Jill Higgleton

Thursday, 18 January 2018

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Jill Higgleton on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

The funeral will be held on Thursday 8th February at 11.30am at the Greenwood Burial Ground, Farnham Suffolk IP17 1JU

Obituary for Jillian ‘Jilly’ Higgleton

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Jilly Higgleton, who died peacefully at home on Wednesday 10th January, 2018, aged 69. 

Jilly was a member of the Folk for 32 years. She was introduced to the ‘Woodcraft way’ when accompanying her husband, Roger (then a coach driver), who was asked to take East Bergholt WCF to their summer camp in 1976. Jilly and Roger spent the week at Corfe Castle, Dorset, with the Woodcrafters: Jill was so taken with the Folk’s way of life that, on returning home, she immediately looked to join her local WCF group in Ipswich.

After a few years, Jilly decided to set up another group in the other side of town, closer to where she lived. She was the stalwart of the long-running Elfin and Pioneer groups on Chantry Estate, Ipswich and inspired many adults with her drive and commitment to embrace the Folk’s principles. She made many long-lasting memories for those around her. Alongside fellow leaders, she opened up the worlds of many children by joining up with other groups from around East Anglia. Taking part in East Anglian summer camps and hosting youth groups from around the world was something Jilly found really exciting. In 1991, Jilly began a journey which became a real highlight of her time in the Folk. Ipswich groups organised a Summer Camp to host a delegation from Siberia. The following year, Jilly and Roger, together with 30 other WCF members spent an amazing summer in Russia with members of ‘The Hobby Centre’, Tomsk. Following this, an exchange of visits began between Woodcraft Folk members and members of ‘The Hobby Centre’ for a number of years. Life-long friendships were made.

Jilly was also a member of the Co-operative Education Committee in Ipswich for many years and in her role, supported many groups affiliated to the Co-op. 

In 2000, Jilly became an active volunteer for the refurbishment and management of Darsham Country Centre. She spent many weekends painting, cleaning and gardening at the centre as well as staying there with groups.

Jilly will be sorely missed by many. She was a strong, kind-hearted woman with a real zest for life. She will be remembered by so many for her ‘get up and go’, for her generosity and for her red hiking socks!

Written by: Rodney Marsh