Bill Ayling – a short tribute
Just last week we lost someone who had, over the years, become something of a village institution.
Bill Ayling was, in every sense, a gentleman. He was indeed a gentle, soft-spoken character, super polite and friendly to everyone, with a distinctive, well-modulated voice, well suited to his love of story-telling and narrating.
Bill served the village for many, many years – as a Parish Councillor, as a school governor, an active member of Purley Players and Silver Surfers, and in numerous other roles. He chaired a number of committees for the Council, and always gave considered, sage advice about village matters. Most recently, villagers would meet him representing the Council at the monthly Farmer’s Markets, giving out information to residents of Purley on Thames.
In his later years, he was a really keen player of bowls, and we understand, quite competitive but again, always sporting.
He will be missed by us all, and our sadness is expressed to his wife, Eileen, and his family. He will be long remembered.