Bryan Meredith Beecroft (1936-2010)
THE son of a local policeman, Albert Beecroft, Bryan was educated at Huntingtower Primary School and then the Boys’ Central School.
On leaving school at the age of 15 he took an apprenticeship with Pumfrey’s Builders as a carpenter/joiner.
He married Anne in March 1955, followed by four years’ National Service in the Royal Air Force.
On leaving the RAF he ran several businesses, including Beecroft Automatics and East Midland Leisure.
Bryan, played football for St Anne’s, St John’s, Bourne and Grantham Town. He also had a trial with Barnsley Football Club but decided not to pursue it.
The family then moved to Greetham, Rutland, where he immersed himself in village life, foreign travel, socialising with family and friends and fund-raising for a new community centre.
Following the sale of the family business he returned to the building industry, converting several barns in the village.
On retiring he returned to Grantham with his wife Anne