Former Toddington school secretary dies

Many people in Toddington will have fond memories of Edith ‘Dot’ Bryant, actively involved in village life for many years, who has died aged 98.

Mrs Bryant moved to Toddington in 1939 with her husband Frank shortly after they were married.

They had lived in Norfolk where Mr Bryant had been running a cinema in Holt and had the opportunity to do the same job in Toddington.

The cinema is now the home of TADS drama group of which Mr Bryant was a founder member.

Mrs Bryant was a regular worshipper at St George’s Church, Toddington, and joined the Mothers Union in 1939, having more than 75 years of continuous membership.

Her two sons, Richard, who was for a number of years the local barber and died in 2005, and John, current chairman of Dunstable School Old Boys Association, were both baptised in the church.

Frank Bryant died in 1985.

Once John was settled into primary school, Mrs Bryant became a secretary at Toddington Secondary Modern School in Leighton Road in 1955.

She moved with the school when it became Parkfields Middle in 1963 and retired in the late 1970s.

She served under two headmasters, John Fewson and David Calcott, and many residents of Toddington will have known her through the school as well as the church.

Mrs Bryant died at Caddington Hall Residential Home on January 7.