Remembering Lady Brassey

The long-serving president of the Oundle Festival of Music and Drama, Lady Caroline Brassey died aged 74 in August 2019.

Having joined the Oundle Festival of Music and Drama in 1991, she was the festival’s longest serving president. In 2015 she received the 25 years Long Service Award from the Federation of Festivals.
Festival Chairman, Gwen Radcliffe said: “She showed great interest in the Festival. We will never forget her gracious manner and her enthusiasm.”

Lady Brassey had an energetic attitude and a real passion for helping others in the community. Her contributions and effort were appreciated by all those around her.

Known fondly as Midgie, she and her husband, Lord David Brassey, also opened their home in Apethorpe to Fishing for Forces, a charity that provides fishing therapy to war veterans.

As patron, she organised and welcomed a huge number of people to her home, and even placed a large selection of her glass and porcelain for sale to raise money for the charity.

The founder of Fishing for Forces, Bill Howell said: “Lady Brassey’s passing has left a void that will not easily be filled.”

Mr Howell said: “She is sadly, but fondly missed and her kindness, friendliness to all she met and her support for Fishing for Forces will be remembered for a very long time.”

Lady Brassey was the former Caroline Evill, third daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Godfrey Evill and Nesta Herbert.

In 1978 she married David Henry Brassey, 3rd Baron Brassey of Apethorpe, who died in 2015, and is survived by two daughters.

Millie Trotter
December 5, 2019