John Stammers

A profile taken from the Orwell Bulletin June 1993

served in the Desert Air Force

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John Stammers was born in February 1922 in Woodford, and was educated at Woodford and Leyton Technical Schools, before going into the Royal Air Force during the 1939-1945 War. He served abroad in the Desert Air Force in Tunis, and with the Air Ministry Intelligence in Italy and Austria.

After the War, he worked with the British Oxygen Company as Senior Buyer, where he stayed for fifteen years, before going on to be London Manager of a Midlands engineering company, where he travelled the country, driving between 30-35,000 miles per year, but the strain of so much motoring forced him to give up after working for this firm for seventeen years. He then worked for a small engineering firm at St Neots, before retiring.

was a King's Scout in his youth

John lived at nearby Elsworth for seven years, where he started the Scout Group, and was the Leader, having been a King’s Scout in his youth, and he says that he still has the shirt with all the badges on, but admits that it is a little too tight to wear these days!! The shirt is now on display at the International Scout Headquarters at Gilwell.  

Photo:John with Colin Marriot

John with Colin Marriot

He was a Church Warden at Elsworth for five years, and since coming to Orwell ten years ago, has been a Church Warden for seven of those years. 

He moved to Orwell in order that his wife, Joan, could be near her job as a teacher at Ernulf’s School in Eynesbury, St Neots. They were married twenty years ago, and between them have five children and nine grandchildren.


a ladder leading through a hole in the ceiling

John’s home in the High Street dates from 1550, and originally consisted of one large room on the ground floor, with a ladder leading through a hole in the ceiling, to the roof space without windows, and a floor with layers of straw to sleep on!!

He enjoys gardening, photography, singing with the Orwell Singers, and the Deanery choirs, as well as helping to build organs.

Photo:John taking a rest!

John taking a rest!

  Before the war as a scout he enjoyed climbing in Italy. He loved to go back there with his wife Joan, walking in the Alps and Dolomites. They are welcomed back each year by the locals as part of the family.

John, of course, is well known as our Clerk to the Parish Council, a position which he has held since 1988, and which keeps him busy writing letters to all sorts of people and Authorities, keeping the accounts up to date, as well as recording Minutes of meetings, and many other jobs that the Council Members find for him to do!!

Enough to say that John plays his part well in the community spirit of our Village.

John passed away in January 2009 and his obituary appears in the Obituaries category of this website.

This page was added by Pat Grigor on 09/01/2013.

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