Tributes paid to Twyford Bowler Les MoodyBy Jon Nurse
September 13, 2012
Tributes have been paid to Twyford’s long-serving horticultural association president Les Moody, who died after he collapsed playing bowls. He was 80.
Mr Moody lived in Twyford for nearly 50 years and gave more than three decades of service to Twyford & Ruscombe Horticultural Association.
After retiring from the British Transport Police as a chief superintendant in 1992, he joined Twyford Bowling Club and was a vice president of the Berkshire Bowling Association.
Hugh Ranscombe, horticultural association chairman, said: “Les had been our president since before 1981 – an honour he richly deserved.
“It was Les’s nature, not just to belong, but to be involved. Many of us will miss his expert guidance, plant identification skills and problem solving at the trading store on Sunday mornings.
“His auctioning skills at our shows will be a hard act to follow. He will be sadly missed by us all.”
Mr Moody developed a love for gardening at an early age and was a prolific winner at the village’s horticultural shows.
In 2005, he was awarded a Fellowship of the National Vegetable Society in recognition of his work as a judge and for his contributions to horticulture through talks and lectures.
He also received prestigious Awards of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society and from the National Sweet Pea Society for breeding a new Sweet Pea, which he named Jeanne, after his wife, Jean, and their daughter, Nickianne.
Mr Moody promoted the Guild of Judges, providing judges for many horticultural shows and competitions across the South East.
He was captain and then chairman of Twyford Bowling Club for 10 years and president for three years.
The bowler reached the Berkshire County Unbadged Singles final in 1997 and gained his County Badge before he captained the Kennet LX League Division Three Champions in 2010 to win promotion.
Mr Moody died at Royal Berkshire Hospital on Monday, August 13, after he was taken ill while playing bowls at Twyford Bowling Club.