Dr. Hilary Moorby

Posted by on Apr 10th, 2018 in Latest News | Comments Off on Dr. Hilary Moorby

Dr.Hilary Moorby was born in Longton, one of the 5 towns that make up Stoke on Trent in 1934. She went to Manchester University to get a B.Sc. in Botany and met Jeff there. They were married soon after they graduated in 1956.

Having travelled extensively in their early marriage following Jeff’s career they settled in Oxfordshire where Hilary registered for a D. Phil prior to moving in 1986 to Smithfield Farmhouse in Kingsnorth where she and Jeff lived for 31 years.

She maintained her link to Oxford but worked as a Research Fellow at Wye for about 10 years.

A month after the moving to Kingsnorth Hilary and Jeff attended a meeting of the Kingsnorth Village Society. They were immediately co-opted onto the committee and a few months later Hilary was elected to the Parish Council. Hilary became a fixture on the Parish Council and a short time later joined the Campaign to Protect Rural England. She threw herself into the work of both organisations and served as Chairman of both the Parish Council and the Kent branch of CPRE and CPRE awarded her a medal for her work.

In both roles she was keen on environmental matters. She was a member of the Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group monitoring the distribution of Great Crested and Smooth newts in the village and was very involved in the acquisition and development of the Buffer Zone, the Community Orchard and the bridle way through the buffer zone.

 Another passion was planning matters both in the village and in Ashford and Kent as a whole. She enjoyed discussing and arguing her case with developers and the planning officers in planning enquiries and elsewhere. She was still involved in an enquiry into plans for Brabourne Lees in January of this year, after she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but she soon had to give up.

Hilary died a day after her 83rd birthday.

Kingsnorth has lost a dear friend and champion.

We’ll all miss her.     

Alison Breese

Chairman Kingsnorth Parish Council