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Peter Knott

The Chronicle is sad to report that our former Production Manager, Peter Knott, died peacefully in St Luke’s Hospital on 21 January, aged 79.  Peter served the Kibworth Chronicle alongside the then editor, Roger Garratt, for a number of years in the 1990s.  He didn’t want the title of Deputy Editor so he became our Production Manager as he loved organising and planning. He oversaw the introduction of computers in the production of the Chronicle and wrote on matters that concerned the villages under the pen name ‘Watchman’.


Peter was born in West Midlands in September 1938 and moved to Bristol, was head boy at his grammar school and went on to study Civil Engineering at UCL. Next he worked for the Post Office (aka BT) as a specialist ‘numbers’ man dealing in computerised processes. Upon ‘retiring’ from BT he worked on computer systems for the NHS.


Stepping down from the Chronicle, he joined Kibworth Harcourt Parish Council where he worked tirelessly for the benefit of the parishioners for over 19 years.  He will be remembered for the diligence, fairness and humour he applied to such matters as KB/1 development and the flag pole in Jubilee Green.

He met Ann, his wife, many years ago and helped her with her maths when she was only seven. They grew up, married other people, subsequently divorced, re-met and married each other in later life.  Peter was very fond of his grandchildren and, even though in pain, was determined to see them  when they performed for the Oxford County Youth Orchestra.


Up until the summer of 2017 Peter enjoyed gardening, the great outdoors and researching his family history, keeping meticulous records.


He was passionate about the countryside and, as a man who liked to plan everything, with the use of maps he would explore Leicestershire and Rutland minutely.  He hated broken road signs, neglected grass verges and litter strewn roadsides.


 Ann and family would like to thank everyone for their support during this very difficult time. A very special thank you must go to the staff of Ward 3, St Lukes for their loving care.


He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


Roger Garratt (former Kibworth and District Chronicle Editor) writes

My memories of Peter come from parish council and Kibworth Chronicle involvement.


As part of his long service as a parish councillor, he served as a Kibworth Harcourt member on the JBC and as a Beauchamp member I recall the many occasions when, the committee having to make a decision, Peter would take his time before sharing his fair, practical, considered guidance.


When editing the Chronicle I found Peter an immense help and am mindful of two events, one being at the end of lay ups, when he would, with push of a button, save the complete copy within a small floppy disc (something much more astonishing then than now), and the other when I would seek his thoughts on possible Chronicle front pages dealing with controversial planning issues. He would pause, maybe respond “should we?”, then, his face became a grin - and the front page went ahead !!




 Issue 400
March 2018

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