Gretta Crookall

Alan FosterFriends will be sad to learn that Gretta passed away suddenly in Bedford Hospital in mid-January. She was one of the founding members of the Friends of HOCP and had been associated with the Park over 30 years.

Long before the Park came into being Greta took a leading role in the 1975 archaeological dig which uncovered a Romano-British site below what is now Grebe Lake. So keen was she on this project that she allowed her home to be used to clean and classify finds which included a complete skeleton dating back to Roman times.

With the construction of the Visitors' Centre, Gretta helped to build the first interpretive displays and staffed the Centre until its conversion to a café. Her interest in explaining the environment of the Park to visitors never diminished.

Her tireless battle against dog fouling producing years worth of statistics cannot be underestimated.  The data is being used by the Borough Council Enforcement Team in their efforts to stamp out this anti-social practice. Gratta was one of the silent, unsung volunteers who kept the Park clear of dog muck.

She also worked at Bromham Watermill during their milling days and school visits, turning the flour into bread, biscuits and cakes.  Her colleagues there, Adrian and Lorraine are deeply saddened by her passing.

Gretta's enthusiasm and support for the role of the volunteers and for the work of the staff was undiminished over the years. We will miss her smile, her enthusiasm, knowledge of the Park and her unflagging support for the Friends.

The staff and her many friends are going to miss her tremendously.



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