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Ceri Peach

Guthlac Ceri Klaus Peach, always known as Ceri, died aged 78 on 2nd October 2018 after a long illness.

    Born in Bridgend, Ceri studied Geography at Oxford University from 1958, becoming Tutorial Fellow at St Catherine’s College in 1965 and Professor of Social Geography in 1992-2007.

    His pioneering research into the cultural assimilation of ethnic and religious minorities has informed social and educational policies in Europe, USA and Australia.

    He and his wife Sue lived in Iffley Turn from 1972, where they made many friends, participated in community events and brought up Huw, Guy & Katie, who survive him with seven grandchildren.


Sir John Grimley-Evans, always known as Grimley, died suddenly on 26th March 2018, aged 81.

      His distinguished medical career included epidemiology in Polynesia, New Zealand and London, followed by geriatrics in Newcastle. Appointment as Oxford University's Professor of Clinical Geratology in 1985 brought him and Corinne to Meadow Lane where they participated fully in local activities.

    As well as family, Grimley enjoyed fly fishing, gardening and cultural pursuits.

    Long after retirement in 2002, he contributed to medical journals & committees, tended his allotment, participated in local archaeology and helped to run Iffley’s Music and Historical Societies.

    Corinne, their two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren survive him.

George Locke


George Locke died of coronavirus on 26 April 2020 at the age of 91. He, his wife Mavis and his two children, Rebecca and Bill, moved in 1973 to the house they had built in Mill Lane. George was active in many areas of village life, not least the Friends of St Mary’s, of which he was chair from 2004 – 2009. During this time he introduced two events which have become fixtures in the Iffley social calendar, the yearly Poetry and Puddings evening and the Friends’ Forum.

George trained as a pilot in the Royal Navy and in the course of his career flew carrier aircraft, jets and helicopters. He became a successful helicopter test pilot and after retiring from the Navy worked in the London office of the German aviation company MBB. He was a man with a wide range of interests, including golf, art, architecture, history and the cinema. He was always a stimulating conversationalist and, not surprisingly, he had a wide circle of friends in Iffley. He will be greatly missed.




Myles Burnyeat

Myles Fredric Burnyeat, CBE, died 20 September  2019 aged 80. He was voted in a 2016 poll to be the greatest post-war scholar of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy in the English-speaking world.

      After holding the Laurence chair of Ancient philosophy in Cambridge, he came to Oxford with a fellowship at All Souls in 1996, and from 2004 was the partner of Iffley resident Margaret Bent, also of All Souls. He had a lifelong interest in Russia, having qualified as an interpreter on National Service.  

     Myles was already cruelly afflicted by dementia when he increasingly from 2010 lived here with Meg, who appreciates the understanding shown in Iffley.



Freda Bromley

Freda Helen Bromley died September 19th 2019 aged 86.

    Freda moved into Iffley Village aged 6 years old and remained here for the remaining 80 years of her life. Her family moved into Stone Cottages, Church Way, in 1939 and she and her brother attended the village school where her mother worked as a cook.

In 1954 Freda married Ronald Bromley, from Courtland Road, in Iffley Church and in 1957 they moved into 423 Meadow Lane and stayed there ever since. In 1968 Ronald started up his own business, R.L Bromley & Son, Funeral Directors, and Freda looked after the administrative side of the business.

Ron and Freda had 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren during their 65-year marriage.



Roger Jenkins

Roger Jenkins died of a heart attack aged 84 on 17th Jan. 2019.

    He and his wife Gillian lived in Egerton Road for the past 53 years, making many friends in Iffley. His daughters, Susan and Ruth, attended schools at

Rose Hill, Donnington and St. Augustine's.

    Roger graduated in Law at St John’s College, Oxford.

    After various jobs as a solicitor with local government and then private practice elsewhere, he moved back to Oxford to join the firm of solicitors Linnell & Murphy.  

In 1972, he set up as a sole practitioner.

    Apart from work, he was a keen Morris dancer and the whole family enjoyed country dancing.