R.I.P Mr David Faulkner

09.10.2020

David was a man who touched so many people from all walks of life. Devoted to his wife Kath and their children he was a father, grand father and great grand father to a large Faulkner dynasty.


David sadly departed this earth on Saturday evening 3rd October in his sleep, peacefully at home. Although his departing was a shock and sudden, no one regrets that David left in this manner.


I’m sure many of you will have happy memories of sitting with him and Kath at the shows outside his little campervan and in later years outside their caravan. Refreshments were always forthcoming to all as he recalled interesting stories from his past.


When I first moved to Lincolnshire David was one of the first carriage drivers I met. Our driving was poles apart, me from scurry driving and David from show driving but that didn’t matter to David, he welcomed me to the area and persuaded me to join the BDS and come along to his area’s events. David tried to be all inclusive to all aspects of carriage driving and I’m sure his inclusiveness helped shape the area’s BDS once David decided to retire from the role. Many will remember his musical drive, his tearful commentary as we danced our ponies around arenas to The Dambusters and Abba hits!


He and Kath had been excellent dancers and I heard him sing on many occasions around the campfire and what a super voice he had!


I fondly remember David driving his lovely piebald mare Maddie around the roads near Elm Farm on the outskirts of Grantham. David & I had been persuaded to take some daft road certificate by Claire Bourne so he, I and Claire set off with Maddie which was unusual then to watch David drive as he had more or less totally retired. David and I chatted and laughed as Claire remonstrated at the back of the wagonette reminding us we were meant to be taking this seriously so to shut up and talk her through what we were doing and why!! How we passed goodness knows but I think poor Claire gave up and realised we’d both got through many, many years unscathed so let’s all just enjoy the drive! I reckon I was one of the few to be driven around by David and he drove with ease and empathy but hated carrying a whip!


When the BSTD started up in 2012 David was one of the first to join and one of our first sponsors. He and Ivor became firm friends, of a similar age and with similar memories they chatted and rang each other on a regular basis. David asked what were we doing about encouraging youth into our group and to that end he offered to sponsor the juniors at every show. What started as a simple rosette at the odd show progressed into trophies at our end of season Awards Evening and no matter how much or how little a junior did with the group David remembered and included them into the awards even if it was just with a star trophy, David remember was inclusive of all! The juniors now have not just had David & Kath look out for their interests but their daughter Helen through her and Chris’s business Medic Mart have amalgamated to make sure all the juniors feel valued and welcome in the club.


When the BSTD started up in 2012 David was one of the first to join and one of our first sponsors. He and Ivor became firm friends, of a similar age and with similar memories they chatted and rang each other on a regular basis. David asked what were we doing about encouraging youth into our group and to that end he offered to sponsor the juniors at every show. What started as a simple rosette at the odd show progressed into trophies at our end of season Awards Evening and no matter how much or how little a junior did with the group David remembered and included them into the awards even if it was just with a star trophy, David remember was inclusive of all! The juniors now have not just had David & Kath look out for their interests but their daughter Helen through her and Chris’s business Medic Mart have amalgamated to make sure all the juniors feel valued and welcome in the club.


Fortunately Ivor had only just rung David the day before and had their usual chat. Nothing medical apart from the usual age related problems came up in conversation so it was with great shock that Ivor received the news. The Faulkner family can be assured that the BSTD will remind everyone of David both at shows and within the group. His name will continue to be linked with the junior section of our group.


So when you have your next glass of wine or bite of cheese think of David everyone. Our thoughts are with Kath, Helen and Richard and indeed all of the close knit Faulkner Family.


To David 🥂


Ivor & Carole