The funeral of Shirley Newlands was held at St Stephen’s Church Lympne on Tuesday 04 July. A staunch Conservative, Shirley represented the villages of Lympne and Stanford for 24 years at Shepway District Council serving for two years as Chairman. Her funeral was attended by Cllr David Owen the present chairman of Shepway District Council and by Cllr Michael Lyons who now represents Lympne as part of the new Hythe West ward. Shirley’s eulogy was read by Cllr Susan Carey who is both a Shepway District Councillor and County Member for Elham Valley. Here’s a short extract from the eulogy Shirley’s family composed:
In her life Shirley spent 50 years as a formidable lawyer, she was also the first woman president of the South London Law Society. It was Shirley who persuaded mortgage companies to change their policies to allow divorced women to take on a mortgage and retain their family home. She made many lifelong friends throughout her career both professional and with the clients she represented.
She served as a Deputy District Judge until her retirement. She also served for 24 years on Shepway District Council, two of those years as Chairman, representing the people of Lympne and Stanford wards. She was a staunch member of the Conservative party and she successfully campaigned to prevent building on Lympne Airfield.
Never far behind her was her loyal husband Norman who supported her everywhere she went, taking on the role - in his words - as Denis Thatcher chief handbag carrier.
Shirley would have been particularly pleased that former Shepway District councillor and Labour activist, John Stockham attended her funeral
Shirley was a generous person who supported many charities and organisations, including the Home Farm Trust, Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the Port Lympne Aspinall Foundation to name a few.