Milverton, Somerset

Tribute to Chris Mann

Chris Mann at the Jubilee Dog Show
Chris Mann at the Jubilee Dog Show

It was very sad news to hear the passing of Chris Mann (senior). I have to be honest and say that when I heard I went home and had a good cry and I am pretty sure I am not the only one. My heart is sore for his wonderful family and I would like to offer condolences and yet that doesn’t seem enough. Chris was a brilliant actor and a big part of the Milverton Amateur Dramatic Society for many years. But he wasn’t just amazing on stage – he was amazing off stage too. All the children absolutely adored him. I guess we all did.

Chris is the reason that I am the chairwoman of the amateur dramatic society in the first place. Much to my surprise he nominated me at one AGM. I guess he saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself at the time. Over the years he has offered endless valuable advice and friendship. And we used to love it when he bought Itchy to rehearsals. Who could not love that little dog?

Chris wasn’t just part of Am Dram he was a huge part of the village and it’s events. He has been so much part of Milverton that his passing is going to leave a huge hole in the heart of this village.

I didn’t write this blessing but I wish to share it:

Be free, be strong, be proud of who you have been, know that you will be mourned and missed, that no one can replace you, that you have loved and are beloved. Move beyond form, flowing like water, feeding on sunlight and moonlight, radiant as the stars in the night sky. Pass the gates, enter the dark without fear, returning to the womb of life to steep in the cauldron of rebirth. Rest, heal, grow young again. Be blessed.

Ginney May