Crowborough woman named as Heron’s Ghyll crash victim

The family of a woman who died in a collision on the A26 at Heron’s Ghyll last Monday (3rd July) have paid tribute to a “loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother”.

Barbara Woodhams, 91, sadly died at the scene between Uckfield and Crowborough when the Volkswagen Eos car she was a passenger in was involved in a three vehicle collision shortly after midday.  She leaves two children, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a brother and sister.

Her children, Jim Westrop and Jennifer Brown, said:

Mum lived life to the full and had a wide circle of friends in Uckfield and around her new home in Crowborough, where she moved to a couple of years ago.

She was originally from Uckfield and went into domestic service when she left school.  It was here she learnt her skills as a seamstress, making clothes for herself, her family and friends.  Our father, Ron, was in the Royal Navy and she accompanied him at many British Legion events.  After he died, tragically young, she met Gerald and they went off on fishing holidays to Ireland.  On one of those trips, they spotted a bungalow being built in a lovely location and having found out it was going to be for sale, made up their minds to buy it in the space of ten minutes!

They lived in Ireland for 25 years, returning to Uckfield, before moving to Beacon Road in Crowborough.  Sadly, Gerald died in April this year, but mum stayed active and would generally walk a couple of times around the Rowan Court estate where she lived every day, quickly making new friends.

Probably her greatest claim to fame is that we can trace her maternal ancestry right back to William the Conqueror.  Somewhere along the line, any claim to the throne has disappeared, but she will always be our Queen Mum!

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information is asked to contact police by emailing collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk, reporting details online here or by ringing 101, quoting Operation Chepstow.

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