Fran's Funeral Friday 27th July 2012 4.00p.m. Keysoe

 

Thank you for the days
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me
I'm thinking of the days
I won't forget a single day believe me

 

I bless the light
I bless the light that lights on you believe me
And though you're gone
You're with me every single day believe me

Days I'll remember all my life
Days when you can't see wrong from right
You took my life
But then I knew that very soon you'd leave me
But it's alright
Now I'm not frightened of this world believe me

 

I wish today could be tomorrow
The night is long
It just brings sorrow let it wait

 

Thank you for the days
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me
I'm thinking of the days
I won't forget a single day believe me

 

Days I'll remember all my life
Days when you can't see wrong from right
You took my life
But then I knew that very soon you'd leave me
But it's alright
Now I'm not frightened of this world believe me

 

With John, Beau Romans and Druids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           A final farewell from Nadine Dorries

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am in a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush,

I am the swift, uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circling flight.

I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there. I do not die.

Elizabeth Frye

 

 

 

Fran was buried at The Woodland Burial Ground at Keysoe, north of Bedford on Friday 27th July http://www.woodlandburialtrust.com/index.htm

 

If you want to visit, Google Maps can provide you with the directions https://www.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=MK44+2JP&ie=UTF8&z=11&iwloc=a

He plot is number 38 in skylark grove.

 

The site is within the grounds of the College Equestrian Centre. They have a coffee bar/restaurant and can provide refreshments and loos. It is a very peaceful place to visit. It is not uncommon for people to take picnics.

 

 

Two videos have been made of the funeral. Ampthill TVs film of the graveside ceremony can be accessed by clicking on this link http://www.ampthill.tv/play.html?id=281

To get it to play You have to put the cursor under the word fidelity in the opening screen to bring up the control bar, then click on the tiny play button under the f of fidelity

I have some copies on dvd which ae rather better quality and would be happy to lend them out.

 

A second video has been made by Barry Rivett which covers the whole ceremony. Once again I am happy to lend people copies of this. Just get in touch by e-mail

 

 

Quirky funeral bids unique Fran farewell

BY KEELEY KNOWLES

 

Fran Andel pictured with Beau

This was the unusual scene at the funeral of a ‘remarkable’ woman as more than 100 mourners paid their respects in fancy dress.

The unique service at the Woodland Burial Site in Keysoe, was to reflect the ‘inspiring’ Fran Andel, 58, from Ampthill who died last month after a 22-year battle with cancer.

Her husband John asked everyone attending to come in fancy dress, or at the very least, wearing bright clothing. He wore traditional Scottish Highland regalia.

The rite itself was conducted by Druids and Mrs Andel’s wicker coffin was piped to the grave carried on a horse-drawn hearse. Mr Andel walked with their dog Beau and they were followed by two uniformed Roman legionnaires.

He said of the service: “People described the events of the afternoon as uplifting rather than sombre, inspiring rather than depressing and bringing a hint of the laughter and the warm smile with which she was associated.”

Mrs Andel, a former adult education lecturer, was well known as being a member of the Ampthill Development Action group and someone who has campaigned tirelessly for years against a large number of new homes being built in the town and against the proposed incinerator at Stewartby.

 

The guests included Steven Smith of Denison Investments – the firm behind the housing development Mrs Andel protested against – as a mark of respect.

Others at the funeral included Julian Richards (best known for his TV series Meet the Ancestors), Hugh Roberts (founder of MMAG Marston Moreteyne Action Group), MP for Mid-Bedfordshire Nadine Dorries as well as Mrs Andel’s former students and colleagues.

Nadine Dorries MP said of her:-

“I met Fran Andel through her selfless and committed campaigning to keep Ampthill from becoming over-developed; she quickly became a soul mate. I have known her for a few years, but feel that it’s been all of my life. She was simply special and I will never forget her”

Cllr Paul Duckett, who was also there, said: “Fran brought so many of us together. To lose her so sadly will leave an empty space which we shall fill with happy memories.”