Tributes paid following death of Warboys community stalwart

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 May 2017




Tributes have been paid to a “true unsung hero” and community stalwart who died in an incident in Warboys.

Christopher Chatfield was fatally injured during an incident at his home in Puddock Road on April 21, which prompted an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.

A funeral was held at the Fenland Crematorium on May 8 and heartfelt tributes have since been paid to the 58-year-old engineer, who was a member of Ramsey Agricultural Club, the Warboys Christmas Lights Group, and the Warboys

Sports Field Trust.

Mary Bucknell, on behalf of Warboys Christmas Lighting Group, told The Hunts Post: “It was a privilege for the Warboys Christmas Lighting Group to have known Chris and like so many others they were so proud to have worked alongside him.

“As a parish councillor he, as a result of a personal village lighting survey, co-founded the Christmas Lighting Group in 2004.

“From that time, his skill and ingenuity was demonstrated every year on the Warboys clock tower with the curtain light displays secured purely by tension on the listed building.

“In subsequent years decorating The Weir with garland displays and erecting a large Christmas fir tree.

However, one of his most notable achievements was in 2012, when, to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee, Chris designed and built the magnificent jubilee crown that, regularly displayed, will be his joyful legacy for many years to come.”

Chris Newton, chairman of the Warboys Sports and Social Club, also paid tribute to Mr Chatfield.

He said: “Chris was a true unsung hero of a thriving community that strongly benefited and grew with him involved with the sports field.

“A community champion who was friendly and supportive of all causes he came in contact with, a man who could simply not do enough to help others, the village has lost a true ambassador and gentleman. Our thoughts and condolences go to Wendy, family and all who know him.”

An inquest into Mr Chatfield’s death was opened by the deputy coroner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough on April 26 at Lawrence Court, in Huntingdon.

His cause of death was recorded as a severe head injury. The inquest was adjourned and will be reopened on October 12.

The Health and Safety Executive is expected to deliver a conclusion into its investigation in the coming weeks.

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