02 April 2020Gordon Hewitt
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Gordon Hewitt
Thursday 02 April 2020

Sadly I have to report that Gordon Hewitt died this morning. There will be a Memorial Service later in the year. Details will be published when available.

Gordon , a member of the Society from its early days, clebrated his 100th birthday on 11th. October. He spent his formative years in and around the Potteries where he was educated at Yarlet Hall and Radley. On leaving school Gordon joined Spode where he worked for most of his life, mostly as export director. He is known particularly for establishing Spode's reputation for commemorative plates. Gordon maintained strong links with Spode as President of the Spode Society and was also chairman of the Pottery and Glass Trades Benevolent fund during its bicentenary year. As a young man he played rugby for Stoke Rugby Club and later was a referee in the Midlands league. During the war Gordon served with The Royal Artillery, rising to the rank of Major. After the war and with characteristic loyalty he kept in touch with members of his battery and their widows.

It took little persuasion for Gordon to help found The North Staffs Decorative and Fine Arts Society in 1986. He also helped establish the Church Recorders group and until recently was an active participant. Gordon had a long record of service to the Society as Committee member, Chairman and President.  The Arts Society National Chairman, June Robinson, the West Midlands Regional Chairman, Carolyn Trevor-Jones and Stephanie Faroqui, Past Chairman West Midlands Region attended the October meeting to offer their congratulations and present a Gold Award for distinguished service