Mr Robin David Chalcraft


Robin David Chalcraft was born in Emsworth, Hampshire on 2nd September 1946. He had two older sisters Anne and Kath.

He graduated as a teacher in 1968 from Bulmershe College, Reading. His first teaching job was at Downsell Junior School, Leyton. He very quickly moved up the promotion ladder to become Headteacher of Cann Hall Primary School, Leytonstone. He enjoyed his work and was highly regarded by all his staff, parents and children.

Robin married Natalie in 1974, setting up home in Sawbridgeworth where they remained until his death.

Robin and Natalie loved travelling abroad and visited many distant countries.

Robin was a quiet person but very quick witted who missed nothing. He was a most caring, generous and kind person always with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. He was highly intellectual, able to hold a conversation on any topic. He touched the heart of all those who met him.

One of Robin’s great loves was his allotment and every spare hour was spent tending a huge array of crops. He also loved cooking and finding different ways of presenting the vegetables.

Robin was a great dog lover and enjoyed twice daily walks with Heidi and was at a loss when she passed away in 2017.

After retiring Robin took up bowling. He was totally involved with Sawbridgeworth Bowling Club. He was the men’s captain for 10 years. He also became the green keeper and was proud to have one of the best greens in the county. His interest also extended to the social side. He would regularly serve behind the bar, organise quiz nights and produce an array of meals. His interest in bowling extended beyond SBC. He was elected President of EHBA in 2017 and in 2019 became the Secretary of the Association. He was also was very proud to have received his county badge in 2019, and enjoyed playing for the County.

Robin is irreplaceable.

Charity details

Stroke Association

We are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. We deliver stroke services across the UK, campaign for better stroke care, invest in research and fundraise to expand our reach to as many stroke survivors as possible.

There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK with 100,000 strokes happening in the UK each year. That’s one stroke every five minutes.

Even though you are now twice as likely to survive a stroke compared to 20 years ago, stroke is still the fourth single largest cause of death in the UK.

We know we need to change how people think about stroke and challenge the myths surrounding it. We push for greater awareness of stroke and its warning signs and campaign for better stroke care.

We believe:

strokes can and should be prevented
everyone has the right to make the best recovery they can after stroke
research has the power to save lives and ensure people make the best recovery they can.

Registered Number 211015

Messages of condolence

Forever loved ❤️Never forgotten Forever missed

Mrs Deborah Popplewell

RIP Robin. You’ll be greatly missed.

Mr & Mrs Ray & Jan James

May you rest in peace - you have been a very lovely and loved man With very fondest memories of you Derek and Hazel

Mr & Mrs Derek Miles

Adored from the minute you were born, my little brother. Kath

Mrs Kathleen Cox

Thinking of all the fun i had with Robin while we were at Bulmershe. Also thinking of all the help he gave me in my study years at College. He will be greatly missed by everyone he came in contact with. Gareth Rees First Year Room mate at Bulmershe College of Education Reading 1965 to 1968

Mr Gareth Rees

Robin - you were a legend! I will never forget your kindness, support and sense of humour. A most awesome headteacher who valued his staff. Thank you for making my memories of Cann Hall treasured and happy ones.

Mrs Claire Price

Remembering all the fun times we had together at Cann Hall Road School. Will miss you 'Sir'.

Mrs Maureen Wallace

There’s a saying that someone will never die as long as they are in people’s hearts. This is certainly true for Robin. He was an inspiration who will never be forgotten.

Miss Gretta Ashe

My thoughts and prayers are with you Natalie, and remember Robin’s twinkly eyes well. Love Anne, Lucy, Jennifer and family Xx

Ms Robin Chalcraft

Robin was a great inspiration to us all at the Sawbridgeworth Bowling Club, a great Captain who was so well respected and loved by us all. He worked tirelessly for the club in so many avenues. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Natalie at this sad time. Peter and olive Stanley

Mr Peter Stanley

Robin was a very special person, intellectual but with a ready wit and a quiet sense of humour. We shall remember him with deep affection, and in particular the happy times we spent together in Cornwall will never be forgotten.

Mr & Mrs David and Beryl Coles

Superman required a cape - Robin only needed a Sawbo club shirt. R.I.P.

Mr Norman Berry

The kindest man I’ve ever met, you hold a very special place in my heart Robin. Your support at Cann Hall shaped me into the person I am today. You will be greatly missed.

Miss Marselle Albertse

Robin was a very caring and supportive person.

Pat Hodgson

Robin was such a lovely man, friendly, helpful, intelligent and funny. He will be sorely missed but always remembered with great affection. Tony & Lynn

Mr Tony Sirrell

Robin was an inspiration; as a teacher, as a leader and as a friend. He will be missed and will live on in the memory of all who knew him.

Ms Jane Harris

Sending very best wishes at this very sad time to all the family.

Mrs Alison Brace

Robin was a very kind and gentle man, who was well respected.

Mr & Mrs Clive and Elaine Atkins

It was a privilege to have Robin as a Governor of our school for so many years at Leventhorpe. Our deepest sympathy to family and friends.

Leventhorpe School

A lovely man.

Mr & Mrs Sue & Alec Dick

Happy memories. Love from Gina

Ms Regina Schwarz

Such a great loss to those of us who were privileged to have known him.

Mrs Anita Nicholson

Service details

Cremation Service

04 March, 2021 13:00

Parndon Wood Crematorium

Parndon Wood Road, Harlow, CM19 4SF

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