It was with sadness that I heard of the death of Raymond Feltham yesterday. He was part of the fabric of the village where he had spent his entire life. Following in the footsteps of his predecessors by playing his part in the village cricket team, on the parish council, as church warden and bell tower captain.
His passing marks the end of an era too, for Ray was the last descendant in the village of a family of Felthams that have lived in Chitterne for over two hundred years. Starting with John Feltham and his wife Betty Penny who married in Shrewton in 1768 and by 1783 were living in Chitterne where the youngest five of their seven children were born and raised. John Feltham was Ray’s great great great great grandfather.