Gate erected in memory of a keen rambler

By Surrey and Hants News in Local People

A memorial gate has been erected to commemorate the life and work of Denis Holmes, a long-time Godalming and Elstead resident and member of the Ramblers.

The gate was dedicated to his memory by his widow, Susan Holmes, at a ceremony on March 9th. She said the gate was a fitting memorial to her husband, as it was “strong, sturdy and reliable”, like Denis himself.

The new gate is on a footpath near Elstead, and replaces a stile. The footpath runs from Fulbrook Lane to the Elstead Mill, avoiding a 200-metre stretch of the B3001 which has no footway. The gate, made of solid oak, was installed by members of the Godalming and Haslemere Ramblers, a group which Mr Holmes helped to found in 1974 and in which he was active for over 40 years. Denis died aged 81 in February 2015.

At the ceremony, Jenny Caddy, chairman of the Godalming and Haslemere Ramblers, spoke, before introducing Elstead Parish Council Chairman Pat Murphy. He spoke about Denis’s contribution to the life of the village, as a parish councillor for 16 years and council chairman for 12 years. He was chairman of the Surrey area Ramblers for seven years and also the leader of the local horticultural society.

Finally, Susan Holmes said a few words of thanks before cutting a ribbon to declare the gate officially open.