Anne Melville (nee MacWilliam) – 4s 59-65

Friday 21 October 2022

Submitted by Rosemary Chapman (nee Webb. 4s 58-65)

A close group of Hertford friends were devastated to lose Anne Melville in January ’22.

Anne arrived at Hertford in September 1959 and joined the Lower IVth.  She came from a Scottish family but had grown up in East Dulwich, London where she went to Heber Road Junior School.

Anne thrived on music and languages. She played the piano to the top grade, was in the chapel choir and tackled the chapel organ on many occasions. After CH Anne went to Lancaster University to read French with Latin on an Honours degree course and then to a post-graduate Teaching course.

Teaching didn’t become Anne’s career however as she then took a role with the Notting Hill Housing Association and thereafter she worked in the Third Sector with family breaks.  Anne married Scott Melville, an architect, and they had two sons Christopher and Adam. Her longest association, before and after taking time off for the boys, was with the charity HAPA (the Handicapped Adventure Playground Association) which provides opportunities and support to children with disability and their families.

Eventually Anne and Scott left Putney and moved to a small village near Sandwich in Kent where she became an active member of the community and swapped a courtyard garden for a very sizeable one, which she loved. In the summer of ’21 she was diagnosed with a terminal condition but her remaining six months were spent positively and proactively. Anne was a truly lovely friend to us for more than 50 years. She had a huge sense of humour and a wonderfully infectious laugh and really cared about her friends from all her walks of life.

We miss her.