Martyn Begbey 1948 – 2021

Martyn, a good friend of mine and the Squib fleet died of a heart attack while riding his bike on Friday 5th February

Martyn was the first born to David and Peggy, in Beckenham General Hospital and was followed by Jane, Josephine & Peter and he enjoyed a happy childhood in the family home initially at Clockhouse in Beckenham.

The family moved to a larger house in West Wickham in the mid-fifties where Martyn attended Hawes Down primary school and moved up to Bromley High School and finally to Gadsden Manor which became Hayes School in the early 60’s.

Martyn left school at 16 and joined F.G. Joiner’s as a trainee Quantity surveyor.  At this time, he was a member of Hayes Free Church where he met Pam, another youth club member who he started courting on the back of his Lambretta scooter. Martyn and Pam were married at Hayes Free Church on 25th August 1973 and moved to Jail lane in Biggin Hill   This was a relationship that was blessed and would last for the rest of his life.

Martyn by now had qualified as a Quantity Surveyor and applied for a position at R Durtnells & Sons in Brasted, the oldest building company in the country incorporated in 1591 and then still in the family hands. He stayed with them until his retirement in 2014 but continued working for them as a consultant.

Martyn and Pam moved to North Meadow in Offham in the late 1970’s then to North Meadow 10 years later and raised their three boys there.  Martyn had boundless energy and threw himself into many things, he was a governor and subsequently Chair of Governors at Offham primary school for many years, was instrumental in keeping the village hall maintained, was involved with various charities and having been on the stage in amateur dramatics, started Hedgehogs Production in the 1990’s a society that is still active today. Martyn was never the best at learning his lines but could ad lib all day long, this showed its-self every May Day in Offham as Martyn was always the Master of Ceremonies, walking around with everything under his control whether it was the children dancing around to May Pole, tug of war or the inevitable dog show, he was certainly a master with the microphone.

I met Martyn in the Tesco’s car park in Larkfield over twenty years ago, He had parked his NG TC kit car very close to my 1963 TVR and we started a conversation about old cars that remained unfinished. I had been messing about in boats on and off all my adult life, but it was Martyn who introduced me to racing, with the Squib fleet. He had started sailing dinghies with his father when he was younger and sailed all of his life. He bought Legend in 1995 and joined the club becoming a member of the Squib fleet which continued for his entire membership. Martyn’s never enjoyed the success he should have, as his Squib; Legend always suffered from a lack of maintenance due to his commitment to so many things in his life, but he was always ebullient, coming off the water you would not know whether Martyn had finished first or last.

Martyn’s enthusiasm for life was really quite infectious, he was always full of energy, he spent many holidays cycling around the country and on the continent, he was a licensed lay minister at St Margaret’s church in Addington and for many other churches.  Our prayers at this time are with Pam and his three sons, Simon, Andrew, and Richard. He will be missed by so many people.

Graham H-S