Elsie and Gordon Faulkener
Elsie was born in Ashton-Under-Lyne, near Manchester in April 1926. She was the 7th and last child of impoverished parents in a part of the country which had suffered gravely in the depression. She left school at 14 but was able to continue some study at a local art school.
Gordon, an only child, was born in Leamington Spa in 1927. He left school at 14 to work as an apprentice engineer at Lockheads, where his father worked. His parents were also champion ballroom dancers who supplemented the family income by giving demonstration dances. When he was called up in 1946 he went into the Army Pay Corps, being posted to Oswestry and then Oldham where he met Elsie. He had thought about working in the theatre but with Elsie decided on a career in art.
In 1949 they moved to Brighton to attend the excellent art school there. Both studied painting and drawing and Elsie also developed an interest in mosaic.
After qualifying as teachers they both taught in secondary schools in Sussex. Their children Helen and Adrian were born in Brighton in 1953 and 1955 and whilst they were small Elsie's professional work was limited.
As soon as the children were at school she resumed her work in mosaic until the early 1960s when illness forced her to give up this very physically demanding medium. She then worked mainly as a painter in water-colour, particularly of botanical subjects. She also resumed teaching and particularly enjoyed teaching adults.
Elsie and Gordon remained in Brighton until 1977 when they decided to retire from teaching and move somewhere where property was affordable enough to enable them to buy a home outright. Largely by accident they ended up in North Norfolk and, though neither had lived in the country before, they quickly settled into village life.
The upper floor of their converted chapel was set up as a studio in which they could work. The space was opened up to local painters who they taught in varying degrees. After Gordon's death a number of his old pupils continued to use the studio.
To the very end of his life, Gordon never went a day without drawing or painting something. He loved France, where they had first travelled together in 1949, and each summer went to the Dordogne where he taught mainly adults.
After Gordon's death, a number of people in the village kept a quiet eye on Elsie, noticing if anything was amiss. The kindness of her neighbours was a great boon in enabling Elsie to stay in her own home which was all she wished for. Elsie died on 30th December 2012
Inga Priestman Miller lived at Plough House, Sedgeford, from 1990 until her death on 27 January 2012. Her mother was Swedish. Her childhood was spent in Folkestone, where her father was Medical Officer of Health. During the war, she was commissioned as Section Officer, WAAF, and in 1944 married Captain Terence Miller, Glider Pilot Regiment.
After the war she started the first university play-group, at Keele, in Staffordshire. She had three daughters and a son. In 1980, she took up a place at Falmouth College of Art, where she obtained a degree in Fine Art. After moving to Norfolk, she set up a studio in an old chapel in Anmer. She became an active member of the West Norfolk Artists Association and took part in their Open Studio Scheme.