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By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: March 01, 2012

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John Dening

IN last week's Western Gazette a number of people attending the thanksgiving service for John Dening, formerly of Crewkerne, were omitted from the list of mourners. We are now reprinting his obituary to include the missing names.

The funeral took place on February 16, of John Beament Dening, formerly of Crewkerne, who died after a long illness aged 73. The service was held at St Bartholomew's Church, Crewkerne. Reverend Jonathan Morris took the service and Mr John Dale played the organ.

John was a well-known solicitor at Clarke Willmott & Clarke in both Yeovil and Crewkerne.

He was a member of the Crewkerne Rotary Club for many years. John was a leading light in the Crewkerne Carnival and Fun Run and also in his lifetime ran many London Marathons, raising thousands of pounds for charity. He leaves two children and five grandchildren and will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

Family mourners were: James and Kate Dening, son and daughter-in-law; Kate and Daniel Smith, daughter and son-in-law; Tony and Margaret Sprake, sister and brother-in-law; Jo Desmond, niece; Kieron, Rachel and Sebastian Nolan, niece, husband and great-nephew; Brian and Mary Dening, cousin and wife; Richard and Stephen Dening; Rita Coward representing Daisy Hayne; Diane Dening; John Hayne; Edward Coward; James Compton representing Dennis and Sylvia Compton; Karl and Natasha Musson; Lisa Fry and Christine Smith.

Family mourners unable to attend: Daisy and William Dening, May, Phoebe and Clementine Smith, grandchildren; Louis and Olivia Nolan; Tim Desmond, Lillie and Toby Desmond; Luke and Isabel MacDonald-Greves.

Other mourners were: Jeff and Sally Cox; Martin and Sam Lock; Steve and Erin Tooze; Douglas Harrison; Bob and Margaret Wills; Ernie and Pat Parsons; Lucy and Jonathan Stokes; John Williams; John Coward; Dorothy Tozer; Alan Bird; Frank and Michele Chown; Clifford Bull; Tim and Hazel Creaser; Alan Burbage; Mr White; David Stokes; David Rees; Geoffrey Albert representing Mr and Mrs Gregory; Phyllis Wright; Barbara Tolly; Tim and Chris Smart and Connie Denman; Christopher White; Miss Jennifer White; Mr and Mrs Kellaway; Jean Venning; Pat Thomson (nee Brown); Pauline Airey; Robert Harris; Robin and Heather Wyatt; Colin Hannam; John Watt; Mr and Mrs J Wyatt representing Mr and Mrs A Kempster; Jill and Tony Barrett; Maurice Chown; Glyn Lawrence; Mr and Mrs M Studley; Robert and Janet Gibbs; Helen Hall; M Bowen; Mr and Mrs B White representing Mr and Mrs Roach; Angela O'Brian; Tim and Mary Spilsbury; Mr and Mrs Fry; Adrian and Pauline Miles; Colin Guy representing Rotary; Mrs Janet Stalbridge; Mrs C McSevney; Ron Spencer representing Mary and Trevor Starr; Margaret Purchase; Jean and Roy Meadowcroft representing Stephen and Ann; Brian Corbett; Francis and Valerie Watson; Mr and Mrs Saville; Justin Martin representing Simon Laurence and Poole & Co; Michael Dandridge representing Jane; Mr and Mrs J Dyke representing Caroline Samuelson; John Stockwell; Ann Stacey; M L Warry and Paul Warry; Kevin Rosenberg; Georgie Rosenberg; Kevin Farthing representing Sue Farthing; Geoff and Helen Pattemore; Peter and Janet Hardwill; David Welch representing Rotary; Mr and Mrs McLeod; Liz and Stuart Maunder; Robin Heyd-Smith representing Rotary; Mrs Helen Neil; Babs and Doug Fone; Gill Lavers; Michael Harwood; Jeremy Chapman; Roger Fowler; Martin Hillman; Mr and Mrs K Wetherall representing Simon Wetherall; Penny Cox; Grant Jackson; Tony and Penny Davey; Roger Seaton representing Clark Willmott; John Davis; Julie Wallace representing Phillip and Jill Harris; Geoff and Pam Wilkins; Peter North; Fiona Lambert; Ed Neil; Julie Rideout; Ronnie Hall; Richard Hall; Michael and Donna Williamson; Norman Mollie Powell; Mr Peter Fisk representing Liz; Catherine Bacon representing Crewkerne Inner Wheel; Mr and Mrs P Hamlin; Graham Diamont; Peter Woodward; Christine and Graham Burrows; Brian and Heather Butt; Chris and Margaret Dalton; Dr Boyce; Mike Wills representing Andrew Callows; Nick Bacon and Edward and Jenny Goddard; George and Christine Bell; David Burton; Mr and Mrs P Radford; Robin and Lynda Watkins; Andy Vanes; Mr and Mrs J Mellish; Michael Hayne representing Della; Polly Boyce; Jane, Christopher and Simon McClintock representing Neil; Judy Chard; Jill Babbington; Mr and Mrs D Hayne; Tim and Joy Udall representing Old Crewkerians Association; Kay and Colin Jeffrey representing Tim and Susan, Clive and Anne McDonnald (France) Robin Harris (Australia) and all friends in Blois France. Sidney and Margaret Pattemore; Poli Benstead; Mr and Mrs R Wilson; Mary Milne; Chris Ellis representing Crewkerne 41 Club and Peter Brook; Mike and Gaye Thorne representing Dan; Billy Mear representing Old Crewkernians Association; Nigel Lindsay; Jeffrey White representing Anne White Misterton WI; Jill Babbington; David Bryant representing Margaret; Mike and Val Thorne; Judith Chard; Christopher and Simon McClintock; Jane McClintock representing Neill, James, Thomas and Stephen; Dave Holley representing Crewkerne Rugby Club and Julie; Martin Holley; Simon Barrett representing Mrs A C Barrett and Mrs S J Barrett; Mr and Mrs Tooze; John Burgess.

Also represented: Jeff and Beth Harris; Veronica and Peter Chard; Seymour Blake and Angela Wellington.

Donations were collected for The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Dementia UK. Funerals arrangements by A E Stoodley and Son, Crewkerne.

Brigadier David Edelsten

BRIGADIER David Edelsten, who has died aged 78, was a passionate horseman, countryman and author who wrote: "Horses have made me the man I am, really helped me through life. Do you wonder that I love them?"

As a hunting correspondent for Country Life, The Field, and Horse & Hound he reported on 67 different hunts and was renowned for his humorous, self-deprecating style and vivid turns of phrase. He had also been a polo correspondent for Country Life.

His diary pieces formed the basis of three books: Dorset Diaries (2004), More Dorset Diaries (2005) and Last Dorset Diaries (2008). Two other books about the country followed: Autumn Leaves and Golden Days (2011) and Hoof-Beats Through My Heart.

In his own words, all the books comprised observations of "the small patch of Dorset that is within riding distance".

He encouraged anti-hunting campaigners to read his books, believing the two sides in the hunting debate should try to understand each other. "I am a great believer in the two factions trying to understand and to respect each other," he said.

His compassion for people led him to join the Somerset Council on Alcohol and Drugs after his retirement from the Army. His non-judgmental attitude was appreciated and he became director of the charity which was later taken over by the national charity Turning Point.

David Alan Gould Edelsten was born in London, the son of a Dorset GP who visited his patients on horseback.

He moved to Somerset when he was a baby and was educated at Clifton College, Bristol, before joining the 13th/18th Royal Hussars.

He served in the Malaya emergency, and twice in Northern Ireland during the time of direct rule during the 1970s.

He commanded his regiment in Germany and was vice-president of the Regular Commissions Board before retiring from the Army in 1987 to return to Dorset and live in the house at Glanvilles Wootton near Sherborne which he had bought from his father.

Brigadier Edelsten's first three books were based on his diary pieces for Country Life. Three other books followed: Nearest Guard, about the bodyguard to the Queen, who wrote the foreword; Autumn Leaves and Golden Days, and Hoofbeats Through My Heart, which was published last month. In the latter he described in brisk, no-nonsense style the bond he shared with all his horses from his first pony, Cherrypie, through a succession of regimental rides and homebred hunters. The Queen wrote to him during his last illness and Prince Charles sent flowers and a letter.

His stepdaughter, Melanie Cable-Alexander, said: "One of the things that is coming through in all the letters we have had is that he was an incredibly compassionate man. David didn't judge anybody. He was also a very cerebral man, and very shy.

"He was totally and truly in love with the West Country. His other great love was my mother. He couldn't stand the way the countryside was being used as a dump and he used to go on horseback and clear the bridleways and bring back things like number plates, and encouraged everyone in the village to help clear it, but he did it very gently. I don't think they breed people like him anymore."

Sherborne Abbey was packed for his funeral service on Wednesday. He is survived by his second wife, Diana, two stepdaughters and two sons from his first marriage.

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