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Gone Home – Mike Mullender

Hampshire Scouting was very sorry to hear that Mike Mullender passed away on Friday 19th December.

Mike’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 6th January 2016 in St Mary’s Church, Old Basing, followed by a reception in the village nearby.

Donations in memory of Michael Mullender for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) can be made at http://www.mullender.org. More details have recently been provided by Beryl and are attached below.

Mike had been at the heart of Scouting in Basingstoke and the surrounding area for many years. Mike had done 60 years loyal service to Scouting. He started as an Assistant Cub Leader in what is now Silchester District. During his Scouting career he held most positions – ADC Cubs, Manager and Caretaker of Crabtree Cabin and Campsite, Appointments Secretary, Training Adviser, Local Training Manager – and the list goes on – but he was wise enough not to be a DC. His impact on Scouting in Basingstoke will be sorely missed. Over the last ten or more years his interest was in appointments and training, interviewing and supporting Leaders in his unique and professional way.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Beryl and the family, and all Mike’s friends and Scouting colleagues

Andy Cullen, District Commissioner, Basingstoke East and Adam Jollans, County Commissioner

Beryl has provided the following additional information about Mike’s funeral

“Just to let you know that Mike’s funeral will be held on Wednesday 6th January 2016 in St Mary’s Parish Church, Old Basing at 1.30 p.m. Family flowers only – donations if wished to Royal National Lifeboat Institution. We are in the process of setting up a ‘just giving’ page and will provide an e-link in due course but cheques may also be sent to the funeral director Jonathan Williams, 35-41 Essex Road, Basingstoke RG21 7TB or donations placed in a collection box in the church. (Mike’s family hailed from East Anglia. Many of his family were fisherfolk in previous generations and some of his family were lost at sea generations back.)

In accordance with Mike’s wishes, it will be a fairly traditional service with a Scouting flavour and I have asked Andy Cullen to set up a Scout guard of honour to escort Mike’s coffin into the church. It follows that uniform is welcome or dress as you will. Be colourful please.

The family will personally greet people as they arrive for the service and will ask everyone for their help in creating a ‘memory chest’ of Mike by writing down their own personal memories of him and how he touched their lives on a amall card which is being created by Fiona (Philip’s wife). She will also create a service sheet when she and Philip return to the UK on New Year’s Eve having attended a family wedding in Margate near Durban and had a holiday in Cape Town area of S. Africa.

It was also Mike’s expressed wish that he be waved goodbye from the church and that no-one (not even his family) go with him to the crematorium for committal. Mike’s coffin will therefore leave the church to the lustily sung strains of ‘Riding along on the crest of a Wave’ (with actions!) and people can then assemble at the roadside to fulfil his wish to wave him goodbye as he makes his final journey and maybe raise a cheer.

Ian Harrison has kindly agreed to play the organ for the service and a long-standing friend of the family Rev Rachel Hartland (who is a member of the ministry of St. Mary’s) will conduct the service.

There will be a reception for Mike after the funeral in the village (we are awaiting confirmation from The Bolton as I write) The family plan to walk there after the service and will talk as they walk and stay at the reception to speak to as many people as possible. Please join us.

His sons, (Philip, Andrew and David) and I and the wider family have been overwhelmed with the number of cards, callers, flowers and personal letters of appreciation and condolence we have received in the days since his death. That so many people have found time and concern at such a busy time of the year is amazing and it is humbling to realise just how much he touched so many peoples lives.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Please promulgate this information as you feel fit.

Beryl, Philip, Andrew, David, Susan, Fiona, Samantha and Christoper Mullender”

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