Bonson was born in Bollington as Betty Hamson.
She served the town
as employee or Councillor for very many decades, as well as a generous
volunteer for many causes.
Betty Bonson (she was Christened Betty, not Elizabeth) was born in Bollington
of the Hamson family - her several greats grandfather ran his business, in
1806, from the house at the bottom of Shrigley Road which to this day advertises
upon its stone wall his trades of decorator and plumber. Betty was justifiably
very proud of this heritage. Just a few metres away Hamson Drive was named
to provide a permanent reminder of her family's contribution to Bollington
over the past two centuries.
One of her first jobs was in 1948 with Bollington Urban District Council
(BUDC) working at the town hall; she had trained as a shorthand typist,
and was employed as same and general clerk. Her shorthand speed was certified
at 120 words per minute!
She married Trevor Bonson - Betty insisted that they always lived in Bollington.
They had two daughters, Annette and Debbie. She had two grandsons and a granddaughter.
She and Trevor ran the Deanwater Hotel at Woodford at one time.
Betty was widowed relatively young, in her fifties, but she kept very active
in the community for almost a further 30 years. She was for very many years
a Town Councillor and was Mayor as well as Mayoress for Sylvia Roberts when
she was Mayor for the second time. In fact it was Betty who presented the
Mayor's consort's chain of office to the Town Council when Trevor was her
Consort. She was Town Mayor in 1982-83 during the Falklands war.
She was very involved with the NSPCC, and her mother, Mary Hamson, actually
founded the Bollington branch of the organisation. She worked for several
years for Bollington Urban District Council.
In 1998 she was one of 100 nominees for Cheshire Woman of the Year. Betty
was secretary of the Mayor of Bollington’s Senior Citizen’s Committee for
many years but she was still on the committee and a great worker for the
organisation until she became ill. She loved walking and would be seen regularly
out and about. She will be greatly missed.
The funeral service was held at St Michael's Church in the Market Place
at Macclesfield on Tuesday 29 March 2016 with refreshments provided at
the Hollin Hall Hotel, Jackson Lane Kerridge. The Eulogy was given by Sir
Nicholas Winterton, recent past Member of Parliament for this constituency.
Just as he was recalling Betty's great sense of humour - the lectern collapsed,
creating a great noise in the church followed by much laughter! There was
a feeling that Betty had engineered this from beyond the grave!
We are sure that many will have very happy memories of this great lady with
a very big heart.