Coventry Mummers

It is with great sadness, we have to announce that John Havell passed away on December 30th 2016.

John C. Havell 1946 - 2016

Out go I, the Sergeant, the hero of the Plough.
And what needs thou a doctor? You'll do without me now.
So, out go I, bold Hector, as did 'come in' before.
As Butcher, I'm afraid I shall, "Stick a tup" no more.
But autumn, winter, spring or summer,
I was proud to be a Coventry Mummer.
No time for noise, no need for fuss.
John will always be, one of us.
No need for fuss, no time for noise,
John will always be, one of the boys.

John was an active member of Coventry Mummers for almost 40 years and for many of those years acted as Ragman and later provided an impressive service as our Bagman. He regularly appeared in our St George play as either the ubiquitous Doctor or Hector (the hero), as the lusty, dusty Recruiting Sergeant in the Plough play, as the blood stained Butcher in the Tup play, as the dancer who accepts the blame in the Sword Play and latterly as King George in the Stoneleigh Christmas play. Mid November he became aware he was not able to recall certain words and felt unsteady on his feet and a diagnosis at the end of November showed the cause to be multiple malignant carcinomas.

John was fortunate that his last days at Myton Hospice were comfortable, and painfree. The staff at the Coventry Myton Hospice provided outstanding care, with compassion and dignity.

His many visitors provided amusement and laughter; sometimes with the aid of a bottle of the finest malt.

There will be a private burial in January and this will be followed on February 25th by a celebration of Johnís life. The venue will be The Albany Social Club, Coventry (directions to club); further details can be obtained through Johnís email ( It would help Rowena ensure sufficient beer and sandwiches are ordered if those planning to attend could email their intentions to Johnís email address above.

If you would like to make a donation in Johnís name, please contribute to either:
The charity that provides round-the-clock support for John and Rowenaís elder son, Alex.
HF Trust (Registered charity Nr 313069)
HFT, 5/6 Brook Office Park,
Folly Brook Rd,
Emerson Green,
Bristol, BS16 7FL or


Those who looked after John, at short notice with care and compassion.
Myton Hospice (Registered charity Nr 516287)
Walsgrave Hospital,
Clifford Bridge Road,
Coventry, CV2 2HJ or

Alternatively, please send donations directly to Rowena and Richard (their younger son) who will forward them to the relevant charity
Rowena and Richard
35, Belvedere Road,
Coventry, CV5 6PG

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