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Charles Spencer (May 1926 - December 2012)

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Charles Spencer was the founder chairman of Brewood Chess Circle.  This was an article orignally appearing in the newsletter circulated to members written by Andrew Davies. 


Charles Spencer was born in Brixton on 2nd May 1926.  While he was still young, his family moved to Essex, where he first met the girl who would become his wife.  Towards the end of the war, he joined the Royal Navy.  After demob, he joined the Hertfordshire police. 


In 1954 he joined the colonial service and served in Betchuanaland (later to become Botswana) and also in Basutoland (later Lesotho).  While still out there in 1960, he and Joyce were married.  When Lesotho gained independence in 1966, Charles, his wife Joyce and daughters Janet and Elaine returned to England.  Charles went to teacher-training college in Shrewsbury, after which they moved to Brewood where he taught:  Initially at the junior school, but later the middle school. 


In 1978, Charles and his colleague Peter Richardson discovered a mutual interest in chess.  Games followed, and the pair soon grew into a group as other players joined the happy band.  To start with, they met in each others houses.  By 1980, there were 11 in the group - too many to meet in each others houses any longer so, on 29th April 1980, Brewood Chess Circle was founded.  Charles was founder chairman.  A roll he would take punctiliously until 1997 when he stepped down.  Each summer between 1980 and 1994, chess circle members and their families would be invited to his back garden for the "Garden party", with events such as horseshoe hurling etc. 


Besides chess, Charles developed an interest in art, was a keen gardner, keep fit fanatic, rambler, played bowles and enjoyed dancing.  Up to the 1980's he could regularly be seen road running.  He was a regular churchgoer and served on the parochial church council.  He enjoyed a keen interest in the village and it surrounds, but prefered the doomsday book spelling Breude to the modern spelling of Brewood.  His wife Joyce died in January, 2011.  Charles himself died at home on the 1st December. 


Good chess Charles. 

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