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James Moody 25/5/1867 to 1/10/1945



The esteem in which in the late Mr. James Moody, of Werrar Farm, Northwood, was held as shown by the large attendance at the funeral at Northwood Cemetery on Monday. The internment was preceded by a service at the farm, conducted by the Rev M. H. Benson (Minister of the Birmingham Road Methodist Church). the family mourners were Mrs. Moody (widow), Mr. and Mrs. A. and Mr. and Mrs. E. Moody (sons and daughters in law), Mr. and Mrs. G. Wheeler and Mr. and Mrs. A. Flux (sons-in-law and daughters), Mr. and Mrs. G. Moody (brother and sister-in-law), Mrs. Brooks (sister), Messrs R. and A. Wheeler Milcie, Roy, and Olive Moody and Mr. L. Flux (grandchildren), Mr. H. Humber, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Flux and Miss H. Flux (brothers in law and sisters in law), Mesdames F. Wills, W. Russell, H. Dubber, G. Goulding, E. Gray, H. Mackledon, K. Lowther, E. Ward, H. Havelock, T Flux, W. Bevis, and D. Flux and Misses D. Humber, Elsie and Ethel Flux (Nieces), Messrs J. Havelock, G. Moody, F. and B. Bevis, L. Pearson, S., H., B., R., and Sid Flux (nephews), and Mr. and Mrs. J. Flux and Mrs. Whittington (cousins),. Among others attending were Messrs F. and H. Ralph, A Bullock, W. Burt, C. Chopping, and A. King (old employees), Alderman W. Thompson and Councillors F. F. Hollis and J. H. Brown, the Rev W. E. Longney (rector of Northwood), Dr M. Dunning, Mr. H. Vine (representing the Pallance Road Methodist Chapel), Messrs. A. Jolliffe and H. H. Perry (representing the Birmingham Road Methodist Church and the latter also representing Mr. F. Trigg, late of the prison service), Mr. W. J. Sanders and Miss Cosh (representing Northwood School), Mr. and Mrs. H. Barton, Mr. and Mrs. H. Bull, Mr. and Mrs. E. Cole, and Mr. and Mrs. G. Cogger, P. S. H, Donougho also representing Mrs. E. Donougho), Messrs A. Ralph, S. Carter, C. Carbin, F. and H. Booth, R. Munt, H. Drudge, W. and F. Jones, W. Sutton, H. Knighton, E King, B. Carter, W. Bull, C. Bowsher, H. Biles, W. Wallis, R. J. Philpot (also representing W. Hurst and Son), F. Hayter, J. Dufton, R. H. Parsons, T., H. J., and H. A. Flux, F. Downer, A. H. Dockrill, W. M. Spanner, A. Gamble, J. A. Rice and W. F. Butchers (who also representing Mr. J. H. Butchers), Mesdames A. Bulloch, C. Chopping, F. Booth, F. Sanders, F. Ralph, Robinson, Long, Broomhead, and F. Baby (also representing her husband), and the Misses. Hayward and Russell. Miss Havelock (sister was prevented from attending).

There were floral tributes from his loving wife; sister-in-law Hilda; Gladys, George, Ron and Alan; Arthur, Ethel, Milcie, and Roy; Ernie and children; sister Annie; sister Harriet; Lizzie’s family; Queenie’s family; Margie's family; Annie and Albert; Sid and Dorothy; Harry Rene, and Greta; Henry, Eldie, Elsie, Ethel, and Art; Harold, Hilda, and family; Bert, Kathleen, and family; Ron and Theresa; Hilda, Ern, and family; Jess and George Smith; all at Tunbridge Wells; Jim and Bertha; cousin Nora; George and Hilda Cogger; Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler (Cowes); Mr. and Mrs. T. Flux and Alan; Mr. and Mrs. Bowsher; Mr. and Mrs. Booth and family; all at Crockers; Mr. and Mrs. Bailey and family and Alf Keeping; Mrs. Hyde and family; Mr. and Mrs. H. Bull and Marsden; Mrs. Walton and George; family of the late A. J. Philpott; Mr. and Mrs. Gannoway; Mr. and Mrs. H. Ralph and Art; staffs of Werrar and Chawton farms; Mr. and Mrs. F. Baby; Sid and Mrs. Carter; Mr. and Mrs. L. Chessell and family; Mr. and Mrs. Jones and family; Mr. and Mrs. Downer and Frank; Mr. and Mrs. H. Wells; Mr. and Mrs B. Light; all at Vestis cottages; Mr. and Mrs. G. Downer and family; Mr. and Mrs. T. Carter; W. J. Bull and family; A Flux and family; Mr. and Mrs. T. Flax; Hazel and Mrs. Holbrooke; Mrs. Broomhead and Vera; Mr. and Mrs. Walker; Mr. and Mrs. H. Flux; Mr. and Mrs. F. Wheeler and Mrs. Angel; Mr. and Mrs. A. Downer and family; Mrs. King and Ped; Mr. W. A. Budd and Surgeon Lieutenant W. E. R. Budd; May and Doug; Mr. and Mrs. B. Carter and Gillian; Misses. A. and F. Cosh; Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Downer and family; Mr. and Mrs. E. Rann and Derek; Mr. and Mrs. H. Biles; Mabel and Charlie Chopping and Eileen; Mrs. Snow and family; Lizzie and Rose; Mr. and Mrs. A Bullock and W. Burt; Mr. and Mrs. Long and Berry; Mrs. Dorricott,; Mr. and Mrs. W. Sutton; Mrs. Sanders and Miss A Sanders; Mr. and Mrs. J. Mitchell and Alan; Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell and Miriam; Mr. and Mrs. C. Carbin and Bobby; Mr. and Mrs. E.Cole and Peggy; Miss Russell; Parkhurst Methodist Chapel; the teachers and scholars of the Parkhurst Methodist Sunday School; Trustees, Pallance Road Methodist Chapel; and headmaster and staff of Northwood Council School. Mr. W. W. Wells made the arrangements.

Mrs. James Moody and family wish to thank all kind friends for the letters of sympathy and beautiful floral tributes. Please accept this the only intimation.

George Moody 1898 to Mar 1956

Isle of Wight County Press: March 1956


Islanders have heard with a sense of shock and keen regret the news of the death, in the early hours of Wednesday, at the age of 57, of Alderman George Moody, Chairman of the County Council and many years and much esteemed public man. Alderman Moody's health had not been good for some years and after a recent illness lasting several weeks he was admitted to the Royal I W. County Hospital on Sunday. His main concern in a life devoted to the service of the public of his native island was for the welfare of the poor and needy, schoolchildren, and the elderly and afflicted, for all of which interests he found ample scope in the work of the Council. As chairman he was jealous guardian of the dignity of the council and an upholder of good taste in debate. In committee he was a hard-hitting speaker, but one who never descended to personalities and a severe critic of measures which he considered elaborate or unjustified. Although he never courted popularity, his integrity and charming courtesy won him widespread affection, and he will be missed by friends in all walks of life.

Alderman Moody's life bore marked similarities to that of his father, the late George Moody, a farmer, who was also an Alderman of the County Council. For some years father and son were council members concurrently, and often sat on the same committees, notably the Public Assistance Committee (abolished under the National Health Service Act), of which both became chairman in turn, and the Education Committee, on which both sat and were again in turn chairman of the Secondary (Formerly Higher) Education Subcommittee. Mr. Moody senior was a relieving officer who turned to farming successfully later in life. His son also chose agriculture as a career, and farmed at Wootton and Parkhurst before going to the Heasley Farm, Arreton, where he remained for many years and was closely identified with village life. In recent years he had farmed at Buckbury, Staplers, Newport, but had not lived on the farm for some years, having also resided in Staplers Road, at Carisbrooke, and more recently his new bungalow Downs View, Buckbury Lane. He was a member and loyal supporter of the Island branch of the National Farmers Union and the Royal I. W. Agricultural Society.

Alderman Moody's membership of the county council commenced in 1935, when he was elected at the Newchurch division which includes Arreton and which he represented continuously until he was appointed an Alderman in 1952. He was placed on the General Purposes and Roads committees were he did good service, remaining in membership until 1944. Meanwhile he was attracted by the work of Poor Law Administration, then carried out by the Public Assistance Committee, no doubt strongly influenced in this direction by his father's example. In 1944 he was elected vice-chairman of the Public Assistance Committee, and the next year he became its chairman, a position previously occupied by his father, who now sat under his son's chairmanship.

Alderman Moody's notable work on the education committee commenced in 1940. As an old pupil of the Newport County Secondary (now Secondary Grammar) School he was especially attracted to this side of the committee's work, and, after a period as vice-chairman, became chairman of the Secondary Education Subcommittee in 1945, against succeeding to a post which had been held by his father, and in which he had since remained. As a member of the Health Committee, Alderman Moody found work after his own heart in promoting the welfare of the aged and those afflicted with blindness, and, particularly as chairman from 1948 to 1954 of the Care and Aftercare Subcommittee, he was a prime mover in the establishment the council's guest homes and notably in the harmonious cooperation between the council and the IW Society for the Blind, aided by a generous island public, which resulted in the provision of the Island Home for the Blind.

He was assiduous in his attendance at committees, of all of which he became an ex-officio member as chairman of the council, and had been a representative of the County Councils’ Association and a member of the Standing Joint Committee since 1952. Other bodies on which he had served as a representative of the council included the IW Rivers Board (formerly I W. Rivers Catchment Board) of which he was for a time vice-chairman.

In April, 1949, on the retirement of Sir Godfrey Baring, KBE, DL, JP, he was appointed vice-chairman of the council, and served a three-year apprenticeship to the chair under the late Mr. R. A. Webb, OBE. When health reasons compelled Mr. Webb’s retirement, the vice-chairman was the unanimous choice of the Council for the vacancy, and at the same meeting he was elected an Alderman, the two highest honours which the council could pay. The subsequent years of his all too short chairmanship have amply confirmed the wisdom of the council choice. His genial but firm control of the proceedings of the county's parliament, his grasp of all the phases of its multifarious activities, and his quiet confidence and unfailing courtesy at all times fully maintained the dignity and prestige of his high office. His chairmanship has covered a period of intense importance in the national and island history. Including such events as the Coronation and, in a local sense, the protracted negotiations and approaches to Government departments in respect of the Exchequer equalisation grant and railway closures, with all their widespread implications to the Island's economy.

Alderman Moody had throughout his council career been noted as a forthright speaker, not hesitating to condemn measures, notably in education, which he held to be unnecessarily elaborate, and taking always the line of Christian integrity. These high qualities were recognised when he was appointed chairman, as the proposer of the motion, Alderman W. Thompson, said that he had no time been a “yes man”, but one who had courage of his convictions. The seconder Alderman E. W. Austin also referred to his outstanding courage in debate.

Although entirely separate from County Council work, it was perhaps natural that when the Public Assistance work ceased and the former Parkhurst Institution became St Mary's Hospital, that Alderman Moody should maintain his interest in the administration there as the able chairman since 1949 of the St Mary's House Committee, and as a member of the main hospital management committee since 1950.

While resident at Heasley and after he left the district, Mr. Moody took a keen interest in village affairs at Arreton, notably as chairman, for many years, of the Horticultural Society, of which both he and his first wife were prominent and practical supporters. He did not give up society chairmanship until just over a year ago when he was forced on medical advice to relinquish much of his work both for the Council and outside bodies. He was a keen supporter of Newport Football Club, and a Vice President. While resident at Staplers, Alderman Moody attended St. Paul’s Church, Barton, and was a generous supporter of parish activities. It was announced at a meeting of the I W. Liberal Association in January last that he had become a member, but Mr. Moody had never been a prominent figure in the island's political life, nor would he countenance the introduction of politics into the council chamber.

Alderman Moody was twice married. His first wife died in 1946, leaving a son, Mr. George H. Moody, who farms at Wotton, and a daughter who is the wife of Dr Broadhead, of Newport. In 1948 Mr. Moody again married, his second wife being his cousin, formerly Miss Rene Humber, of Winchester, who was for many years almonder at the Royal South Hants Hospital.

The funeral took place privately on Monday, and the family have requested that no flowers be sent. Instead donations may be forwarded to the Island Group of the National Spastics Society, of which the Hon Treasurer is Mr. A. E. Gutteridge JP, of 146 Adelaide Green, East Cowes. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at St Thomas's Church Newport, at 2:30 p.m.

Before proceeding with the business of making the rate at their special meeting on Wednesday, members of the Newport Town Council paid tribute to Alderman Moody's memory . The Mayor (Mr. H. E. Harvey) said the news had occasioned real regret. Alderman Moody was a man of the country who gave all he had for the welfare of the Island public. The Mayor’s motion that an expression of condolence should be sent to the family was adopted in silence.

George Moody 1898 to Mar 1956





In a simple but moving service at the Newport Parish Church on Wednesday tribute was paid to Alderman George Moody, chairman of the County Council, whose death on the previous Wednesday caused widespread and sincere regret throughout the Island.

In addition to members of the County Council and Island's civic heads, the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and the Member for the Island were represented, and there were present among the large congregation people from all walks of life who had been associated with Alderman Moody in his many and varied activities for the benefit of the Island, which he had so readily undertaken.

In an address, the Bishop of Portsmouth (Dr W. L. S. Fleming) said that the reasons why Alderman Moody had been so greatly loved by to be found in his loyalty and single hearted devotion to the Island and all concerned with its interests and the welfare of its people, and his practical Christianity.

Alderman Moody's funeral took place privately on Monday.

Flags over Island council buildings were flying at half-mast and almost every town and village was represented among the attendance which almost filled the Parish Church. the service included the 23rd Psalm and hymns "There is a land of pure delight," "Lord, it belongs not to my care," and "How bright those glorious spirits shine," led by the robed choir and accompanied by Miss K. Lower (organist), who played "I know that my Redeemer liveth" and "Oh, for the wings of a dove" as the congregation assembled.

The service was conducted by the Vicar of St Paul's, Barton (the Rev L. J. D. Wheatley), the introductory sentences were spoken by the Archdeacon of the Island (the Ven. A Cory), and the lesson was read by the Rev A. B. Dawson (East Cowes Methodist minister). The Bishop of Portsmouth carried his pastoral staff, and others in the possession of clergy, which was escorted by the churchwardens (Messrs H. B. J. Lower and J. J. S. Webster), were the Vicar of Newport (the Rev C. R. Farnsworth) and Mr. F. Chiverton (lay reader).

In his address the Bishop said that the news of Alderman Moody's death had come as a shock in that he had appeared by no means an ill man and had until recently fulfilled his duties with vigour and relish. It was no less a shock to realise that there had suddenly been withdrawn from the community one carrying so great a load of responsibility who was universally loved, and one who possessed so strong personality. The death of such a one left a gap which would be most acutely felt by the members of his family, who would already be aware of the extent and depth of the sympathy felt for them. He counted himself fortunate to have enjoyed Alderman Moody's friendship and to have known him long enough to appreciate his qualities and to realise that it was a greatly loved man, not least by many who took different views on important issues. The reasons for this were to be found in his loyalty and single hearted devotion to the Island to everything concerning its interests and the welfare of Island people. He was born and brought up in the Island, he knew and loved its people, appreciated its traditions, and loved its countryside. He had the devotion to his own locality, which was always evident in those who had farming in their blood and he was the son of a farmer the father of a farmer, and a farmer himself. His loyalty was not insular or parochial; his value who the Island was the greater because of his broad outlook and interest.

Another feature which was very evident in him was that he was absolutely devoid of sham. His character was thereby given a certain ruggedness, almost like a picture without a frame. He left others in no doubt as to where he stood and was incorruptible -- a man of real integrity. He was at great pains to learn the business of chairmanship, a post which must have called for a good deal of self-discipline, especially in connection with controversial issues on which he held definite views. Always as chairman he assured that there should be scrupulous impartiality.

Another outstanding feature of his character was his friendliness and approachability. Warm-hearted and an extraordinarily cheerful companion, his friendly influence could be seen in his visits to homes and institutions in the council’s care; his interest in schools sprang from his love of children, and he had the warmest feeling that those whom a lesser man might have regarded merely as persons affected by the machinery of local government. Although these things contributed to the priceless worth of a man in such a responsible position.

In religion as everything else, there could be no doubt as to where George Moody stood, and he claimed him unhesitatingly as a true and practising Christian.

Members of the family present were Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Moody (son and daughter-in-law), Dr and Mrs. H. H. Broadhead (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Moody (brother and sister-in-law), and Mrs. M. Elliott, Miss L. M. Moody, and Miss M. Moody (sisters), Mrs. Moody (widow), who attended a private funeral service was indisposed.

Members of the County Council present were: Alderman Captain H. J. Ward, D. L. (vice-chairman also representing the Lord-Lieutenant, the Duke of Wellington, KG), who was accompanied by the clerk (Mr. L. H. Baines, who also represented Mr. N. J.Skelhorn QC, chairman of the Quarter Sessions); Alderman Sir Godfrey Baring, Bart, KBE, DL, JP, Mrs. M. C. Barton (also representing the S. W. Regional Metropolitan Hospital Board), E. W. Austin, Captain A Grist, MC, MBE, E.G. Heal JP, F.F. Hollis, G. Snow BEM, JP, G. H. A. Cantopher, and W. Thompson (also representing Major-General Sir Horace E. Roome, KCIE, CB, CBE, MC, DL., Chairman, I W. Group Hospital Management Committee): and Councillors P. W. Barwell, H. Baker, Lieutenant-Colonel H. C. A. Blishen MBE, A. E. Brown, Mrs. M. Christy, J. P. Dobson, Major H. N. Giles, S. L. Glossop, Captain C. L. Howe CBE, RN, J. W. Jackman, E. F. Jones, A. E. King, Lieutenant-Colonel M. D. B. Lister, G. F. Mew BEM., Miss M. O’Connor, OBE, (chairman of the Education Committee, also representing Southampton University Council), H. H. Perry (also representing Mr. F. W. Long), A. O. Purdy, W. H. Quick, Lieutenant Colonel G. Quin-Smith, E. E. Ralfs, A. A. Rowland, N. G. Shears, Mrs. L. Tilbury, JD Troughton, MrsE. Wall (also representing Mrs. E. M. McMillan, Mark Woodnutt, L. I.Warder, JP, and Captain G. W. Wilkins.

The member the Island (Sir Peter D. McDonald, KBE) was represented by Captain H. A. Drudge, MBE and other civic authorities represented were Newport Town Council, by the Mayor, Mr. H. E. Harvey, accompanied by the Aldermen and councillors and the town clerk, Mr. W. R. Wilkes; Ryde Town Council, by the Mayor, Alderman G. J. Evans and the town clerk (Mr. E. S. Shepherd); the Rural District Council, by Mr. C. Allen JP (chairman), and Mr. R. F. Buckley (Clerk); Ventnor U. D. C. (by Mr. F. H. G. King, chairman), the chairman of the Sandown-Shanklin U. D. C. (Mr. W. G. Gray) by Mr. E. S. Weston, and the chairman of Cowes U. D. C. (Major A. M. Fitzpatrick Robertson) by the clerk (Mr. F. W. Hofford).

The Standing Joint Committee were represented by Lt. Col. F. C. R. Britten, JP, and Police Superintendent V. E. Stanley represented Chief Constable R. D. Lemon and all ranks of the Island division. Also represented were the County Coroner, The County and Borough Benches of Magistrates, Parkhurst Prison and the Board of Prison Visitors, the County Fire Brigade, Civil Defence Corps, the I W. River Board, the Local Valuation Panel, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Alderman Moody's great interest in hospital work was reflected in the presence of the matron and uniformed staff from St Mary's Hospital, and also representatives of St Mary's House Committee, the League Hospital Friends, the Friends of Osborne Cottage, the Royal College of Nursing, the I. W. Group Hospital Management Committee and staff, and Poplars and Elmdon old people's homes.

Other societies represented were the Boy Scouts Association, Royal I. W. Agricultural Society, National Savings Association, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, St Thomas's Bible Class, W. V. S., I W. Horticultural Association, I W. Society for the Blind, British Red Cross, I W. Spastic Society, I. W. Branch National Farmers Union, Newport Football Club, Newport Secondary Grammar School Old Students Association, I. W. Meat Traders Society, I. W. Angling Society, Newchurch Football Club, the Salvation Army, county officers branch of NALGO, the Butchers Grocers Joint Football Committee, I. W. Grocers Association, the County Technical School Parents Association, the I. W. County Teachers Association, Arreton Horticultural Society, Arreton Village Club, Carisbrooke Cottage Garden Society, and Shalfleet Conservative Association.

Schools who are represented by teachers and scholars included: Binstead, Ryde County Junior, Caversham House Infants, County Technical, East Cowes, Shanklin CE, Chale Primary, Chillerton Primary, The County Technical College, Play St. Ryde, Junior, Oakfield CE, Ventnor Secondary Modern, Fairway Secondary Modern, Priory Secondary Boys, Ryde County Secondary Modern, Priory Secondary Girls, Barton Infants, West Wight Secondary Modern, West Wiight Secondary Modern And Pre-Agricultural Course, York Street, Cowes, Newport CE Girls, Cowes Secondary Modern, Totland County Junior, Gatten and Lake, Carisbrooke County Junior, Northwood Junior, Cowes Denmark Road Primary, Newport County Secondary Grammar, Wootton County Primary, Newport CE Boys, Sandown Grammar, Ryde School, All Saints Junior, Freshwater, Nine Acres County Infants, Brightonstone CE, Lowthervill Infants, Parkhurst Infants, Parkhurst Junior, Arreton CE, Newchurch County, and Godshill County .

Other interests represented including the I W Chamber of Commerce, the "County Press", the National Provincial Bank, Lloyds Bank, Saunders-Roe Ltd, Sir Francis Pittis and Son, R.Silcock and Sons, the Borough Hall Garage, J. Samuel White & Co Ltd, Cross, Rowlatt & Co, AA & RJ Westmore, and F Cheverton Limited.

George Moody 25/4/1863 to 29/10/1948

The Isle of Wight County Press: 30th October 1948


On Monday Mr. and Mrs. George Moody, of Green Lanes, Park Road, Wootton, celebrated their diamond wedding and were the recipients of warm felicitations. When a "County Press" reporter called Mr. and Mrs. Moody had just received a telegram from the King and Queen expressing hearty congratulations and good wishes. A party to celebrate the occasion was held the previous day, but unfortunately was not a complete family gathering owing to Mr. Bernard Moody, a son, being in hospital in Aylesbury. Mr. George Moody, who is 85, is a native of Wootton, and Mrs. Moody, by five years his junior was born in Christchurch. They were married at the former United Methodist Church, Ryde, by the late Rev. H. Sleeman. Mrs. Moody enjoys excellent health, but for her husband the occasion was a little too exciting. Mr. Moody was an alderman and member of the County Council for many years. He was a well-known Methodist local preacher the over 50 years. Mr. and Mrs. Moody have in turn resided in East and West Cowes and Brading. At East Cowes Mr. Moody was for several years, a member of the District Council, and served on the committee which initiated the purchase of the ferry. His first public office was that of a parish councillor at Whippingham nearly 50 years ago. From 1902 to 1919 he was relieving officer and registrar of births, deaths, and marriages of the Cowes district. Shortly afterwards he was elected to serve on the Board of Guardians, and in March 1931, a year after their functions had been transferred to the County Council, he was elected chairman of the Public Assistance Committee, an office which he held for 13 years. He was succeeded as chairman by his son, Mr. George Moody, CC. He continued as member of the committee until its dissolution in July, and therefore had been associated with poor law administration for over 45 years. Mrs. Moody was formerly president of the Whippingham W.I. Both are looking forward to next March, when they hope Billie, a squirrel which has been which has become so friendly that he climbs onto the kitchen windowsill, will return to accept the food offered him, Mr. and Mrs. Moody occupied the deer of their time with their hobby of bird watching. They are now living with their daughter, Miss L. Moody (headmistress of Godshill School).

George Moody 25/4/1863 to 29/10/1948




By the death on Friday week at Green Lane, Park Road, Wootton, of Mr. George Moody, aged 85, the island lost a man of high integrity who had devoted the greater part of a long life to the interests of his fellows. Only on the previous Monday he and Mrs. Moody celebrated the 60th anniversary of their wedding, and by a poignant coincidence last Saturday's issue of the "County Press" contained a report of this happy event and, on another page, a brief announcement of Mr. Moody's passing on the previous afternoon. Green Lanes is the residence of his daughter, Miss L Moody, with whom Mr. and Mrs. Moody have made their home of late.

Mr. Moody was a native of Wootton, and as a young man learned many of the crafts of the countryman, being an expert thatcher, woodman, and hurdle maker. His first public service was as a member of the Whippingham Parish Council nearly 50 years ago. For some years in his early days he was foreman at Hansen's Brickyard, East Cowes, where he served on the District Council and on the committee which initiated the purchase of the Ferry. His first contact with the work in which later, as a member of the Board of Guardians and Public Assistance Committee, he was to take so keen and beneficial an interest was as relieving officer and registrar of births, marriages, and deaths of the Cowes area, an appointment which he held from 1902 until his resignation in 1919. Shortly after ceasing to be their officer Mr. Moody was elected to the Board of Guardians, and in 1931, the year after the functions of Guardians had been transferred to the County Council, he became chairman of the Public Assistance Committee, an office which he held with distinction and devotion to 13 years. He relinquished the chairmanship in May, 1944, but continued as a member of the committee until 1947, when his resignation from the Aldermanic Bench of the County Council terminated an association with the committee which had lasted for 45 years. He first took his seat as a member of the County Council in 1925, and devoted much time to another subject which interested him keenly -- education. He sat on the education committee from many years, and from 1928 to 1931 was chairman of the then Higher Education Subcommittee. His footsteps have been closely followed by his son, Mr. George Moody, who as chairman of the Public Assistance Committee at the time of his father's retirement made the presentation of a pair of binoculars with which the members marked their appreciation of so long and devoted a record. The Public Assistance Committee has ceased to exist, but Mr. George Moody also holds a further office in which he has followed his father, that of chairman of the Secondary (former higher) Education Subcommittee. The late Mr. Moody's long public service was marked by courageous advocacy of all causes near his heart, and the ability to express his opinions forcibly. He was often in the minority, but was never swayed by popular opinion. His deep sympathy for those in need and his kindly, helpful nature were particularly evident in his public assistance work. He was also well known as a successful farmer, his first venture into agriculture at Whitehouse, Brading, in 1920, being followed by a lengthy period at Fatting Park, Wootton, from which he retired some years ago to live close to the farm, which was taken over by his eldest son. Throughout his life Mr. Moody was an ardent Methodist, worshipping first at the little chapel at Littletown, destroyed many years ago, and subsequently at the Station Road Church at Wootton. He had been a local preacher of over for 50 years, thus carrying on a family tradition. For one whose schooling ceased at the age of eight, he was widely read, and he took a keen interest in music, being a regular patron of concerts by the former Newport Philharmonic Society. His chief relaxation was nature study, particularly birdwatching, a hobby in which his wife also took a keen interest. His death has evoked widespread regret, and much sympathy is extended to Mrs. Moody and the family in their loss so soon after the crowning event of a long and happy partnership. There are two sons, the eldest unfortunately in hospital at Aylesbury, and four daughters.

Cremation took place at Southampton on Wednesday. The Ashes was later scattered in Fatting Park Copse, with which Mr. Moody was familiar as a boy. Relatives at the ceremony at Southampton were Messrs G. Moody (Son), G. H. Moody (grandson), A.and E. Moody and L. Pearson (nephews), Mr. J. Griffin (representing Mr. B. Moody, Son), and the Rev J. H. Fisher.

A Memorial Service
There was a large and representative attendance at the memorial service on Thursday at the Station Road Methodist Church, Wootton. The Rev J. H. Fisher officiated, assisted by the Rev H. Harrison, and Mrs. R. C. Elliott, the late Mr. Moody's second daughter, was at the organ. The hymns "The King of Love my Shepherd is," and "Praise my soul," were sung, and Mr. Fisher paid eloquent tribute to the deceased's Christian character as exemplified in his service to Methodism throughout the Island and in his private and public life.

Members the family present were Mr. and Mrs. G. Moody (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. K. Trask (son-in-law and daughter), Miss L. Moody, Mrs R. C. Elliott and Miss M. Moody (daughters), Mr. G. H. Moody (grandson), Mrs. B. G. Moody (daughter-in-law), Mr. H. Humber (brother-in-law) Messrs E. Moody and J. Havelock (nephews), Mr. J. Havelock junior (great-nephew), Mesdames H. Wills, F. Russell, G. Wheeler, E. Ward, and K. Lowther (nieces), Mrs. Havelock, Miss Flux, and Mr. G. Wheeler.

Members of the County Council present were Aldermen Sir Godfrey Baring, Bart, DL, JP (chairman), Major A Dennis, W. Thompson, W. H. Warrior JP, Lieutenant-Colonel S. Chatfield-Clark, VD, DL, and G. Snow JP, and Councillors W. Haddock, G. Norman, J. W. Coare, F. F. Hollis, Mrs. M. C. Barton, W. A. Christy JP, and F. J. Rolf, with Mr. L. H. Baines (clerk of the council). Others present included Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Guppy, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Griffin, Mr. and Mrs. B. Maskell, Mr. and Mrs. and G. Williams (representing G. Williams and Son), Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Wheeler, Mr. A. L. Hutchinson (chief education officer) and Mrs. Hutchinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Heaton, Mr. and Mrs. E. Cheverton, Mr. C. Golding (representing the I. W. Liberal Association) and Mrs. Golding (representing Wootton and District Nursing Association), Lady Baring, Mesdames A. Dennis, M. Morris, E. Wheeler (former member of the Public Assistance Committee), F. Calloway, F. C. Lake, F. Barton, F. Russell, F. W. Oswald, F. R. Gracey, JP, (representing Mr F. R. Gracey), F. Wills, H. Lockhart, F. Shepherd, W. Barton, Nockolds, F. Rann (also representing Mr Rann), D Wooldridge, W. E. Matthews, A. J. Brodie, JP, A Oliver, A. Raddick, Bartlett (also representing Messrs J. and W. Harbour), M. Smith, E. Farrow,Edney, A Bright and H. Barron (representing the Wootton Bright Hour), the Misses M. and G Hayter (representing Mr F. Hayter), A. E. and E. A. Miles Appel, Barnes, Maskell, M. G. Scott (Whippingham Women's Institute, also representing Mrs. C. E. Lander, chairman of the County Executive), E. M. Cooper, E. Simmonds, H. Flux (also representing Mrs J. Moody), V. Mowbray and Brodie, Captain J. Carter, and Messrs J. Harbour, W. H. Downer (representing the West Wight local preachers), F. Fallic (representing Mrs G. Hayward), R. S. Curry (clerk and steward Whitecroft Mental Hospital), W. G. Mowbray, S. Ball (representing Major Ball and Mesdames H. M. and F. E. P. Haigh), J. E. Moody, B.W. Russell, B. Cooper, J. E. Grist (also representing Mr F. C. O. Minns superintendent registrar), G.W. Griffin, J. Moore, J. Dufton (formerly clerk to the County Council), A. G. Harrison (formerly clerk to the Guardians), W. G. Sibbick JP, A. B. Gould, A. H. Spencer, H. Stephens, G. V. Upward, A. J. A. Harris (county highways surveyor, also representing Mr R. A. Webb CC, chairman of the roads committee), H. G. Peachey (county accountant), G. H. Arthur, A. A. Westmore, S. Brown, E. H. Mathews, W. J. G. New (also representing Mrs O. H. New), F. Draper, G. Mew L. and R. Edwards, H. H. Perry (Junior circuit steward West Wight Methodist Circuit, and also representing Mr J. Chalmers, the senior circuit steward), A. Oliver, S. Barton, W. H. Cooke, A. J. White, and C. Heal, and A Miles, C. G. Chiverton (representing I. W. Farmer's Trading Society), and P Smith (representing the Rookley Methodists). Mr G. F. Bloomfield CC was prevented from attending.

George Moody 3/7/1807 to 16/5/1888

Isle of Wight County Press 2nd June 1888


THE LATE MR G. MOODY. A correspondent writes that the late Mr. G. Moody, whose accidental death on the railway at Woodside has been reported in our columns, was one of the originators the Bible Christian cause in the Isle of Wight. He had reached an octogenarian age, over 60 years of his long and useful life he was engaged as a local preacher, class leader, and active worker in the Bible Christian denomination. He had been a total abstainer for 40 years. He was highly respected in the neighbourhood, and his tragic end cast quite a gloom over the district. At his funeral, which took place in Arreton church and was conducted by the vicar, the Rev. C. S.. Beechcroft, the chief mourners were his four surviving brothers, his three sons, and three daughters. He was borne to the grave by four of his grandson's (Messrs James and Andrew Alford and George and James Moody), and his six granddaughters were also present, while a number of other sorrowing friends attended to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of a good and worthy man.

George Moody 3/7/1807 to 16/5/1888

Isle of Wight County Press 19 May 1888


On Thursday, the Deputy Coroner for the Island (Edward F. Lake esq.) held an inquest at Wootton on the body of Mr. George Moody, 80 years of age, who was knocked down by a passing train on the Isle of Wight Central Railway, between Haven Street and Wootton, and killed. The inquest was held at the house of the deceased. Mr. Wm. Hobbs was chosen foreman of the jury, which was composed as follows: J. Garland, A. Fry, E. Mew, J. Groundsell, M. Thompson, H. Hobbs, A. Harris, J. Cooper, E. Jones, W. Please, W. H. Please, and E. Brading. The jury having viewed the body, the following evidence was adduced: -- John Coleman deposed that he lived at West Cowes and was an engine driver on the Ryde and Newport Railway. On Wednesday witness had charge of the 2:59 train from Newport. Saw deceased standing at the gate at Woodhouse Crossing and opened the whistle as usual at the crossing. Held the whistle in hand and saw the deceased walk five paces from the gate toward the line. Deceased then stopped till the train was within 15 yards of him. Witness did not see the deceased struck, but saw him thrown by the engine on the batter. Witness a once stopped the engine and went back to pick up the deceased. Three or four gentle and got out of the train and said the deceased was dead, and witness went on with the train. Deceased have must have seen the train coming. -- By a juryman: I gave the guards whistle to stop. Thomas Vallendar, a fireman of the engine, deposed that he started by the 2:59 from Newport on Wednesday. Saw deceased walk up to Woodhouse Crossing gate and saw him get over the gate, and walk 4 or 5 paces towards the line, when he stood still and turn towards the train and then started to run across the rails when the train was within 12 yards of him. Did not see engine strike him, but called out "For Gods sake we have got him," and witness called out to his mate to stop the engine. It was raining at the time, and deceased evidently thought he could get across before the train. -- By a jury man: as soon as I saw deceased trying to run across I put on the brake. -- Dr Woodward deposed that he was sent for on Wednesday afternoon and got to Wootton between 5 and 6. Found deceased at his house, dead, but quite warm. The right arm was completely smashed, and the upper jaw was smashed also. Five or six ribs were broken and the pelvis fractured. All the injuries were on the right side. The injuries were quite sufficient to account for death. -- The Deputy Coroner summed up and said there could be no doubt as to how the accident happened. As far as he could see there was no blame to be attached to anybody. A verdict of "accidental death" was returned.

Source: Tony Bevis.

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