Norman Painting

November 09 - Norman Painting
Shortly after the four founder trustees established the Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Trust in 1978, Norman Painting himself became a Trustee and in due course Chairman.   To that position he brought great energy and an exemplary devotion to supporting the many beautiful and historic churches of the area.    His academic training strengthened his knowledge of all aspects of these historic buildings, which formerly perhaps had been concentrated on the Collegiate Church of St. Mary,  Warwick, where he was Chairman of the Friends.
Over many years he supported the various activities of the Trust,  even insisting his home be used as arranged for a Christmas Carol Concert and Supper, although he had to lie in his bed upstairs having succumbed to influenza.   On another occasion he  exercised his skill in music by playing the piano at a Country House supper party.  He brought to Trustees' Meetings a deep appreciation and understanding of the place of the Parish Church in the fabric of a village - both architecturally and in the life of the community. He had a real "feeling" for Warwickshire, and of what was important, and we always listened with admiration and respect to what he had to say.
His link with the B.B.C. furthered a successful broadcast appeal for Funds for the Trust, carried out with great success by fellow Trustee, Dame Judi Dench.
In later years failing health meant active support became less but his interest in the Trust never lessened and woe befell the Secretary who omitted to send him the latest Minutes of Trustees' meetings!
His support was invaluable in the formative years of The Trust and for that the present Trustees are, and will continue to be, profoundly grateful.

Dr Charles Brown, Trustee