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Stuart Hume


Stuart was born in Bures Hamlet over sixty years ago and he and his younger brother spent their childhood there.  Stuart played football and cricket for the village teams until the time came for him to do his two years National Service.

If Stuart’s woodwork teacher had had his way Stuart would have been a Carpenter and Cabinet Maker, he actually got him a job at Head’s – a furniture makers on Market Hill (Burton Menswear now) without an interview.  One weekend, however, before he started at Head’s, Stuart helped his father repair the family car, with grease up to his elbows the die was cast and the young man decided he wanted to be a motor engineer.  He obtained a 6 year apprenticeship at Suffolk & Essex Motors in Friars Street (now Floors and Snores) and from there at the age of 21 he went into the REME to do his two years National Service.

On leaving the Army Stuart’s football and cricketing days came to a conclusion as courting took over and in March 1962 he and Cynthia were married in St Andrews Church.  A son and daughter, Caron and Martin were born and both still live in Great Cornard and there are two grandchildren Emma and Jordan.

Stuart had several interesting jobs before starting his own business in February 1991.  He actually had been made redundant by Church’s of Bures and on applying for several jobs was told he was too old; so he decided with a loan from The Royal British Legion, Government help, plus all his redundancy money to go it alone.  He is very proud of the fact he only ever placed one advert in the paper, the rest of his business came by word of mouth and in eleven years of trading his only bad debt was £30.

Stuart’s home and workshop which stands on the site of the old coal yard in Phillips Field Road were built by himself and his brother-in-law on land purchased from Cynthia’s parents – Daisy and Harry Kilby who ran ‘The Brook’ for several years.  After a year of working every evening and all weekends and with professional help with bricklaying and roofing Stuart and his brother-in-law completed the carpentry and plumbing on the two houses themselves.

Stuart is Branch Vice Chairman of The Royal British Legion and Poppy Appeal Organiser for Sudbury and District.  He is also responsible for organising the Cornard and Sudbury Remembrance parades, plus helping to distribute and collect 400 static tins in various locations – a lot of work he admits but worthwhile as he strongly supports the welfare work and services The Royal British Legion offer their members.

Through ill health Stuart had to retire a few months early but this gave him and his wife the opportunity to travel to some of the places they had always dreamed of and as he and Cynthia enjoy their well-earned retirement a lot of people will be grateful Stuart chose to be a motor engineer and not a carpenter.

Interview by Doris Rowland (Cornard News) - 02 Nov 2004