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Arthur BALLARD (1909-1982)


Arthur Lesley BALLARD


Spouse: Louisa Ida Emily PENFOLD

1 Arthur Lesley BALLARD (1909-1982) [73].

Born 12 Oct 1909. Marr Louisa Ida Emily PENFOLD 7 Sep 1935. Died 4 Aug 1982.

Sp. Louisa Ida Emily PENFOLD (1909-2001) [72], dau. of Albert PENFOLD (1877-1959) [50] and Emily AVIS (1873-1964) [51].

An eulogy by Simon Rapley, nephew of Ida, given on 10th January 2002 at Surrey and Sussex Cremortorium,


Thank you all for coming today, I'd like to say a few words about Auntie Ida and her life.

Albert and Emily Penfold moved from Hartfield to Haywards Heath when they married and bought No.6 Gower

Road where their only daughter, Louisa Ida Emily, was born on 15th April 1909.

Known to all by her middle name, Ida attended St Wilfred's School until the age of 14 when she began her

apprenticeship at Chipperfields & Butler in Brighton as a court dressmaker. Having completed her training, Ida

went towork in Haywards Heath for Molly Stovell, the most prestigious maker of gowns, dresses and wedding

outfits for local aristocracy and ladies of the court. She also made my mum's wedding dress! Ida worked there

until she semi-retired, although she continued dressmaking until she could no longer see the needle. As a boy, I

was always facinated by Auntie's old treadle-powered Singer sewing machine and would sit working the treadle

with her whilst she pushed the fabric through. I still can'tquite understand how it all works.

Ida met her husband, Leslie Ballard, at a dance in Haywards Heath in 1925 and, after a considerable period of

engagement, they married 10 years later in St.Wilfred's Church. Leslie's young sisters Rita, Gladys, Betty and

Doris and Ida's cousin Joyce were all bridesmaids at this happy event.

Les and Ida were married for nearly 50 years and, despite having no children of their own, provided a very happy

home from home for two young London evacuees, Roger and John, during the 2nd World War. Although they

lost touch with John, Roger kept in regular contact and I am very pleased to see him here today.

Ida was a great supporter of Haywards Heath Town Band and one of its leading fund raisers. Leslie was a

trombonist in the band, and between them, they recruited me into the fold at the tender age of seven as a cornet

player. The band played throughout the year at venues in the South East, and Auntie would always be there

fulfilling her supporting role, supplying refreshments, organizing sales of jam or the annual jumble.

After Les died in 1983, Ida continued living in their family home at No.11 Gower Road - as you can see, she

hadn't moved far from her roots - and led avery full and independent life. As her sight deteriorated she joined

the Mary Parsons Thursday Club for the blind, held at the Yews by Mabs Richardson. This really was the

hightlight of Auntie's week and she hated to miss a session. She also attended the Church of the Ascension

whenever possible and I know the reverend, Tim Stead, would like to say afew words about her faith when I


Illness finally forced Ida to accept her advancing years and having spent several weeks in hospital, she moved

into Pelham House Nursing Home in Cuckfield shortly before Christmas. Giving up her independence was a very

difficult decision for Auntie Ida, but I know she was very happy those last few weeks at Pelham House and only

had the highest praise forthe staff there. Finally, on 29th December 2001, Ida passed away aged 92.

Auntie Ida has been a steady, constant person in my life - always there,always the same, always pleased to see

me. As a child, we baked cakesand played the piano; spent Christmas playing games and listening to Perry Como

and Val Doonican - all the things an auntie is meant to do.She loved to laugh and our family picnics were true

'Billy Bunter'affairs complete with Auntie's sherry trifle and seemingly dozens of relations. Ida was an aunt of the

traditional kind and I'm so pleased my children had a chance to know her, if only briefly.

A true character in her family and the local community, I know we will all miss her greatly.

Thank you.