Active Wymondham Lions Club member dies

An active member of Wymondham Lions Club who led the team of organisers behind the town's annual Dickensian Evening festive extravaganza has died aged 73.

Roger Kingwell, described as kind, considerate and a good friend, died on January 29 after a short but brave battle with cancer. His funeral took place in Wymondham on February 15.

Mr Kingwell was born in Mendlesham and was educated at Framlingham College.

He qualified as a town planner and worked as a planning officer at Norfolk County Council. From the mid-1970s he worked for Broadland District Council and retired as its principal planning officer in 1992.

After spending some time with the RNIB he joined the Broads Authority as a development control officer finally retiring in 1998 and moving to Wymondham.

Mr Kingwell had been a member of the Catholic Church in Wymondham since the move, where he was part of the Jubilee Project Group helping bring about a new extension to the church. He was also a member of the church's finance committee.

Father Dick White said he was a sincere Christian friend blessed with humour, kindess and wisdom.

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Mr Kingwell also joined the Wymondham Lions Club in 1999 and continued to be an active member for more than 10 years. He was elected president in 2002 and was the lead organiser of the club's biggest event, Dickensian Evening, until 2009.

A keen gardener, Mr Kingwell helped organise Wymondham's biannual open gardens event, opening his own courtyard garden in Vicar Street and helping raise funds for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) – a charity close to his heart.

He was diagnosed with cancer in autumn last year.

Mr Kingwell is survived by his widow Moya, his children from his first wife Frances and Jane, and stepchildren Paul and Siobhan.