Years of friendship...

2 Jan 2021, 15:00
31 Aug 2020, 18:00

The passing of Mike Elvy is of immense sadness to each and every one of us. 

Peter Cocks
ATA Chairman
Alain Ausseurs, Mike Elvy, Sylvie & Matthew Forest

All the members of the “Club Fougerais des Jumelages Européens” joins me in offering our most sincere condolences after Mike’s death. As you know, we had the great pleasure of having him in our house, alone and then with Marion.  He was a dynamic, funny and courteous man who was attached to the European idea we shared.

We are very sad and we stand with you at this difficult time.

The present circumstances do not allow us to be present at the ceremony, but we will meet again, we hope very soon.

Receive our sincere friendship.

Alain Ausseurs
Président du CFJE

I have known him for ages and have appreciated him very much. He was always a brilliant and generous host and has organised great garden parties. 

Mike lived twinning.

Karola

I just wanted to offer my condolences on the passing of Mike Elvy – I have fond memories of Mike introducing me to many of his friends in Bad Münstereifel on what must have been my first ever Civic Twinning visit and then, it must be quite a number of years ago now, Mike being a very charming, committed and enthusiastic twinning chairman. He will be greatly missed by so many people in Bad Münstereifel, Fougères and Ashford, but what an incredible legacy of friendship that he has helped to sustain over the years.

John and Sue Coulling

I just wanted to offer my condolences on the passing of Mike Elvy – I have fond memories of Mike introducing me to many of his friends in Bad Münstereifel on what must have been my first ever Civic Twinning visit and then, it must be quite a number of years ago now, Mike being a very charming, committed and enthusiastic twinning chairman. He will be greatly missed by so many people in Bad Münstereifel, Fougères and Ashford, but what an incredible legacy of friendship that he has helped to sustain over the years.

Sarah Barber
Ashford Borough Council

Unfortunately, I didn’t know Mike well. However, I do know that he met Marion through the Twinning Association. They were a lovely couple who made ATA members very welcome at their home on many occasions for social gatherings. Mike served as Chairman of the ATA.

Anne Button

Ashford has lost a wonderful gentleman, and we have lost a dear friend. 

I will miss your stories and anecdotes of twinning past, but you will be remembered as we tell our own tales to future generations.

Matthew Forest
Ashford Borough Council

We first met Michael three decades ago when we moved into the house across the road. He was still developing Lodge Cottage into the home it is today. How we admired that tall chimney and the arch above the gate. Who else could we entrust with our own extension?

Always there to give advice or a helping hand, nothing was ever too much trouble. While we were visiting family up north, two teenagers broke into the new study. Michael boarded it over late that night, then next day replaced the broken window and tidied up, telling us only when we arrived home so we wouldn’t worry.

A constant presence in those days was Connie, his soft black Labrador. In the space of an afternoon, she helped a young friend of ours overcome her fear of dogs following an unpleasant incident with another large dog.

Joining the Twinning Association at Michael’s suggestion brought us many new friends and memorable occasions. One year, to celebrate Official Twinning, he organised a barbecue in Lodge Cottage garden. He put up a marquee and every member contributed to the feast. The afternoon passed in the sunshine of conviviality. As darkness fell, Jean-Luc sat strumming a guitar while we sang Elvis and other songs in French, German and English and German Oompah music played in the lounge.

When the Twinning Association entered a float for the Ashford Carnival, Michael took charge. We remember Chris reversing a lorry along our road so we could decorate it.

Michael has worked tirelessly to help friends, family and charities. He used to set up the stalls for the Hospice fête, then work all the following day as parking steward while Marion bagged the takings for the bank. So many people will miss them both.

He and Marion stayed with us in the Dordogne where Michael enthused about the traditional building techniques. The construction of the Cabanes de Breuil, former agricultural outbuildings, fascinated Michael the builder, and, coming from a farming family, he also recognised all the old farming equipment. On our return from a chateau visit, to Michael’s great delight, we found a hoopoo in the garden. He’d not find one of those at home so Marion slipped out of the car to take a photo. They also relished the culinary delights of the region, foie gras, confit de canard and Cahors wine.

We regularly celebrated Hogmanay together, taking turns to host. Michael has often been our first foot bearing a lump of coal, some cake and a bottle of whisky. So we’ll raise a glass to him as an auld acquaintance ne’er to be forgot.

Edith and Michael Robson
Mike Elvy - 1942 - 2021