Beccles Townlands Charity - News & Events

Here is a list of recent news and events relating to the Beccles Feoffees – The Beccles Townlands Charity.
As more events are written up, we will add them to this list.

Tribute to Monty Pitkin

It was with sadness that the Charity learned of the death of Monty Pitkin on 15 December 2020, after a lifetime of dedicated service to the town of Beccles.

From 1977 to 2018 Monty had been an invaluable member of our Charity, known commonly as the Feoffees, with his wide knowledge of Beccles town and its inhabitants being his greatest asset.  During his period of service Monty saw the Charity develop from one providing basic and limited support to its current position of being able to help fund major projects that are of benefit to the town and its people.  Looking back, he saw the sale of a large plot of land, bequeathed to the Feoffees many years before, as a turning point.  The land was sold to a local builder who went on to develop the housing estate known as Townlands.  The money raised from this sale has enabled the Feoffees to help fund major projects in the town such as the Public Hall, Beccles Lido, the new Sea Cadet building,  to name but a few, as well as helping a large number of individuals in need.

Beccles Townlands Charity - Monty Pitkin

Tribute to Monty Pitkin

It was with sadness that the Charity learned of the death of Monty Pitkin on 15 December 2020, after a lifetime of dedicated service to the town of Beccles.

From 1977 to 2018 Monty had been an invaluable member of our Charity, known commonly as the Feoffees, with his wide knowledge of Beccles town and its inhabitants being his greatest asset.  

During his period of service Monty saw the Charity develop from one providing basic and limited support 

Beccles Townlands Charity - Monty Pitkin

to its current position of being able to help fund major projects that are of benefit to the town and its people. Looking back, he saw the sale of a large plot of land, bequeathed to the Feoffees many years before, as a turning point.  The land was sold to a local builder who went on to develop the housing estate known as Townlands.  The money raised from this sale has enabled the Feoffees to help fund major projects in the town such as the Public Hall, Beccles Lido, the new Sea Cadet building,  to name but a few, as well as helping a large number of individuals in need.

Monty was known throughout the town for the many ways in which he served its people.   He served two periods as Mayor and retired from the Council in 2004 after 25 years’ service.  He will be missed by many and the town and its people are the better for his years of dedicated service.

Tribute to Robert Peck

It was with sadness that we learned on 1st February 2021 that Robert had died after a long period of illness.

In April 2020 Bob, as he was known to us, retired as our secretary due to failing health.  He had served from December 1999 until April 2020 and was by any measure an outstanding secretary.  His attention to detail and exceptional memory, backed up by meticulous record keeping, ensured that he had an answer to any query at any given meeting.  He gave tremendous support to each Collector in turn and, as his retirement approached, he ensured that his successor was well briefed.

Born in Barsham, Bob attended the Leman School, Beccles.  He followed a career in banking, rising to manager level and then spent a period of time as Bursar to the Leman School.   

Bob Peck

Tribute to Robert Peck

It was with sadness that we learned on 1st February 2021 that Robert had died after a long period of illness.

In April 2020 Bob, as he was known to us, retired as our secretary due to failing health.  He had served from December 1999 until April 2020 and was by any measure an outstanding secretary. 

His attention to detail and exceptional memory, backed up by meticulous record keeping, ensured that he had an answer to any query at any given meeting. 

He gave tremendous support to each Collector in turn and, as his retirement approached, he ensured that his successor was well briefed.

Bob Peck

Born in Barsham, Bob attended the Leman School, Beccles.  He followed a career in banking, rising to manager level and then spent a period of time as Bursar to the Leman School.