1931 - 2019

It is with great sadness that I am writing to announce the passing of Amy Tripp from Minstead in Hampshire on the 9th November 2019.

Amy had been a long standing member of the BDS and enjoyed organising drives from Mill Lane Farm in the New Forest and later, after she and her husband Ian had retired, from their new home 'The Walnuts' in Minstead.

Mill Lane Farm drives were famous and it was here that I too found the love of driving.
Amy’s enthusiasm was infectious and she got all the kids, including myself, at the farm involved in driving. Many of us would be seen driving her Shetland “Tommy” to the village shop for sweets!

Amy and Ian were always off driving here and there around the Forest at BDS events or on driving holidays all over the UK with their horses.
However in the last few years they reluctantly had to give up driving due to limited mobility (much to Amy’s annoyance!).
But the passion for driving lived on through hearing and seeing videos and pictures of others carriage driving, including those events that I took part in myself.

Amy was a wonderful hostess well-known for her baking and always had a good supply of cakes and treats at all their drives. She was full of life and always had a welcome smile whenever you saw her. She will be much missed by all her many friends and family.

It was Amy’s wish to be taken to the Crematorium by horse and cart. This honour fell to Roger Page with Carole Brewster’s Grayswood Sioux Chief, accompanied by Maurice Page and Sam Searle. There was a huge turnout with many people travelling a long way to pay their respects.

Condolences and good wishes to Amy’s husband Ian, her son Alistair, and grandchildren Lucy, Daisy and Fraser.

(Sarah Simmons)