Champion of Bury’s historic buildings Margery Bayley has died

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Margery Bayley, who was involved with Bury St Edmunds’ historic buildings for many years, has died at the age of 92.

Mrs Bayley’s son Alan said she was a leading light in the Bury Society and was involved between 1992 and 2001 in raising funding for restoring the Unitarian Meeting House.

She was with Suffolk Archeological Heritage Trust from 1997 to 2006 and was a guide and helper at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Ickworth House for years.

She lived in Out Risbygate for 30 years before moving to Nowton Court retirement home, where she died on Tuesday February 10.

She was born in Madras, where her father, Sir Frank Ware, was the director of animal husbandry for the British government there. It was in India that she met her husband Kenneth, who served on the North West Frontier.

She had two sons, Alan and Geoffrey, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Her funeral will be for family only at Risby’s West Suffolk Crematorium on March 10, followed by a memorial and thanksgiving service for all who knew her at St Edmundsbury Cathedral from 2.45pm.

Donations instead of flowers should be made to the cathedral or National Trust through Fulcher’s Funeral Services at 80 Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds.