Club President and in typical fashion he threw himself whole heartedly into the role. He supported the 1stXV in matches around the Northern clubs, despite concerns about beer intake affecting his running times. His term of office culminated in the building of the Grandstand, a project which he and Don Jaques masterminded.

He was a founder member of both the Luctonians Cycling club and the Croft Ambrey Running club. He was Chairman of the Leominster Round Table, a sub officer in the Kingsland Fire Brigade, President of the Old Luctonians Association, Chairman of the Coronation Hall Committee and he sat on the Parish Council.

He was a man of great energy and infectious optimism who will be sorely missed by his local community. Our thoughts are with Jackie, Lisa, Nic, Oli, Tavey and families at this time.

His funeral takes place at St Michael and All Angels Church, Kingsland on Saturday 20th April, 12 noon.

Ali Davies

The second passing is that of Ali “Bossy” Davies who, along with Geoffrey Vaughan, founded the Old Luctonians Rugby Club back in 1948. He died peacefully at home on Wednesday, aged 96yrs.

Ali was a very talented individual. He was an expert blacksmith before becoming the owner of the Post offices in Kingsland, Kington and Knighton. He was a keen golfer, played football for Kingsland and the County but his first love was rugby. In deciding to set up a rugby club, Ali’s primary role was to find 15 players to put on the pitch and, as match secretary, he would regularly find himself touring the local pubs on a Friday evening to press gang bodies into filling the vacancies on the teamsheet.

His parents owned the Angel Inn which became the unofficial clubhouse and he built a shower block behind it for the opposition players, while the Lucs team changed in local people’s homes.

Despite his importance to the club and what it has become, only a handful of Luctonians would know or recognise Ali. He was a very modest man who toned down the plaudits that others reigned on him for his foresight and efforts in establishing the club. The fact is that without Ali and Geoffrey’s efforts Luctonians simply would not exist.

Again, our thoughts are with Dickie, Sally and Mary.

We shall update you when we have details of the funeral.

There will be a minute’s silence prior to the 1stXV kick off at 3pm on Saturday 6th April in memory of these two influential Luctonians.