David’s many, many friends in Weald were deeply saddened by his recent death after a long period of illness with which he coped with characteristic good humour and bravery.
David was a great servant of the village he loved and he will be missed by the whole community.
For many years David served with distinction as a member of the Parish Council, Governor of Weald Community Primary School and a leader of the Royal British Legion. But David will be probably be best known and remembered as Weald’s “Mr Cricket”.
For over seven decades he was involved in village cricket as a player, the team captain, an umpire and as an administrator and eventually as President of the Club. In each of these roles he was highly respected by his fellow cricket enthusiasts. It was therefore very fitting that in 2016 the old cricket Pavilion in the Recreation Ground was named the “David Marchant Pavilion” in his honour.
As a Parish Councillor, being so well known and living in the centre of the village, parishioners regularly brought their issues and problems to David – no matter how small or outside the jurisdiction of the Parish Council. He always patiently listened and did his level best to deal with these issues directly or through the full Council thereby building a strong bond of trust between him and the community.
As a school Governor David also played a very important role at Christmas presenting presents to the children. David was an obvious choice and he loved playing the role as he did when he presented Diamond Jubilee mugs to all the children on behalf of the Parish Council.
However he served his village David went about it quietly, unassumingly and without fanfare.
His service to Weald will be remembered and the Parish Council, on behalf of the whole community, thank him and send their best wishes and respect to Mary and the family.