Bench for Lynchmere Society in memory of Berkeley Portman

Mrs Penny Portman, Lucy, Penny's daughter, Louise Searight, Charlotte and Georgia Patrick, and Sandy Moore
Mrs Penny Portman, Lucy, Penny's daughter, Louise Searight, Charlotte and Georgia Patrick, and Sandy Moore

A BENCH has been donated to the Lynchmere Society by the Portman family as a memorial to Berkeley Portman. It has been placed near two ponds in the valley and a small group gathered there to toast him.

When he could no longer manage the walk, Mr Portman was often seen on his mobility scooter, complete with his bright multi-coloured feather duster positioned high up and upside down so that people could spot him.

He loved the freedom that his scooter gave him and going out on to the common, meeting fellow walkers and dogs, as he had done for over half a century.

The Portmans have lived in Lynchmere for 58 years and their five children have brought their families to enjoy the common. There are four generations now including 17 grandchildren and soon to be eight great-grandchildren.

Mr Portman was one of many people to be grateful that the Lynchmere Society bought over 300 acres of common from the Cowdray Estate, which are now slowly being returned to heathland.