This service was held on Saturday, 25 September at Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Stevenage, SG1 3DB
Margaret spent all her life in Stevenage. Professionally, she was heavily involved in education and personally was involved in many local organisations, notably the Betty Game Trust as well as the Friends of the Forster Country which she founded with her friend John Hepworth.
She worked tirelessly to defend Forster Country applying her diplomatic skills to the task over a period of more than 30 years. She emphasised the beauty of the Forster countryside with its views of the Chiltern Hills some 8 miles distant. These views would have been those loved by E M Forster on his wanderings as a child and adolescent to Graveley or Weston. He described this countryside as the loveliest in England.
She was hugely knowledgeable about the life of E M Forster who lived at Rooks Nest House between 1883 and 1893, overlooking what we now call Forster Country. She understood his realisation about the unjust nature of class in our society. She was instrumental in the purchase and placement of the “Only Connect” monument in St Nicholas Churchyard at the very edge of Forster Country. Forster used this to mean connection between the head and the heart, the cerebral and the passionate and Margaret followed this mantra always retaining a balance between clear logic and a sympathy for people’s feelings.