‘He was the heart of the village’ - Granddaughter of ‘Mr Steeple Morden’ to throw fundraiser in his memory

Darren Jarman, John Jarman and Paul Jarman.

Darren Jarman, John Jarman and Paul Jarman. - Credit: Archant

The granddaughter of man nicknamed ‘Mr Steeple Morden’ is throwing a black-tie charity night to raise money for the hospice that cared for him when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer – and is asking others if they would be able to help make the night a success.

Ami Jarman’s grandfather John was born in Steeple Morden in April 1926 and was described by his granddaughter as the ‘heart of the village’.

“He was an amazing man – at 89 years old he was still running his farm,” Ami said.

The Jarmans have a long history in the village and, over the years, John has been chairman of the village’s football and cricket clubs and was chairman of the Royston and District Angling Club. He was also involved with the shooting club, the recreation ground, the village hall, the parish council and the nature reserve.

“You name it, he was a part of it,” Ami said.

“He used to go down to Steeple Morden Recreation Ground and change the bins himself, I think he got told off by the council but still carried on doing it – it just goes to show the love he had for the village.”

John married Flora Margaret Wright at Steeple Morden Church and they had two children, Paul and Alison, and four grandchildren, Ami, Darren, Adam and Chloe.

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Sadly, his wife Flora passed away six years ago.

“Grandad had never been to hospital in his life before he was diagnosed with cancer,” said Ami.

“He was born at home and if he needed medical attention he would use duct tape!”

John was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012 and lung cancer last year, and died in October 2015.

The charity evening on Saturday, November 19, is in aid of Garden House Hospice Care who cared for him in the two weeks before he died and Steeple Morden Village Hall – where the fundraiser is taking place.

“Ad Hoc Bar and Kitchen in Royston has very kindly agreed to do a bar for us and donate some of the profits at the end of the night,” Ami said.

“We have a disco, but I want have some sort of entertainment, maybe stand-up comedy or something along those lines, just so it’s entertaining and everyone has a good time.

“I’d like drinks on arrival so if someone could donate some sparkling wine that would be amazing.

“I’d also like some canapes and silver service to make everyone feel a bit special for the night – as I have also sorted a red carpet.”

Ami has secured a photographer who will be doing a photo booth as well as taking photos throughout the night. The photos will be sold with all the proceeds being added to the fundraising total.

Ami added: “I’m holding a raffle as well, so I would love it if some businesses in North Herts and South Cambs were able to donate prizes.

“I’m organising the night to give something back to the people that gave him so much at the village hall and Garden House Hospice Care – it will be a night to remember!”

Please email amilouisejarman@gmail.com if you can help.