In loving memory of Val Abercrombie who sadly passed away on 4th August.
Details of the funeral service and reception are provided below. It would be most appreciated if you could RSVP – just click the button below.
If you wish, you may also leave a tribute that will be shared with the family.
The funeral service will be held at 2pm on Monday 23rd August at The Barn Church, Kew
Val loved being part of the church community so we are very happy her service will be held here, led by Canon Nick Darby who also knew her.
Formal black funeral attire is not necessary. You will all remember Val’s signature bright scarves – we would love you to wear one (or a colourful tie) in her memory if you would like to.
A reception will follow the church service at The Coach and Horses on Kew Green which is a 10 minute walk. For anyone unable to walk easily, there will be a people carrier taxi to assist getting to the reception.
Please note – just immediate family will follow to the committal at Mortlake Crematorium, we will then join you at the reception.
HOW TO GET THERE
CHURCH SERVICE - 2PM
The Barn Church
The Barn Church is located on Atwood Avenue, which you can access from the A205 Mortlake Road from Taylor Avenue or from the Lower Richmond Road A316 by turning into Marksbury Avenue, which is just after the Shell petrol station if driving from Richmond towards Mortlake and Chiswick.
RECEPTION - 3PM
Coach & Horses
8 Kew Green
The Coach & Horses is located by Kew Green, just off the A205 Kew Road. It’s a 5 – 10 minute drive from The Barn Church – just turn left when you come out onto the main Mortlake Road and you will see it on your right as you approach the Green. Parking is available on the roads around the pub or around the Green itself.
Val must have been the best known teacher in Kew! She inspired and guided children at The Queen’s School. She was a genius at connecting with the most difficult children as well as the clever ones.
Thank you Val for your dedication and hard work and your friendship and support to so many families.
I met Val at the Queen’s School in 1981 and together we had the most amazing time creating shows at school and in the Community. She was a wonderful teacher and inspirational to work with. She wrote brilliant and witty words! She loved life, and we all loved her! Thank you Val, for all the wonderful times we spent together.
Val Abercrombie, or Mrs Apple crumble to the children, was one of the first smiley faces to greet my daughter when she started at the Queen’s School in 1972. She was loved and respected by all, always friendly, with an endless supply of dangly earrings. She later became a colleague and a friend. Val was definitely the “ go to “ person, if you needed to rewrite the lyrics to various songs.
Val, you were a joy to know and you are missed.
Val was my near neighbour in Kew and taught my now 54 year old son at Queen’s school. Later she came to help me run the annual Dollshouse Festival in Kensington Town Hall and together we coped with my husband Patrick’s sudden death from a heart attack with another unstoppable day of the show to go. She was a REAL friend.
Val first came into our family’s lives in 1969 when she became Simon’s year 2 teacher. What an amazing influence she was! He remembers her with great fondness as Mrs Apple Crumble!
Val has since enriched my life as we’ve sewn together, eaten (and drunk wine!) together, reminisced together and been generally the best of friends. I miss her in my life.
Val was such a great friend to us in our youth. John was my boss at PSA and we met Val at her party in Priory Road…. despite an age difference of more than 30 years and soon found a shared love of cocktails, Robert Burns and all things French, leading to many parties and happy evenings together. Bon voyage Val.
Brian & Katie Hendry
Val was a good friend, a convivial neighbour and an excellent teacher for our two children. She knew and understood all the pupils she taught at Queen’s. Our whole family remember her with affection.